MLB 14: The Show Review
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MLB 14: The Show Box Art
System: PS3*, PS Vita, PS4
Dev: SCE Studios San Diego
Pub: Sony
Release: April 1, 2014
Players: 1 (2+ Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

Some of the coolest features of the game, unfortunately, are kind of hard to review at this point. At time of writing, the game’s online features aren’t really working all that well, which makes sense because it’s only day one. However, this also means that it’s hard to judge the game’s net code, leaderboard functions, or the new community challenge features which allow you to create your own in-game scenarios and ask the community to complete them. I particularly want to set up that crappy 0-2 bottom of the ninth scenario that quick counts dealt me.

MLB 14: The Show Screenshot

Another thing that is kind of hard to review, is the new Year to Year save function, which will allow you to carry over your saves from MLB 14: The Show to every future version. This is amazing, and every single sports game should do this from now on. However, I cannot tell you how it works in practice because MLB 14: The Show does NOT import your saves from MLB 13: The Show. It does, however, carry over your saves between platforms, which means you can upgrade to the PS4 version without losing all of your progress. The in game currency, called Stubs, is also transferrable between platforms and versions, which means you won’t lose your additional content as you move on to new versions as well.

Other than that, there’s not much more to say about MLB 14: The Show. The PS3 version looks about the same as MLB 13, and the PS4 version, which is apparently game-changingly beautiful, won’t come out until May. The game has reworked its A.I. and has updated the Universal Profile in order to make your custom created player play more like you. The game controls the same as it always did, tight and fair which is good because a few fractions of a second could mean the difference between a home run and a strike. It’s another “new installment” sports game, so you basically know what to expect. Quick note though, some fans have been complaining about the game’s starting roster line-up. I am, admittedly, not the biggest baseball super-fan, but if that sort of thing will annoy you then you might want to wait until the first roster patch comes out.

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All in all, I’d recommend a purchase of MLB 14: The Show, if only to get in on the ground floor of Year to Year saves. However, you might want to wait for the PS4 version of the game to come out, just so you can have the definitive baseball experience. Other than that, I had a good time with the game, and I certainly crammed a lot more baseball into that time than I had with past releases.

By
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: April 2, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
The graphics of the PS3 version aren’t all that impressive but apparently the PS4 will change the game.
4.0
Control
The game controls just as it always has, which is to say tightly.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The soundtrack is alright but somewhat forgettable.
4.5
Play Value
Cross-save functionality over new generations of the game? Everyone else, take note. This is how you make a sports game.
4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Play Full Games Faster with two brand new game modes, Quick Counts and Player Lock.
  • Road to The Show evolves in MLB 14 with a new intuitive player creation process and an all new pre-draft prospect showcase.
  • Never start over. With Year to Year saves, franchise and Road to The Show progress can be carried from MLB 14 to future versions of The Show™.
  • Create custom in-game scenarios and challenge the community to complete them with all new Community Challenges.

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