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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:54 am    Post subject: MLB 2017 The Show Reply with quote

This is pretty much the only game I play, so I'll continue my tradition of providing my opinion on the series. Last year I was rather unimpressed with the game, there just didn't seem to be any real effort into improvements despite a few new features. If you chose to save money last year, do the roster updates and continue with 2015's release. Now might be a good time to update.

First, I have been begging for some new commentary since the series was introduced. They brought in Eric Karros last season, but it was still the same old comments and it really seemed like when Karros made a comment he was just echoing the other commentators. Well Karros is gone this season, and so is Steve Lyons for that matter. Matt Vasgersian remains and is joined by Harold Reynolds and Dan Plesac this time around. Some people like Harold Reynolds as a commentator, I'm not one of them. I just find him a bit monotone and boring. However, new comments big +.

Facial definition of players is somewhat improved from last season, but the plays in the game itself seems more fluid than ever, and whenever a big play or a close base stealing attempt goes down it resorts to slow-motion. I'm sure that feature can be turned off, but I kinda like it. They've also added some different camera angles to better customize your game experience.

Something they brought in last season (which I didn't think would interest me, but eventually did) is the collecting of baseball cards, equipment and such. Although I didn't really get into the mission features (which has returned this year), I found I just enjoyed earning and collecting the cards. You even have the ability to sell duplicates to earn stubs to buy more packs of cards. I pre-ordered the game (the only benefit of which appears to be the Griffey Jr. rookie card provided) and purchased the deluxe game version, which came with 30 regular card packs, and a handful of limited edition packs, 11,000 stubs and a bunch of add-ons I haven't even checked out yet. Primarily I like the franchise mode and stick to that.

I did toy around with the New Diamond Dynasty feature on the 2016 version. You basically build a team from cards you've collected, and then play your team against other real life people also playing the game. I'm going to try and get more into that this season as I actually enjoyed it.

I'm currently only just starting my 2nd game in re-drafted franchise mode. I'm building up on difficulty levels in Dynamic mode (difficulty self-adjusts based on your game play). Overall I regret spending so much on the deluxe edition, I should have just bought the game, but I think the improvements over 2016 justify the purchase.

The only negative is that anything that requires on on-line connection is very laggy at the moment. The devs have acknowledged this on social media and they are working to fix it.



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any experience with Road to the Show? I'm about 7 seasons into a 2016 RTTS, and only want to get the new one if that experience has been improved.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done RTTS before. I eventually get bored with it. I've never played to retirement. I'll probably try it out when I want a break from franchise mode.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

zam wrote:
Any experience with Road to the Show? I'm about 7 seasons into a 2016 RTTS, and only want to get the new one if that experience has been improved.


So I started up a RTTS for you. First of all there are far more options to customize your player than ever. For example 49 different head shapes, countless different hair styles, and there is now an adjustable slide graph to customize skin color. When scouts/managers/coaches/advisor talk to you, now you can chose a response to their comments. From what I've seen you can be an arrogant douchebag, be very humble, or take the middle road with your responses. You start with a skill evaluation (hitting, running, and fielding. Scouts talk to you, your coach talks to you. Then you play some showcase games (I'm about ready to start the second) speaking with your advisor in between games from the clubhouse. So even one game in, there are some definite enhancements to the RTTS format. BTW you can also upload your 2016 RTTS to the cloud, and continue it on 2017. So the time you've put into it isn't wasted.

UPDATE: After the 2nd showcase game the rookie draft begins. I was taken 19th overall by the Astros. I then had an option to go to college, which I imagine would be useful if you didn't want to play for the team that drafted you (I don't know, I didn't choose that option). I chose to sign with them. There was a 3rd option, I don't remember what it was.

Here's a screenshot. I named my player Bobo Benitez. I thought it was funny.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fairly interesting, I might have to fork over the cash. Thanks for the insight!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I caught a facebook video earlier today that I can't find now (I intended to post a link), basically it was talking about how there was a big surprise in store for MLB The Show fans as far as commentators next season. Speculation is that they will have the actually commentators for each MLB teams home games actually calling the games on MLB The Show. To me that seems very unlikely and very expensive. 0% chance of that happening IMO. I think it will be more along the lines of introducing a female commentator like Jessica Mendoza.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have a PS4, but I may get one for this game.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you need a Playstation Plus card for roster updates?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dbacksfan414 wrote:
Do you need a Playstation Plus card for roster updates?

No, the roster updates are downloadable for free.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Derek, do you play the Diamond Dynasty thingy? It looks like Ultimate Team on Madden.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I played it a bit last year. You are basically playing against other online players and trying to gain territories. It's almost like a game of risk. I didn't play it enough to really be able to explain it well.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I guess I'll stick to Franchise mode, then. It does seem very time consuming.
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