A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Fielders can perform a behind-the-back-type showboat catch to "embarass the other team."
Products & Purchases
All of Major League Baseball's players, teams, and fields are present. Ballparks have some baseball-related (Rawlings, Topps) and videogame-related (2K Sports, Kush Games) ads.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this baseball game features the full lineup of Major League Baseball players and ballparks. It also includes a smattering of in-game ads, though nowhere near what fans encounter at a real ballpark. The simulation-style gameplay may be a bit complex for younger gamers. Parents should also be aware that the game has an online mode and that Common Sense Media does not recommend online play for anyone under 12.
Is It Any Good?
Graphics and sound are both uneven. In some situations, players move realistically and sport stunningly accurate physiognomies. Yet some in-game videos look like they're from a previous console generation, and player animations can be choppy and robotic. Announcers occasionally lag behind the action or get simple things wrong, like the pitch count.
Controls are initially daunting, but players who are 8 and up are likely to learn them fairly easily. They eventually provide a nice sense of control, particularly in the duels between pitchers and batters. Controlling the fielders is a chore; they often move slowly and clumsily, making field action feel sluggish and muted. Overall, MLB 2K6 has some rough edges, but with so many options, control features, and play modes, it will likely impress anyone with an interest in video game baseball, from casual fans to obsessed devotees.
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