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Welcome to The Show All-Star. The best selling and highest rated baseball franchise is back in MLB® The Show throwing you into an unsurpassed baseball experience where big moments come alive. It's all here too; from AI improvements to new personalized batting stances to Joe Mauer, newly crowned American League MVP, as the new cover athlete. Get ready. The Show is about to begin.
It's all about the details. At least, that's what separates a good baseball game from a great one for me. You can have solid gameplay and cool features, but if it doesn't have the look and feel of a real baseball game, it hasn't done its job. MLB '10: The Show gets many of the details right to the point that this is easily the most realistic console baseball game I've ever played...Give up a home run in a critical situation and you may see your catcher toss off his mask in disgust as the batter rounds the bases. Smoke a ball towards the gap only to have the centerfielder dive and snag it from out of nowhere and your batter might kick the dirt on the basepath to show his displeasure. Take off for second on a hit and run only to have the batter foul the ball off and the baserunner may readjust the rim of his batting helmet as he walks back to first base. There are many small, easy-to-miss visual moments like this that, when added together, make up a baseball game. And Sony got them right...Online has seen a very big change with the addition of Season Leagues. You can now play a full season online that saves all stats, allows for trades and includes a 40-man roster. This is as close to being in the majors as you will get in an online game. Last year, I had some real issues with slowdown. However, in the games I played, things ran perfectly. I'm not sure what Sony did to improve its net code, but it definitely worked...On the field, The Show is top-notch. I absolutely love the mechanics and the battles between pitcher and batter. Little was changed, but really, little needed to be changed. Visually, this is a real stunner. Great animations, nice stadiums, the player's look and feel right. And this is as full a feature set as anyone could ask of a baseball game from the deep and engrossing Road to the Show to a ridiculously in-depth Franchise mode to Online Season Leagues. MLB 10 has it all! But it also has some issues. It's impossible to look past the poor trade AI or the odd decisions from your manager that weaken Road to the Show...MLB 10 edges very close to being the best console baseball game ever made. But it doesn't quite make it there. It's still great, just not baseball perfection.
If you're a hardcore baseball fan, you likely already know about Sony's MLB series from the excellent showing they've had over the past couple of years. The Show brings with it some lofty expectations, and, quite frankly, in 2010 it once again exceeds them...If you're familiar with The Show, you'll know what to expect upon booting up the game. All the modes that made an appearance in last years version are here. You see, The Show isn't about making huge adjustments this year. Everything that made the previous game so enjoyable is here and Sony haven't messed with a good thing. Don't mistake that for a criticism, however, or think that the game is just a rehash of last year. There are enough enhancements to what was already a solid title that it justifies another annual release, tightening things up to make it the most sim-tastic ball game you'll ever play...If you've never played The Show in its previous forms, allow me to warn you now; this is a sim, so there are no unnecessary embellishments that make the game feel arcade-like. This is for players who are looking for the most realistic experience out there and Sony have provided that on every level. From excellent stat-tracking to adaptive AI, you're going to be battling opponents for every win and, for hardcore simulation, it doesn't get much better than this...Like last year, 2010's The Show is just an incredibly beautiful game. While everything looks smooth, however, it's the little touches that really make the game stand out as one of the best looking games period. You see, it's not just the on-field action that makes the game look great, it's the living/breathing feel you get from everything within it. The bullpen is constantly in motion and you'll often see fans spill onto the field trying to catch stray fouls. The entire baseball environment was captured flawlessly...MLB 10: The Show is still the top baseball sim in the business. There's still some room for improvement when it comes to controls, but it's about as close to perfect as you can get.
AI Improvements for Even More Realism.
Find Your Way to the Top in Road to the Show.
Ignite Old Rivalries in Rivalry Mode.
New Personalized Batting Stances.
Updated Rosters and New Stadiums.
No Longer Produced
Andrew Reiner, Game Informer
No baseball game has come close to delivering a complete package like this game does.
Ron Burke, GamingTrend.com
MLB 09: The Show was a great Next Gen restart for the franchise, and MLB 10: The Show delivers nicely on that promise.
David Hillyer, Game Chronicles,
MLB10 The Show is as close as anyone has come to baseball perfection.