MLB 2K7 Guide

Major League Baseball® 2K7 FAQ: Version 1.0 Made by: l EcHo 360 l
Table of Contents:
A. Introduction
B. Controls
C. General
D. Positions/Terminology
E. Game Modes
F. Teams/Rankings
G. Achievements
H. Frequently Asked Questions
I. General Tips
J. Acknowledgements

A. Introduction

Spring is upon us (well, us Northern Hemisphere folks Wink [;)]) and that means one thing- baseball! 2K Sports and Kush games really brought their A-game with Major League Baseball® 2K7. This year everything is better- Hi-def vizuals, realistic character models, incredible soundtrack, great commentary, and much, much more… Start from Spring Training and take you team all the way to October to play in the World Series. Major League Baseball® 2K7 is truly a step up for last year’s game and is absolutely worth picking up.

I. About/Features
About:
Developer: Kush Games
Publisher: 2K Sports
Genre: Sports
Release Date: February 26, 2007
MSRP: $59.99
Game Rating: E for Everyone
Players: 1-2 offline, 2 over Xbox Live

Features:

* Signature style: Batting stances, waggles, home run celebrations, step-ins, step-outs, windups, and deliveries bring each player to life like never before.
* True fielding: Fielder positioning, relay, and cutoff A.I. has been redesigned to allow for better, more authentic Major League defensive play. Defensive alignments are now based on who is at the plate.
* Dynamic throwing system: Responsive throwing mechanics coupled with unique animations for infield, outfield, and situational throws brings your command of the ball to a new level.
* Inside Edge: Updated for the 2007 season, Inside Edge data is now tied into user control at the plate. Playing into your pitcher’s or hitter’s strengths will now reward you with a boost in hitting power.
* Player models: MLB 2K7 player models are brought to life with exquisite accuracy. Now body type, player faces, accessories, uniforms, and hats match their real-world counterparts down to the smallest details.
* Franchise finance: Team news, attendance, ticket prices, and fan “buzz” will all play a key role in the success of your franchise. Each of these elements can affect your seasonal profit or deficit, affecting budgets for subsequent seasons.
* Unprecedented commentary: All-Star duo Jon Miller and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan return to the broadcast booth to deliver the best commentary in the business.
* Hi-def baseball: Seamless camera work, new crowd audio, and stunning replays keep you in the moment through the duration of a game.
* 2K Sports online play: Go head-to-head and compete in leagues and tournaments against the best players on the planet.
* Killer soundtrack: Rock out to Nirvana, Sublime, The Stooges, Pixies, 311, Wolfmother, The Specials, Tapes ‘n Tapes, DFA 1979, Thermals, and more.

B. Controls
Here are the basic controls for the game:

I. Batting Pre-Pitch (Classic Control)
B- Baseburner
Y- Bunt
Left Thumbstick + X Button- Cue Steal Towards Base
Left Thumbstick- Move Batter’s Eye
Left Thumbstick (Click)- View Batter’s Eye (invisible by default)
Left Trigger- Increase all Leadoffs
Right Trigger- Decrease all Leadoffs
Left Bumper- Lineup card
Directional Pad Left- Change Pitcher stat display
Directional Pad Right- Change Batter stat display
Start- Pause
Xbox Guide- Opens up Xbox Guide

II. Batting (Classic Control)
A- Swing
Y (Before Pitch)- Sacrifice Bunt
Y (After Pitch)- Drag Bunt (Bunt for hit)
Left Thumbstick- Influence Hit Type
Left Thumbstick (when bunting)- Aim bat up/down
Left Trigger (when bunting)- Aim bunt left
Right Trigger (when bunting)- Aim bunt right
Xbox Guide- Opens up Xbox Guide

III. Batting (Swing Stick)

Right Stick- Swing/Bunt
Types of Swings and Bunts:
Pull back and release- Contact Drive Swing
Pull Back & Push Forward- Power Swing
Push Forward- Defensive Swing
Pull Back Immediately after swing has started- Check Swing
Click before pitch- Sacrifice Bunt
Click again before pitch- Pull back Bunt
Click after pitch- Drag bunt (bunt for hit)
Left Trigger (when bunting)- Aim bunt left
Right Trigger (when bunting)- Aim bunt right
Left Stick (when bunting)- Aim bunt up or down

