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MLB The Show 19 Twitch Stream - Road to the Show (Archive Included)

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MLB The Show 19 Twitch Stream - Road to the Show (Archive Included)

There are quite a few improvements in MLB The Show 19’s Road to the Show mode this year, as the team (Nick Livingston, Stephen Hass, Luis Martinez, Ross Houston and Steve Merka) discussed in the Twitch stream earlier today. Here’s a list of some of the topics they went over.

  • Player Bedroom
  • Player Personalities and Relationships
  • Some no doubt HR celebrations and bat flips are shown
  • Challenges
  • New Mini Games
  • New Legends Revealed – Walter Johnson, Andruw Jones
  • Some Pre-order Diamonds Revealed – 87 Frank Thomas, 89 Tom Seaver, 89 Roy Oswalt, 88 Stan Musial (You can choose 1 of 30)

We’ve posted an embedded archive of the stream below, in case you missed it. Make sure to post your thoughts.

Watch MLB The Show 19 – Road to the Show from SonySanDiegoStudio on www.twitch.tv

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  1. ninertravel
    are you kidding me with that HR celebration? imagine if that happened in real life it would be a all in brawl that would last 2 hours!

    Worse is the fact that they are now making you pay for them by putting them in packs. Yet more monetisation being squeezed in, while packs are going to be even more filled with pointless stuff that you don't want.
    You can now at least pick the team you be drafted by again. Add that to the removal of caps and they have at least listened and got rid of the pointless restrictions they imposed last year
    Personality grows over time depending on making friends on your team and interactions ("Bros on team", ew), that helps unlock perks of the 4 different trees.
    Personally hate perks and never use them, but I guess it's an upgrade on how they were unlocked in the past
    It actually shows you what area each dialogue choice will improve and by how much. Bit surprised by that
    This is the worst MLB the Show stream i've ever watched. Now i'm a franchise guy but watching this stream there isn't anything i'm remotely excited about.
    Ge1dertron
    This is the worst MLB the Show stream i've ever watched. Now i'm a franchise guy but watching this stream there isn't anything i'm remotely excited about.

    I know right? and look how dead the comments are on here only 4 of them.. it's looking more of a mobile game the way they keep putting the Ramone trailer up of buying cards and crap. I am sure there are plenty of mobile games around for that kind of rubbish, if RBI baseball wasn't aimed so much on arcade style form what I have read that might be a choice people will head too soon
    and the red sox manager isn't even the world series manager winner???
    And frankly, I find it inexcusable how bad the dev team is in conveying any enthusiasm during the streams. They seem exhausted and uninspired. Not in any way what you want on these streams where you are trying to drive up presales.
    Ge1dertron
    And frankly, I find it inexcusable how bad the dev team is in conveying any enthusiasm during the streams. They seem exhausted and uninspired. Not in any way what you want on these streams where you are trying to drive up presales.

    Maybe they seem exhausted because, well, they are in the middle of the cycle where they are working 80 hour work weeks and are in fact, exhausted.
    No question. It's why you have designated people to do a better job of selling the game. If you are watching the stream right now - the friggin mini-game.... - you can't tell me this is making you more excited to buy this game.
    Ge1dertron
    No question. It's why you have designated people to do a better job of selling the game. If you are watching the stream right now - the friggin mini-game.... - you can't tell me this is making you more excited to buy this game.

