|System: PS Vita, PS3*, PS4|
|Dev: SCE Studios San Diego|
|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.
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.
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.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Date: April 2, 2014