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Pros
Visuals are sharper and the gameplay is smoother, plus game modes are tweaked and refined.
Cons
Online connection is inconsistent, lag can be frustrating, and commentary makes you wish your TV volume went below mute.
Bottom Line
MLB 15 The Show is yet another title in a series that provides Playstation users with a wonderful and enjoyable series of baseball games.
7
out of 10
MLB 15 The Show REVIEW

MLB 15 The Show Review (PS3)

For the past few years, the motto for MLB The Show has been "baseball is better." This year, the Sony team has certainly made baseball gaming even better than it was last year; not just for new-gen users, but for PS3 users as well. With all the focus being on the PS4 edition, the PS3 has been largely overlooked. However, that does not mean it has been ignored by SCEA.

Gameplay

The gameplay in MLB 15 The Show is great, which is no surprise. What is a surprise, though, is that even on PS3 it is quite a bit better than it was in last year's title. The addition of directional hitting has given the user more hitting control, along with a bit of added difficulty when using the new feature. User fielding is smoother and more seamless than it has been in the past, and it gives the on-field action a more fluid and authentic feel. Additionally, enjoyable features like quick counts and dynamic difficulties are still in the game this year.

There is one major flaw with core gameplay, and that is a lagging and freezing issue. This issue occurs throughout all modes and can be extremely frustrating. There is not a certain point where the lag occurs most often, but having the game lag right before you release a pitch and subsequently giving up a walk will not make you a happy camper. The freezing issue occurs most often immediately following the games, which is likely due to post-game auto saves. Again, it is extremely frustrating when you finish a great game just to have to shut off your system and start all over. These issues will likely be addressed in a patch, but until then they are huge flaws in an otherwise incredible gameplay experience.

Presentation & Graphics

The broadcast graphics have been updated from last year and look good, but other than that there is not much to say about presentation. The commentary is bland and boring, as usual. Graphics, however, are quite a bit sharper than last year. The ballpark environments looks improved with better shadows and weather conditions, and a new seating variation in the stadiums that keeps most of the upper decks empty and fills the lower seats, just like in actual stadiums.

Offline Game Modes

The offline modes are as plentiful and as fun as ever. While both Franchise mode and Road to the Show (RttS) remain largely unchanged, they are still refined. Plus, we are able to continue our saved games from last year's edition allows us to carry on the legacies we have already started both on the field and in the front office. For RttS, items acquired in The Show Store can be used to improve your player's abilities, even though the gear is not seen in-game on this system.

Online

The online portion of this game is much like the rest of the game: a refined version of last year's title. MLB 15 The Show features Online Franchise, Online Exhibitions, Diamond Dynasty, and all the usual works from last year's game. Notice the pattern yet? Diamond Dynasty is great for those of you who are ultimate team gurus, and Online Franchises are a chance for players to top their friends (or fellow OS users) for World Series titles. The online connectivity has been inconsistent for me thus far, but overall not a bad experience. I have seen a few instances of lag just like in offline game modes, but not very often.

Final Thoughts

With the PS4 becoming the main focus in this series, SCEA could have slapped a roster update on MLB 14 The Show, and called it a day. But much to the relief of current PS3 users, they actually put time and effort into the last-gen version of MLB 15 The Show and gave us a game that we can enjoy even more than we enjoyed last year's. The lag and freezing can be a real pain, no doubt, however a patch should be in the works to address these issues.

If you haven't bought a PlayStation 4 yet, this game is a no-brainer for purchase. It is an improvement from last year and it is hauling a price tag of just $40.

Learning Curve- The biggest adjustment is learning how to use directional hitting. Other than that, it is very similar to last year. Using dynamic difficulty will make the game easy to learn and adjust to in general.

Control Scheme- MLB 15 The Show offers a ton of control options in all different aspects of the game. With some experimentation you are sure to find a scheme that suits you.

Audio- Taking advantage of Sounds of the Show will greatly improve what you hear in-game, but other than that the audio portion of the game is the same as it has been in the past.

Visuals- Aside from occasional lag, this game is visually stunning.

Online-The modes are fun to play and deep, but connection can be inconsistent.

Lasting Appeal- This game continues the great reputation that SCEA carries with this series. It is a fun and realistic game with tons of modes for users to immerse themselves in all year long.

Score: 7 (Good)


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Member Comments
# 1 baconbits11 @ 04/08/15 09:31 AM
Good review and I agree with most of your points. I think it would have been very important to mention in the graphics portion though that stadiums are nearly untouched. For it to be truly be a "15" version of the game, the stadiums (especially Ballpark village at Busch, and Progressive Field's renovation) should be included!
 
# 2 Ollienyy @ 04/08/15 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by baconbits11
Good review and I agree with most of your points. I think it would have been very important to mention in the graphics portion though that stadiums are nearly untouched. For it to be truly be a "15" version of the game, the stadiums (especially Ballpark village at Busch, and Progressive Field's renovation) should be included!
Bacon, bar Busch and Prog they did add the new Citi Field dimensions and Petco's new video board (as mentioned in the impressions thread)
 
# 3 ggazoo @ 04/08/15 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Ollienyy
Bacon, bar Busch and Prog they did add the new Citi Field dimensions and Petco's new video board (as mentioned in the impressions thread)
They updated the Rogers Centre too, looks amazing.
 
