I think you can take the same exact concepts of events and RS and apply them to offline play vs. the CPU. Each new season or event would be added through updates and you would play against CPU teams built to meet those specific requirements and you would have a reward ladder to work through. Heck, you could even make each reward ladder a combination of online and offline achievements such as wins, stats, etc. I think adding these modes would add a ton of lasting gameplay and let those who are tired of online play step away from it without missing out on anything. It also would let you play online occasionally if you felt like it too. I think this setup would please the majority of players and reduce the amounts of complaints about the game.
When being late slightly jammed is more productive than being perfect perfect or good good, there is something terribly wrong. I also have noticed that when you play a team of all silvers that perfect perfect and good good are never hits. Meanwhile the silver team's continually bad input is rewarded with several early ok and late slightly jammed hits. I think that at this point the worse team you have and the worse you play, the better you'll do, because they've programmed it to favor "new" players.
Wins do not equal enjoyment. I guess the instant gratification society does not understand that. I'd rather enjoy a game and lose than play somebody that is either trying to cheese or pretty much boost prestige player stats. I enjoy real competition -- I guess I'm in the minority there.
I personally think if you dashboard quit you should be banned from all online play for 2 days. That'll stop rage quit dashboarding real quick. No penalty needed for properly done pause menu quits.
Tonight in particular the game seemed very glitchy. I had a guy dashboard on me and it went to the queue so I won't get the win or those stats. Extremely laggy. Frame rates dropping. Pitches having a mind of their own going nowhere near where they are aimed with 99 rated pitchers. Fielders running away from the ball when trying to run towards it. Swing timing way off for both me and my opponents. Fielders running through balls. Just horrendous. Total dumpster fire. I still win a good amount of online games, but this is terrible. SDS has really dropped the ball with online play this year. It's no fun because this stuff happens so often. It's almost unplayable right now.
With no money spent and without wasting time flipping or investing, I was able to get 99 Trout within minutes. I started with a bankroll of 420k stubs before the collection reward was released. I needed to buy 3 prospect cards, 2 postseason cards, and 1 award card to get 99 Trout. I now have over 620k stubs. I also have every single inning boss from this year. I share this only because so many people spend so much time flipping and investing. I did that last year and it was miserable. So, I decided I wouldn't do that at all this year. While I don't have many headliners, BR rewards, WS rewards, or TA2 or TA3 cards (I will not buy these -- I like earning them and don't do exchanges except for the non-sellable cards from the team specific TA packs. Plus this gives me something to continue working towards throughout the year and a sense of accomplishment when I unlock the reward cards and move up TA levels. Plus it gives me a reason to use different cards from each team) I do have a complete live Series collection and Trout collection with many other fun cards too. Needless to say, I'm very happy and content with my card collecting strategy this year. And if they release another collection later, I'll still be in great shape.
Just played a guy with WS banner, Prestige Level 49 who just played the most desperate way possible -- all lefty pitchers, quick pitching, slide stepping, running at every opportunity -- all for an event win. Of course he won thanks to a pitch aimed out of the zone with perfect release to Reggie that magically gravitated dead center and me not getting rewarded on anything despite the ball being right in the middle of the PCI (including Ellsbury with the bases loaded)... but, seriously dude, you needed to win that bad? Obviously he's a guy who can't handle losing at all by the way he plays. So sweaty. And he still needed SDS magic to win. Was it worth all the effort? I just don't see how playing like that is enjoyable at all. If you need to win an event game that bad, may the lord have mercy on your soul, because you must be one pent up and frustrated individual. I'm fine. I'll probably win my next game and my blood pressure didn't raise like yours did from pure desperation.
80% of games I played today in BR, RS, and Event have been on the road and in the rain. It is pathetic that people do this to intentionally cause lag because they know that's the only way they might win. I can't believe that SDS knows this and yet still allows it during online play. It totally ruins the spirit of the game. The number of players doing this also reveals that most of people that play this game online look for every cheat and exploit possible. I'm glad that I win more than I lose and NEVER resort to these tactics. I win with dignity -- a concept totally lost on most people who play online. Try it -- it feels better winning knowing you didn't try cheating the game.
No one likes arrogant internet pricks who think they're cool and like to be forum bullies either...
Just had 2 consecutive routine inning ending double play grounders directly at gold fielding infielders and both were booted leading to 3 runs. Also had a lightly hit chopper that went right through my first baseman who made no attempt to field it to start the same inning. I understand errors happen, but it seems to me that stuff like this comes in bunches way too often. Combine that with the awful pitching that makes perfect release irrelevant and it's easy to understand why people hate this game. Offline play is quirky at times too, but nowhere near as bad as online. I still manage to win 60-65% of my games online, but it's not very enjoyable. Especially when you play try hards and cheesers all the time. It's rare to actually have an enjoyable online experience with all this garbage. I only play online so I can get the reward cards. I get them every single time, but right now, I can't wait to get 1 more win for Bohm and then go offline to actually enjoy playing for awhile.
Just hit 2 perfect perfect with Ellsbury and Murphy in the same inning of the event game. Both outs that didn't reach the warning track. Then bottom of 1st opponent homers on a ball out of the zone with Ellsbury on good ok followed by Didi booting a routine grounder right at him...
