Deep, detailed baseball game among best for sports fans.
Common Sense Media
7 August 2014
Summary: Parents need to know that MLB 14: The Show is a straightforward simulation based on Major League Baseball. Players can become a baseball star or a general manager, guiding an athlete or a major league team to the World Series. Other modes will give players the option to run franchises, manage a team over several seasons, or play exhibition games. Parents should be aware that online chat is unmoderated, so kids might be exposed to objectionable language.
MLB 14 The Show PS4 Review: The bar for baseball raised yet again
8 May 2014
Summary: Not much keeps MLB 14 The Show on PS4 from being the very best it can be on almost all levels. Though some uncommon visual and network discrepancies linger, San Diego Studios raises the bar that it's set for the last eight years in baseball simulation.
Pros: Authentic broadcast-level presentation, Actual online play works smoothly, Butter-smooth frame rate
Conclusion: Concept: New features dramatically cut down the time it takes to complete a game, allowing players to get deeper into seasons
Graphics: New fielding animations add authenticity to specific plays. The level of detail is nearly identical to last year’s game
Sound: Commentators Matt Vesgersian, Eric Karros, and Steve Lyons do a fine job covering the play-by-play, but they often repeat the same player-specific information
Playability: New ball tracking create more excitement...
Excerpt: As with any popular sport known to man we have an annual baseball game in our glove. It is fairly safe to say that any sport enthusiast that plays video games is going to buy literally every seasonal game, if not stagger their purchases every other year. Some developers bank on that fact and game improvements take a backseat to updating the roster and calling it a day.
MLB 14 The Show PS Vita Review: Well, they accurately portrayed the Mets
18 April 2014
Excerpt: Baseball is the toughest game to play. Not only do you have to have incredible hand-eye coordination, but you have to be smart. Pete Rose once described it by saying, "You have a round ball and a round bat, and you got to hit it square." Wrap your head around that. It's not an easy feat to make a baseball video game that can capture all of the nuances of America's Pastime, but SCE San Diego Studio has done a remarkable job over the years -- which I why it's hard for me...
Summary: I was ready for last year’s The Show to be its PS3 swansong, I was feeling it. It’s not that it wasn’t good. It was as good as it ever was. But there were signs of age. The same old horrifying fan models in the stands with crooked limbs and dead faces. The same bone dry commentators. It felt like the right time for The Show to be transitioning to PS4. But this is sports, or at least sports games. When is the last time someone went out while they were ahead in sports?
Excerpt: The baseball season is well underway and that can only mean it’s time for another edition of MLB: The Show. Now that 2K sports’ MLB 2K is out of the picture, the stage is set for the only game in town. As is par for each new entry in the franchise, fresh features and enhancements are promised, and in that regard The Show doesn’t disappoint.
Conclusion: Even with MLB 14: The Show not adding a ton it still remains one of the best sports games on the market today. I truly cannot wait to see what Sony will do with this franchise on the Playstation 4. Until then we still have a great game of baseball to play on the Playstation 3.
Excerpt: Most sports franchise lose a step when they move from one home console to the next one. They also usually gain it back in the following years. MLB 14 The Show is on the Playstation 3, and Playstation 4. Family Friendly Gaming was provided a copy to review on the former. There are a few areas of concern this year.
Excerpt: Sony’s MLB The Show franchise prides itself on being the most authentic MLB gaming experience there is. With no competition from 2K Sports this year, that statement couldn’t be more true. But as is the case with most annualized sports games, one must question whether the improvements made over the past year warrant another $60 purchase. And, is it worth picking up on PS3 or Vita if you have a PS4, which is getting its own version in about a month.