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MLB 08: The Show by Sony Computer Entertainment

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MLB 08: The Show is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 23.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Developer: Sony
  • Category: Sports , Baseball

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Already widely considered the most authentic baseball game available, MLB 08 THE SHOW is set to provide fans with the most realistic baseball experience to date with innovations such as a more immersive Road to The Show mode, enabling gamers to play both offense and defense from the created player's perspective. Providing players with some additional performance incentives, the MLB franchise introduces the new Progressive Batting Performance feature, which will both reward players for superior performance and penalize them for hitting slumps. Specific to each individual batter, players will be rewarded with slight contact bonuses, or punished with slight decreases in contact, based on how that batter that performs beyond his "natural ability" while under user control. Adding to the online feature set, which includes customizable Online League Play with up to 30 teams, scrolling MLB Score Ticker and more, MLB 08 THE SHOW introduces SCOUT (SportsConnect Online User Tracking), which allows gamers to set and store their game preferences on the MLB server, and enables the system to look for a Quick Match with opponents that fits similar competitive criteria.

  • Crowd Interaction - With the power of the PS3, the MLB franchise is set introduce subtle elements of baseball that, quite simply, couldn't be done on another platform. A big part of baseball is in the ambiance of the game - having realistic stadiums is mandatory, but the crowd also plays a big part in the overall atmosphere. Gamers will see a vast array of new ambient elements including: fans coming, going and reaching for foul balls, vendors, 7th inning stretch, the wave, standing ovations, dynamic crown actions like hanging K's, and much, much more. These new subtleties make MLB 08 THE SHOW truly feel like a day at the ballpark.
  • MLB My Music - Ever wanted to make your own video game soundtrack? With MLB 08 THE SHOW for the PS3 and PSP gamers will be able to take the music that they have stored on their PS3 HDD and add to the list of music played in the Juke Box.
  • SCOUT [SportsConnect Online User Tracking] - If you've ever had a difficult time finding an opponent that wants to play online with the same gameplay setting as you, this is your feature. SCOUT allows gamers to set their game preferences, stores them on the server, and then allows the system to look for a Quick Match with an opponent that fits their criteria.
  • In-Game MLB Live Scores - Using our new top of the screen Score Bar display, gamers will get updates on what is going on in the Majors. Along with scores and inning, gamers will also see notables, such as HR's, complete games, etc.
  • Online League Play - MLB 08 THE SHOW provides today's sports fanatics with the ability to set up leagues with anywhere from 6-30 teams with full stat tracking, point benefits and rewards. Gamers can customize the league including choosing players, teams, length of schedule and much more. (Note: There are no cross platform leagues available.)
  • Online News Service / MLB.com Headline News - Sports fanatics can receive all the current happenings in sports today. Information will be updated a few times each hour with news, trades and events from 31 different feeds, each containing 25 unique items. Users can select general MLB headlines or updates from all 30 teams instantly. New for 07, MLB 08 THE SHOW offers an enhanced Live MLB Ticker, which shows live status of all MLB games going on around the league - with updates several times a minute. This new view will be complete with who is on base, pitching, batting, on-deck and full inning-by-inning box scores.
  • Rivalry Mode - For those with a competitive nature, Rivalry Mode allows baseball fans to set up and maintain multi-game rivalries between multiple gamers or versus the Artificial Intelligence (AI), and keeps track of the stats throughout the rivalry.
  • Franchise Mode - Extending the experience of running a team, performance and player morale are tracked on virtually every level - salary, playing time, batting slot, team performance, and much more.
  • Career Mode - The Career Spotlight underscores all of the accomplishments and failures during a career and showcases them in the limelight. Gamers still need to call the shots, but now the ramifications of actions aredocumented.
  • Season Mode - Grind out the162 game season and deal with day-to-day match-ups, refining the lineup and play for the championship just like the pros.
  • All-Star Game - Lets gamers take the virtual road trip to San Francisco early to see who prevails for home field advantage in the 2007 Fall Classic.
