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MLB The Show 19 Video & Screenshots - GameStop Monday: Why Pre-Order

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MLB The Show 19 Video & Screenshots - GameStop Monday: Why Pre-Order

A couple of slightly different MLB The Show 19 videos have been released today, going over some of the reasons you should pre-order the game.

The team has scheduled 2 MLB The Show 19 Twitch streams on Thursday, February 14.

Topics of note include an overhauled defensive intelligence to gameplay.

  • Player Differentiation Improvement Suite
  • Defensive Efficiency
  • Situation Awareness 2.0
  • Player Attributes mean more on defense and more…

Hitting advancements in The Show 19 have increased the significance of user skill and player tools.

  • Player attribute rebalancing
  • Hitting/Pitching improvements
  • PCI accuracy
  • Bunting
  • Closed alpha learnings and more…

With that said, check out the videos below, along with some screenshots captured from them, and post your thoughts.

MLB The Show 19 launches on March 26, exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

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  1. HozAndMoose
    Would I be wrong if I said that was the worst GameStop Monday ever?

    I would say you really right. I find it worrisome that they are grasping at straws for the build up to this years release. Like really? Your big reveal for GameStop Monday is that we get relatively the same **** we get every year for a pre-order? Cool.
    Once again every bit of their marketing shows what direction they want to take this series in. Eventually everything will be DD related and I wouldn't be surprised if they just scrapped franchise altogether
    HozAndMoose
    Would I be wrong if I said that was the worst GameStop Monday ever?

    No your not in the minority here. Everything about this year spell 2019 is just a roster update for 2018, especially for Franchise Players. Game is at a stalemate unless you are an online Diamond Dynasty guy.
    Each time we get new "information" I get more inclined to pass on this years game.
    Unless the gameplay tweaks they have teased are significant or more has been added to franchise mode than we think, I have not seen anything close enough to warrant my $60 much less a pre order. Sadness prevails.
    nemesis04
    So, our Gamestop Monday was a commercial? Next week they will show us how they slide the jacket cover in between the plastic on the disc box.

    This made me laugh way to hard lol. Those jacket inserts can be quite tricky though
    Jon Arbuckle
    179 dislikes and counting. Mostly negative comments for the video.

    This companies marketing department is definitely out of touch. Quite frankly I think it is leaving a bad taste in everyone's mouth
    Jon Arbuckle
    179 dislikes and counting. Mostly negative comments for the video.
    I don't get how it's shoddy? The video is a joke. They're literally wasting people's time releasing videos like this and their marketing department is so out of touch it's laughable. You get what you deserve. They're bringing this treatment on themselves with this disaster of a marketing campaign so far. Let's hope they pick it up and fast with their streams.
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    Padgoi
    I don't get how it's shoddy? The video is a joke. They're literally wasting people's time releasing videos like this and their marketing department is so out of touch it's laughable. You get what you deserve. They're bringing this treatment on themselves with this disaster of a marketing campaign so far. Let's hope they pick it up and fast with their streams.
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    Was sarcasm, hence the font. I gave it a dislike myself.
    For the record, I thought the video's focus on DD and RTTS was ominous. I cancelled my pre-order a few days ago and they did not change my mind with this video.
    Jon Arbuckle
    Was sarcasm, hence the font. I gave it a dislike myself.
    For the record, I thought the video's focus on DD and RTTS was ominous. I cancelled my pre-order a few days ago and they did not change my mind with this video.
    Ah yes, my apologies good sir.
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    How do you promote a baseball video game without showing any baseball? Well done.
    At this point who really gets excited for any of this? Even if you’re a all about DD the info out right now is not doing much for you, I’d imagine.
    And furthermore, how do you work on this game and feel proud anymore about where your product is heading? How do you keep a straight face when trying to push this mandate?
    If your company thinks that the game of baseball isn’t enough to sell itself to its audience then perhaps they shouldn’t be in the business of making baseball games anymore. Quit trying to make it addictive for the compulsive and selling your souls out for the quick buck. You’ve gotten where you’re at now by hard work, great gameplay, and passion. Don’t forget where you’ve come from, or else you won’t know how to get back to it when this cash cow balloon pops. Cause it eventually will.
    countryboy
    This should put to rest any worry that franchise mode was removed or rebranded as March to October

