Step up to the plate and get ready to prove you have what it takes to play with the big boys. You can feel the adrenaline pumping as you take the bat in hand and assume your stance. As the pitcher winds up, the tension rises to nearly palpable levels. With the lights glaring down and the eyes of the world upon you, will you have the skills, speed and style to go all the way?
Take on the big challenges and big talents of the big leagues. The Bigs 2 builds on its predecessor with enhanced powerups, incredible visual effects, amazing player animations and more. Play your way to legendary status in the new and improved Story mode that picks up where the Rookie Challenge mode in The Bigs ended, or experience the exciting new Season mode that features full MLB schedules, stat tracking and roster management. Show off your skills in a series of mini games that let you pit your talents against the pros, and savor the fun of Home Run Pinball that whisks you away to Times Square or three other environments for intense single-player or co-op action.
Experience the drama and intensity of playing in the big leagues
See the world of baseball come alive around you with bigger powerups, amazing visual effects, exciting player animations and more
Take your career from a Mexican league to the Majors and eventually to the Hall of Fame in Become a Legend mode, competing in boss battles against MLB legends along the way
Relish the excitement and precision of the new Season mode, featuring full MLB schedules, stat tracking and roster management
Put your hitting, fielding, running and throwing skills to the test against MLB stars in a series of new mini games
Experience thrilling arcade baseball action that incorporates Legendary Moves, Batter's Wheelhouse and a more powerful Big Slam
Enjoy the fun of Home Run Pinball in Times Square or any of three new environments, either in single-player mode or cooperatively with friends
Nowadays, buying a new television is a fact of life every 3-5 years. Not only is it necessary to replace old TVs, but with the way technology is progressing, a TV from more than five years ago may begin to seem obsolete. That rapid pace of technology can also make buying a new TV intimidating, however, as every time you shop you will hear new terminology, encounter features you're not sure that you need, and run into pushy salespeople trying to rush you into a purchase. To ease your mind, here are some tips for buying a TV that might make your shopping a little bit easier.
1. Don't be afraid of HD
High-definition TVs used to be expensive and considered luxury items, but that is no longer the case. Now most new TVs are being produced with HD capabilities, and the prices for HDTVs are generally reasonable. HD programming also used to be difficult to come by, but now all the major networks broadcast in HD. And, if you're a sports fan, HD is a must. In general, the addition of HD won't cost you an arm and a leg, and you probably won't regret it if you go for it. It won't be long before programming on a non-HDTV will look downright prehistoric.
2. A technology primer
Probably the most intimidating part of buying a TV nowadays is the terms that salespeople bandy about. You might hear the terms LCD or plasma and be completely confused. They'll tell you it's great, bur really what does it mean? Here are some important things to know, and while it's not everything it can keep you from feeling overwhelmed. A standard-definition television is a tube television, which is quickly becoming old-fashioned. Most aren't HDTV-capable and are smaller than 27 inches. Salespeople may refer to them as direct view TVs. Plasma screen TVs are flat-screen televisions, but another flat-screen version, known as LCD, is taking their place as the most popular HDTVs. Although plasma picture quality is better in some cases there are a wider variety of LCD TVs and their prices are reasonable, making them popular with consumers.
3. Take a look in back
When you're shopping for a TV, it's easy to focus on the obvious: size, price, picture, and just overall the way it looks. However, you also want to make sure your TV is going to work with the devices you have. Take a look at the back panel and make sure the inputs are there for your DVD player, VCR, cable box, video game consoles, or whatever you want to plug into it. Don't assume, as a limited number of inputs can be a reason for a lower price.
4. If you can go big, go big
If you get a bigger TV, you probably won't regret it unless you take a drastic cut in quality to do so. Prices on bigger TVs are falling, and you might be surprised at the size you can get for the cost of a 27-inch five years ago. Don't be reluctant about going bigger unless there's a real reason not to.