Fans of other teams might wince, but Sony’s long-running MLB: The Show baseball sim is almost New York Yankee-like in its ability to deliver a playoff-caliber product every year. For the Yankees, neither age nor injuries nor bad free-agent signings seem to slow them down, while The Show seems immune to both its competition and the ever-increasing age of the console it runs on. Can MLB 13: The Show keep its Yankee-esque streak of success going in 2013? Well…does a Cubs fan cry in October?
With The Show, two things immediately leapt out at me: the visuals and the gameplay. The former are again capable of fooling passersby into thinking it’s a real baseball telecast from afar. Player faces, animations, and stadium details are just that good, and interface details are convincingly TV-like. I enjoyed bolstering this illusion using the “Broadcast” camera mode, which closely replicates the perspectives you see when watching a real ballgame on TV, but there are also plenty of more traditional video game views, such as one that lets you pitch from the catcher’s perspective.