MLB 07 The Show

Review

posted 6/29/2007 by John Yan
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One Page Platforms: PS3
The AI or the manager does need some work though. I was batting consistent .380 and the manager would always bat me near the bottom of the order. Even when I talked to the manager and he agreed to move me up I would always find my way back down to the bottom of the order after a few games. With my 40+ game hitting streak and playing error free defense, I either found myself platooning with another player or sitting a few games. The manager makes some illogical decisions as evident by how well I was playing and how badly I was being handled.

Camera angles can give you fits sometimes as well especially during the Show mode. When you're on base and controlling the base runner you can easily lose sight of the ball when hit. Since the ball is so small on screen and there's really no visual indication of where it's going and if it's caught on the fly or if it hit the ground. It's really frustrating in situations where you don't know if you should advance to the next base or head back. There were plenty of times where I couldn't see the ball and thought it hit the ground only to have the outfield catch it and double me up because I didn't head back. The commentary to let you know what's happening is a little too far behind to be helpful in most situations. I would've liked to have seen some better visual cues on what's happening during these situations so I can better judge what to do with my base running.

Given that the game is appearing on the PlayStation 3, the graphics for MLB 07 The Show doesn't live up to the system. While the game looks clean, the models and details of said models aren't anything special. Some of the players look pretty off to their real life counterpart but on the flip side the batting and pitching animation are spot on for plenty of the players. The crowd though is modeled pretty well even if there are some repeated animations in the crowd at the same time. The stadiums also look pretty good but not amazing and nothing that screams that this game is on a high powered console. Overall, the game wasn't a major visual upgrade that the PlayStation 3 is capable of.

Bugs a plenty do appear in the game though and a lot of them have to do with display. When showing the top 20 home run hitters during season, they display them in two columns of 10. The problem is the last name in the first column will show up as the first name in the second column so you'll get a double name in there. Another display problem I ran into is with some scoreboards in stadiums. I was playing the Angels and I was up 3-2 but the scoreboard in the stadium showed the game tied at 3-3. A final example comes from my current 20 game hitting streak. My first at bat I'm looking to extend it to 21. I get the hit and the announcers talk about the graphic showing my hitting streak. One problem was the graphic wouldn't show up. When it finally did a few games later with my hitting streak continuing, it showed my hit streak minus the current game so I should have had 25 instead it showed that I was on a 24-game hitting streak.

Another bug I've run into is I would hit the button to throw to second but for some reason the player would throw to home instead. When I play second base and there's a runner on second I always place my finger on the second base button and a few plays before it was fine. On a rare occasion my press to throw to second base would see my player throw to him. It's frustrating when you are trying to end the inning and things like this pops up.

During the game, I've seen some strange things happen such as an outfielder standing on top of the ball after a hit while another outfielder comes over to throw it back to the infield. There are some weird trajectories making solid hits die in the infield. It's little things like these these that turn up a lot which leaves the question of if they rushed the game through Q/A.

The Show has it's moments and I did have fun going through the career mode. I was able to run through a season very quickly and it's a nice change of pace to play a certain position and work my way up from the minors. While it's not a huge step in improvement for a baseball game, MLB 07 The Show manages some good baseball moments. The bugs and some inconsistent issues leaves it at an above average baseball game though.


C
Bugs and the average graphics make this an ok baseball game for the PlayStation 3.


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