MLB 18: The Show Reviews

MLB 18: The Show is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8 / 10.0
May 21, 2018

MLB: The Show 18 is an incredible game with as much depth as you are willing to handle. It has incredibly intuitive and nuanced controls, entertaining commentary and a swathe of freedom that allows you to traverse the immense depth of the game as you feel comfortable doing. This is a game you can enjoy whether you're a hardcore baseball fan or someone looking for something new in the sporting genre that isn't FIFA 2018.

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9 / 10.0
May 16, 2018

Great baseball game for the biggest fans of this sport. But really hard for new players.

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7.7 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2018

Road to the Show remains the soul of The Show 18 to me, with everything else feeling like a fun distraction, like getting to step into the shoes of baseball's past greats or the tasting the 8-bit flavor of retro mode. As I progress more into my player's career, there's this unshakable knowledge that he's never going to be better at some things than he is now. He will be in a box — an enjoyable one, but a box nonetheless.

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90%
Apr 21, 2018

It's no surprise that MLB The Show 18 excels in almost everything. It's a truly superb title that's among the best you can currently find in the sports games. Don't be discouraged by the fact that it's only a baseball game.

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85 / 100
Apr 16, 2018

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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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2018

It's hard to improve a game which is already the best in its own genre, but SIE San Diego Studio achieved a good result with a few, but meaningful, changes. MLB The Show 18 offers an even more solid and consistent experience than its predecessor, although the devs cut off a couple of game modes. The new most important core element is the brand new progression system in the Road to the Show career, which offers the chance to live the tough dream of a mid- to late-round draft pick prospect.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2018

MLB The Show 18 may not exactly bring us any new game modes, but the changes all throughout the game in physics, presentation, and new features make MLB The Show 18 another grand slam for the series.

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9.2 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2018

MLB 18: The Show sets the gold standard for baseball games and is a worthy addition to any sports fan's growing library.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2018

MLB The Show 18 is one of the most impressive sports games to date. It's packed with features and is friendly to those just starting out and those who are well versed in the world of baseball. It's a game with so many options that you'll likely be playing a year from now.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2018

A strong baseball title, with an almost perfect gameplay, brilliant graphics and lots of contents; still, some game modes can feel a bit unsatisfying at times.

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USgamer
Top Critic
Mar 30, 2018

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

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EGM
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2018

MLB The Show 18 offers a ton of options for new players to craft their own experiences while still giving veteran players the level of depth they'd expect from the latest entry in a series that's been totally refined over the years. Some of its modes might seem a little dated, and only time will tell if MLB The Show 19 can finally be the game that makes Franchise mode a little more exciting to manage, but Road to the Show's new RPG mechanics and The Show 18‘s overall great gameplay will give players new and old plenty to enjoy.

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6.8 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2018

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

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74 / 100
Mar 29, 2018

I don't think MLB The Show 18 is as good as last year's game, but the improvements over the last two years are solid enough to carry the franchise momentum forward. Hopefully, next year's version will get back to the winning ways and bring more substantial changes.

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4 / 5.0
Mar 29, 2018

PlayStation 4 is the only place to get the best and most authentic baseball experience there is.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2018

It's really too bad that MLB The Show 18 launched in its current state. Nearly everything about the game, from how it handles difficulty to making sure every part of baseball feels dynamic, is handled brilliantly and is the result of years of hard work coming together. That amount of polish makes it all the more jarring that Sony has failed to get the online working right after so many iterations of this yearly series. It very well might be the best baseball game ever made, but it has to come with a huge asterisk at the moment.

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Mar 29, 2018

MLB The Show 18 brings everything a baseball fan could want and more to the plate with its diverse mode selection and deep customization options.

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86 / 100
Mar 29, 2018

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

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Mar 29, 2018

"MLB The Show 18" is still a great game for those passionate about baseball, but the consistency the series has displayed over the past decade has been at least somewhat broken with this new edition. For many, the fantastic gameplay will offset the loss of modes, the lack of advancement in others, and the lingering server struggles. Ultimately, though, it's becoming more clear now than ever that the series is begining to have trouble meeting the heightened expectations now present within the genre.

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9 / 10
Mar 29, 2018

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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