A First Look at MLB The Show ’12

It sounds like sports’ best video game has once again out-done itself.

Best new feature?

I think it’s our new ball physics. Our programmer ripped out every line of last year’s code and completely re-invented the way the ball acts. It’s a nerd feature, but it adds so much to the game. The baseball gains and loses energy like a real baseball, and if you go into replay, you can count the rotations – that ball is going to spin the way it’s supposed to. This opens up the game because we have bloopers, ricochets off the bases, balls going into no man’s land…it’s much more dynamic and engaging.

It sounds engaging. And what else?

A new feature called True Broadcast Presentation, which accurately recreates broadcast camera cuts and other presentation signatures you’d see in a televised MLB broadcast. “We’re trying to blur the lines between baseball simulation on your PS3 and what you’d see on MLB.TV sitting on your couch,” Russell explained. “When a batter strikes out, the camera will cut and you will see his face, his anger.”

But what about that recycled commentary?

Commentary, which Russell specifically described as the “number one complaint” from last year’s game, is seeing a similarly massive overhaul. “You’ll hear more season-specific commentary, more conversation pieces,” Russell explained. “The commentators are going to talk about the MVP race, the Cy Young race, the series that you played in two days before. They’re going to talk about how your pitcher is having an awful year because he’s 5 and 15.”

Also, prepare yourself for these new marquee power features like this:
-14 unique umpires with all new personalities
-Fielders will close their gloves on catches
-New cleats

You had me at the new umpires. I’m officially excited and counting down the days until this game.

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2 thoughts on “A First Look at MLB The Show ’12”

  1. I really wish they had a button to argue calls (via manager).
    EA sports used to have that….you’d tap “b” to initiate the disputed call on the field and
    then tap “a” repeatedly to show how adamant the manager would contest such a call.

    tapping “a” too much would fire up a manager and get them tossed. yet, tapping “a” just enough would pump up your team, and the manager would get his point across without an ejection.

    arguing calls is such a crucial part of the game. that’s what mlb the show has always been lacking. (who doesn’t want to argue a call when necessary?)

    p.s: thank the lawd, they’re fixing the announcing. btw this game rules! i really look forward to 3/6/12

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