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MLB 08 The Show - PlayStation 2

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews) 84 / 100

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  • Umpire Personalities - Providing even more realism to the diamond with unique tendencies and animations
  • My Sliders (Up/Downloadable) - Gives users the ability to create their perfect game settings offline by adjusting game sliders
  • King of the Diamond - A classic playground duel from childhood where a pitcher and batter from opposing teams will square off head-to-head
  • Home Run Derby - Lets gamers pick the lineup and set the rules for the traditional homerun contest of Major League All-Stars
  • Season Mode -Tests the true baseball fan's commitment and allows them to make a run for consecutive rings with multiple seasons

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  • ASIN: B00127PZC8
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: March 4, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,539 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Already widely considered the most authentic baseball game available, MLB 08 The Show is set to provide fans with the most realistic baseball experience to date with innovations such as a more immersive Road to The Show mode, enabling gamers to play both offense and defense from the created player’s perspective.

Providing players with some additional performance incentives, the MLB franchise introduces the new Progressive Batting Performance feature, which will both reward players for superior performance and penalize them for hitting slumps. Specific to each individual batter, players will be rewarded with slight contact bonuses, or punished with slight decreases in contact, based on how that batter performs beyond his "natural ability" while under user control.


  • Exhibition mode/quick game: gamers can select their favorite team and compete against the AI for a quick game on the go
  • Historical greats: offers historical greats, giving them the opportunity to go against the legends of the past
  • Release point pitching with confidence meter: the ultimate pitcher/batter interface returns
  • Playmaker fielding: the fielding interface brings the player attributes together with the user's skill level
  • Multi-branch fielding: Branch Point technology goes to a new level as gamers can now take full control of fielders and break out of any animation in the process
  • User-controlled slides: players can now control base runners in attempts to advance and/or score

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MLB 08, The More Things Change... March 18, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
How does the saying go? The more things change, the more they stay the same...

Well, that's pretty much the mantra of this latest installment of the MLB franchise. With some new tweaks (and some new bugs), MLB 08 has crash landed on the PS2 console with a few changes that may either excite or disenfranchise some gamers.

First of all, the biggest change is the Guess Pitch feature, which no longer gives you the help of an exact location of pitches as last year's version did. For some, this change makes the game more difficult, as they could always hold back and wait for that perfect fastball in the lower half that you could rocket over the wall with relative ease. Now, should you select the new option for the Guess Pitch feature, you are only given an indication that the pitch will be in the area you guess. So, if a low and inside fastball is thrown by John Lackey, and you're clever enough to have selected the area you think the pitch will go, you can no longer rest assured that your guess will lead to an automatic base hit because the pitch could be low and waaaaaaaaay inside. You swing, you miss, or you chop the ball into the dirt. This, of course, adds to the realism of the game more and creates situations that n longer hinge on your habit of always guessing low and down the middle (Which was what I did all the time in MLB 07).

Another improvement is the Rob Home Run feature. I particularly love this because timing the jump was always the most difficult thing to do in any of the baseball games. Now, this doesn't mean that you'll have any more luck at robbing the home run, it just means that you can.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review from a first-time MLB series buyer November 12, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Having never played any of the previous MLB series games, but having played the fantastic MVP Baseball 2005 nearly to death (best baseball game ever), I bought MLB 2008: The Show mostly because I needed updated rosters, but also because the reviews were better than 2K Baseball. Immediately I was drawn to the Road to the Show feature, an RPG-like feature that lets you create your own character, build their stats through the minors, and before too long live out your dreams in the majors. The fun value of this is quite high, but the logistics are a little sketchy, which is how I'd review the game as a whole.

I'll give some examples. The Hitter's Eye allows you to predict which pitch you think will be thrown and where. Unfortunately, once you master this (and it doesn't take long), hitting on the most difficult level becomes a breeze, and pretty soon your whole team is batting .300 plus. Then there's the ability to make forced trades and editor individual players to better match their real-life stats. While I did enjoy tinkering with the players, you can only do so before you start a season, not during. And good luck trying to make trades during the season - you've got to sacrifice your best players for a trade to go through, because you can't convince anyone that a young player is a "prospect."

And then there are a ton of flaws, bugs, and little annoyances scattered throughout. A few of the bigger ones: The Rays still wear uniforms that say "Devil Rays" (despite getting the new name right everywhere else).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with BUGS!!! June 11, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I've had the last few versions of this game, and there isn't much difference, if any, from last years. EXCEPT BUGS!

Game freezes, miss-catched pop flys by AI players, called strike check swings (when reviewed on "replay" the call is always wrong), and just weird things like getting "locked" into a menu during the game and not being able to get out...thus having to restart the whole machine.

Just aggravating when you're in the 8th inning and I go to my bullpen and I can't get out! Just won't let me out and I push every button, and nothing.

So, I'm only about 40 games into my "season" and I've had to restart the game at least 10-15 times and lose all my progress.

The only bug I remember in the 07 version was players missing easily catchable throws on "off action" scenes, which was nothing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but with bugs May 16, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
The game is spectacular. One of the best baseball games I've ever played, and the only thing to ever come close to MVP 05.

That said, there are a couple bugs that you should be aware of. Sometimes the fielding goes a little wonky (for example, a bloop single to the outfield will sometimes require the C to go get it; this is rare and only happened once in RTTS while pitching), and the real gamebreaker is the fact that sometimes the game freezes after the game (either during the post-game wrapup, or on the loading screen back to the menus). This is very frustrating as there's no way to patch it and there's no sign it's going to hit until after you've finished a game and find all your progress wiped away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mlb 08
Mlb 2008 is a geat game for anyone who loves the game of baseball. Cant wait to order another game.
Published 13 months ago by Cortez Booker
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite incarnation
This is a game that I, a legally blind man who needs to use screen reading programs and Braille, can still play. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bryan McGucken
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this game
This game is a classic for me I love it now and I loved it 5 years ago I would prefer this over any of the newer mlb 2k games. And Ryan Howard is the coverboy GO PHILS
Published on February 21, 2013 by JP Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game
Good price and a lot of time was spent playing this game. Good buy and nice having it shipped to the door.
Published on February 17, 2013 by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
I also order this one for my son and he really love this one also. He was searching amazon and the price was right..
Published on December 5, 2012 by nikki000
2.0 out of 5 stars This game is garbage
I played this game for years, and have since upgraded because I can't stand the features on the game. Read more
Published on June 24, 2011 by Ziggy Ziggmuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game !
The game is the greatest. I ve played games with baseball and this is far the best. Thanks.
Published on May 31, 2011 by Tom5576
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Experience
MLB 2008 The Show is a much more challenging and fun experience than my old MLB 2005 because I won't be able to blow out opponents 21-2 anymore thanks to the vastly improved... Read more
Published on August 28, 2010 by Michael Griswold
4.0 out of 5 stars This Game if fun, but...
This game is great,has good graphics a fun road to the show mode, and franchise mode is VERY realistic. Read more
Published on July 13, 2009 by Natalie S. Gluck
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Graphics but the "Show" is unrealistic
I just deleted my MLB the Show career file, because well the game is unrealistic. I led the MLB in ERA, WHIP, Strikeouts, and I met everyone of my goals 99% of the time (once in a... Read more
Published on June 6, 2009 by S. Kiebach
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