    You said you were a Franchise guy not a RTTS guy. So why watch and complain about a mode your not even going to play?
    Because I love this game and watch each stream with an open mind. If I wasn't interested in RTTS before now, there is absolutely nothing in this stream that makes me want to even try it this year. That pisses me off because I want this game to sell better every year and I don't see any "improvement" in the mode. Maybe it keeps the same RTTS players but will this encourage new purchasers? Meh.
    I think the first home run celebration videos were in 4K with HDR enabled. Just an observation.
    I'm really ugh about that big ball thing, though. I sometimes go back and watch some of my old gameplay videos back when the game was on PS3, and while some will argue it's easier to pick up the ball and such now, I actually much prefer it way back when. I desperately crave someday they will allow us to disable that in the future.
    I always use an ad blocker extension for twitch. I didn't use it for this stream and boy did i regret it.... and people wonder why others use ad blockers.
    Here's what I liked.
    You can pick your teams
    The max caps are back to 99
    That mini games are optional
    That Stan Musial card.
    I'm not surprised that there are more negative comments than positive. Sometimes this forum is so rudely dismissive of every other game mode, like if you don't play franchise you are somehow less of a baseball fan.
    How would you guys like it if DD and RTtS fans invaded a thread about Franchise and started crapping all over that mode.
    Pretty underwhelming tbh, not as exciting as I hoped it would be given the apparent focus on RTTS. No mention of improved AI, which is desperately needed and the choices seem less important than I'd hoped. There doesn't seem to be the RPG element that I'd hoped it would be, instead just obvious choices that just leads to perks.(cheats) The fact that you can eventually end up being a master in all 4 personality types seems like a mistake, it takes away the character.
    The challenges are a good addition, by far the most interesting to me anyway. I seem to recall them being on older games as well, but now they seem more dynamic and you get a choice on how big you want to gamble which is cool. The other most positive "additions" to me are the return of being able to pick your team and removal of CAP's, giving us back the option to play the game how we want.
    The mini games look a bit, erm, basic? They look like they'll get pretty old, pretty quickly as they really don't seem very tactical.
    Generally I was hoping for something to really grab me and make me want to play RTTS this year, but I didn't really see it.
    Dolenz
    Here's what I liked.
    You can pick your teams
    The max caps are back to 99
    That mini games are optional
    That Stan Musial card.
    I'm not surprised that there are more negative comments than positive. Sometimes this forum is so rudely dismissive of every other game mode, like if you don't play franchise you are somehow less of a baseball fan.
    How would you guys like it if DD and RTtS fans invaded a thread about Franchise and started crapping all over that mode.

    what do you mean?? franchise guys (myself included) crap over franchise mode anyway because of the lack of updates the last few years.
    If the $$DD$$ guys wanna come into franchise mode threads and crap on it go ahead even if it was the number 1 focus of the game.
    my biggest issue with the streams is sometimes it feels like they are talking to us like we are 8 years old. pointing out things like 'he has 9 home runs it is early in the season so that means he is off to a hot start'
    That tells you right there it is aimed at casual baseball fans and games for the DD stuff.
    Nothing to get excited about here. Gamestop Monday was better.
    Every time I watch one of these, I get the feeling that the streams are not for us, but for management. It's as if they were brought into a conference room to detail what they've been working on all year for the guys upstairs.
    The changes shown this year so far have been subtle. It could change. But it's not trending well thus far.
    They also said that DD ratings go up to 125 again this year, with Diamonds starting at 85 again which unfortunately suggests immortals will be making a return. Seriously hope not and that they've instead just stretched the 90-99 ratings a bit, but at this point immortals being back seems more likely
    Dolenz
    Here's what I liked.
    You can pick your teams
    The max caps are back to 99
    That mini games are optional
    That Stan Musial card.
    I'm not surprised that there are more negative comments than positive. Sometimes this forum is so rudely dismissive of every other game mode, like if you don't play franchise you are somehow less of a baseball fan.
    How would you guys like it if DD and RTtS fans invaded a thread about Franchise and started crapping all over that mode.

    Yeah, the lack of comments show the interest in rtts. Which is surprising because it's been in the game since 06 and has had just as much of a role in the popularity of the game as franchise.
    I like most of the changes they've made. They have actually added some innovative features.
    Ge1dertron
    This is the worst MLB the Show stream i've ever watched. Now i'm a franchise guy but watching this stream there isn't anything i'm remotely excited about.

    Of all the streams I've watched over the years, I would agree. It did seem to be more of a promo than a stream to get you excited about the new features. I played some RTTS last year but I turn off all the gimmicks. This year there appear to be alot more of it than gameplay. That said, I think the stream was designed to discuss the gimmicks if you want them, but not interfere with gameplay. I am a primary offline franchise guy. Aside from occasional RTTS, I don't play any of the other modes.
    ninertravel
    what do you mean?? franchise guys (myself included) crap over franchise mode anyway because of the lack of updates the last few years.
    If the $$DD$$ guys wanna come into franchise mode threads and crap on it go ahead even if it was the number 1 focus of the game.
    my biggest issue with the streams is sometimes it feels like they are talking to us like we are 8 years old. pointing out things like 'he has 9 home runs it is early in the season so that means he is off to a hot start'
    That tells you right there it is aimed at casual baseball fans and games for the DD stuff.

    That was actually the most interesting part of the stream for me. It showed that the engine recognized players on hot or unanticipated streaks and the CPU adjusts accordingly. I hope this engine is carried over to franchise.
    ninertravel
    are you kidding me with that HR celebration? imagine if that happened in real life it would be a all in brawl that would last 2 hours!

