MLB 08: The Show (Sony PlayStation 3, 2008)
About this product
|Sony's exclusive baseball franchise returns with new features designed to enhance the game's realism. The role-playing like "Road to the Show" mode, where players create a single athlete to control throughout a career, offers more options. Defensive positioning, for example, can be adjusted during the pre-pitch sequence, allowing fielders a better chance to make a play. Created pitchers will receive regular mound visits, and all custom athletes work toward achieving specific goals for a chance at a promotion. Manager feedback is also included, and an athlete's performance can be monitored on a separate menu screen detailing current attribute ratings and season stats.|
Statistical analysis also plays an important role in MLB 08, offering players a chance to monitor pitches thrown to a specific batter during a game, or examine a hitter's track record against a right-handed hurler, lefty, or both. Players can also influence a batter's abilities by performing above or below his statistical average for the 2007 season. A higher batting average over the course of 20-30 at-bats, for example, will increase the athlete's hit zones, improving the odds of making contact. The reverse is also possible, however, so extended slumps can change in-game ratings as well as hot streaks. MLB 08 on PS3 adds an option to transfer music saved on the hard drive to the in-game jukebox.
|Publisher||Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.|
|Game||MLB 08: The Show|
|Platform||Sony PlayStation 3|
|Number of Players||1-2|
|Game Special Features|
|Game Series||MLB Series|
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- sipmacMar 18, 2009by
The Best Baseball Game for 08
I never give games an excellent unless they are hard, fun and can`t put it down, or just plain very good. Yes the graphics are great, but the real challenge is from 07 to 08 is "The Road to the Show". In 07 you can make it to the Majors in 2, or 3 hours. In this game I played for 4 days and still didn`t even get called up to triple A. I even went to 'Game Ceats" on how to make it. The game itself is like madden football. Great all around. This baseball game is the best I have played. I have not played 09, but I will. This game you should pick up for no more then $18.00.
- tmoneyeaglesAug 23, 2008by
MLB 08 The Show is an amazing game, with a realistic feel, and great graphics. It has great broadcasting presentations, and dynamite gameplay. He know when you have hit a homer'!!! You can make great definsive plays, and hit the ball 600 feet, you can edit the rosters and the players, you can make A-Rod awesome, or you can make him horrible!!! Do whatever, but this game is the BOMB!!!
- susanb593Feb 11, 2014by
great for my little MLB fans
I bought this for my grandkids and they loved it. It's hard to get them to stop playing it. They can form their own teams and play baseball all they like. A good, wholesome game.
- johnny_boy_12Sep 3, 2008by
Sony's MLB series still the top dog
The game is a baseball simulation in which, depending on the gameplay mode, the player controls one or all of the players on a Major League Baseball team or some select Minor League Baseball teams. Depending on the gameplay mode, the player may control a team for a single game, season, or franchise, and can also create a player and control his career.
Its play on the field is where MLB 08 shines the most. Everything--the pitching, hitting, fielding, animations, and atmosphere--is sublime. Hitting is similar to what it was last year. You can guess pitch type and location, and are rewarded with a red indicator just before the ball is delivered if you guess correctly. There are two swing types: power and contact. Initially you may find yourself swinging at every pitch with a power swing, but you'll quickly find that picking the proper swing for each situation is paramount to your success as a hitter. What MLB 08 really gets right about hitting is the timing; there's just enough time between when the ball is released and when it gets to the plate to determine what kind of pitch it is and if it's a ball or a strike. This might sound insignificant, but it's something very few baseball games get right. From frozen ropes to ground-rule doubles to seeing-eye grounders, there's an incredible variety of hits, and what's more, they all come off the bat naturally, which is yet again an area in which other baseball games have difficulty.
Instead of adding new content or reinventing the wheel, the developers at SCEA San Diego refined things they were already doing right, and in the process made a great game even better. Hitting, pitching, and fielding all look and feel fantastic. There's no shortage of ways to stay busy, whether you want to run a whole team, follow the career of a single player, or manage a game from the dugout. It's a shame that, even after another year in development, Road to the Show isn't quite as refined as the game's other aspects, but it's still an interesting mode that generally manages to be enjoyable in spite of its flaws. If you're looking for a great baseball game that covers all the bases, look no further than MLB 08: The Show.Read full review
- lissajedi1i5eJan 3, 2013by
Great game for the baseball fan!
This game is fantastic! Bought it for my husband as a Christmas gift, and he has not stopped playing it since he got it! Graphics are amazing! My visiting family thought they were watching a real baseball game for a few minutes. Would definitely recommend for the baseball fan!