|System: PS3, PS2, PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: SCE San Diego||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SONY||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 3, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Perhaps the game's biggest problem right now is the multiplayer features. Of course, they're absolutely complete and compelling, especially the ability to enter into a season mode with friends, but there seems to be a lot of hiccups present during actual gameplay. I was disconnected a few times from games and often experienced some disconcerting lag. That being the case, the online offering does leave something to be desired. However, I expect the team at SCEA San Diego is hard at work making sure these issues get ironed out. From what I gather, substantial improvements have already been made.
On the bright side, the game's graphics and sounds are perfect. The visuals are so good in full HD, you'll often forget your playing a video game and not just interacting with a live telecast. Surprisingly, the visuals aren't flawless, however. Though stadiums and crowds are nearly perfect, backgrounds, especially during spring training, are decidedly lacking detail and polish. Nevertheless, the solid framerate, 1080p reproduction, and amazingly accurate player animations more than make up for the background discrepancies. As was the case last year, the sounds and commentary in this game are outstanding. Crowd noise, player-specific chants, umpire calls, stadium music, the varied voices over the PA, and the commentating duo make this game the most aurally satisfying sports title out there.
As with any sports title, if you own and love last year's version of the game, there probably aren't any substantial reasons to pick up 09. However, the new baserunning controls, incorporated training into the Road to the Show mode, online season, extra level of difficulty, and the updated rosters won't do you wrong. If you're a sports fan, own a Sony console, and you've never picked up a version of MLB: The Show, get in your car and don't come back until you've purchased MLB 09: The Show for either PS3, PS2, of PSP.
CCC Editor / News Director