A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Major League Baseball 2K11 is a professional baseball simulation. It lets you play as or against your favorite MLB team in a number of solo and multiplayer game modes and promotes teamwork and friendly competitive play. Aside from the word "damn" heard in one of the songs, there is no controversial content. Note, though, that it supports online play with open voice communication. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for pre-teens.
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What's it about?
National League Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay is the cover athlete for MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2K11, the latest pro baseball game from 2K Sports for multiple consoles. Similar to Sony's new MLB 11 The Show, the game features all the teams, players and stadiums you'd expect from an official MLB game. Along with straightforward matches for one or two players (online or off), and a multi-year franchise or full season option, this disc also includes My Player mode, where you nurture your player through the minor leagues and into the majors, then inch toward the World Series championships. You can also tune into what's happening in the real Major League Baseball with MLB Today, including news, box scores, stats, and play-by-play commentary pulled from real life. And once again, 2K Sports has promised to award $1 million to the first player to throw a (verified) perfect game.
Is it any good?
Major League Baseball 2K11 definitely builds upon last year's game with tighter controls, smarter artificial intelligence, better-looking player models, and new game modes. New this year is a revamped pitching system (a welcomed improvement over last year's version) and easier fielding mechanics (including better ball landing cursors so you know where to run for the pop fly). Meanwhile, a daily update feature called Dynamic Player Ratings captures the real-life performance of your favorite baseball stars and tweaks their stats in the game. The wacky Mini Diamond mode (play in bizarre locations like a low-gravity space park) and Home Run Derby (where you swing for the fences against the MLB's best) are fun additions to the Wii version. Its main competitor, Sony's MLB 11 The Show, looks better and offers more depth and replayability, but it's only available for PlayStation 3. Still, baseball fans will like stepping up to the plate with this 2K Sports title.
Online interaction: Some versions of the game -- the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 -- have a few online modes to choose from, including exhibition games and the MLB Today mode. Gamers can chat via headset microphone, if desired, which means they could be exposed to offensive language and inappropriate discussions.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether they need to purchase this game if they already have last year's edition. Are updates to team rosters, new controls, and a few new features worth the extra expense?
Discuss ways to become more physically active. Have you considered joining a baseball league? Do you think games can inspire players to try new sports?
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