Summary: Back in 2006 Sony introduced a new twist to the baseball genre known as Road to the Show, thus giving new life to relatively stale genre and a new name to their own long running series of games. Since then, the team at Sony San Diego have been hard at work fine tuning the game to what it has become.
Conclusion: Concept: The gameplay hasn't changed, but the experience has. As The Show proves, little touches can go a long way
Graphics: Players seamlessly transition between movements. Most of the players feature signature animations. You'll even see little things like players wearing long sleeves during cold weather
Sound: Rex Hudler, Matt Vasgersian, and Dave Campbell often cite the obvious (like foul balls five seconds after they happen), but also provide compelling commentary...
Excerpt: There is no room at Cooperstown for baseball games yet, but if the hallowed hall of fame ever adds such a facility, you can guarantee that MLB 09: The Show will be one of the very first inductees. Everything here is brought to life in such an exacting, authentic fashion that you finish games feeling like you've actually spent time out on a real diamond.
Pros: Absolutely authentic in just about every possible way, Lifelike pitcher-batter duels, Realistic visuals and animations, Spectacularly addictive Road to the Show mode of play
Cons: Casual players might find the game too challenging at first, Loading times are long and frequent in Road to the Show mode
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a sports simulation based on Major League Baseball. Players control their favorite teams for individual games, and can even guide them through an entire season. Ads from baseball related companies such as Upper Deck are displayed throughout stadiums. The game is also playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12.
Excerpt: Damn it Sony, why do you have to consistently make MLB: The Show so good? By now, I've settled into the yearly cycle of sports games ("This year is an improvement with this feature... blah, blah, blah..."), but with MLB: The Show , every year has delivered to the point where I could almost just repeat myself from last year and say, "..
Summary: Impressive strides on the franchise and Road to the Show fronts define this year's baseball sim from Sony. The inclusion of rules like salary arbitration and September call-ups makes a huge difference in selling the general manager experience, and improved interactions and minigames make the already-great Road to the Show mode better than ever.
Conclusion: If you're a Playstation 3 owner that's looking for a baseball game, then MLB 09 The Show should be your first and only choice. The level of detail in this game is mind-boggling. True, there is a rather steep learning curve, but fans of sport will probably overlook that. If you're worried about that, give it a rent, but if you really want to explore everything in the game, then it's really a must-buy.