Summary: Keeping annualized sports franchises fresh year after year is an unenviable task, especially within the constraint of a ten- or eleven-month development cycle. Generally, sports-game developers endeavor to bring a few important improvements or additions to a series without overhauling the entire product; that’s usually all that can be done in less than a year.
Excerpt: What do you do when you have the NUMBER ONE BASEBALL game? You could sit back and enjoy the success. You could give that beauty pageant wave, and sit in a car in a parade. Or you could make the game even better. Can you guess which one Sony Computer Entertainment decided to go with? If you picked the final answer then you are watching that baseball flying out of the park over The Green Monster, and you are the batter. Which is something I got to do a few times.
Another stellar season for Sony pro baseball franchise.
Common Sense Media
9 June 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that MLB 11: The Show is a straightforward simulation of Major League Baseball. Players guide one of 32 teams to the World Series or create an athlete and lead him to a Hall of Fame career. Note that real teams, players, and commercial brands feature prominently throughout the game. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12.
Excerpt: MLB 11: The Show is back on PS3 and quite frankly, has never been better. This franchise has established itself as the premiere baseball game and simulation in the industry for a number of years now and this edition takes the game another solid step forward. This time around there is both PlayStation Move and 3D support along with improved animations and a new analog stick control system.
Conclusion: MLB 11: The Show is still the king of the genre and has made some great changes with the new controls and Road to the Show that makes it a worthy purchase for those interested in those aspects. If you’re only interested in the franchise mode or online play, this year’s game hasn’t progressed much in those parts of the game to make it a necessary upgrade.
Excerpt: Baseball has long been the pastime of America. Although we’ve gravitated in recent years toward football and basketball, baseball is still the destination of choice for a father and son outing – and will always be. Video game baseball also has one thing going for it that basketball and football games this year do not: competition.
Excerpt: The sun is shining high in the afternoon sky, a pipe organ is ringing out a rousing rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” and the bleachers are full. The stage has been set for another exciting year of Major League Baseball. As the season opener has now come and went, it was high time to take Sony’s interactive diamond duel out for a few trail throws.
Cons: There doesn’t seem like there is enough new content to justify a dedicated release.