previews\ Dec 10, 2006 at 7:00 pm

MLB 07: The Show - PS2 - Preview

MLB: The Show ’07 is the next game in Sony’s baseball series. Set to hit the PS2, PSP and the PS3 simultaneously, The Show ’07 retools some of the familiar elements of the game, while adding some really cool new elements to the mix. Baserunning has been made less of a chore than it has been in previous baseball games, and the new pitching system feels responsive and accurate.

For The Show ’07, Sony hired a new company to handle the statistics, resulting in a quarter of a million more stats, resulting in an up to date and meticulously accurate presentation of the teams. In the online portion of the game, dynamic stats will change with your personal online rankings, and online leaderboards will track you and compare you to other players online.

Another thing that is pretty innovative is the game sliders, of which there are over thirty. While you can tool your game experience practically any way you see fit, you can also post your customizations online for people to check out and rank. There will also be an MLB Sportscast live ticker option (similar to what EA offers in their sports titles) that will deliver up-to-date sports scores through the internet.

The pitching and batting dynamic has been tweaked this time around to create a more immersive experience. There is now a camera view for both pitching and batting (behind the pitcher and behind the batter), depending on where you’re currently at on the field.

Pitching controls now feature an almost “golf swing-like” control that will greatly affect how accurate and how fast your pitch is, giving you an extra level of control in that department. If you throw more consistently good pitches (as in, you don’t get any hits against you) you’ll gain more control over them and be able to pitch better and easier. As far as batting goes, there is a new swing analysis option that will let you see what you did wrong on the previous swing, whether it be too late or too low or high and so on. Baserunning has also been fixed up, allowing you to easily control each runner on the bases and target them uniquely.

Graphically, the game will feature a variety of new pitching and batting animations adding to the realism. The overall look is still quite clean on the PS2 and PSP versions, and the new animations add to the fluidity of the gameplay.

MLB: The Show ’07 is looking to be a solid baseball experience with some truly innovative controls and some great new elements to pull you into the game.

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