MLB 14: The Show
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Fans of baseball and even those only slightly curious have yet another great title for the new console.
"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."
The good news is, MLB 14: The Show translates wonderfully on the PlayStation 4, but outside of improved presentation, there isn't much new to be excited about.
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.