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10:00 PM on 11.26.2012

MLB 13 The Show to release March 5

It seems like only weeks ago that men stopped hitting balls with bats and running in circles. When one sport's season ends, I believe one should get to take a breath and think, "well, I don't have to come up with anything wit...

Conrad Zimmerman



Review: MLB 12 The Show (Vita) photo
Review: MLB 12 The Show (Vita)
by Steven Hansen

Leading 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth at AT&T Park with the heart of the order coming up, the division rival Padres brought out their new closer, Houston Street, to wrap up their victory. Street’s idiosyncratic windup and delivery made short order of the leadoff man, leaving an off-balance hitter flailing at a ball in the dirt. The Padres had the upper hand, but a one-out triple breathed some life into the crowd and gave them hope that the game would at least go into extra innings. Unfortunately, the next batter lined out hard and almost ended up doubling up the runner at third, and momentum swung back in the Padres’ favor. Pablo Sandoval struck out to end the game, as Matt Cain absorbed the loss in another well-pitched game due to a floundering offense.

Sony San Diego’s lauded MLB The Show franchise receives praise for having managed to capture baseball and its intricacies so acutely, and little is lost in the portable version of the franchise. The result is a content-heavy, dynamic, and authentic game suitable for both the casual baseball fan and the most obsessed. While I’ve played and appreciated The Show over the years as it’s carved out a place as one of the premier sports game franchises, I haven’t properly owned a baseball game since Triple Play 2001. After sinking deeply into The Show 12, however, I may just become a yearly adopter.

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Review: MLB 12 The Show photo
Review: MLB 12 The Show
by Samit Sarkar

Sony San Diego has consistently produced well-regarded MLB The Show titles that easily outclassed other simulation baseball games. The studio has for years been fighting the stagnation that typically results from a lack of strong competition, and has predominantly met with success.

Sports games must satisfy players with a wide range of tastes and skill levels, and The Show has traditionally been among the most accommodating. The team developed both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions of MLB 12 The Show, perhaps spreading itself too thinly in building a Show title that is its usual self. That’s part of the problem.

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4:30 PM on 03.05.2012

MLB 2K12 supports new playoff format, MLB 12 doesn't yet

Last Friday, Major League Baseball announced that it will be expanding its playoff format to a ten-team field starting this season: each league's three division champions will get a first-round bye while the four- and five-se...

Samit Sarkar

1:00 PM on 03.05.2012

Buy MLB 12 The Show on PS3 and Vita together, save $20

Sony's critically acclaimed MLB The Show series is making its way to the company's shiny new handheld, the PlayStation Vita, this year. The PS3 version of MLB 12 The Show costs $60, as usual, and Sony is charging $40 for the ...

Samit Sarkar



Preview: Swinging away with PS Move in MLB 12 The Show photo
Preview: Swinging away with PS Move in MLB 12 The Show
by Samit Sarkar

Sony San Diego experimented with motion controls in MLB 11 The Show last year, implementing basic PlayStation Move support in a fringe game mode, Home Run Derby. The inclusion of Move controls in a casual party game and nothing else seemed to speak volumes about their viability as an input method for a sports simulation. Of course they couldn’t get Move controls to work in the actual game; it’s just not feasible, I thought.

But the talented folks behind The Show have made a name for themselves by defying expectations, somehow making a beloved game better every year. This time, they’ve managed to make Move controls work throughout MLB 12 The Show. I recently spoke with senior designer Eddy Cramm, and when I asked him if he actually played MLB 12 with Move, he said without hesitation, “Oh, absolutely. I prefer it.”

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9:40 PM on 03.18.2011

New Destructoid Show: Dragon Age Nazi Dinosaurs?!

Good evening and happy Friday, handsome readers of Destructoid! I would make a Rebecca Black joke, but I'm sure you've heard them all by now so let's get on with the program. On today's episode of Destructoid, Max gets ...

Tara Long



Review: MLB 11 The Show photo
Review: MLB 11 The Show
by Samit Sarkar

Keeping annualized sports franchises fresh year after year is an unenviable task, especially within the constraint of a ten- or eleven-month development cycle. Generally, sports-game developers endeavor to bring a few important improvements or additions to a series without overhauling the entire product; that’s usually all that can be done in less than a year.

