MLB 10: The Show Steps Up to the Plate Today

March 2, 2010 Written by Anthony Severino

MLB 10: The Show, the latest game from the highest rated and best selling baseball franchise of this console generation is now available exclusively for the PlayStation 3, PSP, and PS2. Sony’s flagship baseball franchise steps up to the plate, fully intent on knocking it out of the ballpark with a slew of new features.

Hailed by many as the most “authentic” baseball sim on the market, MLB 10: The Show returns with “ultra-realistic, broadcast quality gameplay”. MLB 10: The Show aims to continue its reign by delivering the “richest and most immersive baseball experience available” says Scott A. Steinberg, VP of Product Marketing for SCEA. Steinberg adds: “MLB 10 The Show’s new feature set coupled with our team’s unsurpassed attention to detail continues to raise to bar for authenticity and true-to-life gameplay. It’s a must have for sports fans and an experience only available on PlayStation®.”

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The long awaited Home Run Derby leads the deep features list in MLB 10 The Show for the PS3 system. Fully implemented in the season modes and available as a stand-alone feature, Home Run Derby follows the MLB rules and flow allowing players to see who is the king of the long ball.

The MLB®Futures Game(TM) will also be available within season modes in its correct timeframe (just before the Home Run Derby), as well as fully functional online leagues. The new online season leagues will save and display MLB player stats, track player energy, allow for trades/injuries, and offer 40-man roster functionality.

Additional new features for the PS3 game include “Catcher Mode,” where players can be the ultimate field general and have the ability to call the game as the catcher in “Road to The Show” career mode. MLB 10 The Show will also offer daytime transitional lighting, a newly added “Movie Maker” menu giving the user the ability to select multiple replays to add to and edit a single movie, and 11 new stadiums. Five new Minor League(TM) parks will be introduced, as well as a selection of classic stadiums available on the PS3 system for the first time including Forbes Field, Crosley Field, Polo Grounds, Shibe Park, Sportsman Park, and Griffith Stadium.

MLB 10 The Show once again raises the overall level of detail and realism from customizable fan chants, to jumbotron animations, to crowd atmosphere. Not to be outdone, stadium ambiance will be improved with the addition of HR/splash counters, fireworks, steam, noisemakers, towels, thunder sticks, crowd reaching over the rails, and crowd detail, such as interaction with vendors and placing Ks.

Online multiplayer has also vastly improved this year to bring more of that competitive fire out amongst friends. First and foremost, the game will detect and respond better to adverse network conditions and bandwidth has been reduced to help the speed and flow of online gameplay. Along with the core online league play, where gamers can customize leagues including choosing players, teams, and length of schedule, MLB 10 The Show will now offer fully functional online season leagues. The new online season leagues will save and display MLB player stats, track player energy, allow for trades/injuries, and offer 40-man roster functionality. Alongside this will be weekly live roster updates, available every week throughout the entire MLB season, tracking roster changes, addition of new MLB players (with correct attributes), and player attribute updates to reflect hot and cold streaks. The Show will offer the ability to view every game you’ve ever played online, complete with opponents, box scores, and game logs.

The gameplay in The Show has been enhanced considerably with improved logic, animations, and presentations resulting in a wider variety of hit types (including more choppers), ball collision improvements enabling bounces off of any part of the batter’s body, comebackers to the mound, ability to rob HRs, and more — all new aspects of the gameplay that not only look great, but feel right.

The popular “Road to The Show” mode returns to The Show with version 4.0 featuring the addition of two new interactive training modes, new settings, and new presentations. Interactive training will consist of a set of mini-games designed to improve a player’s fielding and pitching ability, adding to last year’s introduction of batting and base running training. “Franchise Mode” also returns to the game, including the 40-man roster, salary arbitration, waiver transactions and September call-ups.

For fans who want to take The Show on the go, MLB 10 The Show for the PSP and PSPgo systems delivers big baseball action in the palm of your hand by utilizing core gameplay features found on the PS3 system version.

Exclusive for PlayStation 2 system is the unrivaled “Player Creator,” providing users with endless possibilities for creating players, including everything down to their player’s face with EyeToy®. Users can also adjust their personal rituals, swings, and even emotions as they create and place themselves in the heat of a pennant race.