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MLB 18: The Show

Sony Interactive Entertainment
Mar 27, 2018 - PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5
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OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

81%

Critics Recommend

IGN
8.5 / 10
Game Informer
6.8 / 10
GameSpot
9 / 10
USgamer
4 / 5
Forbes
8.7 / 10
GamingTrend
85 / 100
COGconnected
86 / 100
Push Square
9 / 10
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MLB 18: The Show Media

MLB The Show 18 - Road to the Show Gameplay | PlayStation Underground thumbnail

MLB The Show 18 - Road to the Show Gameplay | PlayStation Underground

MLB The Show 18 - Rivalries | PS4 thumbnail

MLB The Show 18 - Rivalries | PS4

MLB The Show 18 - Feature Talk: Bat Flips | PS4 thumbnail

MLB The Show 18 - Feature Talk: Bat Flips | PS4



Critic Reviews for MLB 18: The Show

IGN

8.5 / 10.0
IGN

The strength of the MLB The Show series has always been its authentic gameplay, which traditionally does a fantastic job capturing the essence of baseball. The 2018 version of The Show continues that trend, creating the most realistic baseball game to date. However, the nuanced gameplay and visual changes don't quite make up for the lack of innovation – or removal – of MLB The Show's core modes.

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The online play is clearly where Sony wants people to spend time, but just connecting to the servers proves problematic

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MLB The Show 18 controls like a dream, and is the best-looking baseball game ever made.

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MLB The Show 18 remains one of the most beautiful and polished sports sims around.

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There are a few desirable features missing when you compare The Show 18 to other sports video game titles, but if we were to judge the features and core gameplay that are present, the latest entry to the series maintains its impressive hitting streak.

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MLB The Show 18 is another fantastic baseball experience, and a game where high quality has become routine. The gameplay is the same, for the most part, but the game's modes have all been vastly updated with improvements, additions, and overhauls to the way progression through each mode is accomplished. These improvements are welcome additions to a game that flirts with stagnation in spite of its perennial brilliance.

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Diamond Dynasty is simply the best “Ultimate Team” mode in all sports franchises thus far.

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MLB The Show 18 is, for our money, the best sports game on console right now. Whether you love baseball or not, this is a flexible simulation that can appeal to both beginners and veterans alike, with some of the best presentation you'll find on the PS4. On paper this may not sound like a substantial step forward for the series, but the under-the-hood improvements mean that it's the best playing, best looking version yet. We're not sure where Sony San Diego goes next with this series, but we say that every year, and it continues to smash our expectations out of the park.

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