MLB The Show 22 Review

MLB The Show 22 Review

If you’ve had enough of the seemingly inescapable and unavoidable routine of annual sports games, MLB The Show 22 will do nothing to wake you up. Several new features, such as an all-new commentary team, help set Sony San Diego’s latest releases apart from previous years, but the action on the pitch remains essentially the same. The good news is that The Show has long been the best sports game out there. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?

Let’s start with the aforementioned commentary team. Chris Singleton and Boog Sciambi grace the booth after hearing Matt Vasgersian and his rotating cast of characters do their job for a lifetime. Combined with actual play-by-play pulled from real MLB games, there are times when this new duo feels as authentic as a live broadcast. I admit it – I found myself noticing a few times that I thought the effect was amazing.

However, the growing pains of building a new commentary team from scratch are impossible to avoid, and MLB the Show 22 is a prime example. Too often, the game-by-game cadence becomes a jumble of over and underrated player names. You’ll regularly hear both commentators making the wrong calls, saying things like a player has hit more than they have or mentioning that someone is cold when they’ve just crushed a 440-foot home run. And I promise you’ll hear the line on whether or not the fans behind the plate are in the pitcher’s head – All. Alone. Game.

Don’t forget to bring a friend

The other big addition this year – for me at least – has to be two-on-two and three-on-three online versus play. a match with a group of friends. Plus, being able to play the ever-popular Diamond Dynasty this way is awesome. Gathering collections of cards to build a custom team is one of the most fun times I’ve had with a sports game in years.

But, as I said before, the improvements to the action on the pitch could only be felt by hardcore fans. That’s not a bad thing; the hitting, faceoff, running, and throwing animations are all phenomenal and also help convey the real sport of baseball better than any game before it. You’ll be hard pressed to find a pitcher that doesn’t have its exact windup. Or a batter who doesn’t use his good position. MLB The Show 22 executes simulation baseball masterfully. However, last year’s game too. And the one from the year before.

Disappointing line drive

So it stands to reason that, despite the things I love, I can’t help but feel overall disappointment with The Show ’22. There just isn’t enough here to justify the upgrade for casual fans. Road to the Show and March to October – while still fun to play – remain mostly intact. Hell, even the menus are a near carbon copy of last year’s. And Franchise is in desperate need of a makeover, but it has been for as long as I can remember.

Regardless of its flaws, MLB The Show 22 is still an absolutely stunning game. The stadiums have been painstakingly recreated down to the last brick, the models of coaches and fans look better than ever, and the players themselves have a realistic presence that you simply cannot find in other games. sport. Special mention to the team that perfected the player emotion – the effect is amazing. Seeing a pitcher let out a battle cry as he celebrates a big strikeout or a hitter inhale and hold his breath as he smokes a pitch to left field are the little things that make this series a treat to play. .

I’m between a rock and a hard place with MLB The Show 22. On the one hand, I still think Sony San Diego offers the best simulation sports game on the market today. On the other hand, if it weren’t for the new commentary team, I would feel like I was playing last year’s game. If you expected 22 to be a big year for baseball, you may need to adjust your expectations. It’s only when the developers choose to truly flesh out their most popular modes (and revamp that pesky locker room!) that this series will return to its place.

***PS5 code provided by publisher***

Good

  • Gorgeous visuals
  • Online game 2v2 / 3v3
  • Fun and smooth gameplay

80

The bad

  • The new comment is random
  • Lack of innovation in game modes
  • Looks a lot like last year’s game

Neal T. Doss