There is the popular idioms, “Same old, same old” and “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Most likely a significant amount of the readers have said or thought this about MLB 2K13. On the other hand, there is MLB: The Show 13, which has promised to have a different feel between Regular Season games, Playoff games, and of course the World Series, along with toning down the infamous difficulty on offense, along with the addition of game modes such as Online Road to the Show amongst others. While MLB 2K13 won’t be having any revolutionary features, they have the most impressive feature in MLB simulation; Total Control Pitching. Now for those who aren’t up to speed on this years installments of Major League Baseball simulations, then please sit down, grab a blanket, some warm cocoa, and prepare for a crash course. While the MLB was strategically waiting out Dec 21 2012 before signing a new deal with Visual Concepts, the developers best known for developing Take-Two Interactive‘s 2K series of sports games, Sony Computer Entertainment San Diego Studio (SCE San Diego Studio) was making some intriguing enhancements to their MLB: The Show series. The announcement of MLB 2K13 stunned the world, as few expected a deal to actually be reached between MLB and Visual Concepts.
This year, however, Sony has promised to make hitting less difficult. They admit that the error margin was far too small, but they promise also to stick to the trademark difficulty and feel of The Show that has gotten them to this point. In terms of MLB games, it is good to remember that baseball starts and ends with pitching. Good hitting is clearly needed if teams want to score points, but even the best hitter can fall victim to a knee-buckling Curveball. Thus, due to a much more robust pitching system the MLB 2K series edges out Sony’s offering. Regardless, fans should check out both titles this, as they look amazing. MLB 2K is without a doubt the better game in terms of Major League Baseball simulations. However, The Show is very entertaining, and the depth of the Franchise mode make it hard to write off in the long run. Each series has its strengths, but overall, Total Control Pitching for the win!