MLB 18: The Show Reviews

MLB 18: The Show is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2018

MLB The Show 18 is another notch in the successful belt of the MLB series from San Diego Studio. It has better mechanics, more meaningful modes, a gorgeous presentation style and it just feels like what you would imagine a baseball game should feel like.

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Mar 23, 2018

MLB: The Show 18 delivers the best video game baseball experience ever, and new additions and tweaks to old game modes make this a baseball lovers dream, from first pitch to last out.

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5 / 5.0
Mar 23, 2018

MLB: The Show 18 is a refined experience that stands tall as the best baseball game currently on the market. Of all the iterations of the title, this is, to my eye, the definitive best and, I imagine, exactly what fans of the genre are looking for. Beyond that, in a similar vein to soccer or hockey games, MLB: The Show 18 is an enjoyable, competitive, multiplayer experience that can easily be enticing to non-sports fans if they simply look past the baseball veneer to see the mechanically sound, tactile, multi-faceted game below the surface; you don't need to watch or play baseball for the game to function as a more than serviceable pastime and I recommend a rental to anyone who is on the fence about getting into this genre.

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8.7 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2018

MLB The Show 18 is as deep an offering as Sony has ever put out despite the lack of an online franchise and a few smaller issues. From the incredibly in-depth modes like Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty to the gameplay changes that see weather impact how a ball flies through the air and the way hits come off the bat, MLB The Show 18 is easier than ever to become invested in and enjoy.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2018

Overall, MLB The Show 18 isn't exactly a homerun, but it's definitely a double.

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Forbes
Top Critic
8.7 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2018

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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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2018

MLB The Show 18 touches up some places and refines others. Despite missing online franchise, The Show 18 slings a complete game, even if it has a couple of problems on base.

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9 / 10
Mar 27, 2018

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

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4 / 5.0
Mar 27, 2018

MLB The Show as a franchise could easily let itself crumble due to the non-existent competition, but it hasn't and it's continuing to chug along. The improvements this year are great, but depending on your tastes may not be applicable.

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Mar 27, 2018

Despite some missteps, MLB The Show 18 remains the best baseball game on the market.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2018

Baseball is not a sport that we here in South Africa know a lot about, but the MLB series does a very good job at showing us what all the fuss is about.

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IGN
Top Critic
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2018

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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7 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2018

MLB The Show 18 takes the good parts from last year's game, but doesn't build on the series much.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2018

Tons of content, extremely pleasant gameplay and homage to baseball history. It's a shame that the quality is not accompanied by fresh ideas to justify buying this year's entry.

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Mar 28, 2018

Some fans may feel aggrieved at the removal of certain modes. Season mode is now completely absent, meaning you'll have to battle through the entire 162 games if you want to complete a year in Franchise Mode, and some of the creation options have been stripped out of the game entirely.

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8 / 10
Mar 28, 2018

This 2018 episode is still an excellent baseball game, but it doesn't change al lot compared to last year's edition... MLB The Show series would definitely need a serious competitor to surpass itself.

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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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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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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 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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