Excerpt: Sony’s MLB: The Show 13 stands tall as the current, arguably undisputed, king of console baseball simulations but it is still only in its sophomore season on the Vita. This second outing shows even more promise for the franchise than the first but it still largely lives in the shadow of its magnificent HD counterpart.
Summary: Compare the backs of the boxes, and MLB 13: The Show looks pretty much identical on both the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Get into the actual games, however, and some substantial differences pop up when it comes to playability. Where the PS3 game is the real deal, another fantastic baseball game that walks the line better than ever between simulation realism and on-the-diamond action, the handheld Vita version falls short in a few key areas.
Pros: Continues to offer a ton of options, Plays a great game of baseball on the diamond, with superb pitcher-batter duels, Addictive Road to the Show mode of play, Cross-platform support to take your PS3 cloud saves on the road
Cons: Mechanics like Pulse Pitching not properly scaled down for Vita, Long load times and visual slowdown
Summary: Despite what it looks like outside (at least here in Ohio), Spring is almost here. I keep telling myself that and this week I got a little help in believing it as MLB 13: The Show made its way to stores. A new MLB game means a new MLB season, which is a sure that warm weather on the horizon. I’ll be honest though, it has been a while since I picked up a bat, both in real life and digitally.