    HA. I watch the stream just see what you were talking about. In 17 they have a ridiculous homerun celebration trot where you are being a jackass rounding the bases, cartwheeling cross home plate, dancing, showboating. It my favorite part of Rtts EVER. I like my character being a obnoxious asshat ball player.
    I am excited for RTTS. The rival/ friend system gives me a reason to GAF about other players and teams. More immersive. It’s obvious a ton of work has been put into the mode. Honestly thought more people would be amped. 
    BigOscar
    They also said that DD ratings go up to 125 again this year, with Diamonds starting at 85 again which unfortunately suggests immortals will be making a return. Seriously hope not and that they've instead just stretched the 90-99 ratings a bit, but at this point immortals being back seems more likely

    I don’t have a problem with Immortals themselves. I had a problem with the BS way they kept them locked and how stupid all the programs were last year. Giant step back from the year before imo.
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    I like in general what I’ve seen but is it possible for the GUI guy to tone it down a notch ? It’s killing the immersion and I feel like playing Super Mario Kart.
    I can almost guarantee nothing about the way they’re describing things in these streams is aimed at “casual” fans. “Casual” fans are not watching developer streams.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    They need to tone down that damn Challenge OSD splash screen a thousand. Make it just a color coded borders along the perimeter of the TV, filling the whole screen is just jarring. They need to translate the challenge to the player on the field as well. He showed no emotion at all in hitting a triple or completing the challenge. You added base celebrations for a reason and everyone celebrates a "triple" one way or the other. Hitting a triple is a big deal anytime in the game. Use those face gestures, base celebrations, and infielder out signals as part of the challenge acceptance, some display of emotion(s). Seeing your puppet react to the challenge is a good thing and immersive, without all the jarring splash screens.
    Other than that they need to take a nap or something.
    Color Coded Challenge along the border of your TV instead of that splash screen they use now
    Accept challenge splash along the borders
    So I tried this one time but I forgot...
    When you send your player back to college, I know that you get older but does the roster file used advance (like sim forward)? Or would the initial 2019 roster be “frozen in time” and they just insert the older you into present day roster?
    Again, I did this once but I don’t remember the roster part
    So...I guess I'm in the minority here.
    Consider:  broadly speaking, what is the POINT of a mode like this?  Suppose I were designing a single-player, sports-themed RPG.  I would want to make it immersive, I would want to make it varied in terms of what the user does and sees, but above all else, I want the user to be emotionally invested in the game's world.
    To get that, you need well-developed characters, in a believable milieu.  Great environments are wasted, if the characters in them are paper dolls.  And great characters are wasted, if they're living in a vacuum.
    Which is why I think this may turn out to be a genre-defining version of this mode, and hey, wipe those smirks off your faces, people.
    We're now getting to see an expansion of the game's world, and we're also being given a supporting cast to actually care about.  How is that bad?
    Yes, it adds a layer of complexity.  But in exchange for that, we're getting a way to experience aspects of the sport which are normally unseen; even better, we're now going to have access to better story-crafting tools, enabling us to flesh our characters out like never before.  And they seem to have done that with minimal walling of the narrative, which is no small feat.
    I'm not quite to the point of "shut up and take my money NAO" but I'm pretty darn close.  From a design standpoint, I thought this was a walk-off three-run triple that completes the cycle in Game 7 of the LCS.
    That said, I know that puts me in the minority, but whatevs.
    TripleCrown
    I like in general what I’ve seen but is it possible for the GUI guy to tone it down a notch ? It’s killing the immersion and I feel like playing Super Mario Kart.

    This is so Jarring.
    Looks fine to me, but I like a little extra flash in my games.
    Haven’t watched the whole stream yet, but I’m a bit surprised by the negative comments as I really enjoyed the last stream and the Gamestop Monday video.
    I haven't watched the stream yet, but as long as the "over the top" new editions that people are complaining about are optional, I don't have a problem with it.
    Just like the celebrations, I just don't use the things that I don't like. The 2010 version of me would love those kinds of things, but as I said, as long as it is optional, I'll never mind them adding things that cater to a younger crowd.
    LoadStar81
    So...I guess I'm in the minority here.
    Consider:* broadly speaking, what is the POINT of a mode like this?* Suppose I were designing a single-player, sports-themed RPG.* I would want to make it immersive, I would want to make it varied in terms of what the user does and sees, but above all else, I want the user to be emotionally invested in the game's world.
    To get that, you need well-developed characters, in a believable milieu.* Great environments are wasted, if the characters in them are paper dolls.* And great characters are wasted, if they're living in a vacuum.
    Which is why I think this may turn out to be a genre-defining version of this mode, and hey, wipe those smirks off your faces, people.
    We're now getting to see an expansion of the game's world, and we're also being given a supporting cast to actually care about.* How is that bad?
    Yes, it adds a layer of complexity.* But in exchange for that, we're getting a way to experience aspects of the sport which are normally unseen; even better, we're now going to have access to better story-crafting tools, enabling us to flesh our characters out like never before.* And they seem to have done that with minimal walling of the narrative, which is no small feat.
    I'm not quite to the point of "shut up and take my money NAO" but I'm pretty darn close.* From a design standpoint, I thought this was a walk-off three-run triple that completes the cycle in Game 7 of the LCS.
    That said, I know that puts me in the minority, but whatevs.

