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A solid outing for MLB
Apr 10, 2015
By John Powell - G4 Canada
MLB: The Show is the undisputed king of swing and there ain't none higher.
Although there have been a number of rivals who have stepped up the plate over the years, nothing has come close to matching the depth or realism of MLB: The Show. It might just be not only the best baseball series ever developed but the best sports simulation of all-time as well.
The best thing about The Show is like any great sports game, you can adjust the settings to your liking or style of gameplay. Don't like wasting your time in Spring Training? Skip it. Enjoy managing any and every detail of your team? Go for it. The game is as flexible as any great Hall of Fame base stealer.
Sony has been clever enough never to stray too far from the successful formula but tweaking things just enough to bring the fans back. MLB: The Show 15 brings many enhancements, some of which may seem overboard to the casual player but die-hards are sure to welcome them.
The best news is that you can now carry over your MLB 14: The Show Franchise or Road to the Show progress so all those trials and tribulations in the dugout weren't for nothing. That alone is a game-changer.
Changes to the actual gameplay include a new slide and tag system, a directional hitting interface in which you can influence the path of your hits, dynamic pitch breaks and user controlled cut offs as well as a whole host of other improvements.
For the first time in the series, licensed equipment is in play and the earned items really do enhance your players' performance on the diamond as well as your team by raking in those valuable sponsorships. Also improving your team are 30 playable legends which can be unlocked when you meet certain goals. Superstars like Phil Niekro, Rod Carew, Tom Seaver, Joe Carter and Andre Dawson are waiting to take the field.
Licensed equipment and legendary players aren't the only rewards either. You can collect entire alumni teams and virtual baseball cards that can be used to fashion easily assembled into Diamond Dynasty teams.
While these rewards and modifications are handy, some of the others appear to be just window dressing. Although the efforts are probably appreciated by rabid fans, the overhauls to night lighting, sun and shadows and dugout celebrations, seem like busy work, meddling for the sake of meddling because there is almost nothing left to polish or perfect.
When you start adjusting the beams of sunlight and moonlight, you might have too much time on your hands.
Whether you view some of this year's updates as essential or not there is no denying that MLB: The Show 15 has once stepped up to the plate by rewarding fans for their achievements and dedication. Sony has indeed improved upon perfection by putting fans first.
MLB: The Show 15
Rating: 9 / 10
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