Last night I snagged a copy of MLB The Show ’11 at midnight. Last year’s game was the greatest baseball game I’ve ever played. So what were the early impressions of this game? Today was set to be a day long celebration here at Diamond Hoggers. I’ll admit that I played until about 3 am last night (and since this game is so life-like, that was only about two full games. Here’s what I registered in the way of early impressions before before my girlfriend emerged from our room and started telling me that it was time to put the controller down for the night.
*’All-Star’ difficulty mode used to be absolutely sick how accurate it was right out of the box to real-life baseball you see on television every night. Not anymore. I knew something was off last night when I hit six home runs on Opening Day against the Brewers. It would have been three with Johnny Gomes single-handed, but Corey Hart made a catch that took one away.
*Then I started to realize that it wasn’t just a good day at the office. In my homer happy game, a total of like 12 balls flew out of park for both teams, including a bomb by Ramon Hernandez to cut the deficit to 9-8 which was the final.
*Then I fired up a game between the Braves and Nationals. Who is on the mound for the Nats? None other than Stephen Strasburg. I had downloaded the new roster update from online, so The Show developers must not have gotten the memo that the phenom won’t be pitching this year. Nonetheless, I wanted to see what he had.
*He threw hard, but I messed him up badly. I mean, I put like 7 or 8 runs on Strasburg; whereas in last year’s version on my wonderful ‘All-Star’ difficulty he’s likely to 2-hit you and strike you out 13 times. The home runs you earn, and they feel valuable to you. This year, it’s the nightmare that was 2K Sports baseball all over again. As the game went on, the Braves (controlled by me) hit 7 home runs. Jason Heyward hit two, and they were on balls he tapped. I didn’t time them up particularly well. Just, ridiculous. It wasn’t even really fun at this point. For shits sakes, I hit a backside bomb with Alex freagin’ Gonzalez to go up 5-3. That shouldn’t happen.