Percentile Rank

MLB The Show 20 is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 44 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

93%

Critics Recommend

Based on 44 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Operation Sports
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 14, 2020

San Diego Studio could have easily mailed it in as the last title to drop before the new generation of hardware hits later this year. The fact is the developers did not, and I have found myself in love with their baseball franchise as much as I was over a decade ago. Whether you are into Diamond Dynasty, March to October, franchise mode, Retro mode, or simply "Play Now" games, MLB The Show 20 offers something excellent for almost every interest. This title is absolutely worthy of being in your rotation, and if you are anything like me, the struggle will be trying to play anything else.

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Screen Rant
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 13, 2020

In the end, The Show 20 is the best full-fledged baseball game on the market, not because of the radical improvements the team at Sony San Diego has made from last year's game but simply because it lacks comparable competition.

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Scored Reviews

Digital Chumps
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2017

MLB The Show 20 is another marvel for San Diego Studios. The tweaks they implemented and the gameplay options they have provided only stand to improve the product. They own baseball in gaming and it looks like they're not ready to give it up anytime soon.

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PSX Brasil
95 / 100
95 / 100
Mar 21, 2020

Calling MLB The Show 20 a "home run" is the least one can do. Wether online or offline, the game captures in a very faithful and fun way the action in the diamond and brings uncountable reasons to keep the player tied to the mound throughout the year.

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Forbes
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

MLB The Show 20 does so much right that it’s foolish to spend too much time lamenting it’s flaws. Gameplay, visuals, improved customization and depth; it’s hard to ask for much more.

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Jack of All Controllers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2020

MLB: The Show 20 is the most perfect iteration of the franchise to date.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Mar 17, 2020

MLB The Show 20 is clearly the culmination of all the hard work that went into the previous iterations, and then some. The updated and added game mechanics such as First Step and Perfect-Perfect batting add a sense of realism to a game where instincts and being quick on your feet is important. With a plethora of game modes, it's almost overwhelming at times because you don't know where to start. But once you begin, this game is hard to put down.

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COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Mar 19, 2020

MLB The Show 20 is less like that random pitcher who threw a perfect game, and more like your perennial Cy Young candidate. You can count on the franchise to come out year after year with quality content and gameplay. While the actual season may not be happening soon, MLB The Show 20 is sure to keep baseball fans glued to their screens.

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PlayStation Universe
9 / 10.0
PlayStation Universe
Adrian Bromfield

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2020

One of PlayStation's finest franchises continues to age like a fine wine improving incrementally with each passing year. San Diego Studios manages to improve an already stellar game with enough tweaks and improvements to keep the franchise from stagnating, but players of last year's outing may still have a difficult time justifying purchasing MLB The Show 20.

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Twinfinite
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Mar 13, 2020

MLB The Show 20 charters a different more sustainable path of focusing on the things that needed more love, rather piling more onto the game modes that regularly get more attention.

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Critical Hit
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2020

MLB: The Show 20 makes getting to first base feel easy, getting to second a true joy, third a journey and getting the home run an experience worth reliving. It's by far and away one of the most complete sport game packages out there and provides good reason to stay home in these crazy times.

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We Got This Covered
Mar 24, 2020

MLB The Show 20 is back with new modes and some substantial tweaks to create a stellar baseball experience that's sure to help pass the time until America's pastime returns in full force.

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USgamer
Mar 17, 2020

MLB The Show 20 isn't a complete replacement for all those lost afternoons at the ballpark, but it's nevertheless a balm for the baseball fan's soul in these trying times. While this year's version largely rests on the excellence of last year's version, it still brings with it plenty of strong additions, including the return of online leagues. As a tip of the cap to conclude the PlayStation 4 generation, it comes highly recommended.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Mar 13, 2020

Late generation sports releases are usually at the top of their game when nearing the end of the current console generation and MLB The Show 20 continues that trend with a walk off home run in the final PlayStation only entry in the series.

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Worth Playing
8.9 / 10.0
8.9 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2020

MLB The Show 20 might not be a giant leap forward, but it's more than enough of a leap for fans to enjoy a game they're missing right now.

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Game Informer
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2020

MLB The Show 20 has something for everyone, which isn't low-key praise. It's an acknowledgement of the breadth of good work done by the developers

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Sports Gamers Online
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2020

MLB The Show 20 once again demonstrates why the series has been the award-winning PlayStation exclusive for all things Major League Baseball for the past 15 years.

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IGN Spain
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2020

MLB The Show 20 is yet another success for Sony San Diego. The perfection of its mechanics, the design of the stadiums and players, and the number of modes it offers players make it, without a doubt, this year's baseball title par excellence.

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Spaziogames
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020

MLB The Show 20 is the perfect game for baseball lovers. We wish we could create our own stadiums, but despite the lack of this feature, the gameplay is fun and every detail is wisely crafted.

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PowerUp!
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2020

MLB The Show 20 is a confident, sleek package of the best of baseball with systems that welcome newcomers and veterans alike. Crisp user interfaces, extensive customisation options and solid core mechanics make for a game that has even this novice keen for the places the series will go next.

