MLB 2K12 demo will hit the Xbox 360 and PS3 tomorrow. Xbox gamers can look forward to another underwhelming game while PS3 gamers will laugh at 2K for actually taking the time to put their game on the system at all.
The demo will feature the previous World Series matchup of the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals. This will be your first opportunity to control the Cardinals without Albert Pujols on the roster.
Meanwhile, MLB 12: The Show has made no announcement about releasing their game’s demo on the PSNSEN. However, if you make a trek to select Best Buy stores, you have access to MLB 12: The Show at kiosks. Not every Best Buy store has this available so your milage will vary. While there, you may even be able to compare the Vita version with the PS3 version of the game.
Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network have been bringing classic arcade games to a new (and older) generation of gamers for the last few years, but one game was at the top of the list almost unanimously…The Simpson’s Arcade Game. Earlier in the week, The Simpsons was added to XBLA and on Tuesday it will be available on PSN. The cost is $10.
This means all of the “Big 3″ arcade classics will be available to play on current consoles using the original ROM. The other two, of course, are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and 6 player X-Men.
Having only played the demo, my thoughts on the release are similar to those of the other two. It’s not going to be as fun as you remember it. The demo gives you the first of 8 levels to play through. I completed it in roughly 3 minutes. Yes, this is absolutely the same game you played 15-20 years ago in the arcade.
Need money? This guy probably has a few hundred of your quarters from years ago.
As with TMNT and X-Men, this is most enjoyable when playing with the maximum amount of players, in this case 4, whether it be on the same console or online. Playing with multiple gamers allows you to do special moves and makes for great double teaming. Of course there are more enemies and bosses are harder, but that’s to be expected.
It will get boring rather quickly however, as you aren’t actually pumping real quarters into the machine as you did back in the day. It’s just a matter of pressing start to give you another credit and off you go. Thankfully there are multiple game modes where you can have “40 quarters” as a group and that is all you get. It makes the game much more challenging. You can also change the difficulty level to what you desire as well.
I highly recommend at least grabbing the demo, just to re-live the glory days of high quality arcade games.