MLB 2K10 is passable, but still lagging behind EA Sports MVP series from five years ago.
A clumsy dashboard and tedious hitting and pitching controls take away from the game’s superior graphics and realistic game-feel.
It’s basically the equivalent of a shortstop who’s capable of making the highlight-reel throw, but struggles to field the most routine ground ball.
2K Sports is simply trying too hard. And while I appreciate the effort, it’s not the glamorous additions that I’m looking for.
Just give us a game with simple navigation, great graphics and smooth online compatibility. Forget the bells and whistles around pitching and hitting controls and deliver, once and for all, a baseball sim free of bugs and hang-ups.
Until then, which it’s already been five years in the waiting, 2K’s MLB series remains in Triple-A code. A Cubs cry of ‘Wait til next year’ singing its final praises.
I did, however, take time to simulate a season with the Cubs in franchise mode. Using the most updated rosters available, Chicago graded out at 86-overall, hitting: 84 and pitching: 74.
At the All Star break the Cubbies were second in the division at 47-42 and trailing St. Louis by 11.5 games. August, however, was a tough month. The Cubs fell behind Milwaukee into third place and stood just a single game above .500 at 67-66.
A rebound month of September pushed the Cubs back into second place, but ultimately, they couldn’t catch the Cardinals and failed to land the Wild Card as well.
Final record: 84-78, nine games back of division winning St. Louis.
Randy Wells led the starting staff with a 14-8 record. Dempster followed at 13-8. But more surprisingly, Ted Lilly went 9-13 and Zambrano finished the campaign 6-14!
As for Carlos Marmol–24 saves. But it was John Grabow who ended the season at closer with 14 saves (and no, Marmol was not injured!)
Derrek Lee was the hitting star with 25 HR and 94 RBI. Aramis smacked 23 and drove in 89, and Soriano finished up at 20 HR and 84 RBI.
What does this mean for the real Cubs? Probably nothing. And for what it’s worth, the Mets swept the Yankees 4-0 to win the World Series. Jason Bay collecting the Series’ MVP Award.
For a second there, I was actually worried. But now I’m just glad to be playing MVP 05 again!