Nerd Alert! Previewing Upcoming 2011 Baseball Video Games.
Updated MLB 2K11 + MLB Show 11 info: Feb 13th, 2011
(Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, PSP, PS2, PC)
Release Date: March 8th
Take Two Interactive (ticker symbol TTWO) is back with what could likely be their second to last baseball game. Back in 2005 Take Two signed a seven year exclusive third party deal to create MLB video games across all consoles. This is why EA’s highly respected MVP baseball series was shelved.
Details are scarce at this point. The $1 million perfect game contest is back (first to record a perfect game on a predetermined difficulty setting wins $1 million) and our boy Roy Halladay is on the cover.
Early Trailer[youtube kxsXeuGKNgU]
MLB 2K11 Graphically improvement comparisons
Brian Wilson with a poor man’s Zach Galifianakis impression[youtube sy2M3yxRIHA]
MLB Bobblhead Pros
(Xbox Live, Playstation Network)
Release Date: ???
Taking advantage of their disappearing exclusivity, Take Two has applied to the ESRB (a video games ratings board) for a game titled MLB Bobbleheads Pros.
The only info out there relating to this game comes from the ESRB
baseball simulation game in which players compete using ‘bobblehead doll’ versions of real major league players.
Video game site Joystiq speculates that this will be a downloadable only title.
MLB The Show 11
(PS3, PSP, PS2)
Release Date: March 8th
Playstation exclusive MLB 11 The Show is back once again. This time around the game adds 3D and Playstation Move capabilities to the PS3 version.
3D doesn’t set my world on fire but the inclusion of the ‘Move’ motion controller could make this one of the greatest interactive games of all-time.
For those using a regular controller, The Show will revamp their controller scheme in 2011, adopting the dual analog control system found in the MLB 2K series.
Yearly improvements to career mode (Road to the Show), online leader boards and co-op play are expected.
On the downside the game added Eric Karros as a play-by-play announcer.
Stadium specific features, ambiance. (Drunk College kids in the 500 level at the RC?)[youtube x-BMcKEzrfI]
Pro Yakyuu Spirits 2011
(Region Free PS3 – plays on North American PS3 Consoles)
Release Date: March 11th (Japan)
The popular Japanese series returns once again in 2011. North American PS3’s can play the game (which can be found via Play Asia or Ebay).
Judging by gameplay videos the game has a realistic japanese flavour. Crowd chants are loudly represented during gameplay. The Japanese also incorporate story telling and drama into their game feed & highlights. This game captures the feeling by showing numerous close-ups of players, managers, etc.
Here are a few videos from the 2010 Version
Home Run Derby[youtube jRfZ5JHzkI4]
At this point that’s all I can find for upcoming NA console games. If I missed anything let me know via the comments.
In February/March (once demos are out) I’ll take a look at the PC/Mac based computer baseball sims such as Out of the Park Baseball & Baseball Mogul.