ALTHOUGH I DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME anymore to play video games, I'm still a huge fan of baseball games. I wasn't privy to the ultra old school RBI Baseball or Baseball Stars games on Nintendo, but I did take my baseball gaming more seriously around 1996 with Old Time Baseball and the Tony LaRussa series. It was both exciting and frustrating to see the potential and limitations of those games. Fast forward 14 years and although there have been previous player editors, including Triple Play's face upload feature for custom ballplayers, I was pleasantly surprised to see the custom player creator in MLB2K10.
The player creator now includes the ability to customize a player's entire body including numerous head editing options, all done in a 3D environment. So I decided to take it to task and bring Babe Ruth back to life in MLB2K10. The pictures below are a few samples of him playing right field at the Polo Grounds. It's not a perfect editor, but I was surprised at how close I was able to get to a young Ruth.
Combined with MLB2K10's visual implementation of depth of field in which backgrounds become blurry while the player remains in focus, I've come to the conclusion that not only is MLB2K10 a beautiful baseball game to look at, but it's also a nice tool for generating 3D baseball pictures. And it's the latter that actually interests me moreso than playing the game.