MLB 08: The Show nailed presentation, giving MLB 09: The Show the luxury of tightening up smaller details and refining elements. Capturing the feel of a "real game" has always been the Holy Grail of sports developers, and MLB 09: The Show has found it. The game can effectively be viewed through two "modes," Quick Play and not-Quick Play. Both look like a TV broadcast, but playing with Quick Play turned off gives you an experience that is true-to-life right down to close-ups and signature walks.
MLB 09 also manages to skirt one of the issues I had with 2K Sports' baseball game; players looked "realistic," but still looked off. The players in MLB 09 are so detailed that you can actually tell individuals apart at a distance. There's a certain sense of photorealism here that very few sports games, or games for that matter, have managed to capture. Of course, this level of realism does come with a few awkward looks when players actually begin to move. The animation is great, right down to signature batting styles, though there's still a lack of decidedly human "ticks" that remind you that you're playing a game - even if you brain insists you're watching one.
Matt Vasgerian, Dave Campbell and Rex Hudler handle all the play-by-play and do a great job. The commentary isn't as amazing as 2K's offering, though it is still enjoyable, even with the numerous cliches'.