Summary: Players looking for a solid baseball title
should check out MLB 06 - The Show for the PS2. The game offers a solid
presentation with excellent graphics, play-by-play announcing and numerous
gameplay enhancements such as an expanded career mode, deeper franchise mode and
a new decision making system. The game's polished interface gives hitters a
better shot by allowing them to guess the pitches, while pitchers can improve
their odds with an extensive array of throws.
Excerpt: The days when sports gamers had to accept stripped-down versions of sports games if they wanted to play while on the go just may be over. MLB 06: The Show is a complete full-featured baseball game packed into a portable package. Just about every feature and game mode that you find in console baseball games can be found crammed onto its little UMD disk.
Excerpt: I've decided that baseball, like golf, has now achieved that rare state of being more fun in videogames than in real life. Okay, you can't quite substitute the PSP version for your beer, hot-dog and franks, but everything else is as good or better than the real thing. MLB '06 The Show is epic, realistic baseball action on PSP. EA has generally stolen the show with sports games that bore a scary resemblance to TV broadcasts.
Conclusion: was the career mode. I found it a lot of fun to make a player in my image, run him through spring training, and try to land myself a solid contract with the Seattle Mariners and later land a 20 million dollar contract with the Oakland A's. Overall the game play was generally fun (sometimes frustrating), but all in all good times.
Excerpt: Last year's finest PSP sports title returns for 2006 with more refined game play, an unbelievably good broadcast experience, and new online capabilities. The lack of roster options are glaring, however, and the interminable load times take some of the shine off of the overall package.
Excerpt: Developer – SCE San Diego Studios Publisher - SCEA Features 1-2 Players Memory Stick Duo – 240KB Wi-Fi Compatible (Ad Hoc/Infrastructure) Having already reviewed the PS2 version of MLB '06 I was very interested to see what kind of transition the game made when ‘shrunk' down to fit on the PSP's UMD. Last years version was a pretty darn good game and I really wondered if Sony could improve on that effort to make an even better portable baseball game then before.
Excerpt: Baseball season is here again and Sony has given us a way to take our big league fix on-the-go with MLB '06: The Show for the PlayStation Portable. This latest installment is a realistic and slickly-produced baseball sim that any fan will like, and a major improvement over last year's game, even if it's still missing some of the features that its PlayStation 2 counterpart has.