If there were ever a game which was truly merely a Roster Update, this is it. I am so disappointed in this game, only because it is
last years, with a different menu.
That said, I so enjoyed 2k10! It was the funnest game I had played since Major League Baseball 2005.
The controls are logical, and easy to learn.
-Pitching is challenging, but in a balanced way, not too hard, but not a cake walk either.
-Hitting with the right stick is much more interesting than simply pushing a button. Again, challenging, but the right balance between a need for focus, and fun; never frustrating when you get the timing down.
-Fielding is logical as well. Go get the ball with the left stick, and throw to the right base with the buttons. My complaint here, is the landing spot indicator is smaller in 2k11, than in 2k10, and until you learn it, it is Very difficult to pick up where the ball will land. Frustrating at first. An un necessary change.
-Base running is so much easier than on MLB The Show! The left trigger, or right bumper advances one, or all runners. An easy, well thought out system! The hard part? if you're on defense, throwing out a base runner is almost impossible. If you're playing, "Career Mode," and you are the pitcher, your catcher NEVER throws out the base runner. I've played 4 seasons, and have just accepted this as a flaw, that was not fixed from 2k10.
-Graphics are beautifully rendered. Stadiums are realistic, but the fans look like cardboard cutouts. The faces of players are generic as well. Now for me the fun is in the game play, so I don't really care about faces, and fans, but it is just lazy, and cheesy that the programmers didn't take enough pride in their work to make the look of the players better.
-Animations. Lazy, no improvement, and no pride in their work. This franchise has been around for many years. Why an outfielder throws toward third, and the ball goes to second; my player throws to first for a final out, than runs half way into the outfield before turning around to go to the dugout, or I can literally disappear into a wall is to me inexcusable. This game is not cheap. If you want to be taken seriously, like Madden, or "The Show," show some pride. Again, it doesn't take away from the game play, but no improvement in animations in years is just sloppy, and in excusable.
There are literally NO changes in game play, modes, graphics, AI, or animations from last years game. It is a roster upgrade, with a different menu. It is the laziest release I've ever seen in a sports game.
Love or hate the latest releases of Madden's, there are differences, and attempts at trying different functions, such as, "Gameflow." This game doesn't even pretend to be different.
The three changes I've seen.
1) Menus are easier to navigate
2) The throw meter is different. It isn't as good, or exact, but it is different.
3) The location of where the ball will land on pop up's and fly balls is smaller, and frustratingly more difficult to read.
Bottom Line: If you have 2k10, keep it. If not, 2k11 is a worthy game, however, you can get 2k10 for a whole lot cheaper than '11, so you might want to think about that as well.
I hope this was helpful.