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MLB Video Game Review

I’ve been a fan of The Show since it became a PlayStation exclusive a few years ago. I’ve seen the evolution of the game, and am very pleased with a lot of the progress from 13 to 14. Everything from the menu boxes to the player rating system has changed.

I won’t be using a lot of the features as I am not a “gamer” in the classic sense. I don’t want to play against you online. I don’t want to create my own version of myself, try and work my way from A ball to the majors, and become a star, MVP, CY, or HOF player. Therefore, I can only briefly touch on those aspects of the game by saying they are there. You can recreate a lot of your childhood heroes and past superstars, but they are not those players…so for instance, if I create a player named Kirby Puckett, it is not THE Kirby Puckett. I can grab an old baseball card of his and get his height and weight and all of that, I can find a stance that is close to mimicking his leg kick and everything in his stride, but it’s not him. If I place him on the Minnesota Twins and give him 34, he will not be the real Kirby Puckett, and the game will not let him be announced as Kirby Puckett unless those two names are in the computer generated lexicon.

The create-a-player mode is impressive, but it’s the only way you can bring a favorite legend or childhood hero to life.

There are multiple grading systems used to try and create accurate player representations for the game. This is the area I’m truly impressed with in 2014’s version. Gone are the dozen A 99 level players, and 45 A level players to begin with that are in the 90’s automatically. In 2014 Miguel Cabrera (the cover boy), Mike Trout, and Clayton Kershaw are the only players rated at 99. And even those players are flawed. Miguel is a lousy base runner and a slightly below average fielder (just like real life). Kershaw’s pitches aren’t all 99 miles an hour with flawless command, and even though you could technically go in and change it, I don’t see the fun in that. Continue reading