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This review is from: MLB 14: The Show (Video Game)
My review of this year's installment only concerns the Road to the Show, as it is the only option that I play. The only real improvement is the commentary during an at-bat. It's a really nice improvement. Also, this year you don't just begin playing in the minors. You have to play a three game exhibition, and then you may be drafted depending on your performance. You can also be drafted and choose to go to college for a year if you're not happy about who or where you were drafted. I love this format as it provides your player with a better sense of development. Another plus is throwing is much more difficult with this version. I like this because you have to develop skill to play good defense. The only problem is they decided to switch the controls around - so, instead of throwing to first, I'm throwing to third, etc. I find this change really dumb because it's easier to throw to first using O, second Triangle, third Square, and home X. This alone, frustrated me from wanting to play the game beyond a couple of hours.
What I don't like is the camera angle is further away while on defense and while on base as compared to MLB 13. Not much, but far enough that's it's noticeable, and sort of takes you out of the action a bit. What I dislike the most is the batting seems more like an arcade as opposed to the realistic feel of MLB 13. When you swing, the bat stops momentarily on the back swing. This just looks/feels awkward. With MLB 13, you can "see" the bat to the ball. Not so much with this year's version. I feel like I'm just swinging as opposed to batting the ball. Although the game's AI pretty much decides when you're hot or in a slump, with MLB 13 the game also responds well to your skill as a hitter. This year, it just doesn't seem as fluid. At the very least with MLB 13, I can pull or slice the ball by my choosing. This year, I feel like I just have to hack and hope for the best. Granted, I'm playing as a prospect as opposed to the Hall of Famer that I am on MLB 13,but something is just missing.
I imagine that it's tough to improve upon a really good game. MLB 13 is close to perfection. If they only added the batter commentary and left it at that, I'd be a happy camper. I'll stick with MLB 13 and check back in next year to see if the game gets any better. The graphics and sounds of the game of this year's version are almost exact to MLB 13.