    I like this post a lot. Even though I am not necessarily an RTTS guy, I can see how these changes could really excite some. That being said, there is one area I think sports games take a hard rap and I don't think its fair but they have brought it upon themselves a bit.
    Today's sports games need to be RPG, simulation, fun, exciting, make money and easily pick up and playable. No other type of game needs to be all these things........ever. Look at popular games like GTA-V or PUBG or RDR2 or name it. These games, not only get multiple years to be completed, don't have to be anything but easy to pick up and play and entertaining. There is nothing in real life to compare them to. Honestly if I want to play a game where I am a police officer how realistic do I want it? I don't want to sit in a car for an 8 hours shift and have to go talk to Joe because he is pissed off that his friend Steve won't return his lawnmower, then next I am writing a ticket because Sally can't stay off her bloody I-phone. Nobody wants these games. My police game needs to have snipers and hostages and all that other glamorized garbage.
    Could you imagine playing PUBG and when you were shot you died, every time, or you didn't have the use of your arm because it was shot and you have no feeling in your fingers. Nobody would buy it. Plus I get to dress up my guy to look like whatever I want, but this isn't an RPG so I really have no investment in him other than his outer appearance.
    Sports games get none of this leeway. They have to have an RPG mode that really makes me feel like I know this character. What is he about? Who is he? Then when I get on the field I want it to resemble, exactly, real life. Baseball games are 3 hours and even when you go to a live game how many people give 2 rats about the mental game between a pitcher and a batter? How many are there as a night out or just to have fun? Then to entertain the masses you need quick hits of fun and also people want something out of their time. That is where cards and mini games come in.
    So here you have 1 game trying to be 5 different games and everybody ragging on them for doing none of it well. What do we expect?? They have 1 year to improve every aspect of something that is going to be different for everyone.
    All that said, here is my 2 cents. If there is something about this game that you like, buy the game. If you don't like anything about this game then don't buy it, but please quit coming on here and whining and complaining about why this is the worst game ever made and how nobody on the developing team cares about you because quite frankly...................they don't have to, and that is okay.
    Small annoyance. International players don't get drafted. They get signed as International free agents. I doubt that would ever get into the mode though.
    Therebelyell626
    They just couldn't go one stream without shoving diamond dynastu down our throats again, could they?

    You may as well stop watching then. Two out the next three streams are about Diamond Dynasty and they reveal DD cards every stream.
    ninertravel
    what do you mean?? franchise guys (myself included) crap over franchise mode anyway because of the lack of updates the last few years.
    If the $$DD$$ guys wanna come into franchise mode threads and crap on it go ahead even if it was the number 1 focus of the game.
    my biggest issue with the streams is sometimes it feels like they are talking to us like we are 8 years old. pointing out things like 'he has 9 home runs it is early in the season so that means he is off to a hot start'
    That tells you right there it is aimed at casual baseball fans and games for the DD stuff.

    That is why I couldn't finish it. Felt as if they were talking to a bunch of toddler. Just don't think any preparations or thought went into this stream...and this a stream about one of the key areas they actually still put some work in.
    I'm happy with the 99 max caps and additions to Rtts but can't help but feel this development team is just completely losing touch with what their fanbase actually want.
    I wasn't going to preorder the game due to it getting so stale...then when I heard they actually listened to the community and changed the max caps to 99 and the other Rtts additions I was very much intrigued and on the brink of preordering. Thought this stream would put me over the edge...it just poured a massive bucket of ice water on any hype I had.
    These streams have been around for a number of years now. They have never been great...ever! Given how lack luster the series been since hitting next gen, it is not surprising the people who present the game are lack luster as well.
    I hate some of the new hr animations. They are over the top, especially the funny walk.
    Hope they are optional or can be switched off. Didn't listen to the stream so they may have answered that, but it's really not my cup of tea.
    elfdutch
    I hate some of the new hr animations. They are over the top, especially the funny walk.
    Hope they are optional or can be switched off. Didn't listen to the stream so they may have answered that, but it's really not my cup of tea.