# 4 stealyerface @ 04/08/15 10:41 AM
Major bug with dropped SECOND strikes, resulting from a check swing that bounces in the dirt. In two games out of three, my batter has been thrown out at first attempting to run out a ball in the dirt. With a 1-1 count. Hopefully the PS3 gets some attention as far as an update goes. Freezing and hang ups are one thing, major oversights such as this are another.
 
# 5 Ollienyy @ 04/08/15 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by ggazoo
They updated the Rogers Centre too, looks amazing.
Thanks for reminding me! I saw the backstop area during a demo game after putting the controller down for a while and was pleasantly surprised by the makeover it had received!
 
# 6 Simp @ 04/08/15 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by ggazoo
They updated the Rogers Centre too, looks amazing.
They fixed the Jays uniform color too, which is a nice surprise on PS3. That complaint can officially be put to bed!
 
# 7 baconbits11 @ 04/08/15 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Ollienyy
Bacon, bar Busch and Prog they did add the new Citi Field dimensions and Petco's new video board (as mentioned in the impressions thread)

Yes, they did some little things, but to leave out a WHOLE group of buildings that is a crucial part of the way Busch looks now?

This is close to leaving old Yankee Stadium or Pro Player Stadium in, when a new ballpark was due for NYY and FLA. Or to call the Miami Marlins still the Florida Marlins with their old unis.

The only other stadium to get that much of a stiff was Wrigley. I might have chalked it up to legal issues but Ballpark Village is in PS4.
 
# 8 econoodle @ 04/08/15 12:57 PM
so wait. if there was no ps4 version this year would the ps3 installment really get a 7.0?
i am not so sure.
seems like the review is scaling it in comparison to the one on the 4.

in any event there best be a patch, it'd be f'ed up if sony neglected it. was there not a ps3 patch last year?
 
# 9 Sub_ZERO2777 @ 04/08/15 05:03 PM
I'm thinking of picking this game up ..one reason is the price and that I never played a baseball game before but I've always be drawn to Playing one ,my only question is the learning curve ,will it be hard for someone new to baseball video games to start playing . I'm on PS3
 
# 10 apps80 @ 04/10/15 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by lhslancers
Never played? Get 12 used real cheap.
Agree. I'd recommend against 13. My least favorite of the series.
 
# 11 GamerDad48 @ 04/10/15 09:20 AM
I am still undecided between MLB 14 or MLB 15 for PS3. I haven't played a baseball game in quite some time since the MVP years. Which would be the better choice?
 
# 12 baconbits11 @ 04/10/15 09:33 AM
15 is worth the extra improvements and it's only $40. If you are a real tightwad then you could pick up 14 which has most of the same features for less than $20 used. 14 will probably drop rapidly in price over the next month or two.
 
# 13 budsticky @ 04/11/15 01:23 AM
Thinking of buying as well..but getting scared off by the reports of lagging in the middle of in-game action and bugs where guys are having to run out 1-1 pitches in the dirt. Hell..I'm on last gen..I can probably just wait until there's a patch for these things. I'll bite at some point, but think I'll sit out for a few more weeks.
 
# 14 Steven78 @ 04/11/15 11:36 AM
Ill send you PS3 MLB 14 for cost os shipping if you want it.
 
# 15 BizDevConglomerate @ 04/12/15 05:53 PM
One real question is this, why are the cocks so noticeable? I dont want anyone trying to play me. In edit player or uniform selection for the pre game the pants have a freaking protruding johnson. Was really good with that. Was that needed?
 
# 16 pierpaolo50 @ 04/13/15 02:07 PM
io possiedo ps3 12gb,mlb14 the show 5g,mlb 15 the show in box dice 24gb,ma dicono che e un errore cge per pa3 quando metti il disco ti dice 5gb,chiedo conferma se mlb 15 the show ps3 bastano 5gb grazie,mia email sampdoria10@gmail.com grazie
 
# 17 Blzer @ 04/13/15 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by BizDevConglomerate
One real question is this, why are the cocks so noticeable? I dont want anyone trying to play me. In edit player or uniform selection for the pre game the pants have a freaking protruding johnson. Was really good with that. Was that needed?
I don't know about you, but I always wore an athletic cup when playing baseball, even as a center fielder.

I think that's what the development team was designing in that area...
 
# 18 Will I Am @ 04/13/15 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by BizDevConglomerate
One real question is this, why are the cocks so noticeable? I dont want anyone trying to play me. In edit player or uniform selection for the pre game the pants have a freaking protruding johnson. Was really good with that. Was that needed?
Is that on the white guys too or just the blacks?
 
# 19 catch237 @ 04/14/15 02:48 PM
I have a couple of questions that hopefully you guys can help with.

1. Is there a way to edit batting glove and cleat styles like you could in the previous versions? I can edit the colors, but it seems like everyone is stuck with what the game generates as far as the style is concerned.

2. How do I create another profile? I want to do a 30 team franchise, but want only to control 1 team and be able to veto trades. I know that in previous versions you could create multiple profiles and have one control the other 29 teams and not have to worry about all of the "other duties".

Any help would be appreciated!
 
# 20 Prior @ 04/15/15 05:03 AM
Everyone seems to quibble over little intricacies yet the left handed pitching meter cant be adjusted to face the other direction. It's absolutely ridiculous that a detail like this, which wouldn't take long to implement, still hasn't been put into place.

And please quit with the nonsense of taking away time from other features. Having the option to reverse the pitching meter couldn't possibly take much time.
 

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