Excerpt: We see it in just about every entertainment genre; from movies to television, music to bestsellers - the follow up. How do you follow that popular and critically acclaimed release from your resume?
Excerpt: Being that I am Canadian, baseball has never really grabbed my interest as much as it does other people in this world. I am a hockey nut, but alas I do manage to catch some games on my HD box at home so I do have some knowledge of the sport. Sony was kind enough to send its' latest MLB game, MLB '07: The Show on the PS2, for us to review. Having played some of their series in the past, I was somewhat curious to see how the newest iteration looked and played.
Excerpt: The PSP isn't generally regarded as a hotbed for sports games, but there are a few series that have found success on the handheld, one of which is Sony's MLB series. MLB 07: The Show doesn't mess with success, and in many ways it feels like a slightly enhanced version of last year's game. However, its one big addition, road to the show, is a good one and offers a whole new way to progress through a professional baseball career.
Pros: Road to the show is a great addition, Hitting is intuitive, Solid, albeit subdued, presentation and commentary, robust online and multiplayer options
Cons: Game doesn't play much differently than last year, Some bugs and quirks that should have been caught, Frame rate is sometimes problematic, Long load times
Conclusion: Believe it or not but the audio department is virtually exactly like it was last year with only a few improvements here and there. The commentary is still a few seconds behind the play but at least it’s been improved from MLB 06 . The crowd still gets into the game but the sound effects are just as subdued as before. Musically speaking, you can expect everything form hi hop tracks to hard rock and everything in-between.
Excerpt: For the last five years of recorded history, I have been screaming loudly from the front of the video game media line that video games as a medium need to embrace the arts. They need to treat themselves as an art form, not a toy or hobby. Video games are developed by artists and creative folks that rival what you see on a movie set in Hollywood, a television studio in Chicago, a stage in New York or a recording session in Nashville.