MLB 18: The Show Reviews

MLB 18: The Show is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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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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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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
Mar 27, 2018

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

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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 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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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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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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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
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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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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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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8.7 / 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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86 / 100
Mar 29, 2018

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

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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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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
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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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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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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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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