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3:15 PM on 05.16.2014

MLB 14 on PS4 is fastest selling in franchise history

I might've dug into MLB 14 on PS4 a bit for its slow load times, but that's the only slow thing about it. According to the PlayStation Blog, MLB 14 on PS4, "exceeded the previous marks for most preorders, most day-one sales, and most week one sales," and, compared to last year, week one sales shot up 40%. Oh, and what's with the Orioles being the most played team?

Steven Hansen


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MLB 14 looks great on PS4, but comes with load times slower than baseball photo
MLB 14 looks great on PS4, but comes with load times slower than baseball
by Steven Hansen

I was mostly satisfied with MLB 14 The Show's initial PS3 and Vita release. Hitting ahead of the PS4 version led to some (perhaps overdue) improvements, from the UI overhaul to PS3/PS4/Vita cross saves to a universal The Show profile to franchise carry over into the next years' installments.

Coupled with little touches like a new dynamic camera angle, the addictive weekly challenge, and even more gameplay options (Quick Count and Player Lock), it felt like a worthy send off for the best baseball series of the last generation.

The problem, of course, is when the PS4 version hits (now), none of this is new. It just looks better. And somehow loads slower.

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1:45 PM on 04.17.2014

Here's what MLB 14 The Show looks like on PS4

MLB 14 The Show has made some welcomed strides forward on PS3 and Vita, from three system cross save to universal profiles to save data that carries over year after year. But the PS3 version does show its age, so if you want...

Steven Hansen



Review: MLB 14 The Show photo
Review: MLB 14 The Show
by Steven Hansen

I was ready for last year’s The Show to be its PS3 swansong, I was feeling it. It’s not that it wasn’t good. It was as good as it ever was. But there were signs of age. The same old horrifying fan models in the stands with crooked limbs and dead faces. The same bone dry commentators. It felt like the right time for The Show to be transitioning to PS4.

But this is sports, or at least sports games. When is the last time someone went out while they were ahead in sports? But hey, if the Red Sox can give David Ortiz -- a designated hitter in 2014; an endangered species – a $16 million contract extension for what he’s meant to Boston over the last 12 years, I can give The Show on PS3 another ride for being the only good baseball series. Especially since the PS4 versions isn’t even out yet.

I mean, I owe the Giants’ first World Series to a platoon of antiquated weirdo journeymen and a weirder, sappier story than Space Cowboys. This isn’t just “another year, another Show,” either. This is a franchise in clear transition to the next generation, which has benefited the current generation.

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2:45 PM on 02.26.2014

MLB: The Show: Quick Count, Player Lock make games faster

If you want to be able to breeze through games more quickly, MLB 14: The Show has two new options. Quick Count starts off every at bat in an advanced count (3-0, 1-2, etc.), partly based on the pitcher/batter matchup. Not a ...

Steven Hansen



MLB 14 The Show gets a big visual boost from PS4 power photo
MLB 14 The Show gets a big visual boost from PS4 power
by Dale North

We had a chance to take a peek at the PS4 version of MLB 14 The Show this past week at a preview event, and it was clear from the get go that the game benefits greatly from the power that the PS4 provides. Now, it's not like the PS3 version isn't a great looking game, but a quick side-by-side comparison showed that the PS4 version will be the one to get for MLB fans.

If you can wait about a month, that is. The PS3 and Vita versions step to the mound in April, and the PS4 will follow in May.

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8:10 PM on 11.04.2013

MLB 14 The Show: Cover athlete, first PS4 footage teased

Your new MLB The Show cover athlete is in -- it's Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera. I didn't vote for him, but he's my cover athlete. Cabrera was revealed this evening on MLB Network at the Player's Choice Awards. Play...

Steven Hansen



New releases: Construction finishes on SimCity photo
New releases: Construction finishes on SimCity
by Fraser Brown

This Monday heralds a week of mayoral responsibilities and the raiding of trap-laden tombs, both of which undoubtedly require similar skill sets. As much as I'm a big fan of Ms. Croft, and it seems like her latest outing is one of her best, I'm a tad more taken with managing a crazy little city.

I'll admit that I'm still not completely sold on SimCity, however. It certainly looks lovely, but I miss my water pipes and gargantuan utopias, and so many of the design choices seem to be aimed at people who are social butterflies, when I'm more of a grumpy moth. Regardless, I'm still rather excited about its imminent release, and will be doing my best to ensure that Beardtopia is the grottiest, most unfriendly city in all the land.

On top of SimCity and Tomb Raider, there are a plethora of other new releases demanding your attention this week. Two Naruto Shippunden titles drop, saturating the colorful, super-powered ninja market; Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk gives budding herbalists something to do on the PS3, while also searching for their lost sister; The Showdown Effect jumps out of a burning building and punches a vaguely German sounding villain in the face; and the 3DS gets a new Castlevania: Lords of Shadow title

You lot are getting spoiled this week. What's tempting you the most?

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MLB 13: The Show focusing on bringing the fun photo
MLB 13: The Show focusing on bringing the fun
by Steven Hansen

October was a hell of a month here in San Francisco. There’s nothing like sports to shore up the bonds of comradely in otherwise disparate, eclectic pockets of the world. Just look at how the Olympics create a national binary; some seek sanctuary amongst the loudly irreverent while others buy into the nationalistic fervor. Those just trying to go about their lives get bombarded from on high by either side.

This year, the hometown Giants, a team I've followed with ardor since childhood, made history, winning nine straight do-or-die elimination games to propel them to the World Series, which they then swept against a favored Detroit Tigers team. This is a thing that does not happen, and has never happened before. And if you follow San Francisco game journalists or like sports, you probably heard about it from either side of the fence.

Come March, Sony's excellent MLB: The Show series will be making its yearly rounds, just in time for spring training and just in time to whet a collective appetite for the American pastime. There have been a lot of changes, not the least of which is the new Post Season Mode, intended to replicate that heart quickening post season play without the 162 games prior -- and to help build narratives like the one the Giants wrote with their historical 2012 run. Add in rebalanced gameplay skewed toward offense and the new beginner mode and you got something that's looking to be the most accessible, plainly fun The Show yet.

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8:00 AM on 01.12.2013

Andrew McCutchen is your MLB 13 The Show cover athlete

Box art is kind of a big deal. Bioshock Infinite's generic packaging landed Irrational Games in hot water last month and now Sony and Major League Baseball have created some excitement of their own. Nearly half a million...

Kyle MacGregor

7:30 PM on 01.04.2013

Hope springs eternal: First look at MLB 13 The Show

It's a new year, a time for new beginnings. Soon the ice shall begin to retreat, birds and leaves will return to the trees, and each passing day will bring us closer and closer to the most joyous time of year. I'm talking ab...

Kyle MacGregor





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