MLB 11: The Show PS3 Review
Sean W. Gibson / May 23rd, 2011 No Comments
MLB 11: The Show is back on PS3 and quite frankly, has never been better. This franchise has established itself as the premiere baseball game and simulation in the industry for a number of years now and this edition takes the game another solid step forward. This time around there is both PlayStation Move and 3D support along with improved animations and a new analog stick control system.
This game is developed in-house at Sony at their San Diego studios, so if you are trying to find this game on another platform outside of the PlayStation 3, you’re out of luck. Fortunately, most of us smart gamers long ago invested in the PS3 and it’s titles like this one that make us happy we did so – that of course along with Blu-Ray and XVID support!
Getting back to the game at hand – MLB 11 isn’t just a sim or a game for you to enjoy on your own as there are a ton of multiplayer features available. Here’s the feature list of the game:
- All-new Analog Pure Hitting and Pitching – Use the DualShock 3 analog sticks as a new way to experience MLB The Show
- All-New Co-op play – MLB 11 The Show features a 1-4 player co-op mode, with 2-on-2 online multiplayer
- New and Improved Road to the Show Functionality – Increase your skills with instant player performance evaluations and get called up to The Big Leagues
- Challenge of the Week Online Mode – The weekly baseball fix for hardcore fans eager for a chance at big-time prizes
- PlayStation Move Support – The new Home Run Derby built into MLB 11 The Show features optional PlayStation Move support (Move Motion Controller and PlayStation Eye camera peripheral sold separately)
We’re big fans of the PlayStation Move device and we’re happy to see a game that naturally aligns with the device incorporate it into play. Although you won’t be able to use the Move device during actual baseball gameplay, it’s fully incorporated into Home Run Derby, which actually is a heck of a lot of fun with a group of guys.
The gameplay controls using the standard PS3 controller utilize a new analog stick control system, so there’s more multitasking with the controller and less button-timing while playing. It’s a much more immersive and interactive flavor and for those of us that have been regularly playing for years it comes as a nice addition to this year’s game. While you are at the plate, you’ll hold the right stick down and push it up to swing, which will force you to get into rhythm with the pitcher’s motion when he deals. This allows a hitter to even stretch out their swing to hit balls out of the zone. The stick is used while pitching to aim the type of pitch you chose as your delivery gauge reaches the optimal zone. If you are a traditionalist and want to play as you’ve done in the past, you can switch back to the old control system.
The graphics of the game, as has been the case for the last few incarnations, are top notch. Players all look and act like their real life MLB counterparts with authentic pitch deliveries and batting stances. The ratings of the players are very accurate and the higher difficulty levels will even challenge die-hards of the series. The players are modeled extremely well and the stadiums are shockingly accurate. The sounds of the game are good with solid ambient surround sound to really give you that feeling you’re at the ballpark when you play. The play-by-play is decent but as always in just about any sports game, gets very repetitive after you’ve played it a decent amount.
The multiplayer functions allow between one and four players in cooperative mode with an 2v2 online multiplayer mode available as well. There’s also the Home Run Derby mode which allows multiple players.
In the game you can play single games or go through a dynasty mode which is your best bet as you can play on the field and mold your team as the GM. There’s all the features built-in and there’s not much new here, but to be honest, there really wasn’t much to add. It’s still robust and has all the bells and whistles you’d want out of the premiere baseball game on the market.
Overall, MLB 11: The Show continues to the the king of baseball video games. The graphics are fantastic and the new game-play controls, highlighted by the PlayStation Move integration with Home Run Derby, are a welcome addition. For those of you that pick this up every year, you’ll be very pleased. If you are curious to come back to the franchise, this is a great edition to do it.
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