    They are always optional come on guys what’s wrong with some fun when playing eachother. I wouldn’t wanna see them in my season but playing a friend hell yeah
    Blzer
    I think the first home run celebration videos were in 4K with HDR enabled. Just an observation.

    I think you are correct, the blue’s really pop!
    Blzer
    I'm really ugh about that big ball thing, though. I sometimes go back and watch some of my old gameplay videos back when the game was on PS3, and while some will argue it's easier to pick up the ball and such now, I actually much prefer it way back when. I desperately crave someday they will allow us to disable that in the future.

    Yeah same here, make it optional like the ball trail.
    LastActionHero
    They are always optional come on guys what’s wrong with some fun when playing eachother. I wouldn’t wanna see them in my season but playing a friend hell yeah

    I only play franchise offline so don't want to see it.
    Bragging against friends is a different matter entirely, i agree.
    Mercury112491
    I don’t have a problem with Immortals themselves. I had a problem with the BS way they kept them locked and how stupid all the programs were last year. Giant step back from the year before imo.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports

    Honestly, I disliked everything about them. They ruin all non-immortals by being too good, making live series players pretty irrelevant. Then at the same time they just feel cheap and not at all linked to the player they are supposed to be, as the stats are all just maxed out and not representative of the actual player at any time in their career. Throw in the obnoxious cash grab of trading in thousands of souvenirs to get them and it was just a real down year
    Frankly after all is said and done I just like baseball especially RTTS which all I play and care about. I don't care about mini game or perks ect, I just want good game play, decent graphics for my PS4 Pro and having fun making myself a superstar for my Cardinals. At the end of they day they are trying to appeal to the masses with these extras, I don't mind it doesn't effect me in any way.I will play the way I want anyway but it's nice to have options if I want them. JMHO.
    BigOscar
    Honestly, I disliked everything about them. They ruin all non-immortals by being too good, making live series players pretty irrelevant. Then at the same time they just feel cheap and not at all linked to the player they are supposed to be, as the stats are all just maxed out and not representative of the actual player at any time in their career. Throw in the obnoxious cash grab of trading in thousands of souvenirs to get them and it was just a real down year

    Fair point. I never unlocked one and I got frustrated with how boring the DD challenges were before they really started to show up so I never really saw them in practice.
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    This stream pretty well sealed the deal that I'm not buying the game this year. I'm still having a lot of fun with 18, and have updated the rosters as best I can for the upcoming season. As bad as I hate to say it, this game seems like nothing more than a cash grab now. As a strictly franchise guy, the game is pretty much over for me.
    Caulfield
    Who is that with the neck tat, is that a real player or a CAP?:shocked:

    It's dis guy.

    EDIT: Sorry, I thought he was the most recent post of the thread and didn't realize there was another page to see afterward.
    The changes to this year seem interesting to say the least, well for me anyway. My one issue with the way they do this is an ongoing one.
    Now I am not bashing DD or anything but what I do hate very much is that they have tied all of this stuff to being online. I can't spend stubs that I have earned in game offline on any mode. Inventory, equipment store, sponsors cards, none of that can be accessed offline.
    Folks wonder why the offline crowd gets a little bent out of shape sometimes? Now granted some/a lot of that is faux outrage for the sake of being angry. But I mean they add all of this stuff and some of us thinks its cool but its pointless because we are not online with our consoles and now it is set up that we cant use or access it even though we earn our stubs just like everybody else. I mean I understand not being able to access DD stuff and modes but the things we can use offline should be accessible to be bought and used offline. I'm sorry but I think its a crap decision and one of the reasons why I was hesitant to buy this years game on day one.
    GamingCeo27
    Is there even one single change to franchise mode?