IV. Pitching
Left Thumbstick- Aim Pitch Breakpoint cursor
A- Throw Pitch
B- Throw Pitch
X- Throw Pitch
Y- Throw Pitch
Right Bumper- Throw Pitch
Left Bumper- Line up card
Right Trigger- View pitch breaks
Left Trigger- Hold for Pickoffs
When holding the Left Trigger for Pickoffs:
B- Pickoff First base
Y- Pickoff Second base
X- Pickoff Third base
Right Trigger + Left Thumbstick Up- View pitch selection frequency
Right Trigger + Left Thumbstick Down- View pitch ratings
Right Trigger + Left Thumbstick (Click)- Pitch Out
Right Trigger + Right Thumbstick (Click)- Intentional Walk
Right Thumbstick- Move catcher
Right Thumbstick (Click)- Reset catcher
Left Thumbstick (Click)- Deactivate Payoff Pitch Opportunities
Directional Pad Left- Change Pitcher stat display
Directional Pad Right- Change Batter stat display
Directional Pad Up- Outfield Defensive shift
Directional Pad Down- Infield Defensive shift
Start- Pause

V. Stealing
Left Tigger- Increase all Leadoffs
Right Trigger- Decrease all Leadoffs
Left Stick + X- Cue Steal Towards Base

VI. Baserunning
A- Select runner
B- Select runner
X- Select runner
Y- Select runner
Left Trigger- Advance Selected Runner
Right Trigger- Retreat Selected Runner
Left Bumper- Advance All Runners
Right Bumper- Retreat All Runners
Right Thumbstick (Up Left)- Cue head first slide to inside of base
Right Thumbstick (Up)- Cue head first slide straight at base
Right Thumbstick (Up Right)- Cue head first slide to outside of base
Right Thumbstick (Down Left)- Cue feet first slide to inside of base
Right Thumbstick (Down)- Cue feet first slide straight at base
Right Thumbstick (Down Right)- Cue feet first slide to outside of base

VII. BaseBurner Mode
Directional Pad- Batter Commands
Left Thumbstick- Increase/Decrease Leadoff
Left Trigger- Retreat to Base
Right Trigger- Advance to Base
B- Toggle Players
Right Thumbstick (Up Left)- Cue head first slide to inside of base
Right Thumbstick (Up)- Cue head first slide straight at base
Right Thumbstick (Up Right)- Cue head first slide to outside of base
Right Thumbstick (Down Left)- Cue feet first slide to inside of base
Right Thumbstick (Down)- Cue feet first slide straight at base
Right Thumbstick (Down Right)- Cue feet first slide to outside of base

VIII. Fielding Without the Ball
Left Thumbstick- Move fielder
Left Trigger- Change fielder
Right Bumper (after throw)- Cutoff throw
Right Trigger- Sprint
X- Call off fielders (to avoid pop-fly collisions)
Right Thumbstick- Athletic Catches (Dives/Rob Homeruns)

IX. Fielding With the Ball
Left Thumbstick- Move fielder
Right Trigger- Sprint
A- Throw home
B- Throw first
Y- Throw second
X- Throw third
Right Bumper (after throw)- Cut off the throw
Right Stick (click)- Smart throw

C. General
Baseball is officially known as the national sport of the United States. It is a very popular sport, which consists of a contest between two teams, nine players at one time (while there are also bench players, coaches, and managers). The objective is simple- be the team with the most runs at the end of nine innings.

Note: There is so much information about baseball that there can be guides and guide about the various topics. For a great overview, go here as I don’t want to go into too much detail about it and waste room. Hopefully that will teach you a thing or two about the sport if you do not know already. Wink [;)]

D. Positions/Terminology
I. Positions
As stated previously, there are nine players on defense at one time. One pitcher, one catcher, four other infielders, and three outfielders.

1. Pitcher (P)- The primary objective for the pitcher is to throw the ball for the opposing team to hit. The pitcher tries to not let them score by throwing well, and must also be a good defender. Stands on the pitching mound in the middle of the infield.
2. Catcher (C)- Wearing protective equipment, the catcher catches the pitches thrown by the pitcher. They must have a strong arm to protect against baserunners advancing. Stands behing home plate in the in field.
3. First Base (1B)- The first baseman’s job is to catch balls thrown by the other infielders to get an out when runners try to make it to first base. Stands around first base of the infield.
4. Second Base (2B)- The second baseman’s job is to help start double-play’s and be the relay-man for the outfielders. Stands between second base and first base.
5. Third Base (3B)- The third baseman’s job is to prevent any baserunners from advancing to third base. Stands by third base.
6. Short Stop (SS)- The Short Stop’s job is very similar to the second baseman. He helps turn the double-plays. Stands between second base and third base.
7. Left Field (LF)- This will cover all of the outfielders (7, 8, and 9). The outfielders objective is to catch all fly-balls, or get the ball into the in-field as quickly as possible. It is not an easy job as there are judgement calls to be made and you must have a strong arm and be fast.
8. Center Field (CF)- See Left Field.
9. Right Field (RF)- See Left Field.

