Pros Minor League Teams and stadiums
Cons Graphics are bad, framerate is horrible, gameplay is worse than 2K7
Summary I have to say that I am a huge Major League Baseball 2K7 fan. The graphics, in my opinion were good, the gameplay was okay, and the action seemed smooth enough. When i heard that 2K8 was going to enhance the feature set of 2K7 and include new features, I thought it could only get better.
I was wrong.
The first thing I noticed when i put the game in the system was that the graphics were far inferior to that of 2K7. I threw in 2K7 and played with the same teams under the same scenario as 2K8 for comparison purposes (weather, stadium etc.) and it was quite obvious that 2K8 was not nearly as polished as 2K7. I even checked the options in 2K8 to make sure i didn't have "Crappy Graphic On" selected. No option was there.
The second thing i noticed, and this was a little frustrating as a baseball fan, but the photos of players like Zito and Soriano were straight off the 2K7 game; no update. So here is Zito smiling on my TV wearing an Oakland A's hat. He hasn't played for Oakland since 2006!! Same with Soriano. that just seems like a lack of detail by the editors.
The frustration for me grew more when the game started. It seemed extremely choppy. Throwing from 3rd to 1st made me wonder if my game was scratched. Nope, that is actually normal. The slowdown is to the point of annoying. I checked my 2K7 and in fairness, there was some framrate issues, but nothing that was as obvious as on 2K8.
Overall, I was dissappointed with the game. The ability to play with minor league teams in minor league stadiums is a nice addition, but the graphic and framerate issues are so severe that it hurts the gameplay. As an owner of a xbox 360, I expect great graphics and solid performance on every game, especially on new games that are "improving" upon past xbox 360 games such as this game. The fact that the graphics were poor and the framerate was problematic, it was a major let-down. While losing $60 is unfortunate, the excitement and build up for this game and to be let down was the major dissappoinment for me. With more sports games going towards exclusivity, it makes it hard for consumers like us to be able to go somewhere else for a baseball or football game.