Continuing Sony’s 10-year tradition, MLB 15: The Show remains an excellent recreation of The Great American Pastime… but it’s a very safe one. There aren’t any groundbreaking new features that distinguish it from last year’s also-impressive MLB 14: The Show, but the minor adjustments to its batting and modes are welcomed. Relying heavily on its nearly perfected formula of gorgeous scenery, strong gameplay mechanics, and rewarding game modes. MLB 2015: The Show is a Major League Baseball video game developed by Sony San Diego and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the tenth entry of the MLB: The Show franchise, and was released on March 31, 2015, for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows , Macbook air, Macbook Pro, Macbook, iMac, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Legends can be used as free agents in the Franchise and Season modes in the game.
Players who purchased MLB 14: The Show will be able to transfer their Franchise and Road to the Show progress, as well as their stubs (in-game currency) into MLB 15: The Show, and continue where they previously left off.
Focusing in on those improvements, the first is an incremental graphics upgrade. As great as last year’s MLB 14 looks, MLB 2015: The Show looks even better. Adding a real-time seasonal sun makes a big difference, thanks to striking shadows in each beautifully crafted ballpark that realistically shift throughout the course of a game. MLB 15 has also enhanced its exceptionally detailed player models by adding more skin tone variations that are much more true to life.
And the crowds feel alive. Fans hold up clever signs, dance when something great happens, and boo when something bad happens. There’s so much variety that I had a hard time spotting the same models or animations twice when the camera cut to the crowd: families, friends, couples and season-ticket holders are all distinct. It’s astounding. As long as you don’t look too hard at what’s behind the bleachers, the environments are completely believable, and can be remarkably immersive.
MLB 15: The Show is an excellent and complete package with lots of different ways to experience baseball in all its glory. For single-player modes, the new year-to-year save feature allows you to continue your progress from MLB 14: The Show, which is great.
The flagship Road to The Show mode has gone mostly unchanged. As before, you start the career of a MLB hopeful, level him up by performing well on the field, and work your way up to the big leagues. It’s quick, addicting, and scratched my RPG itch… again. The only notable change to this mode is the addition of licensed equipment – for example, you can earn universal card drops that reward you with equipment like Rawlings gloves, Louisville Slugger bats, and Nike shoes. Their presence adds to the authenticity of the branding-heavy real-world MLB broadcasts, and also gives you a little stat boost.
The virtual card-collecting fantasy baseball mode, Diamond Dynasty, has been simplified for MLB 15. It’s now much more manageable with no contracts to worry about, and is fun even without buying into its microtransactions. You don’t even have to play Diamond Dynasty to collect cards anymore, which allowed me to play other modes without feeling like I was missing out on opportunities to progress my team.
The best addition to Diamond Dynasty, however, has to be the custom-made utility player that can play every position, including pitcher. When you first create him, he’s a very average player, but feeding him unwanted cards from your stash improves his skills. Finding the balance between using my best cards to field a competitive team, saving Giants cards to eventually unlock Will Clark, or feeding them to my created player is rewarding, and will keep me coming back for more.
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