II. Terminology
There is a lot of lingo involved with baseball. It will save a lot of space in this guide to simply post a few links to get people to be famiar with some of the terminology.

SportsFanatic.net

Don’t know one? Give it a search here!

Great List of Terms

E. Game Modes

Play Ball- Wanting a mode you can play against the computer or a friend? Look no further! This is the quickest way to hop in. Just pick a team, choose sides, and spend the 350 Edge Points to gain the “Inside Edge” against the key players of the opposing team.

Exhibition- Very similar to Play Ball, but there are many more options. You are able to choose from the team uniforms, choose from the available ballparks, and even set the time of day and the weather. Also, you can adjust the lineups and the starting pitcher.

Season- This is where the game really gets going. Here is where you get to complete a full season in the big leagues. You can control up to four different teams and there are tons of customizable features.

Schedule- Check out the schedule at any time to so who you’re playing next, who’s hot, who’s not, and the likely pitching match-ups. When you’re up to a game, go to this menu and you’ll be able to play or simulate the games. The choice is up to you.

My 2K7- This menu gives you the opportunity to view your VIP Profile, Skybox, Settings, Challenges, and Cheats without exiting Season mode. Also, you can Save and Load your Season settings.

Stats- Want to know who to acquire in a trade? Want to know your attendance ratings, power rankings, or individual or team stats? This is your place!

GM- In this mode, you have the opportunity to make trades, sign free agents, release players, manage your minor leage teams, and even set ticket prices.

Manage- Use this feature to keep your team’s morale happy and play the role of manager.
It isn’t easy, but give it a go!

Features- Go here to create your own players and change the soundtrack of the stadium.

Frachise- This is where the big boys play! It is very similar to Season, but now you control the Front Office as General Manager.

GM Career- Instead of controlling a team and being a GM, you are now your own GM and can move about the different teams and have a successful career.

Home Run Derby- Alright, slugger. Here’s you chance to shine. Test your power and see how well you can hit the long ball in a contest to be able to call yourself “the best.”

Manager Showdown- This is a text-based game of baseball, where you give the commands. You direct what each batter to do during an at-bat, call steals and subs, and even direct the pitcher througout the 27 outs of the games. This is great for those who don’t feel like playing through a full game by pressing buttons and controlling the players.

Tournament- Make the post-season come early. It can be between 2, 4, 8, and 16 teams. The series length can be set to 1, 3, 5, or 7 games. Keep playing through to crown the winner.

Situation- This mode will test your strategy and nerves during certain situations. Use this to hone your skills as a player and learn how to deal with different situations.

F. Teams/Rankings (according to MLB 2K7)

1. New York Yankees
2. New York Mets
3. Boston Red Sox
4. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
5. Chicago Cubs
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Detroit Tigers
9. Chicago White Sox
10. San Diego Padres
11. St. Louis Cardinals
12. Oakland Athletics
13. Cleveland Indians
14. San Francisco Giants
15. Toronto Blue Jays
16. Baltimore Orioles
17. Milwaukee Brewers
18. Atlanta Braves
19. Seattle Mariners
20. Minnesota Twins
21. Cincinnati Reds
22. Arizona Diamond Backs
23. Houston Astros
24. Texas Rangers
25. Florida Marlins
26. Colorado Rockies
27. Tampa Bay Devil Rays
28. Washington Nationals
29. Kansas City Royals
30. Pittsburgh Pirates

