MLB 17: The Show Reviews

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9 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2016

Overall MLB The Show 17 does what it's supposed to do and builds on last year's great game. It's hard to truly improve year after year without any competition but the development team is able to do that with this game. The documentary style of RTTS is brilliant and the new MLB Network broadcast addition is great and adds authenticity to the game. MLB The Show 17 is a great game for any baseball fans and will provide a great experience from any of their game modes.

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Mar 27, 2017

Sony has rarely struck out with their annual MLB The Show series and this year's entry manages to keep that trend going. With the worthwhile improvements to Road to the Show, Franchise Mode, and the incredibly fun Retro Mode, San Diego Studio has knocked it out of the park with MLB The Show 17.

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3 / 5.0
Mar 27, 2017

Just like its real-life counterpart, MLB The Show 17 has become antiquated by today’s standards.

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4.9 / 5.0
Mar 27, 2017

MLB The Show 17 as a collective whole, from a controls, presentation, and core game mode perspective, is incrementally better.

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Forbes
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2017

The Show is still striving for perfection, but if you love baseball and video games, you need this in your life.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2017

After years of consistent quality, it almost goes without saying that MLB The Show 17 is a great game. The simulation makes several significant evolutionary steps forward, while still not losing sight of the genre’s storied past. Both newcomers and veterans will find something to appreciate in this year’s outing, along with a little bit of nostalgic appeal sprinkled throughout for good measure. There has never been a better time to become a card-carrying member of The Show Nation.

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Mar 28, 2017

Fast, fun, and easy to play, 'MLB The Show 17' knocks it out of the park

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9 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2017

Simply put, if you like baseball and video games you need to own MLB: The Show 2017.

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Polygon
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2017

Time will tell if the changes to MLB the Show 17 establish a new foundation for what is enjoyed five years from now. In the present, though, it is still a richly illustrated, seductively appealing depiction of the National Pastime.

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PCMag
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Unscored
Mar 29, 2017

There's very little here you haven't seen before. Sony has made tweaks, streamlined game modes, harkened back to the olden days, and added depth to The Show experience. However, if you're looking for a brand new experience, a revolutionary mode, or something that dramatically differentiates The Show 17 from the rest of the franchise, you're out of luck.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2017

MLB The Show 17 is a great installment, and no matter how long it's been since you last picked up The Show — even if you still play The Show 16 — this game is worth the pick up.

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IGN
Top Critic
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2017

Overall, MLB The Show 17 builds on last year's version, which many cited as the best in the series, by adding some key features and improvements. Most notable are increased hit variety, MLB Network integration, and the RTTS documentary. All of these additions make the game feel more like real baseball. This authenticity makes games more fun to play, as it's easier than ever to become invested in every pitch.

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USgamer
Top Critic
Mar 31, 2017

At first blush, MLB The Show 17 is more of the same; but when taken together, it's actually a great update. It brings with it a lot of small but much-needed tweaks to the play on the field, and the graphics have never looked so good. Even better, Franchise mode actually feels approachable now. It leaves some opportunities on the table, but MLB The Show is still a great baseball sim that feels that much better with this year's update.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2017

Road to the Show’s story isn’t captivating, but that’s a small blemish in a monster of a game that knocks most of its content out of the park

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8 / 10
Mar 31, 2017

Sony's long-running baseball sim returns, with better action on the field, and more options off it.

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90 / 100
Mar 31, 2017

…compared to years passed, player animations, ball spin physics, and defensive AI are noticeably improved.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2017

In a class by itself, San Diego Studios continues to wow audiences with an authentic baseball sim with its newly released MLB The Show 17. It’s visually astounding, and all games modes have that extra something to keep you playing long into the night with only a few significant things keeping it from statistical perfection.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2017

Annoyances aside, MLB The Show 17 continues to iterate without the technical baggage a few games back. Beyond the attempts to monetize players through microtransactions (which mainly work as boosts), I didn't really have any major issues with any given aspect of the game. We're only a few more days out until the 2017 season, and I'm counting on using The Show as my companion for it.

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Mar 31, 2017

There might not be a lot of competition for the best baseball sim title, but MLB The Show 17 knocks this one out of the park. It's a massive, multi-mode effort with fantastic graphics and a flexible approach that lets you enjoy it in your own way, and with Retro mode and Diamond Dynasty it has both casual gamers and the hardcore baseball fan sewn up.

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Ray Carsillo
Top Critic
9 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2017

MLB The Show 17 sets a new pinnacle for the franchise. It creates more depth for its tent pole modes and polishes everything else to a terrific gleam. Some online issues and glitches still continue to plague the series at launch, but you might get so engrossed in Franchise or RTTS that you won't even notice until they're fixed.

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