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What 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.
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What's it about?
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2K12 is a simulation of professional baseball. Players can choose one of the league's teams and guide them to a championship as a virtual owner, manager, and athlete. They can also create their own budding star and lead them through the minor leagues en route to a pro career. The fielding mechanics have been tweaked to allow players to queue up throws, and a Tendencies system where computer-controlled opponents can pick up a player's habits when they pitch or bat to gain an extra advantage.
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.
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