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Category: Software Published on Monday, 02 March 2009

New games bring crack of the bat to armchair managers

Michael L. Berman's Blog
www.scrippsnews.com
April 9
, 2007

Smell that????

It's Spring! Time to hear the crack of bat on ball. Time to hear calls of "goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllll" during a professional soccer match. The time when you get all of that sports equipment out of the closet and work off that extra 20 pounds you accumulated during the Winter hiatus.

Or, if you're a geek like I am and you can hit better, run faster and leave your opponents in the dust using a joystick rather than a big stick, you may want to check out a few of the tons of sports-releated games that have hit the shelves for the XBox 360, Playstation 2 or PSP.

Let's start with baseball:

These games have become more realistic this year with MLB07 The Show from Sony for the PSP and PS2 game consoles ($39.95) and Major League Baseball 2K7 from Kush Games and 2K Sports for the XBox 360 ($59.99) topping the list. Both ganes deliver great graphics and gameplay with a slight edge going to 2K Sports. The animaton is a bit smoother and more realistic, which is probably due to the more sophisticated graphics capabilities of the 360. But The Show boasts a bevy of new features that can't be found in other baseball games, including:

Of course all the features you've come to expect from a baseball game are still there - - - animations exclusive to each player (including Sheffield's bat waggle), something called Adaptive Pitching Intelligence (which is also available in the 2K game) where catchers can relay batters' tendencies to the pitcher, and a speaker-busting soundtrack.

The changes found in Major League Baseball 2K7 are far more than cosmetic and were desinged to take advantage of the advanced capabilites of the XBox 360. They include:

Whichever game you choose, armchair managers are guaranteed to have hours of fun, without breaking a leg or collapsing from exhauting running from home to first base.

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