MLB The Show 17

MLB The Show 17
 
 

Baseball is a sport like no other. It looks to its past as much to its future. MLB The Show 17 embraces both. From an introductory video sticky-sweet with nostalgia, to various flashy quick-game options, short challenges, and custom controls. It is a game for fans of the past and present. A game that allows easy access for those who haven’t played a baseball game in a while. Or, even for those who have never played one before.

MLB The Show 17 may be the friendliest sports sim ever. The controls can be as sophisticated or straightforward as you want. All management options including base running and fielding can be handled by the AI. If you want, the whole game can be reduced to hitting bombs over the green monster at Fenway. Alternatively, you can micromanage everything.

 
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But don’t worry. It has all the options that have become standard in today’s sports games. There are quick games, career, a card based team builder, and a comprehensive franchise mode. It’s fully loaded with all Major and Minor League teams, stadiums, fully updated rosters, as well as various online multiplayer games and competitions.

Developer San Diego Studio have made a beautiful game. Lighting and weather changes over the course of a match, he crowd reacts and scrambles for foul balls. There are more than a thousand new animations; pitchers throw harder and fielders play to the speed of the base runner. Ball physics have also had a major upgrade. Depending on where it’s hit – whether it’s pulled or sliced – the ball screws, spins and swerves adding a new level of detail and realism to the gameplay.

The Road to the Show career mode has also been upgraded. Presented with an occasional voice-over, your young player’s career moves from the minors to the majors with numerous twists and turns. From deciding to take the first offer, to switching positions, and changing from a hometown mentor/advisor to professional management, decisions you make can affect your career. However, it is fairly story-lite – like most sports games the dramas are fairly cliched. There’s nothing that playing well won’t fix though; slowly building up your player’s wide range of stats, choosing buffs, and buying equipment is what really matters.

With the card based Diamond Dynasty you can fully customise your own team. You’ll earn rewards, players, and currency by playing games and completing challenges. Or you can spend real money to buy and sell the highest rated historic and current players. Then there is the standard Franchise mode, which lets you take over a team, scout players, and get sponsors. You can sim through the games, and lock players to a season with a particular role. You canalso  play just the critical situations of a game, or quick-manage it. For the latter you’ll use text commands to tell a player to swing away or bunt, steal a base, warm up in the bullpen, or pitch around the opposing team’s slugger. The level of customization is very user friendly. In MLB The Show 17, you can dive in deep, or keep it as quick and simple as you like.

But, not everything’s perfect. Base running is far from instinctive. Runners hold up when you really need them to keep moving, and after a week I’m still looking down at the controller trying to figure it all out. Stealing also takes some sorting; I have no idea how to steal third. I never know where the infielders are, and I’ve also been caught a few times trying to take second. I copped it from my manager, and was told not to steal anymore – despite the prompt still appearing.

Playing online generally works well. You get a warning that because the emphasis is on balancing abilities, matchmaking may take some time. I didn’t really notice any delays. However, playing a full game takes a while and I did lose connection to a couple of opponents. But. it is endlessly fun, especially in mini-games like the home-run derby; everyone swings at the same pitch and you see in real time where your opponent’s hit ends up, as your ball (hopefully) sails out of the park.

Base running aside, MLB The Show 17 is a highly polished game. It’s packed with features, is very accessible, and captures the essence of the game. Sure, they pump the game full of steroids occasionally, hyping it up for the networks. They change the rules so games last three hours and not four, and focus on the major stars, in the big name teams, in the big city markets.

When I first started watching baseball it was all about Ichiro Suzuki, Randy Johnson, and Ken Griffey Jr. It doesn’t seem that long ago. Now Madison Bumgarner not only tells the story of how he once dated a girl called Madison Bumgarner, and everyone seems to believe him, but he's also won three World Series’, has a WHIP under 1.100, and has just hit two home runs on opening day. The first pitcher ever. Baseball always wins, and so does MLB The Show 17.


Dene received a digital copy of MLB The Show 17 from PlayStation NZ for review.


MLB The Show 17
"Baseball always wins."
- MLB The Show 17
8.9
Great
 
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Comments Comments (13)

 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Monday 10 Apr 2017 3:12 PM
2
Great Review.