  • Multi-Branch Fielding - Branch Point Technology goes to a new level as gamers you can now take full control of fielders and break out of any animation in the process. Change a fielding decision and branch out of any animation after the first branch point. With Branch Point Technology, MLB 08 THE SHOW provides unbelievably smooth, fluid transitions for seamless double plays and relays.
  • PlayMaker Fielding - The fielding interface brings the player attributes together with the user's skill level. With the Fielding Zone Marker, the fielder's fielding attribute rating will determine the size of the zone that surrounds the ball and its eventual landing location. With highly ranked fielders, the ball marker will be displayed sooner and smaller, making it easier to judge fly balls.
  • Adaptive Pitching Intelligence (API) - Catchers will call the game based on individual strengths and weaknesses of each pitcher and analyze tendencies of batters. Gamers will have the ability to trust the pitches called by the catcher or shake them off. (The catcher's recommendations are based off of thousands of actual MLB stats.)
  • Pitch Command System (PCS) - Delivering unsurpassed authenticity and strategy to pitch selection, a pitcher's "pitch comfort" will be predetermined based on a best to worst pitch scenario. It's up the gamer to decide if they should try to "work on a pitch" or just go with what's working. The more a player works on a pitch, the better it becomes, and the more a gamer neglects a pitch, the harder it becomes to work the zone.
  • Release Point Pitching - Taking video game pitching to a whole new level, gamers must utilize a timing mechanism to learn and realize each pitchers pace and release point, which varies from pitcher to pitcher.
  • Pitching Confidence Meter - The ultimate pitcher/batter interface returns. Additionally, Pitcher Confidence plays a role in a gamer's ability to hit release points in the all-new pitch meter, while frequency of mistakes will impact the confidence level of a gamer's hurler, making it more difficult to paint the corners of the strike zone.
  • Guess Pitch - Baseball fans can attempt to master the ability to knock one out or hit the grounder to advance the runner by checking the pitch history and correctly guessing which pitch and the location that the pitcher will throw next. If the correct pitch is selected, the power attribute is increased in attempts to leave the yard in a hurry.
  • 40-Man Roster - Provides the ability to take full control of a team's roster and manage all 40 players for each and every game.
  • My Sliders (Up/Downloadable) - The My Sliders option gives users the ability to create their perfect game settings offline by adjusting game sliders. Gamers can then save these adjustments to memory and,when online, upload to them to the MLB 08 THE SHOW server for other users to try and let the online community be the judge on finding the perfect game.
  • MLB Player Motion Captures - MLB 08 THE SHOW features dozens of professional athletes including David Wright, David Ortiz, Eric Chavez, Roger Clemens, Shawn Green, Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Tim Hudson, Darryl Hamilton, Troy Percival, Brett Tomko, Mo Vaughn and more.
  • Thousands of Personalized Animations - Authenticity: featuring personalized player animations for everything from walk-ups, rituals, stances and swings and even emotions.
  • New Umpire Personalities - Providing even more realism to the diamond, MLB 08 THE SHOW features umpires with unique tendencies and animations. Each umpire will have his own definition of the strike zone, and it's up to the gamer to figure out if the umpire is calling the zone high, low, or giving the corners.
  • MLB 08 THE SHOW sets the bar high with the Progressive Commentary that changes as the user progresses throughout the game by adapting to current actions and situations.
  • Managers / Coaches - MLB managers and coaches will be on the field calling the shots.
  • MLB Authenticity, Subtleties and Nuances - MLB 08 THE SHOW features drag bunts, wild pitches, broken bats, check swings, off-line throws and much more.
  • Wind Effects - MLB 08 THE SHOW features a wind display showing wind speed and direction. Depending upon the severity of the wind, the ball will drift according to the speed and direction. Wind effects willforce the player to take the proper route to the ball and make adjustments on the fly.
  • 3-Man Booth and Progressive Commentary - Rex Hudler, Matt Vasgersian and Dave Campbell provide the most comprehensive commentary heard in any baseball videogame.

