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5.0 out of 5 stars Again, #1 Baseball Game + slight improvements, March 6, 2012
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: MLB 12 The Show - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Without a doubt, Sony's MLB The Show series is heads above the 2k series. Plain & simple, it's the best baseball game year in & year out (like NBA 2K vs. NBA Live, no contest). Therefore, The Show competes against itself and to their credit (unlike Madden), they continue to push the envelope and make changes that enhance gameplay & strategy. This year, The Show has made two significant changes in the two most important aspects -- pitching and hitting. In addition, ball physics are more real than ever before.

PRESENTATION (9/10): Excellent as usual. Easy to navigate menus with a nice baseball feel. Commentary is excellent & delivered by the 3-man team of Matt Vasgersian, Dave Campbell & Erik Karros. Despite some of the commentary being similar to '11, listening to them is like listening to a real game & unlike most sports games, it hardly gets repetitive and enhances the experience. There are tons of camera angles cutting between players, benches & the crowd. The stadiums' ambiance rounds out the complete baseball experience. Option to install game data on PS3 HDD is supposed to cut down on load times but not by much IMO.

GAMEPLAY (8.5/10): Players can use the newly featured swinging & pitching controls or if comfortable with the analog style, they can use that one. New are "Zone Analog Batting" where players have more control of their swings. This gives you more control as to where you are swinging. Pitching is now done via "Pulse Pitching", not the pitching meter. The mechanic works like this -- after selecting your pitch, a pulsing circle pops up (changing from bigger to smaller). The smaller the circle, the better control. Both hitting & pitching take a little getting used but rewarding in the end. As before mentioned, those who don't like it, can play with without these new controls. "PS Move" support works for the whole game now, not just HR Derby. It works well for hitting & pitching, not so much for fielding & running. Besides tennis games, I'm not a fan of Move controls but if it's your cup of tea, it's definitely been incorporated heavily in this game.

GRAPHICS (10/10): Player models look incredible as player likeness' are better than in any sports game. Animations & ball physics really add to the game. If you don't follow the spin of the ball, you may make a fielding error. That's how good & realistic it is. The array of camera angles & overall presentation really make it like an actual broadcast and as usual, you can skip these for a faster game. Last but not least, the Stadiums look terrific.

CAREER MODE (9/10) & ONLINE (6/10): Road to the Show career mode has always been one of the best in any sports game and it returns, of course. As usual, it features lots of customizations. A new mode similar to EA's Ultimate Team has been added, called Diamond Dynasty. This mode lets you take a customized team & have it compete vs. Humans/CPU. It's perhaps too early to tell but online issues persist as servers were down initially & lag issues from the past persist. Much depends on how busy servers are, so it may improve. Therefore, time will tell (but offline is where the game shines bright).

OVERALL (9/10). Once again -- the best video game of baseball, hands down. Slightly improved over '11. I like the changes and additions made & I'm very pleased that San Diego Studios didn't just rest on it's laurels. If at all possible, the game is more polished than ever before & for Move fans, it now has full support. While some may find the game difficult, there are always game sliders & Amateur mode so in reality, not much to complain about here. Baseball season has arrived -- PLAY BALL!
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Initial post: Mar 6, 2012 5:55:56 AM PST
fdeleon85 says:
Does the game have the Legendary Teams (Golden and Silver Era)?

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 7:57:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 6, 2012 6:25:34 PM PST
Naricy Du says:
how come you review so fast?
the game has barely come out yet!
Did you play just play it for....... let's say, 30 minutes?

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 9:46:09 AM PST
Mister C says:
Great review, OJ Silk. Very well written. It's nice to see Sony San Diego Studios step-up their game for devoted fans. Unlike that othEr CompAny who makes football games, Sony San Diego delivers year-after-year. It's looking like MLB 12: The Show is going to go down as the best baseball video game ever made.

According to numerous reviews, what stands out in this year's edition is True Ball Physics. It appears that the physics of the baseball is something of a revolutionary in sports gaming and I'm excited to experience it firsthand. Also, Diamond Dynasty was given big kudos by reviewers due to it's vast customization options and overall fun factor.

MLB 12: The Show is one of the reasons why there are so many proud PS3 owners. I, for one, am part of that group ;)

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 12:04:18 PM PST
T. Wells says:
Well written, but how could you review online mode? Online passes and MLB the Show servers were not up and running at the time this review was written...

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MoultonHawk says:
Way too much emphasis on being better than 2K, we all know this. There were more red flags on this game than they've had ever prior to today's release day. I'll have to wait for a more thorough review. In a rush to be first there OJ TryHard ?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012 1:36:38 PM PST
OJ Silk says:
The Show vs. 2K is the choice... yes, I am of the opinion that, as always, this game is very good.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2012 1:48:53 PM PST
T. Wells says:
Impossible to review online aspects since the servers were not up until 1PM EST today.

http://www.operationsports.com/forums/mlb-show/540170-servers.html

You say you're just trying to help Amazon customers, but lying to get an unfinished review up fast is not helping.
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