Major League Baseball 2K12
|Major League Baseball 2K12|
Cover featuring Justin Verlander
|Release date(s)||March 6, 2012|
|Genre(s)||Sports (Professional baseball)|
|Distribution||DVD, Blu-ray Disc|
Major League Baseball 2K12 or, in short, MLB 2K12, is a Major League Baseball licensed baseball simulation video game published by 2K Sports that was released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii and Xbox 360 on March 6, 2012. The commentary is delivered by the trio of Steve Phillips, Gary Thorne, and John Kruk. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers is the game's cover athlete. Verlander won both the AL Cy Young Award and the AL MVP Award in 2011.
The following features have been confirmed:
- The Perfect Game Challenge is a competition where players will compete to pitch a perfect game in MLB 2K12.
- MLB Today Season Mode
- Franchise Mode is a mode where a player can play through multiple MLB seasons with one team, all while signing free agents, making trades, drafting players and setting rosters for that team and its minor league affiliate teams. However, it is not as in-depth as MLB Today Season Mode, and more than one game may be played in a day in Franchise Mode. You can edit your players abilities in all areas unlimited times, making it possible to make your entire team perfect. You can also edit their contracts, so you can say you will pay them whatever they want just to sign them and then lower their salary as much as possible. These things can be seen as good or bad. They are good for players who will do anything to win, but you don't have to do any of it if you consider it to be "cheating." You are also free to change the difficulty level and/or sliders as much as you want to, or not at all, during a franchise.
Franchise Mode All-Star Game Errors
When you play a franchise on Major League Baseball 2K12, you reach the All-Star Game on a Tuesday in July at about the time it would happen in real life, but there are some serious errors with the All-Star Game on this game, such as: 1) The game is always played at Kauffman Stadium, even beyond 2012. 2) The uniforms are always AL and NL All-Star uniforms, not the team uniforms. 3) There are no outfield umpires. (also there are none in the World Series) 4) The team that bats last always rotates between AL and NL each year, even though the game is always at an AL stadium. (Kauffman Stadium) 5) The decision for a DH on each team or pitchers batting on each team is decided by which team is the "home team", or the team that bats last, each year. (In real life, at the time of the game's release, there is always a DH for both teams in the All-Star Game.) 6) Players that should obviously be All-Stars are sometimes left off the team. 7) Players that should obviously not be All-Stars are sometimes put on the team. 8) Worst of all, the game is totally meaningless and home field advantage in the World Series is not decided by this game. For some reason, the game chose to side with the AL over the NL and just give home field advantage to the AL team in the World Series every year. With that being said, the computer managers and simulated decisions that occur during the All-Star Game still manage the All-Star Game like a regular game and they sometimes do less substitutions than what happens in the real life All-Star Game, even though this All-Star Game decides nothing later in the video game's season and the real life All-Star Game decides home field advantage in the real World Series. The decision to just give the AL team home field advantage in the World Series every year is highly questionable, especially with no particular reason for doing so. This can be an unnoticed error for some players, but one that can be critical if you are playing as an NL team who is in the World Series, the NL won the All-Star Game, and your team does not get home field advantage in the World Series because of an unfair rule with no reason for being there, especially if the home team wins all 7 games of that series, making your NL team lose possibly because of that rule. This aspect of the World Series on Major League Baseball 2K12 has little notice on the Internet, even though it can be considered the biggest error on the game.
Changes from previous installments
- MLB 2K12 makes pitcher and batter interactions more realistic than ever before, as certain pitches will decrease or increase in effectiveness against certain players, depending on their strengths and weaknesses.
- MLB 2K12 has a new throwing system and variation and realism in the hits.
- MLB 2K12 features improved gameplay from the previous installments, including improved AI, as well as improved graphics and lighting.
- MLB 2K12 features all of the real-life MLB logos, uniforms, and ballparks.
Major League Baseball 2K12 received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike. IGN.com gave it a 7/10, saying,"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." GameSpot gave it a lower rating of 5.5/10 commenting that "it's hard to recommend this brand of baseball." The game was again compared unfavourably with its rival the MLB: The Show series.
End of the Series
2K Sports has given many signals that this game will mark the end of the MLB 2K series. The game was left off the list of games for 2K's 2013 fiscal year, which was the same way they signaled the end of the NHL 2K series and the College Hoops series. A Take Two spokesman commented, “Our legacy Major League Baseball agreement will sunset in fiscal 2013. MLB 2K12 is our last offering under that agreement. At this time, we have no further comment.” 
However, on January 9, 2013, 2K Sports has finally announced that they had reached an agreement with Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media to release Major League Baseball 2K13. The game was released on March 5, 2013.
The following soundtrack was confirmed on February 17, 2012.
|Atmosphere||Just for Show|
|Bass Drum of Death||Get Found|
|Explosions in the Sky||Trembling Hands|
|G-Side||Put Me in the Game|
|JEFF the Brotherhood||Shredder|
|My Morning Jacket||Holdin' On to Black Metal|
|Pretty Lights||Hot Like Dimes|
|Skrillex||Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites|
|Telekinesis||Please Ask for Help|
|The Cool Kids||Boomin'|
|The Joy Formidable||Austere|
|The Vaccines||If You Wanna|
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