- Platform: PlayStation 4
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From San Diego Studio, developers of the highest-rated sports video game series over the past eight years, comes the most authentic MLB gaming experience ever made: MLB 14 The Show. 2014 marks the debut of MLB 14 The Show on the PlayStation 4 system, harnessing the platform's next-gen horsepower to deliver an unmatched presentation. Player models benefit from huge advancements in detail, down to the finest hairs on their heads. Photo-realistic stadiums boast four times the texture resolution, with each scene jumping in polygon count from 150,000 to over 1 million. Vastly improved 3D crowds are more lifelike and varied than ever; 42 different crowd member models jump to 1,000 on the PS4 system, each of which are comprised of 10,000 polygons, up from 1,600 last gen. A wealth of new animations, grass rendered down to the last blade, new intro fly-ins, and many other enhancements on the PS4 system bring the atmosphere to life more effectively than ever.
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The graphics are excellent, as is the presentation. The interface for Pitching, like bowling in a cricket game, has different options from the simple aim with the stick and click a button, right up to Tiger Woods-like analog stick swings, the same for batting. You can set fielding to 'auto' so the console takes care of it for you until you feel like you want to try it yourself.
Like many other sports games, you can play one-off exhibition matches, you can co-op offline 2v2, you can run any existing Baseball team and manage them or play their games, you can create yourself as a player and try to have a career, you can create your own team uniform and play online in 'Diamond Dynasty' (which is like Madden Ultimate Team without needing to spend real cash on it!). Basically, play it any way you want to.
You can also speed the games up either by using 'quick counts' or by only playing everything one player does and letting it simulate the rest of the team.
Well worth playing if you like Cricket games, Madden, NBA, FIFA or other sports management/gaming titles.
[You don't need to understand Baseball to start playing the console game any more than you need to understand the nuances of Cricket to pick up the computer game version. ESPN carry baseball season games every night if you have Virgin/BT Sport otherwise you can start the game in exhibition mode, deliberately not choose a side and just watch it play a game, it'll make sense pretty quickly.]
Loading times are a lot slower than ps3 you can make a cup of tea sometimes even to get into first menu.
Glitches. There are number of glitches when they appear do tend to spoil the game hopefully they can be patched.
Online....terrible tried playing a friend in exhibition game and forget trying to time hitting. The ball one second is miles in front the next its past. Dont start me on the baserunning and fielding you sometimes just see the fielder standing there the next hes thrown out all you runners and the screen is still just looking at him. The lag is terrible and this is not just European players this is happening to players in the States as well.
Overall its a good single player experience but online needs major improvements before I would recommend that part of the game. Read the forums to see other peoples views as there are a number of negative comments of this version.
To begin with, the graphics and player animations are really great. Before I got this all I had was MLB 2K 11 - (it is the only MLB 2K version that is region free) - The SHOW is much better in every way. The game plays in realtime, tho you can speed things up between pitches or at abts by pressing to x button on the controller. (I don't cos I like the sense of a real game time feel)
The presentation is pretty good too. On equal par with 2K 11 which I think is excellent commentary wise.
Sure you gonna hear the same lines repeated if you play lots of games. But here is a sense of the crowd going with the game; i.e anticipated excitement etc at clutch times.
If you have a basic underastanding you will easily pick up the feel of batting and pitching and fielding is pretty straight forward roo. In fact I find batting the hardest - its in the timing - just like real life
There are some minor details which enhance the game for me, like the shiney helmets effect and the cut away scenes to the manaher and dugouts between plays.
The stadiums look real. I love they way they got the New Yankee Stadium. (I play with Yankees)
Franchise mode is the one I choose. But you got plenty options like Road to the Show.and min games like an independant post season mode, if you wanna get your team into the World Series.
Adjustable sliders allow you to customise the game to suite yourself. You can make it is as easy, as fair or as hard as you like. Or you can opt for the Dynamic setting which starts you in Rookie mode and then adjust the levels of sliders automatically as you progress in the game.Read more ›
There are in game bugs and graphical lags that still plague the series (and did so in '13 as well) and the presentation is not really up to scratch (jagged edges to graphics and a general lack of HD-ness). It feels much the same as EA's FIFA franchise in that it's the old game given a new box cover and the promise of roster updates. Speaking of roster updates, once I did learn how to get them the game seemed very temperamental in keeping them and kept reverting to the old rosters, very frustrating. Sadly new players like Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees don't get a full photo on update but some weird computer generated photo that looks nothing like the player.
So if you had started with MLB The Show 13 on the Vita and thought about upgrading, don't bother. There's little to commend this game. It's not up to date, has the same bug problems and only a sterling game play gives this game some extra merit.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is visually extremely impressive, and the effort that has gone in to replicate the television experience is faultless. Read morePublished 20 months ago by JulesB
excellent game, strongly recommend to any baseball fans.
This game has everything a fan wants, it's a shame that it's not available for other platforms because every baseball fan deserves a game this good. Read morePublished 22 months ago by markus2112
Great game, absolutely love it.
Quite hard to bat well every time but practice helps.
Great music selection, I've even downloaded some songs, I like them that much. Read more