Monday, May 07, 2007

Game Preview: The Bigs

Last week I met with 2K Sports for a preview of The Bigs, the larger-than-life Major League Baseball licensed title due next month.

In The Bigs, MLB players, stadiums, backgrounds and the action are raised to exaggerated proportions allowing players of the game to play a fantasy-like game of baseball. Each MLB player has been individualized to emphasize their athletic attributes while great attention to detail has been used to portray a player’s face and physical characteristics. Real life stadium landmarks and elements of the surrounding cities have been stylized to highlight the unique architecture of each MLB ballpark.

In game features such as button combination moves, the Big Player Meter and Turbo abilities introduce min-game elements to the traditional play pattern. There are also additional modes including Homerun Pinball, which places you in New York's Times Square where you use the surrounding lights and signs for pinball style targets in a homerun derby.

The Bigs, due in stores June 25, 2007, will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PS2, PSP and the Wii.

-J. McKinney