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Shibusawa Station

Shibusawa Station is a railway station on the Odakyu Electric Railway's Odakyu Odawara Line in the city of Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Shibusawa Station is served by the Odakyu Odawara Line, lies 65.6 rail kilometers from the line's Tokyo terminal at Shinjuku Station. Shibusawa Station has two opposed side platforms with two tracks, connected to the station building by an overpass; the station building is constructed on a cantilever above and at a right angle to the platforms and tracks. Shibusawa Station was opened on April 1, 1927 on the Odakyu Odawara Line of the Odakyu Electric Railway with normal and 6-car limited express services; the current station building was completed in 1993 and the bus terminal outside the south exit was expanded in 2007. Official home page

Major League Baseball 2K9

Major League Baseball 2K9 is an MLB-licensed baseball simulation video game published by 2K Sports. The game was developed for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Wii; the game was released on March 2009 to mixed-to-positive reviews. New features were implemented for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions. Pitching had been simplified from 2K8 to "2-step pitching", with "hold and gesture", eliminating the third "Release Timing" step of 2K8, simplifying the motion while retaining the style. "Meatballs" have been removed - instead, badly released pitches will be less effective The AI's pitch selection was improved. "Influence hitting" allowed users to control fly and ground balls, bunt with improved precision. The developers added a zone hitting feature, improved hit distribution, improved fielding realism and AI. Added is the ability to cancel a throw and hold the ball, or pump fake during a rundown. A player can attempt a "Quick Throw" which gets the ball to a base faster but increases the chance of an error.

Baserunning control has been simplified. There are separate "Steal" and "Speed" ratings for runners; the ballpark realism has been changed as well. Players graphically move from the dugout to the batter's box, from the bullpen to the mound, warm up by throwing around the horn, swing the bat in the on deck circle, run out to their positions, so forth. Umpires, ball boys and coaches will perform their actions. For example, foul balls will cause people in the crowd to jump out of their seats and try to catch the ball, however some fans that have no real chance to get the ball will make a foolish jump in the air. Stadiums will have their unique fan signatures. Players will react properly to such events as a walk-off home run, a no-hitter or a World Series celebration. There are 300 new Signature Style animations. Rain delays have been mentioned. Arguing with the umpires is not featured in the Xbox 360 version of the game or the PS3 version The game had "Living Rosters", active rosters that are automatically updated when the user logs in online.

Living Rosters are not active during Franchise mode, however. The game features a revamped stat simulation engine for the Franchise mode, while players' career arcs are based on how they play rather than preset stat curves. In other words, in order for a rookie to develop, he must receive playing time - he will not develop if he sits on the bench. An entire season can be simulated in a matter of minutes. Other improvements to the Franchise mode include adding a new revamped trade simulator and over 200 individual MLB.com headlines. 2K9’s franchise mode allows for 30 user controlled teams. The mode has added stats; the game has been updated with an MLB.com-licensed in-game "Virtual Director" website featuring a presentation style similar to NBA 2K9, where the user may check up on league events, trade rumors and team performances. The game has improved upon 2K8's Inside Edge scouting system; the game boasts a new level of CPU customization, multi-player functionality, real player ambitions. Record-breaking and milestone performances, whether single game, season or career, are acknowledged with headlines and snapshots of the event.

There is a new gameplay mode, "Playoff Mode", in which the user only plays in the postseason. The PC version, like its NBA 2K9 counterpart, will not feature Living Rosters. Unlike MLB 2K6, 2K9 will not feature the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In other improvements, users can now add SFX and graphic overlays to in-game replays to create highlight reels, as well as upload the reel to 2KSports.com, while online users' performances are graphed out, displayed in chart form, can be compared against league averages. The Topps Trading Cards system from 2K8 has been improved, while the Home Run Derby mode has been revamped. Unlike previous MLB titles, there are no pre-rendered cutscenes; the game implements PlayStation 3 Trophies, while Xbox 360 Achievements are represented as trophies in-game. The Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable versions are not as featured as on the primary platforms, but have their own platform-specific features; the Wii version takes advantage of the Wii Remote, with "Wii Remote pitching" and "Wiimote hitting" The PlayStation 2 allows a player to control up to 4 different franchises and will allow PS2 online play.

The PSP version features "True to Form Fielding", featuring improved fielding control and single player control. It has a minor league farm system, allowing AAA scouting and managing, as well as allowing the player to play full games with AAA clubs. MLB 2K9 has a new broadcasting team with Gary Thorne providing the play-by-play and Steve Phillips filling in the color commentar