I was pleasantly surprised by how accessible this game is with it telling you how to play at the start and giving lots of fundamentally different ways to play. It had been a long time since I have played a baseball game but I was having fun playing '17 pretty much straight away.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Monday 10 Apr 2017 5:00 PM
-4
I wonder who actually buys these sports games, they make big money yet i don't know who does.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Monday 10 Apr 2017 6:23 PM
3
10 April 2017, 05:00 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
I wonder who actually buys these sports games, they make big money yet i don't know who does.
North America.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Monday 10 Apr 2017 9:16 PM
8
10 April 2017, 05:00 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
I wonder who actually buys these sports games, they make big money yet i don't know who does.
Wut? You must live in a niche PC only world.
The sports scene is massive, you only have to look at FIFA, Madden and NBA 2k for starters. Those games attract gamers that just play those games, no different to those players that just play CoD after CoD after CoD each year.
Sure they dont get the esports exposure like LoL, World of Tanks etc but they exist.
Basically FIFA is massive worldwide, and the american sports are worldwide but much more popular in the States/Canada. We get the sh*tty rugby, league and cricket that just turn out sh*te so yeah nobody buys those, I for one buy NBA 2k every other year.
 
 
 
Posted by RKO_NZ
On Tuesday 11 Apr 2017 6:50 AM
2
10 April 2017, 05:00 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
I wonder who actually buys these sports games, they make big money yet i don't know who does.
I would, I'm not that into Baseball/MLB, but I enjoy my sports games and this series seems to have a lot of support from its Developers from what my friends on PS4 tell me, but since The Show is PS exclusive (RBI baseball doesn't even compare to this) I've never actually got a fair chance to play this series.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 11 Apr 2017 8:33 AM
-3
10 April 2017, 09:16 PM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
Wut? You must live in a niche PC only world.
The sports scene is massive, you only have to look at FIFA, Madden and NBA 2k for starters. Those games attract gamers that just play those games, no different to those players that just play CoD after CoD after CoD each year.
Sure they dont get the esports exposure like LoL, World of Tanks etc but they exist.
Basically FIFA is massive worldwide, and the american sports are worldwide but much more popular in the States/Canada. We get the sh*tty rugby, league and cricket that just turn out sh*te so yeah nobody buys those, I for one buy NBA 2k every other year.
The niche pc world of only more than a 100 million people,
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Tuesday 11 Apr 2017 8:52 AM
5
11 April 2017, 08:33 AM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
The niche pc world of only more than a 100 million people,
I'm not referring to the member numbers, I'm referring to the games that some PC gamers are known for and just spend most of if not all their time in, niche in that context... because I feel you probably only know alot about particular PC strong games (MOBAs, MMOs, RTS, Indies), but clearly nothing about other game genres which you've shown here by your complete lack of knowledge and ignorance of the Sports genre , possibly because it is stronger on console than PC,
 
 
 
Posted by Coddfish
On Tuesday 11 Apr 2017 9:24 AM
5
11 April 2017, 08:52 AM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
I'm not referring to the member numbers, I'm referring to the games that some PC gamers are known for and just spend most of if not all their time in, niche in that context... because I feel you probably only know alot about particular PC strong games (MOBAs, MMOs, RTS, Indies), but clearly nothing about other game genres which you've shown here by your complete lack of knowledge and ignorance of the Sports genre , possibly because it is stronger on console than PC,
He knows a lot about Mount and Blade, he's played 600 hours!
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Tuesday 11 Apr 2017 10:08 AM
3
11 April 2017, 09:24 AM Reply to Coddfish
He knows a lot about Mount and Blade, he's played 600 hours!
Haha I was going to throw that in there as the example, but strangely decided not too.

To put it like Undead.....I wonder who actually buys those mount and blade games, they make big money yet i don't know who does.
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Tuesday 11 Apr 2017 10:15 AM
4
11 April 2017, 10:08 AM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
Haha I was going to throw that in there as the example, but strangely decided not too.

To put it like Undead.....I wonder who actually buys those mount and blade games, they make big money yet i don't know who does.
Lol was going to say the same thing, I'd never even heard of that game until he bought it up a few times, still the only person I've ever hears mention it.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Tuesday 11 Apr 2017 12:44 PM
-1
11 April 2017, 10:08 AM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
Haha I was going to throw that in there as the example, but strangely decided not too.

To put it like Undead.....I wonder who actually buys those mount and blade games, they make big money yet i don't know who does.
I don't know maybe a lot of people because of the 97% overwhelming review on steam.
 
 
 
Posted by Syn-Ryn
On Tuesday 11 Apr 2017 5:43 PM
2
11 April 2017, 12:44 PM Reply to ThatUndeadLegacy
I don't know maybe a lot of people because of the 97% overwhelming review on steam.
And it has a fraction of the playercount Football Manager does on Steam.
 
 
 
Posted by Rocky1986
On Sunday 16 Apr 2017 7:34 PM
1
Thanks for the review. Looks good