Major League Baseball 2K7
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this baseball simulation is a sanitized version of what you would see at a real ballpark -- these players don't chew tobacco, spit, or scratch themselves. The purity and beauty of the sport on display here might even encourage a family trip to the ballpark. Kids will see some advertising in the simulated parks. The game has an online mode; Common Sense Media doesn't recommend online play for anyone under 12.
What's it about?
The game offers single-play and online multiplayer options, as well as a full franchise mode that puts you in control of baseball as a business.
On offense, the pitching system is fairly intuitive. The catcher makes his suggestion; using the right stick on your controller, you aim at his glove. To simulate stress, things get shaky in crucial situations and it's harder to aim. And, of course, if you're playing with a star pitcher, you're going to have an easier time than with a less talented player.
Is it any good?
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2K7 is better in every way than the previous year's version -- and on the Xbox 360 and PS3, it's better than gorgeous: It's realistic. Players look -- and even walk to the plate -- just like their real world counterparts. Defense is a bit problematic: The player will sometimes miss the ball inexplicably. This isn't an error as scored in baseball, but rather a graphical glitch that causes a fielder to run toward a grounder but fail to even reach for it.
Another problem, depending on your perspective, is the stats. Real baseball involves a lot more strikes than hits. Video game baseball has traditionally made batting easier to keep the game moving smoothly and make it more fun for gamers who aren't obsessed with baseball stats. Major League Baseball 2K7 may have put too much emphasis on hitting, but most kids won't even notice.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about baseball and sports. Why do you think athletes are considered role models? Is it because of how they play the game or how they live their lives? How is baseball different from other sports, and what makes it so popular with families? Families can also discuss consumerism and sports. Are ads in sports games part of creating a realistic experience, or are game makers attempting to sell things to young players?