Up yours, Major League Baseball.
The dumbass stepbrother of the family of the piss-easy 2k6 sports games (the others being NHL, NBA, and College Hoops), MLB 2K6 was also the first next-gen baseball game released. Did it fare well, or was it just was it is today: a quick gamerscore injection?
Unfortunately, 2K6 had one crippling flaw right off the bat: crashes. This wasn't an isolated incident either, there were TONS of angry posts on the 2k forums about this. I got lucky if I got past the 2nd inning. They've said they fixed it, but... nope, or not for me anyway. It's all luck if you can play longer than a few innings.
As for the game itself, it's just baseball. You either hit balls, or catch balls. Pitching is a one-two-three button press, determining where the ball with go, and you have several pitches. Hitting is determined when you hit the ball and where you aim the analog stick. The fielding is sluggish because the fielders can't turn around very well.
Other standard features of baseball, like stealing bases, are here.
The game itself is FUGLY. It's barely an upgrade from xbox graphics, and the fans in the stands look hysterically awful. The actual players look fine, on the flip side. You do see the dirt on a batter's uniform if he slid to a base. Again, standard stuff at best. The soundtrack is expectably taking a backseat to the action, and approrately... awful, they must have tried for Indie Bands like Amped 3 did, but Doominator loathes Indie music. It's all personal taste though.
I dont need to talk about achievements; it's the only reason you're playing the game. It's forgivible how there are so few and how easy they are since this is a launch window game, but good luck trying to get them without the game crashing on you. Getting to the 5th inning alone to get the "strikeout 15 batters" achievement is a nightmare.
I'm not the biggest fan of baseball (which is ironic since everyone in my house plays or has played the sport recently), but I like it enough to game it. MLB 2K6 is pretty much a broken down mess as a whole. It doesn't look next-gen at all, it doesn't feel next-gen, and it sure as hell wasn't tested before release. At least they learned from this for future installments.
If you want a fun, albeit unrealistic baseball game, go play The BIGS or something. Hell, go buy MLB 2K7 or later. But if you are desperate for a gamerscore boost and aren't afraid to be infurated by crash bugs abound, MLB 2K6 is a decent starting hitter.
Just don't be surprised if he strikes out.