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"The setup of the menus has been drastically redesigned, and although it took some getting used to at first, it's actually a much more user-friendly design over all."
MLB 14: The Show on PlayStation 4 is certainly the version you'll want if you're a hardcore baseball fan. It's achingly pretty (with only a few minor drawbacks), it sounds great, and the gameplay is top-notch. There isn't a lot to complain about, unless you don't really care about the quick count feature, and online multiplayer isn't your thing.
Coming into the release of MLB 14: The Show, it was clear that this is the king of baseball games. Not only is it the king but no other game is coming anywhere near it's level of greatness for quite some time. Thankfully, Sony San Diego does not take that lightly as they have continued to build on an already fantastic product. There is no doubt that some of their additions fell a bit short, but those are the risks you can take when you are the uncontested king. The graphical enhancements in the PS4 version of MLB 14: The Show are undeniable and true proof of how far we can go with visuals this generation. Whether it is in graphics or gameplay, MLB: The Show continues to rule the sports game world.
MLB 14 The Show is a great baseball game marred by long load times, inconsistent online play, and performance issues. It's still a fun game and Road to the Show is, as usual, a great way to play the game. Fans of baseball will enjoy the game, but it's a little disappointing to see the performance issues.
If you waited to buy a next-gen version of "The Show," you're in luck. The PS4 version isn't worse than the PS3/Vita version, but it isn't any better either. All of its visual sheen brings new problems, but it's still a big league sports sim.
While have always enjoyed making my march to the majors, there is another mode that I try to jump into at least once a day and that is The Show Live. Baseball is a marathon of a season and each and every game, right down to the proper line-up and pitching match-up, is replicated daily and each game can be played in this mode. You can also use this screen to check real game times, live scores, and live situations. You can exit out of the mode and re-enter to refresh the games if you want to use it as a real time score tracker. Pretty nifty and the mode is available for the PS3, the PS Vita and the PS4.
MLB 14: The Show is a must have for any baseball fan. Road to the Show alone is worth the purchase and the overall improvement on an already great foundation is what we want to see from sports games.
MLB 14: The Show is almost an oxymoron ' an accessible and ever-entertaining game based on what is, on these shores, an extremely niche sport that is accused of being rather dull. For both novice and veteran the game demonstrates what an annual sports franchise should be, and standing alone the Vita version would be more than sufficient. It's only in comparison to its bigger siblings on the PS3 (and now the PS4) that the foibles become clear, the omissions become painful. If you want baseball on the go then this more than delivers, if you want a deep sports simulation on the go then you'll not find the mixture of management and actual match play anywhere else in handheld land. As long as you're happy to get your online kicks on the TV then you'll be more than fine with this Vita edition ' and, if you don't get anything else out of the game, at least you'll appreciate the differences between this and cricket forever more.
MLB '14 The Show is an integral upgrade for fans of the franchise that recently upgraded to the PS4. With no competition in sight, PlayStation 4 players don't have any other options when it comes to baseball simulations, but then again, the year-in and year-out committment to quality from Sony San Diego made it so they never really needed those options in the first place.
Sony's MLB franchise has unquestionably made a successful leap to PlayStation 4. The franchise has never looked better and the game has made yet another jump into the realm of 'true to life'. MLB: The Show retains its crown as the undisputed king of baseball games. This being said, it remains by in the large the same game we have played over the course of the past few years and the glitches do seem more prevalent.
MLB 14: The Show continues to prove itself as the best baseball franchise around, despite its PlayStation 4 debut doing little to separate itself from its last generation brethren.
And if you are ready to give up on The Show because of those longer-than-usual load times, just turn on a real baseball game – I'm guessing you'll be back playing the video game in no time.
This is a tricky one to score. Again, MLB 14 The Show on the PlayStation 4 is a great baseball game, and I undeniably have a great time playing it. Still, as a next-gen debut, it is a little underwhelming. Sure, all of the features of the PlayStation 3 version are here, but the graphical improvement is more of a single than a home run. Of course, sometimes you need those small base hits to win a game, but let's be honest; the homers are more fun.
MLB 14: The Show was a great game a month ago when it came out on PlayStation 3, and it remains so on PlayStation 4. MLB 14 on PS4 is a rare year one sports game on a new console that is both significantly better looking and feature complete with the last generation version.
MLB 14 The Show may not be a game changer, but it doesn't need to be. It is a great game with enough new features and ideas that it manages to stay fresh despite its problems, and fans of baseball sims will be hard-pressed to find better.
The Show was clearly on its last legs on the PS3, and the revamped, more true-to-life ballparks infuse some much-needed atmosphere in the series' PS4 debut. Meanwhile, Road to the Show includes several tweaks that help you create a more dominating prospect. Unfortunately, the player models don't receive the same level of care, and the game's online components aren't on the level of most other sports franchises—issues that absolutely must be addressed going forward.
MLB 14: The Show is a fair game, and those looking forward to a new generation of the series and the small upgrades it brings will enjoy what it has to offer. Those who have spent years with series might find themselves ready for something new. The technical hiccups, the lack of creativity in the single-player, the randomness of success, it all feels a little passe in a new generation.