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WayTooManyGames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 18, 2020

I now see why MLB: The Show is praised among baseball fans for being the best, because it is an extremely solid title. It offers a ton of content that ranges from more arcade modes to full on sims, and it has a decent way of bringing in newcomers.

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SomHráč.sk
85%
85%
Apr 30, 2020

MLB The Show 2020 is the best baseball game on the market. It's not without its faults, but it more than makes up for them with the sheer amount of content.

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Gamerheadquarters
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2020

MLB The Show 20 provides a polished and generally refined experience that’s more about enhancing existing areas as opposed to altering anything too essential.

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Impulsegamer
4.1 / 5.0
4.1 / 5.0
Mar 25, 2020

All in all, MLB The Show 20 remains perhaps the deepest sports title on modern consoles. There's so much to do, it's the rare game that can keep a sports fan occupied for ¾ of a year, easily. It's not a vast improvement from the prior year's offering, but possesses enough upgrades to justify the purchase leap.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2020

MLB The Show 20 walks a fine line between depth and accessibility, providing a baseball experience to satisfy all fans of the sport, regardless of skill.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2020

MLB The Show 20 isn't the biggest upgrade the series has ever seen but it's a solid one with a few good highlights and no real downsides.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 20, 2020

MLB The Show 20 opts for refinement over sweeping changes, maintaining the series' high bar for quality with some smart additions.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 20, 2020

If this proves to be the final Sony-exclusive baseball simulation that we ever get, the development team deserves to be proud of what they managed to squeeze onto a 50GB Bluray disc. 8/10 banging trash cans

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

MLB The Show 20 keeps the franchise's Cal-Ripken-like streak of solid annual releases intact without swinging for the fences. The on-field action is as satisfying as ever, but developer SIE San Diego mostly plays it safe with a series of modest gameplay tweaks and new features. A bigger shakeup is likely in store when the series goes multiplatform next year, but for now, MLB The Show 20 still touches all the bases.

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Push Square
8 / 10
Push Square

Top Critic

8 / 10
Mar 30, 2020

MLB The Show 20 is the definitive version of Sony San Diego's baseball simulation on the PS4, but long-time fans may feel that this franchise is just starting to show signs of fatigue. The gameplay refinements are welcome, and this is the biggest instalment thus far, but the shift to next-gen will be welcome as the developer seeks to revolutionise the best sports game on the market by far.

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Atomix
80 / 100
80 / 100
Mar 18, 2020

MLB The Show 20 is a good follow-up to MLB The Show 19. Maybe it doesn't offer a great number of new features, but it does its job of being a good update on an annual series.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 21, 2020

While the country is going through an exceptional health crisis, MLB fans will not see their habits upset by the arrival of this new iteration, almost similar to the previous one. The graphic rendering is a bit more realistic, the sensations still just crazy but with more content.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2020

When you take a step back and look at the game as a whole, MLB The Show 20 is exactly the experience I was expecting. There was very little that wowed, and even less that evolved more than incrementally this season. And while this is still easily the best baseball title ever released, it did very little to raise the bar over its prior installment. If you are hard up for action on the diamond, rest assured that this will help to temporarily satiate your desires. However, if you have last season's installment, you may not need to make the upgrade this trip around the calendar.

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Gameplanet
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2020

MLB The Show 20 marks another solid entry for the series. New additions to the fielding game are welcome and fans of the sport will find a wealth of systems and modes to enjoy. It may be a bit overwhelming for newcomers, but offers a great range of tutorials to get payers up to speed. There's a lot of game here, provided you enjoy the sport. While it wont make you a fan if you weren't already, it's still the best rendition of the sport you can enjoy from the comfort of the couch.

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Easy Allies
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2020
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GameZone
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2020

By delivering the thrills of being part of "The Show" through energetic, immersive gameplay and a plethora of varying content, MLB the Show 20 is another great entry in the annual series. Despite some modes not getting the love they deserve and some additions not adding a ton of value to the experience, Sony San Diego still continues to prove they're more than deserving of the MLB license.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Mar 18, 2020

MLB The Show 20 launches at the perfect time as the nation needs sports.

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GameSkinny
Mar 12, 2020

MLB The Show 20 doesn't rewrite the script, but its numerous tweaks to gameplay, modes, and options makes it the best baseball game around.

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Digitally Downloaded
Mar 17, 2020

You probably already know whether you want to buy MLB The Show 20.

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Cultured Vultures
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2020

With its in-depth customization, modes you can pour hours into, and online play with friends, MLB The Show 20 is a home run for fans.

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Checkpoint Gaming
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 23, 2020

To some “best sports game” may seem oxymoronic. In truth, within the first hour I had been about as impressed as this game could make me.

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New Game Network
77 / 100
77 / 100
Mar 23, 2020

MLB The Show 20 works for new players and veterans alike because it opts to offer a bit of everything. With so many different modes to play and such a strong foundation to work from, it continues to be a reliably great simulation of the sport. Weep not, baseball fans, the digital game is still alive and well.

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GotGame
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 7, 2020

As said before, as a standalone experience, MLB The Show 20 is fine. However, as part of an annual series, it falls short from hitting a home run.

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Digital Trends
Apr 1, 2020

MLB The Show 20 is another home run thanks to its refined gameplay and many modes.

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