MLB The Show 22 review: New updates to legacy features and modes make this the most accessible game in the series. – Eugene Sowah

The latest version of MLB The Show from San Diego Studio arrives with new updates

MLB The Show 22

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It’s around this time of year that San Diego Studio debuts its long-running series of MLB baseball simulations The Show.

MLB The Show returns with a bunch of changes and updates from last year’s solid entry.

Visually, MLB The Show 22 looks fantastic, with nearly every character looking like a perfect recreation of their real-life counterpart.

Character models have captured every player characteristic that fans will notice when hitting, throwing, and claiming bases.

This level of precision extends to the stadiums which are equally stunning. This is all down to playing on the Playstation 5 which ran smoothly at 60 frames per second, allowing gamers to follow the fast-paced action.

I haven’t played on the Nintendo Switch yet, so I can’t say how much the experience will differ from the Playstation 5.

MLB The Show has always featured admirable sound, from the sound effects to the cheers of the crowd. However, the commentary did not always land in previous matches, with commentators missing crucial moments or repeating phrases throughout the game.






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But this year they feature a new commentary duo, Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton, who are much more entertaining and accurate than last year’s iteration.

In a historic move last year, MLB The Show 21 was available on an Xbox console for the first time since the game’s release.

This year, San Diego Studio went even further and added the Nintendo Switch to its list of playable consoles.

Players will now be able to cross-play and have access to cross-progress and cross-save on all three major consoles, which is fantastic as it will greatly increase the online community and players will finally have a portable version of the game.

MLB The Show 22 seems to be the most accessible game in the series with plenty of tutorials throughout to help players really get to grips with the gameplay.






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There are also two new difficulty levels, Amateur and Minor, which are much more accommodating and allow players to progress gradually.

MLB The Show 22 features all the modes from the last game with Road to The Show, Diamond Dynasty, March to October, and Franchise all returning.

Road to the show has many updates that improve its overall experience compared to last year, with players being able to create multiple ball players.

The progression system has also emphasized offline play, meaning players won’t have to play online to improve their player stats.

There are new narrative podcast moments between each game. My only issue is that while they’re really engaging, they’re not always true to what’s actually happening in-game and can feel more like generic sketches.

Road to the show comes with plenty of other updates that fans will love, making it the series’ best campaign yet.






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Players will also notice tweaks to their favorite modes, like having multiple seasons from March to October, the new mini-game in Diamond Dynasty, or the extra props in the Stadium Creator to name a few.

There is so much content offered here for players to immerse themselves in.

The newest addition is online co-op which allows for two-on-two or three-on-three gameplay. Players will be able to use real teams or test their card collections from Diamond Dynasty modes.

Custom practice is great for testing out particular scenarios, and this year the game added terrain to the list of options.

This is great because it allows players to improve the quality of play in more areas than before.

The gameplay has also seen some improvements which fans of the series will notice, for starters, the dynamic PCI will now shrink or expand depending on where it has been positioned.






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This will show how the player’s accuracy changes when swinging at different locations.

It works with the PCI anchor which makes hitting much more user friendly by allowing players to use one of nine slots for precise placement when swinging.

These added gameplay dimensions mixed with some pitch and fielding tweaks really enhance the overall experience for veterans while also making the game much more accessible to newcomers.

Verdict

MLB The Show 22 is another excellent baseball simulation game from San Diego Studio, although there haven’t been many dramatic changes, what has been improved really improves the overall experience.

Making the game available on multiple platforms is a huge win for the developers who will only see their fan base continue to grow.

MLB The Show 22 is available now on Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X, Series S, PlayStation 4, Xbox and One, PlayStation 5

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Neal T. Doss