    Yes...they added contract extensions
    Franchise Mode will be discussed in a stream on March 7th.
    @speels
    There are a couple of design theories at work here.
    First, the deliverable in ANY form of entertainment, is emotion.  Music, literature, stage, film, video games, doesn't matter.  Without emotion, there's no entertainment.
    Second, the goal of a narrative, is the compression of space and time.  The idea is to balance SCALE against ECONOMY.  If I'm watching a drama about World War Two, I don't need to see a routine scene with the troops getting their uniforms inspected.  Yes, I know that's part of what happened, but if it's unemotional, the scene doesn't advance the plot, and it arguably needs to be cut.  But let's say that instead of a routine inspection, it's the last uniform inspection before graduation at boot camp, before two lifelong buddies who grew up and enlisted together, are about to go to different training programs, knowing this may be the very last time they ever get to see the other guy alive.  NOW you've got emotion; NOW you've got a scene; NOW you leave that in.
    Catching a subway train in Tokyo sounds routine, and for a lot of people, it is.  But if it's your very first day at a new school, and every grown-up is emphasizing that you not be late on your very  first day, and you have to make a transfer at a station with unfamiliar corridors and staircases running every which way, NOW you have a scene (an actual one, and a good one, too, in Persona 5).
    DIFFERENT MODES ARE DESIGNED FOR DIFFERENT EMOTIONAL PAYOFFS.  That's the key. For a mode focused on a single character, the payoff is in the empathy, in the emotional connection between the character and the user.  And that's why world building is so crucial for a mode like this:  you can't walk a mile in your character's shoes, if there's only fifty feet worth of road.  And if a road is long, but flat and featureless, do you really want to walk a mile on it?
    So, yeah, those mode design choices make a LOT of sense, once you understand what's really being designed.  If the deliverable is emotion, and the emotion is empathy, then the character and milieu have to be relatable in some way, or you won't get the empathetic response that you need, to keep the user engaged with the character and the mode.
    disappointed that i didn't hear them speak about players being stuck with at D potential and it possibly correcting itself when it gets carried over to 19
    the player models look horrible as ever
    look like they may have gotten rid of social media
    I enjoyed the stream. I am counting down the days for this game to drop. It was also pretty cool to see Mills and a few others are put into the game. I am not a big RTTS player (more of a franchise guy), but I will be giving it a try this year.
    LastActionHero
    They are always optional come on guys what’s wrong with some fun when playing eachother. I wouldn’t wanna see them in my season but playing a friend hell yeah

    The vitriol from some of us long time supporters stems from the fact that for years mlb the show was about authentic sim MLB experience. They didn't try and cater to a certain crowd and stuck to their beliefs.
    But the last few years it honestly feels like they are trying to be fortnite with bats and gloves.
    It's a minor things, but I don't like them finding yet another aspect to slide into their stubs/card pack setup (HR Celebrations). As long as they aren't too rare or if maybe only the wackier ones are locked, then it's not too much of a thing, I guess.
    I like the mini-games as an optional addition. I like the hard caps being removed. I like adding personality to your player...BUT, my disappointment is in the way it's been added.
    I like the idea of making the perk system more immersive and integrating it into your character as a whole. I'm all for RPG elements in career modes. That said, it really feels shallow as it doesn't seem to change much in terms of your "story" or progression as a big leaguer, but is simply a means to an end. Better packaged, to be sure, which I'm certainly appreciative of...but I just felt it could be more than essentially a perk tie-in.
    I would much prefer personality be tied to trade and contract value, team and league standing (perhaps Captains and Heart and Souls being more valuable to their current team/less likely to be traded. Mavericks and Lightning Rods maybe being considered splashier signings for teams trying to get over the hump, or something along those lines.), and some type of team chemistry tie-in...all of which could benefit across multiple modes and be baked into the rest of the roster as well, making for a more immersive league (which, for me at least, is the bigger immersion issue in both RTTS and franchise).
    I dunno...it's fine...not dumping on it. Maybe it's something that will be built on and branch out...just not as excited now that I see how it's implemented, is all.
    dalger21

    They moved me a little closer towards buying the game this year. But I still want to see more. I think Moments and possibly March To October will be the deciding factors for me. In DD I need a compelling reason to play offline.
    And I agree with the records in RTTS there are so many tracked these days that including more goals to shoot for. Most Doubles in a Season, Triples, Walks, etc etc.
    kehlis
    Maybe they seem exhausted because, well, they are in the middle of the cycle where they are working 80 hour work weeks and are in fact, exhausted.

