MLB 2K13 Perfect Game Challenge Explained

2K Sports reveals the rules for this year's Perfect Game Challenge, while simultaneously making us nervous about the actual game. 

Erik Norrisby Erik Norris

We were shocked to learn 2K Sports’ MLB 2K series was resurrecting from the grave for another year roughly a month ago. And with the game’s return, it signals another year of the franchise’s signature “Perfect Game Challenge,” although, this year’s event will be handled a bit differently.

2K Sports sent out a press release today, along with a trailer, to haphazardly explain the new rules of the Perfect Game Challenge for MLB 2K13. This year there will be 30 winners – one for each team in the MLB – and those folks will nab $25,000 a piece. Then, the top four overall qualifiers will be invited to the MLB All-Star Weekend in New York to compete for the grand prize of $250,000.

If I did a crappy job explaining the rules, just watch this trailer instead:

Now, while it’s great to see the MLB 2K series return, especially for Xbox 360 owners who have no other alternative, the route taken for advertising the game is troubling. Meaning, we haven’t seen anything about the actual game yet. This immediately makes us think back on the adverts for Activision’s The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.

This could make people (including ourselves) quick to point the finger and say MLB 2K13 probably isn’t that great, and that’s why 2K Sports is focusing on the Perfect Game Challenge instead of showing us the improvements being made to the actual video game.

With its launch quickly approaching (March 5), we need to start seeing some gameplay footage if we’re going to take this title seriously. Because right now, all we see is a gimmick being waved in front of our face in order to take our eyes off the real prize – a fully functioning video game. 

Erik Norris is the Gaming Editor for CraveOnline and co-host of Watch Us Play and the Next Gen News podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @Regular_Erik.