G. Achievements

Unlockable How to Unlock
Ejected! (10) Ejected from a ballgame? Double Check!
MVP Winner (30) Won the league MVP award.
No-Hitter (100) Pitched a complete game no-hitter.
5-Game Streak (30) Go on a 5-game winning streak online.
3-Game Streak (20) Go on a 3-game winning streak online.
Join Up (10) Join an online league or tournament.
Win 20 Online (20) Win twenty 9 inning games online.
Rail Lean Catch (10) Make an acrobatic catch leaning over the foul territory railing.
Burglar (30) Steal home plate.
The Cycle (50) Hit a single, double, triple, and home run in one game with the same player.
Online Champion (50) Win an online tournament or league.
Win 50 Online (50) Win fifty 9 inning games online.
Offensive Explosion (40) Score 20 runs in one game on “Pro” or higher difficulty setting.
Super Slugger (30) Hit 3 home runs in one game with the same player on “Pro” or higher difficulty setting.
Moonshot! (20) Hit a mammoth 450+ foot home run.
5 Hit Game (50) Have a player get 5 base hits in one game.
Closing Time (10) Have a pitcher record a “save” by coming into a close ballgame to finish off a win.
Payoff (30) Make 10 successful “Payoff Pitches” in one game.
Strikeout the Side (20) Strike out all 3 batters you face in an inning.
Unhittable (50) Strikeout 15 batters with one pitcher on “Pro” or higher difficulty setting.
Thief (10) Successfully steal 2 bases in a game with one player.
Double Steal (20) Make a successful double steal (2 players steal a base on the same play)
Organized Crime (40) Have your team successfully steal 6 bases in one game.
Robbery! (20) Make a wall climb catch (rob a home run.)
Triple Double (30) Turned 3 double plays in one game. “Triple Double” done baseball style.
Strikeout Leader (30) During a season, franchise, or GM Career, have a pitcher lead his league in strikeouts.
Home Run Leader (30) During a season, franchise, or GM Career, have a player lead the league in HRs.
Cy Young Winner (30) During a season, franchise, or GM Career, have a player win the Cy Young award.
World Series Winner (75) Play through a season (offline) and win the World Series.
Trivia Time (5) Successfully answer a trivia question between innings of a ball game.
League Participation (20) Play at least one game in an online league or tournament.
Get Connected (20) Play a full 9 inning game versus an online opponent
Win 10 Online (10) Win ten 9 inning games online.

H. Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Should I get this game?A: Absolutely! It has improved alot since last year and the achievements are very fun to go for.

Q: How much does it cost again?A: $59.99, but you can always find great deals online.

Q: Who developed this game?A: Kush Games

Q: Who published this game?A: 2K Sports

Q: How many Edge Points do you start with?A: 350.

Q: I didn’t like the demo, should I at least give it a rent?A: Indeed, you should. The demo only shows a glimpse of what the game really has to offer.

Q: What should I do if I still am unsure about something in the game?A: Post your question in this guide or in an existing thread relating to your question. We’ll be glad to help! Big Smile [:D]

I. General Tips

* Learn how to pitch well. They can’t score if they can’t hit.
* Mix it up. Don’t just use the heater every time. Throw some off-speed stuff and try to paint the corners.
* You don’t have to try for a strike every time. Go out of the zone a bit, and see if the batter still swings and misses.
* Use your bullpen. Don’t forget to warm-up pitchers, so they can perform at their best on the field. Don’t leave them there too long or they will tire themselves out.
* Learn to hit well. Use the various types of hitting to your advantage. Don’t go for the longshot when your pitcher is batting and the bases are loaded with two outs. Give your team a chance to score.
* Use the sliders to get the most out of your gaming experience.
* Situations ocurr all the time. Learn how to handle them the best. You might end up sacrificing a run or two, but learn from your mistakes so you cant try to not make them again.
* Move your defense to suit the batter’s tendencies. If it’s a power-hitter, you may want to play deep.
* Keep an eye on the runners. One stolen base can put someone is scoring position and cost you the game. A quick look and throw over and you could’ve had a Pickoff.
* Be a smart runner. If you’ve got slow runners on the basepaths, don’t try and stretch a double into a triple if it’s going to be close.
* Go for the steal. Every base counts.
* Play online! Get out there, join a league, and meet some new people. You might learn a thing or two.
* Have fun! Big Smile [:D]

J. Acknowledgements
MLB 2K7 Games Detail Page.
MLB 2K7 Forum
Kush Games
2K Sports
GameSpot.com
MLB.com
MLB 2K7 Game Manual
MLB 2K7 Brady Games Guide

This guide was made by l EcHo 360 l. This is an original guide and all my work. Info was gathered and and cited above. The xbox.com forums and MyArcadePlanet.com have the only permission to use this FAQ. Please do not redistribute this in any way. Thank you!

PS- This guide will be edited with the release of new content or any mistakes I or you all find. Thanks again!

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