    I love how you point this out. Even though this particular mode isnt my cup of tea, it is pretty extraordinary how much work and NEW things they put into it. I really havent done a career mode since NCAA football series, that being said, I would actually give this mode a real go at it. With that said, I would expect ALL of the developers and engineers on this project to be dead tired. 80 hour work week to go along with the OTHER full time job of being a Dad and husband is pretty draining. Regardless of how one feels about the product, respect the process that goes into at least MAKING the product. I dont any illusions of the staff being put on this earth to entertain me in a promotional video cast on a feature mode. Especially since on top of being exhausted on the afore mentioned roles, I can already tell you as a hard working engineer/developer...they would rather be working on something they love than to be doing a stream. Time is lost doing such streams and some people just dont like being in front of a camera anyways. SO...all of that to say this simple fact...respect the process and the work that goes into the details of a game. Understand, that despite what happens in your house, people arent placed on this earth to motivate YOU. If you dont like what you see...move on. I did last year with MLB 18 and by the reviews and trusted posters here that was a good thing. I may jump on board this year depending on franchise. But to say the SCEA staff is lazy or unmotivated and that they NEED to somehow motivate you on their product when they work them buns off to put the best they ahve on the table...poor form folks.
    I am a seasoned software developer working on a commercial auto insurance application and if I was to give a live stream of the new features of a release to my users I too may look a tad unmotivated. You folks have to understand that there is nothing easy about software development. It's like an iceberg. There is what the end users see above water and they think that is all there ever is to the application. But then there is what's below the water that nobody ever sees except the developers and like an iceberg it is massive compared to what's above water.
    BTW I am a RTTS player but I have not been able to watch the stream yet so I cannot pass judgement at this time. But I am not into gimmicks.
    I am excited for the Senators Uniforms, I really hope they make in to franchise. Don't see why they wouldn't, just saying I am not taking anything for granted.
    Everything looks like it will make it a lot more fun this year. Im not big on perks. Never use them. The caps, ok cool I guess. I liked the caps because it created a weakness that every player has. I hope its still a challenge to build your player and it isnt like past games where you were in the majors before a half a year was done. I didnt play 17 rtts at all because of that. I did like 18 the best because you actually had to work your way to the bigs and it was based off how you played. 17 was ehh, got points throw them here or there and walha Im a 18 yr old major league player 5 months into my career.
    johnjimmy
    disappointed that i didn't hear them speak about players being stuck with at D potential and it possibly correcting itself when it gets carried over to 19
    the player models look horrible as ever
    look like they may have gotten rid of social media

    if so, I won't miss it one bit. It was cool at first but got real old, real fast. Too repetitive, bit glitchy ("username" indicated fan of one team, icon said another), and at times made no sense (if I'm playing at AA for the LA Dodgers' farm team in Tulsa, why would a fan of the Giants' AA team in Richmond give a dang about me when we're in two separate leagues and never face? If they're hating on me because they're actually a fan of the Giants and not just the Flying Squirrels, then their "username" should've said as much).
    Bullit
    I am excited for the Senators Uniforms, I really hope they make in to franchise. Don't see why they wouldn't, just saying I am not taking anything for granted.

    I’m always excited too with new uniforms. But by curiosity I did some research. The guy in the stream played in the 1910-1920s era but the uniform seems to be the 1959 one. What is bugging me is why no number on the back ?
    I found this....
    http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=&city=Washington&lowYear=1910&highYear=1925&sort=year&increment=9
    TripleCrown
    I’m always excited too with new uniforms. But by curiosity I did some research. The guy in the stream played in the 1910-1920s era but the uniform seems to be the 1959 one. What is bugging me is why no number on the back ?
    I found this....
    http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=&city=Washington&lowYear=1910&highYear=1925&sort=year&increment=9

    Oops. They done messed up. But yeah, the Senators didn't wear that uniform at any point during his career (1907-1927), and not sure when they first put numbers on their backs.
    TripleCrown
    I’m always excited too with new uniforms. But by curiosity I did some research. The guy in the stream played in the 1910-1920s era but the uniform seems to be the 1959 one. What is bugging me is why no number on the back ?
    I found this....
    http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=&city=Washington&lowYear=1910&highYear=1925&sort=year&increment=9

    I know a lot of you guys are uniform purist, but I am not really bothered by it. Its fine with me, its just a new, cool uni that is in the game.
    This mode has come a long way. I remember the first iteration where it was impossible to get signed with an organization. Since it was basically tryouts. I remember when you could interact with the team and piss off the manager. I remember when goals weighed way too much on your progression, knock them all out and you get promoted too quickly, fail to make them and now you're playing road to the bench.
    Then they removed interactions and removed goals. Definitely would be nice to start off in A ball. These additions look very interesting. Haven't delved into perks, but the mini games might be a nice change of pace to break the monotony of playing game after game.
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    RTTS is my second fave mode after franchise. I usually try to play a career with a pitcher and a hitter. I was quite excited to hear that they were adding mini games to the mode for training purposes. But then I watched this stream and was very disappointed with these. I may try them out but I am already bored with them just watching the guy playing it on the stream.
    I guess perks (cheats) aren’t optional anymore since they’re now tied to progression. That’s a piss off to me. I don’t want any cheats to be deciding the outcome of my game. I want to play organic baseball.
    jaiman
    I guess perks (cheats) aren’t optional anymore since they’re now tied to progression. That’s a piss off to me. I don’t want any cheats to be deciding the outcome of my game. I want to play organic baseball.

