Major League Baseball 2K12 Review | 6.9/10
Review by IGN (7.0/10 – Good)
MLB 2K12 represents a year in baseball that’s about minor polish rather than major innovation. Certain elements of the evolving formula from 2K10 and 2K11 find great success this year, but overall 2012 marks a standard year for a good game of baseball.
The framework first built by 2K10 remains under the hood of 2K12, though the new title does make progress. Graphically, the MLB 2K12 experience utilizes higher contrasts, making sunny days brighter and really showcasing the grizzle of your favorite unshaven athlete. The graphical changes don’t reflect an overhaul, but rather a journey towards creating the best representation of America’s pastime. The animations are lifelike, and despite a few camera quirks, the overall stadium experience is a good one. There’s still some pixilation on smaller details, but the grass, bases, and teams stand strong.
Review by G4TV (3.5/5)
An emerging pattern, it seems in sports games, is that one dominant franchise innovates constantly while the other desperately plays catch-up. 2K Sport’s entry into the baseball world has historically been that lacking title; however, this year’s incarnation is undoubtedly the best entry in the series, and a warning shot fired over the bow of the competition. Though it’s not a revolutionary game by any stretch of the imagination, MLB 2K12 represents a significant improvement and may finally be a MLB 2K game worth buying.
Review by Kotaku (Play It)
This could be the last dance for Major League Baseball 2K. For more than a year, all signs have pointed to Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of 2K Sports, leaving a licensing deal many have ridiculed from the day it was signed in 2005. 2K Sports has ended three team sports series in the past seven years. Is MLB 2K12 a swan song on the order of NFL 2K5? Or is it more in the range of NHL 2K10?