  • Road to The Show 2.0 - To deliver the closest experience possible, next to actually trying to make it in the Majors, MLB 08 THE SHOW introduces a more immersive Road to The Show mode. As gamers attempt to make a starting line-up in the Big Leagues, playing on both offense and defense from a custom-created player's perspective, a more robust dynamic goal system and a new career advancement system will determine when a player is eligible for a promotion. Now, advancement goals related to the player's attribute target level will be provided to get the player to that next level and those goals are based on the player's attribute level and statistical performance. Also, Road to The Show 2.0 adds a new statistics screen that will display a player's current seasons' statistics. Additionally, custom-created players are more interactive. As a position player, gamers will be able to further adjust that players positioning, catchers will occur more defense situations, and pitcher's will now experience mound visits with user interaction - all making Road to The Show mode even more realistic.
  • Progressive Batting Performance - Progressive Batting Performance is a feature designed to both reward players for superior performance and penalizes them for hitting slumps. Specific to each individual batter, the players will be rewarded with slight contact bonuses for each batter that performs beyond his "natural ability" while under user control. Conversely, the user will be punished with slight decreases in contact for each batter that performs below his "natural ability".
  • Replay Vault - With the new Replay Vault, gamers can now go back to that spectacular diving, behind the back double play from the first inning and show their friends. Replays are available from any part of the game from any inning within that game.
  • Post Game/In Game Pitcher and Batter Analysis - Stats and match-up analysis' are a baseball fan's dream! The Pitch Analysis is a breakdown of all the pitches thrown during the current game being played. Gamers will be able sort by pitcher, LHB or RHB, Pitch type and result. This feature is also available for Batters, and the batter analysis allows for a breakdown of how a batter has performed based on LHP or RHP, Pitch Type and the result.
  • Pitch Grips - Adding ore authenticity, MLB 08 THE SHOW details the different pitch grips and arm angles that a pitcher has when throwing each pitch. Showing these details in Replay Mode will further enhance the look of the game. 18 different pitch types total! (Four-Seam Fastball, Two-Seam Fastball, Cut Fastball, Split-Fingered Fastball, Curveball, Slider, Sinker, Slurve, Change-Up, Circle Change, Knuckleball, Palmball, Forkball, Knuckle-Curve, Screwball, 10-4 Curve, 12-6 Curve and Gyro).
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Its fun and will be addicting, controls are very nice Good sound and stadiums for older game, i give it a B+
    Date published: 2012-04-20
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I found the batting interface difficult and the controls poor. The manual and the on screen tutorials for batting were useless. I would avoid this game.
    Date published: 2010-12-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from home run derby/ etc./ road to show Now dont get me wrong I love this game just needs a few things touched up on. for one it would be great if they had the home run derby back in the game. I also think they should add this to the mlb 08 the road to the show calander its one of my favorite. This could also make it cooler but they should make it a little more difficult to win it. and make the home run derby look realistic instead of the guys on the bench look at it and stuff. they should have the crowd look at it and have different angels then show the reply and the guy tht hit it look around and get a close up on his face. then if he hits alot he walks back and usually goes by his kid and if he wins he ususally gives a speech and holds up the trophey. and if he breaks the record anounce it. In the allstar game if someone wins an MVP award they usually have an interview at the end and they dont have that, they should though. I think it would also be cool if they made it look more emotional like how Carlos zambrano goes off and hits the gatorade machine and trys throwing the umpire out. Then how they go back in the locker room yelling back at the umpire. Another thing that would be cool is when they win the world series they have it more realistic at the end like interveiws with the coach, then when they get to the locker room they have the wine bottles going with the plastic set up so they don't get it everywhere, then they should have them interview with the mvp from the playoff season I also think they should have more interactions with the coach like after he has a bad tempor after the game but they should have it face to face. Or if he like gets a promotion from going from AAA to the Majors. Then he should get all excited. or if they tell him sorry we dont have a contract for you this year, and he gets depressed. or even a call on his cell phone from the coach telling him he wants to meet with him but make it realistic.
