Summary: Maybe I'm just not a baseball video game kind of guy, but this game is ridiculously hard. The graphics are unreal and beautiful, and it has alll kinds of gameplay options, but just playing a game of hardball was (to me) impossible.
Summary: One of the problems with reviewing sports video games is, by the time you have played it enough to give a fair critique, the current season is over, and nobody (hard-core sports games addicts, anyway) wants to buy LAST years game version. However, after again playing through a full pre-season, regular 162 game season, and playoffs with my home-town Chicago White Sox (and winning it all, btw),here is my critique: I am concentrating only on the game as it pertains to those...
One of the best Baseball series makes its way to the PS3
Geoffrey S. Bennett, Amazon
7 September 2008
Summary: MLB 08: The Show has got all the bells and whistles you could want in a baseball game. The graphics are stunning and what you would expect from a PS3 sports title. Player models are accurate, I.E. Brandon Webb has a got a noticeably fatter body type than, the skinny Randy Johnson. The gameplay itself is great, there are a multitude of sliders you can change on top of four difficulty modes to really tune the game how you want it to be played.
Summary: Okay, I won't rehash all of those above pro's and con's. This is simply the best baseball game around today. And hey, if YOU can build a better one- go for it! I will buy it! I actually only have one question: I loaded music onto my ps3 converted it to mp3 like the instructions said, then made my playlist, and although the songs WILL play during the various menu screens, I believe I have yet to hear any songs play during game time.
Summary: I have played a few baseball games and this one is the best I have gotten my hands on...don't know what the other 08 baseball games are like. Great controls good features, good choice of play modes...lots of fun.
Summary: That's right, no Home Run Derby in this version of the game, even though the PS2 release managed to squeeze it in. The reasoning behind this I can only assume is to ensure the PS2 version of the game sells on par with the PS3's. Nearly every conceiveable aspect to the game has been covered here and allows for pretty much anyone with little to no experience with the concept of the sport to jump in.
Summary: MLB 08: The Show is a very good game overall but it has a few flaws. The only thing I want to say about this game is that it takes forever to get out of AA let alone AAA. I created a shortstop for the Mariners, went throught spring training, and played very nicely. I hit 2 doubles my first game and kept a batting average of about .289 - .314 throught the rest of spring training. My first season, the Mariners put me in AA.
Summary: Last year I went for MLB2K7, it was a good game so I was going to buy MLB2K8. Fortunately I saw the reviews first and found out about some problems with it (I also played a demo and I must recognize that the new pitching interface is very interesting, but still neds work). I decided to play safe and went for MLB08, and I am not dissapointed. Nothing revolutionary but a good and strong game. For this season look no further, this is the game to buy.
Summary: I am a casual video player (there is only so much time!)but this game makes your time worth while. Very life-like, as if you were watching it in TV, but being part of it. The play by play talk is very good.