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MLB 12 The Show Preview (PS3)

While the snow might be piling up across the land (or not), things are heating up at the SCEA studios. Info regarding MLB: The Show 12 is steadily starting to trickle out day by day. 

But if you are looking for wholesale changes, look elsewhere. SCEA follows a strict policy of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This is certainly not a bad thing. Instead of trying to re-invent the wheel, we consistently see building blocks, but this isn’t to say there is no innovation.

Last year we were introduced to analog hitting, pitching and fielding. This year, one of the early features we know about is Pulse Pitching, which is loosely based off of classic pitching. After selecting your pitch, and location, you then press X to start the pitch. A large X on the screen will appear and you must press X again at its smallest point. This is certainly a new and welcome take on pitching in this series. 

We will also have a new way of hitting once again with Zone-Analog. This time you use both sticks to hit; the right, to mimic the swing of the bat and the left, to place the bat in its correct zone quadrant. This should appease many hardcore fans. 

Another innovative feature being introduced this year is collision awareness. This will finally eliminate the clipping we see when players pass right through each other. Now you will see players getting spiked, plenty more animations for breaking up double plays, new tags and slides. Finally players can collide anywhere on the field. This has been a community request for years. 

My personal favorite improvement that we know about so far is the improved ball physics. SCEA Community Manager Ramone Russell said that the engineering team re-wrote the entire code on how a spinning object interacts with such things as a bat, wall or even the field. This should be a game changer when it comes to total realism. 

Speaking of total realism, MLB 12: The Show will feature over 500 new presentation animations, 300 new fielding and base running animations, 150 new batting stances, 75 new pitching motions, and one of my personal favorites, 14 new umpire personalities. I would say SCEA is doing more than their annual due diligence.

There is a reason why The Show is one of the highest rated sports games year in and year out. The folks at SCEA never seem to let us down. They never seem to break anything for the sake of that shiny new back-of-the-box marketing feature. They build off the rock solid foundation that has been in place for so many years, and I’m sure there will be many more features to be announced before the season approaches.


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Member Comments
# 1 humaca80 @ 01/05/12 10:00 AM
It would be nice if they could nail the 1080p resolution this year. Last year's game seem to take a performance hit when it was forced to 1080p.
 
# 2 hf199 @ 01/05/12 10:06 AM
Awesome news!
 
# 3 CuseGirl @ 01/05/12 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by humaca80
It would be nice if they could nail the 1080p resolution this year. Last year's game seem to take a performance hit when it was forced to 1080p.
i didn't kno it did 1080p, my TV always switched to 720 on its own......

but thank god for this game, with a real singular player mode with realistic skill progression and a unique balance between fun and challenging......EA, you need to take notes.....
 
# 4 CuseGirl @ 01/05/12 10:13 AM
I really hope Advanced Stats will be shown in the context of all players (with the option to sort by position, league, splits among month/day/night/pre and post all-star break). Advanced stats mean nothing if I can't compare them to other players.
 
# 5 BravesBoy @ 01/05/12 10:15 AM
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MLB 12: The Show will feature over 500 new presentation animations, 300 new fielding and base running animations, 150 new batting stances, 75 new pitching motions, and one of my personal favorites, 14 new umpire personalities.
 
# 6 vln13 @ 01/05/12 10:37 AM
They say they are going to announce an "innovative new online mode" but it will be all for naught if the servers are just as broken (and if the PSN gets hacked again, of course...)
 
# 7 Blzer @ 01/05/12 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by vln13
They say they are going to announce an "innovative new online mode" but it will be all for naught if the servers are just as broken (and if the PSN gets hacked again, of course...)
I believe Russell was misquoted with the "all new online mode" thing, in that it's not necessarily online. I believe it's either a new online mode (even though we're already getting a new online Home Run Derby), a new franchise element (think something on a bigger level, like expansion teams or the like), or an entire new thing altogether.

By the way, I like the article in that, although it's nothing we haven't heard, it is a quick draw to the people who haven't been reading the articles in-depth and figuring out exactly what might justify their purchase this year. The new ball physics alone might be worth the 60 bones (100 if you count the Vita version).
 
# 8 Russell_SCEA @ 01/05/12 01:05 PM
I'm glad you guys seem excited we still have a decent amount of info about the game that hasn't been released yet. :-)
 
# 9 yannerd @ 01/05/12 01:12 PM
Hopefully there will be new commentator audio too
 
# 10 Bp2 Triz @ 01/05/12 01:17 PM
everything sounds great.. here's to hoping for accurate swing follow throughway!
 
# 11 Bp2 Triz @ 01/05/12 01:19 PM
.....through*
 
# 12 DetroitStyle @ 01/05/12 01:45 PM
looks good, can't wait to see some video footage.
 
# 13 El_MaYiMbE @ 01/05/12 01:55 PM
Ramone, I always forget to ask this question early in development, and no one ever mentions it either so I feel like I am responsible for not having this corrected!

Do Umpires finally wear long sleeves in cold games? The players seem to wear them (this logic needs to be improved also, as player who have 3/4 sleeves seem to not do so unless its REALLY cold ????) but I find it odd that umpires are always dressed like they're in a Corona commercial even when its cold out.
 
# 14 SoxFan01605 @ 01/05/12 02:19 PM
I've gotta say, as much as I'm in love with the stick pitching (IMO, the best pitching mechanic I've ever used in a baseball game), I'm looking forward to try out the new pulse pitching. Not sure how I feel about the big "X" pulsating on screen, but maybe it's not as distracting as it sounds (I mean, I'm already accustomed to a meter there anyway). Anyway, can't wait!
 
# 15 kennyacid @ 01/05/12 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Russell_SCEA
I'm glad you guys seem excited we still have a decent amount of info about the game that hasn't been released yet. :-)
Now why you had to go and say that for? lol
 
# 16 markprior22 @ 01/05/12 02:59 PM
Hopefully we'll get confirmation at some point that long term sims are being run with close attention paid to finances and roster mgmt (free agents, trades, etc) over a period of time. It is so frustrating to get this game each year and find out right off the bat the major issues with long term careers.
 
# 17 Russell_SCEA @ 01/05/12 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by SoxFan01605
I've gotta say, as much as I'm in love with the stick pitching (IMO, the best pitching mechanic I've ever used in a baseball game), I'm looking forward to try out the new pulse pitching. Not sure how I feel about the big "X" pulsating on screen, but maybe it's not as distracting as it sounds (I mean, I'm already accustomed to a meter there anyway). Anyway, can't wait!

It's not an X it's a circle.
 
# 18 Kolbe @ 01/05/12 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Russell_SCEA
I'm glad you guys seem excited we still have a decent amount of info about the game that hasn't been released yet. :-)
Ramone's always good for some taunting! I gotta admit, I'm really excited to see everyone's reaction to the final announcement... #imalwayswatching

-K
 
# 19 nemesis04 @ 01/05/12 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Russell_SCEA
It's not an X it's a circle.
They are hard to tell apart sometimes!
 
# 20 nemesis04 @ 01/05/12 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Kolbe
Ramone's always good for some taunting! I gotta admit, I'm really excited to see everyone's reaction to the final announcement... #imalwayswatching

-K
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