    Date published: 2009-06-01
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not really worth the trouble to get it to play I bought this game thinking, okay it is going to be pretty cool since the other ones rocked. But I was wrong and the reason why is because when you first put it in your PS3 you have to do an update for the game (that is fine, they all have that). But when you get done doing the update for the game and then when you create your profile and finish doing that, the game freezes on you. I just thought that it was loading so I went out to eat and then to a movie with my wife and kids and that took like 5 hours. So we get back it is still doing the same thing (it froze). We exchanged the game 4 times and each time the same problem. So we fixed the settings on our flat screen tv thinking that would be the issue but it wasn't. So to save you time, effort, and gas for your car just go buy the 07 version of the game.
    Date published: 2008-10-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Far and away, the best All I can say is wow. I have been buying baseball games since the original nintendo baseball on the NES. Since then I have probably owned over twenty-five different baseball games, some good and some bad, but I can say, pretty confidently, this is the best one that I have ever played. First and formost the graphics are far and away the best of any baseball game I have played. Over the past 3 years I have been playing the 2k sports series and I thought the graphics were good, but this game is head and shoulders better. You really need an HDTV to experience how good they really are. The in game sound are good, I wish they had a better crack of the bat, but the reason why I gave they high marks in this category is you can use the music you have saved on your PS3. No more hearing the same 5 songs over and over, now you can hear your favorites. In game control was good, not great and the menus were good, fairly easy to navigate. As a long time baseball fan I think they did a wonderful job catching the subtleties of the game. A third base coach getting on to a runner for not taking home when they should have. Fans reaching for a foul ball. Pitchers pumping their fist after a double play. The little things add up and they really add nicely to the in game presentation. Plenty of options to customize game play as well, you can change the controls if needed as well as change the computer AI to make the game more competitive. Tons of options, great sound and grafics, game play is awesome…all I can say is wow…
    Date published: 2008-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Game I love this game. My favorite part is the Road to the Show feature. It's somewhat realistic but it's fun to build yourself up. Another fun part in the Road to the Show feature is the advancement periods. It's weird though you could get all of the goals in 7 advancement periods in a row and you still wouldn't go to the next level of play as in AA or AAA. The only thing I don't like is when you simulate in Franchise mode. The computer spends so much money especially when you need the money. Franchise mode is still fun though. It's great to trade away players for better players. I have the best rotation in the game with Sabathia, Santana, Webb, Hamels, and Arroyo. I don't necessarily like playing as my farm teams, but it's cool to have that feature if you like the AA or AAA teams. You can do a lot of things to help you achieve your goals in Franchise Mode whether it's focusing your scouts on certain players or using all of your training points. It's a very good game, and I recommend it 100%.
    Date published: 2008-08-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Game This game is one the best Ps3 games yet, if you're a baseball fan this game is a must have. The graphics in the game are amazing, you can actually see the wrinkles on the players shirts and shorts. Also the franchise mode is very in depth and the fantasy draft is awesome with 75 rounds. One of the other great things about this game is, say you're a brewers fan, the game starts without C.C. Sabathia on the brewers, but if you want to fix this just go online and update your rosters. There wasn't much I found wrong with game except the one time when I hit a triple and then called for a mound visit all of the players heads shrunk, then I had to restart my playstation to bring them back to size. Also on my game a lot of the Phillies' players' attributes were messed up on the screen, like it said ryan howard was really fast. But it turned out to be nothing because all of the players played how they were supposed to when I entered the game. Overall this a great game that anyone with a Ps3 and is a baseball fan deserves to have, so if those two things apply to you do yourself a favor and buy this game.
    Date published: 2008-07-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from i think its great I think mlb08 the show is great. I know I've only had it like 3 days but the first time I played I did fantasy draft. The first time I pitched I had no control over anything I was walking people and hitting. I swung at like everything else it was 3 and 0. Then the 3rd game I was getting use 2 it I struck out 7 people and only got struck out 4 and also it is cool because if you hit a homerun then the next time you come up it shows the home run highlight. But when you first play it you wanna kill your ps3 and the game. But will get use to it and when you trade sometimes they really want your back up players. It is a bargain but it is worth it. Another thing is that when you make a mile stone it says you got bla bla bla and they give you the ball. And then the controls are so smart and when it is a easy ground ball a routine play and the player hits the ball in the glove and takes his time. And they make it look so easy they catch it on the run. THIS GAME ROCKS.
    Date published: 2008-07-18
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