Sony San Diego is one of the best sports developers where consistency is concerned; its MLB The Show series is, year in and year out, one of the best sports games available. The studio has revamped The Show this time around, adding analog-stick controls to MLB 11 -- a risky proposition for any developer. Did they pull it off?

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Impressions: MLB 11 The Show (3D, HR Derby with PS Move) photo
Impressions: MLB 11 The Show (3D, HR Derby with PS Move)
by Samit Sarkar

When I first checked out MLB 11 The Show a few weeks ago, I spent a portion of the hands-on demo playing the game in 3D. I also tried the Home Run Derby mode, which debuted last year and now supports PlayStation Move.

Sony San Diego patched in 3D support for MLB 10, but the studio enhanced the implementation this year, and even as a person who doesn’t particularly care for 3D one way or another, I have to admit that it looks fantastic. I don’t usually enjoy 3D in videogames when it consists of objects flying out of the screen toward your face, which is why I like the more subtle style of 3D that MLB 11 employs.

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Preview: MLB 11 The Show photo
Preview: MLB 11 The Show
by Samit Sarkar

Sony’s competitor in the baseball space, 2K Sports’ Major League Baseball 2K franchise, has included analog-stick controls for years. But the folks at Sony San Diego, the studio behind the MLB The Show series, vowed not to implement analog controls until they felt they could do it right.

They’re finally bringing analog controls into The Show with MLB 11 The Show, and the pitching setup, at least, is very different from the system in MLB 2K. That franchise’s developer, Visual Concepts, is glad to see The Show catching up with the times, but a designer on MLB 2K11 recently told me he finds the premise of MLB 11’s analog pitching to be “boring.”

I’ve had a couple of hands-on sessions with MLB 11 in recent weeks, and while I liked a lot of what I saw, I’m not yet sure that The Show’s analog controls are right for me.

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7:30 PM on 02.07.2011

MLB 11 'Yankee Killer' trailer has revisionist history

Sony has just released a new trailer for MLB 11 The Show, and this one features Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who is on the cover of the game for the second year in a row. I wasn't aware that Mauer's performance against...

Samit Sarkar





12:40 PM on 06.10.2010

Help MLB 10 The Show donate to cancer research

SCEA, MLB, and the Stand Up to Cancer organization have all partnered up for a new program that will bring money to cancer research. You're part of the plan too, dearest gamer. SCEA says that they will donate $10 to SUtC for ...

Dale North



Review: MLB 10 The Show photo
Review: MLB 10 The Show
by Samit Sarkar

Simulation sports games have a doubly difficult job: not only are they tasked with delivering a realistic playable version of a particular sport, but they also must present an experience that looks and sounds like a television broadcast of that sport. Sony’s MLB The Show series has excelled in both areas for years. But because sports games come out on an annual basis, consumers demand even more -- each new iteration must be markedly different from, and better than, its predecessors.

How much innovation does MLB 10 The Show bring to baseball games? What does it improve upon from MLB 09? The answers to these questions, and more, are after the jump.

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7:00 AM on 02.12.2010

Sony welcomes you to MLB 10 The Show in launch trailer

I don't understand how people can dislike sports, or how they can simply not get into them. When I watch the above trailer for MLB 10 The Show, it sends chills down my spine. The trailer intersperses gameplay footage with si...

Samit Sarkar

8:00 PM on 02.11.2010

GoW III, MLB 10 The Show, Splinter Cell: Conviction on GTTV tonight

GameTrailers TV sure has a lot of awesome stuff in store for viewers tonight -- and what's great is that there's something for everybody in the episode that will be airing on Spike at 12:30 AM ET/PT. First up is a visit...

Samit Sarkar

1:00 AM on 02.11.2010

Sony shows off MLB 10 The Show's real-time presentation

MLB 09 The Show was a fantastic game, but as with most great games, there were some small nagging issues that annoyed me. One of them was a presentation thing: you'd often see multiple cuts of the same in-game event (and I'm...

Samit Sarkar