MLB 2K6 had the unique position of being the first baseball game for the XBOX360 but also it was the only one with the Major League Baseball License. This meant this was the only official game. Real players names, real teams and actual stadium locations. Please keep in mind that I will only compare this baseball game to other baseball and or sports games released prior to this game release. It would not be fair writing the review now after four years of initial release otherwise.
Game play: 7/10
The concept of baseball for me is strategy. Matchups matchups matchups, pitcher versus batter, pitcher versus runners catcher versus runners, left hander batter versus right handed pitcher. I can go on and on. One might think baseball is boring taking a few hours to play in real life. While the game play is pretty much the same in real life its a bit faster in terms of game action. The depth of the game is shown with the various modes. The game play is much more fun at harder difficulty levels where you have to do much of work. The team management does provide some good features for those who just want to manage a big league ball club. Each team has different sets of goals that makes running each organization unique. The multi player options are very basic on and off line. The menus system could also use some work as accessing some features or stats can be a chore.
While having any game move from the original xbox to the xbox 360 gives any game an instant visual upgrade, I find that there could have been more work done to have smoother images and rendering. The game has trouble with camera angles during foul ball sequences as it display the action.
Sound and Music: 6/10
The game announcers has only a limited amount of lines so after a few games the anecdotes can be quite repetitive and annoying. Surprisingly there wasn't a big selection of songs playing while navigating menus like its other sports counterparts. The game ambiance is decent with a few hecklers in the crowd.
Difficulty: 6/10 (Degree of skill to enjoy the game)
One the easiest of setting the game is rather simple and generate vast amount of runs for players. On harder setting, requires a lot more skill and hand eye coordination for hitting the ball. Pitching on harder setting involves a bit more patience on pitch selection and location. Team management is relatively easy with trades to get players you desire.
If you're a baseball fan there are much better releases now but none for the price as the market is littered with used copies of the game for a very good price. While the replayability is there, as with most sports games there is a certain degree of repetitiveness.