I was thinking of firing up the ole XBOX 360 because baseball season was starting, then I realized that most of the baseball games really stink. For example, the latest MLB2K9 got a 4.5 out of 10 on Gamespot. While Gamespot is not the best judge of character, that is REALLY low for a freaking baseball game, so I clicked around and found some other scores for it:
IGN: 6.8 out of 10. Way below par. For IGN to rate it less than 7, that is not good
1UP: a damn D+. Ouch
Why can’t people make decent baseball games? This has haunted me for years now. I think that baseball is just too complex to simulate effectively unless you simply play a “front end manager” game that focuses purely on stats. To try and weave stats and arcade play into a baseball game seems to be beyond what most creators can accomplish. Sure, it looks good but who cares? I don’t care if A-Rod is taking steroids in between innings or Ryan Howard is grabbing his crotch. The controls and the gameplay have to work. Also, it cannot be a slow loading mess with a lot of animated cut scene garbage in between pitches. UGH just play ball for the love of God.
I looked at some other recent XBOX360 games and honestly NONE of them are standing out. I own most of the good shooters on the PC where they are vastly superior, and I cannot stand most of the churned out Japanese RPG games (Star Ocean looks ok). Right now the game line up is looking very anemic.
I guess I could play some Madden 09, but I just don’t know if it worth digging it out and hooking it up for just that. To this date there hasn’t been one console game that has kept me glued to the TV like a PC game. MAYBE Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2. Maybe. When it comes out. However, how close will that be to Champions Online? I think you know who wins in that case.