There is no college atmosphere during the game which greatly takes away from it. EA could have done more even if it was just a better crowd audio. The crowd is silly as it jumps up and down all game long. I know this has nothing to do with game play but when I go to play a college game, I expect some type of atmosphere. As far as 360 and HD, definetly get one. You can get a small one if money is limited. An LCD computer monitor will work the HD experience.
I found that with this datafile, you really need to have the bat aimed low for low pitches and high for high. There is little margin for error. I usually make educated guesses on where the cpu will throw it based on previous pitches and knowledge of my batters hot and cold zones. For example, the cpu likes to open up with an inside pitch low to Jeter. So before the pitch is thrown I have the left stick set in a low inside zone. If the pitch is not there I don't swing. If I am down two strikes in the count, say 1-2, I don't preset the stick and leave it in the middle. If the pitch is not in the mid zone, I can usually get a foul ball and then maybe guess on the next pitch based on where the cpu has just thrown the fouled pitch. I need practice on not presetting and just aiming for the ball as the pitch is thrown. This is something I really never had done because I set the pitch speed at +50. With a lower settting at - 5 per Hoop, I have time now to aim.
Kumula: With your speed at + 50 are you quick enough to aim for a fastball or sinker?