A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game promotes team play and healthy competition.
Positive Role Models
Current players from Major League Baseball are represented, and team play is encouraged.
Ease of Play
The game uses the dual analog sticks to perform most tasks, with plenty of tips throughout showing players how to perform these correctly. Between this and tutorials, players should have no trouble picking it up.
Products & Purchases
The game includes a combination of real and fake advertisers who have billboards and signs placed around stadiums.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Major League Baseball 2K12 is a straightforward simulation of Major League Baseball. Players can lead a team to the World Series or create a player and lead them to a Hall of Fame career. The game can be played online with open chat, so kids using that option could hear inappropriate things coming from strangers.
Is It Any Good?
Major League Baseball 2K12 hasn't really changed much from last year, which is good and bad. The hitting and fielding are solid, but the pitching can get too complicated with the various gestures required to perform certain throws. The game also struggles to properly represent ball movement, most notably speed and velocity. At times, it feels as if the ball floats out there a bit too long. Also, players remain stiff, with awkward transitions between movements. It's a decent option for diehard baseball fans. However, if you're a casual fan, this game can stay on the bench.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.