    They did not look required for me. Two reasons I say that
    1. When they first went into the screen on stream he had 7 perks unlocked, including tier 3 perks in the Captains tree, but he had none equipped.
    2. There was a Reset Perk button which I assume will remove all perks so you could re-select them.
    So I really don't believe perks are required.
    I really like what I saw in the stream. The personality traits tree was very interesting and I really like rivalry’s and Teammates relationships playing into the story of your career.
    A lot of work went into this mode this cycle. It is very evident. I played RTTS on 17, barely touched it on 18 and will transfer over my player to 19 and how see it goes....as well as start a new career from scratch. The mode looks reborn to me and has come a long way from when I first started playing it on MLB 11. A long way.
    Armor and Sword
    I really like what I saw in the stream. The personality traits tree was very interesting and I really like rivalry’s and Teammates relationships playing into the story of your career.
    A lot of work went into this mode this cycle. It is very evident. I played RTTS on 17, barely touched it on 18 and will transfer over my player to 19 and how it goes....as well as start a new career from scratch. The mode looks reborn to me and has come a long way from when I first started playing it on MLB 11. A long way.
    Yea it actually looks like they went in on this mode. Too bad I just don't care to play it.
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    I kind of thought the relationships thing looked weak. It's a good idea but the limited amount of interaction (two texts back and forth or a quick locker room talk) is underwhelming. You should be able to ask teammates to train with you or meet for dinner/drinks. Schedule team building events, that sort of stuff. With rivals you could ask them to show you the sights of their town before a game, or engage a bit more in trash talking.
    Only question I ever have, every single year... do we lose our jersey number if the team we play for acquires a player with the same number? It's a deal-breaker for me and the reason I can't ever get into Road to The Show.
    And no, it doesn't matter which player has the higher rating. I've had a player that's a 99 and they called up a player from the minors with my same number, the game bumped me to the next highest number. The last time I tried to really get into Road to The Show I had three different jersey numbers by June of my season. I couldn't handle it.
    Gagnon39
    Only question I ever have, every single year... do we lose our jersey number if the team we play for acquires a player with the same number? It's a deal-breaker for me and the reason I can't ever get into Road to The Show.
    And no, it doesn't matter which player has the higher rating. I've had a player that's a 99 and they called up a player from the minors with my same number, the game bumped me to the next highest number. The last time I tried to really get into Road to The Show I had three different jersey numbers by June of my season. I couldn't handle it.

    That is why I use my birth year. Not a lot of players have that high of a number
    Dolenz
    That is why I use my birth year. Not a lot of players have that high of a number

    It may not be the first year or two, but there's more and more players with higher numbers anymore. Plus I don't want to be #79. I almost always create fictional players from movies...
    Billy Chapel #14
    Roy Hobbs #9
    Etc.
    It's silly that it's been in the game year after year after year.
    Man, I dunno. Those weight room graphics look straight out of a PS3. That to me would kill the immersion. That said, the play on the field during the day games looks brilliant. I am playing on a 4K t.v., and it just appears there’s more separation between the players and the environment.
    KnightTemplar
    Man, I dunno. Those weight room graphics look straight out of a PS3. That to me would kill the immersion. That said, the play on the field during the day games looks brilliant. I am playing on a 4K t.v., and it just appears there’s more separation between the players and the environment.

    No question.
    That will be exciting for about 0.5 seconds.
    Gagnon39
    It may not be the first year or two, but there's more and more players with higher numbers anymore. Plus I don't want to be #79. I almost always create fictional players from movies...
    Billy Chapel #14
    Roy Hobbs #9
    Etc.
    It's silly that it's been in the game year after year after year.
    I always create a Billy Chapel pitcher in rtts. My favorite baseball movie
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    KnightTemplar
    Man, I dunno. Those weight room graphics look straight out of a PS3. That to me would kill the immersion. That said, the play on the field during the day games looks brilliant. I am playing on a 4K t.v., and it just appears there’s more separation between the players and the environment.

    I thought all the backroom scenes reminded me hugely of WWF Smackdown on the ps1 (great game btw). I kept expecting to see the Rock turn up and hit someone with a chair
    BigOscar
    I thought all the backroom scenes reminded me hugely of WWF Smackdown on the ps1 (great game btw). I kept expecting to see the Rock turn up and hit someone with a chair

    I think I was being too kind. They really look cheap. Faces, etc. have really been ignored.

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