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    Posted: 03-03-2009 at 9:25pm
After a few games I can safely say that this was a good purchase for me. I was a fan of 2K8 and really enjoy some of the updates in this year's version. Here are some quick impressions:
  • The graphics and presentation are both very good. The stadiums look much better this year too.
  • I've learned to really enjoy the 2-step pitching and there are some slider adjustments to make it as easy or hard as you'd like.
  • I love pitching with the "behind-the-pitcher" camera...something I haven't used in a long time (Bases Loaded on the NES).
  • I don't like that you can't adjust the CPU lineup in a Play Now game.
  • There's still some frame-rate issues on ground balls, but not enough to hurt the game.
  • Unlike many others, I'm seeing the CPU take strikes and I'm playing with sliders slightly adjusted from Pro.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote K_Mosley Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-03-2009 at 9:26pm
Let me know if you run into any game-crashing bugs.  That has me worried a bit, and holding off.  (Evidently, it had something to do with the 'quick play' mode and a franchise, or something like that.)
 
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There was a patch that was released today that supposedly resolves the franchise issues. I'm not sure if it addresses any crashing issues though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JasonSGN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-03-2009 at 9:36pm
Ted, regarding your question on minor league teams (from the 2K forums):

Q: Thanks for your time. Are the minor leagues the same as last year?
A: We have all AAA, AA, and High A teams and leagues this year. The main
difference is only AAA games will be playable this year. All rosters
have been updated for minor league teams.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JasonSGN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-03-2009 at 9:49pm
I also LOVE that there's practice for:
  • Batting
  • Pitching
  • Fielding
  • Baserunning
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JasonSGN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-03-2009 at 10:17pm
Also, the new base stealing controls are nice and the ball physics coming off the bat are great.
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How are the walks?  (Taking them and throwing them.)
 
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I've had some game crashing issues, but not sure if it is the game or my 360.

The first time it happened was when I quit a franchise game in the middle of an inning - the screen froze.  That was no big deal as I was just fooling around with stuff and figured it was no big deal.

The second time was when I tried the Save and Quit option in the middle of a game.  I was psyched that they had this feature in this year, but it froze while trying to save.

The third time really pissed me off.  I finally started my franchise and was going into the bottom of the 7th.   Screen froze - reboot - lost whole game.

Again, not sure if it is my console or not (I have had this issue with a couple of other games), but if it continues, I can't see how I will play this game.  I don't want to invest an hour into a game just to see it crash in the latter innings.  And I don't want to have to Save and Quit (even assuming that it works) every inning just to preserve my game.  It's too bad, because I love most everything else about this one (except the menu access ..... that part sucks).
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I've read other reports of frequent crashing too, Grambo, so it's definitely not just you.  That stinks.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JasonSGN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03-04-2009 at 10:01am
Originally posted by K_Mosley

How are the walks?  (Taking them and throwing them.)
 


I'm a pretty free swinger, but I'll try to draw some walks tonight and see what happens. You can adjust the sliders to make pitching quite hard too. I did get the CPU to strike out looking plenty of times though.
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