That's pathetic. Just prestige the card normally. You don't have to ruin everyone's fun, because you are impatient. I have prestiged several cards this year just using them normally without robbing others of the enjoyment of playing the game.
I bee-lined and beat the Cubs on turn 1 on All-Star, then stole 2 fans from the Yankees on veteran (you need to steal 1 fan anyway), and on turn 2 beat the Yankees on All-Star. It's really easy.
You have 2 turns to beat the Cubs and 4 turns to beat the Yankees and you can always reset the map and do one at a time, even though there should be no need to do so.
Monthly Awards Chase Anderson pitched a perfect game with 14 Ks in an 11-0 win while Bo Bichette led my all Blue Jays lineup with 3 HRs! I've pitched perfect games before and it was only on All-Star difficulty, but that was really fun! I just figured I'd slog through another ho hum 9 inning game just getting innings in and a mission done. What a pleasant surprise!
Events are much better than RS. My level of enjoyment depends on how my opponent plays the game. If he's a cheesing, chronic bunting, constantly running, bunt dancing fool, then it is a miserable experience even though I'll most likely win anyway. I'd rather take a loss against someone playing real baseball than win against a fool trying to game the game.
I couldn't agree more. I'm totally with you on this. All those things defeat the purpose of playing and can't possibly be enjoyable at all. I'll also add bunting with every batter no matter their speed or if the shift is on to the list. How can pressing triangle 50 times a game be any fun?
Just played a WS guy starting Rivera so he could prestige him (I don't get the rush to do this... the card is pretty much the same prestiged or not) who bunted with every batter. After 1 inning, he quits. I win, but that is so dumb. Next game, another WS idiot starting Rivera in another rush to prestige employing super cheesy tactics offensively and defensively. Why are WS players so desperate and pathetic? I win 70% of my online games without playing desperate and cheesing. These guys make me want to play offline only. The best thing I did was buy Nascar Heat 5. It is refreshing to play a game without predetermined outcomes and people trying to game the game by cheesing or attempting to use every exploit possible. I have loved this game for years, but my enjoyment is zero at the moment. I am losing all interest in online play between RNG and cheesy WS players. It is sad that WS players, the so called "Elite", feel the need to cheese and attempt to exploit meaningless event games. For the first time ever, I'm contemplating not purchasing the game next year. I just decided I will not be buying NBA 2K in September for the first time in years for similar reasons -- it is no fun to play a game where poor shot selection with mastered timing mechanisms for contested step back 3s and button mashing for steals is rewarded. Neither game even resembles their sport in online play right now, and that is truly a shame. I play because I love the sports. When cheesy tactics, exploits, and RNG take over so much, I lose all interest because the game no longer remotely resembles the sport I'm trying to play.
Multiple event games this morning vs WS players and in each one late in the game, my pitchers with good control all of a sudden can't throw any strikes with perfect input and errors on routine double plays start happening, turning close games into defeats. It seems as if they know how to do something to manipulate the game that gives them the advantage in key spots when they are in trouble. I heard something earlier this year about how some people knew how to force an automatic walk and I think this is still being done. This happens multiple times a day to me, so it can't be coincidence. Combine that with fielders conveniently making errors after that and it seems very fishy. Also only seems to happen against guys with WS banners. Anyone else experiencing this regularly?
Ok you all can keep riding on your high horses -- I don't need help and really appreciate all the insults from our finest and classiest members on here. Keep inflating your own egos.
I am fine with losing unlike so many on here that do anything to try to win -- including using exploits and glitches -- so don't tell me I can't accept losses.
I don't think it's ridiculous to question how perfect pitching input results in every pitch missing the strike zone only against these players with ridiculous errors happening immediately after against these guys when it rarely happens versus others. And I never said they weren't good at the game... but apparently I've offended so many people by making an observation. Sheesh.
The only way I might be able to enjoy online play at all anymore is to go in with the mindset of only caring about racking up innings and stats. I cannot begin to think about wins or losses or expecting even a decent representation of the game of baseball. The way they have programmed this year's game is atrocious. It basically just generates totally random outcomes for hitting, pitching, and fielding no matter what you do and the game usually feels like the outcome is predetermined.
Where I go wrong is expecting baseball outcomes to happen in this baseball game and when they don't happen, I get extremely frustrated. Events are better than RS, but no online play mode shines. The play on All-Star online is the worst offender by far of totally random happenings. Unfortunately, the majority of online play you are stuck playing on All-Star.
I believe you can make a great baseball simulation even with a card collecting mode featuring players from different eras. SDS has not accomplished this at all with online DD play. While the amount of content and quality of it has been great, they have totally failed with how the game performs online. The worst part is that they force online play on you to prestige players, earn program stars from daily challenges, and earn unique rewards. If online wasn't required for all this, I'd rarely play online due to the state of online play. I only try to stomach online play to get rewards. However, I'd be much happier if online play was just an option, and you could do everything else vs. CPU. If this was the case, I'd immediately stop playing online to not have to deal with it's bugs and total inconsistency.