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MLB 16: The Show

SCEA San Diego Studios, Sony
Mar 29, 2016 - PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

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Critic Reviews for MLB 16: The Show

Simply put, MLB The Show 16 is the best baseball game available on any current-gen console. It looks, plays, and feels amazing, offering many ways to play the great American pastime. Franchise and Road to the Show modes have made incremental but impressive improvements, while Diamond Dynasty offers entirely new ways to play. Not every mode works, but it's encouraging to see such a radical new mix of gameplay.

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PS4's biggest sports exclusive delivers a moonshot home run, thanks to perfectly balanced fundamentals, astonishingly lifelike presentation, and little details that few rivals – past or present – have come close to getting right.

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The long-running series needed new experiences, and Sony delivered two that will make you spend more time in Diamond Dynasty

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MLB 16's appeal lies mainly in tried-and-true features

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Another year of subtle improvements and gameplay additions make MLB The Show 16 a must-buy for baseball fans.

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For better or worse, MLB The Show 16 focuses heavily on Diamond Dynasty this year. The on-field action is strong as ever, and the bullet time-like Showtime is interesting, but the bulk of the improvements are in Diamond Dynasty-centric additions like Captains and Battle Royale. If you're a curious newcomer who likes baseball, you will find an extremely strong baseball sim; but if you're a returning player, your mileage will probably vary depending on how willing you are to indulge in The Show's card-collecting mode.

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Big on feature, major in community activity, and strong in replay ability, this year's Show certainly has done well. For Sony, like EA's Madden series, there are few to no challengers to the genre so success lies within their own hands. So the question is, if it ain't broke, will they still try to fix it, or if it is broke, do they still care to fix it?

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[T]he baseball itself is as good as ever, and one of the better modes, Road to the Show, is far less clunky this time around.

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