    Notice how Road to the Show had a big NEW highlighted and Franchise didn't. Most likely nothing that's big and new to franchise mode
    orioles0615
    Notice how Road to the Show had a big NEW highlighted and Franchise didn't. Most likely nothing that's big and new to franchise mode

    Yes (10 char)
    Why are you releasing pre order videos for a game with little to no information. With the initial trailer debacle and now this, when SDS become this bad at the little things they used to do so well?
    My positive takeaway, Acuna looks better than what I've seen previously in videos. But again, idk why you would show a poorly done model in initial coverage.
    Surprised Franchise is even listed on the same page and isn’t buried in the sub menus somewhere. And instead of updating the actual franchise the submenu was updated and has “NEW” stamped on it.
    If stubs are now the only currency (tickets presumably gone) I wonder what the point of levelling up is now? It was already pretty redundant given the awfulness of the ticket counter
    Little thing I noticed, the two Acuna player models are VERY different if he is indeed the Brave high fiving the third base coach as he circles the bases early in the video. This means that a lot of gameplay we've been shown is recycled and the faces you see in gameplay might not be the ones shown on March 26.
    bigwill33
    How do you promote a baseball video game without showing any baseball? Well done.
    At this point who really gets excited for any of this? Even if you’re a all about DD the info out right now is not doing much for you, I’d imagine.
    And furthermore, how do you work on this game and feel proud anymore about where your product is heading? How do you keep a straight face when trying to push this mandate?
    If your company thinks that the game of baseball isn’t enough to sell itself to its audience then perhaps they shouldn’t be in the business of making baseball games anymore. Quit trying to make it addictive for the compulsive and selling your souls out for the quick buck. You’ve gotten where you’re at now by hard work, great gameplay, and passion. Don’t forget where you’ve come from, or else you won’t know how to get back to it when this cash cow balloon pops. Cause it eventually will.

    How does he keep a straight face? Easy. Ramone probably got a heft raise once DD caught on. You can tell from that video, as well as the streams from the last couple of years how bored he is and how little passion he has for this game anymore. I doubt Ramone even plays the game anymore.
    I think I’ll just carry on with my exciting 18 franchise and play 18, I’ve not seen anything to persuade me to buy the new version and this screenshot is the clincher.
    Therebelyell626
    How does he keep a straight face? Easy. Ramone probably got a heft raise once DD caught on. You can tell from that video, as well as the streams from the last couple of years how bored he is and how little passion he has for this game anymore. I doubt Ramone even plays the game anymore.

    I like Ramone, but he never came off as a big baseball fan to begin with. He seems to have learned a lot over the years, so I’ll give him credit, but I remember him saying he’d never heard of Harry Caray a few years back. He doesn’t have a favorite team, so it’s likely he didn’t grow up around the game and this job got him into the sport.
    He often gets agitated dealing with fans of the sport or game that want to discuss real issues pertaining to likeness and replication. And seems to be bored or exhausted during the streams, at times. Seems like a cool guy from when I’ve dealt with him, but doubt his passion is hardball in the way it is for a lot of us. Just has a cool job and gets to do stuff that most people would kill to do on the reg. I can relate, with my line of work, actually. You get jaded no matter what you do, eventually.
    I like the game we play around OS each year now with all of this marketing where a few people insist we “just wait until” this date or video/stream before claiming doom. And then that date or stream drops and it’s no more clear or better and they push that date back. And repeat.
    Well that’s very depressing. Nothing new under franchise just shows that it will likely be the same as last year. Probably going to pass on this years game even if there are good gameplay improvements.
    Cowboy008
    Well that’s very depressing. Nothing new under franchise just shows that it will likely be the same as last year. Probably going to pass on this years game even if there are good gameplay improvements.

    But they updated in season re-signings in Franchise, that is "NEW".
    bigwill33
    I like Ramone, but he never came off as a big baseball fan to begin with. He seems to have learned a lot over the years, so I’ll give him credit, but I remember him saying he’d never heard of Harry Caray a few years back. He doesn’t have a favorite team, so it’s likely he didn’t grow up around the game and this job got him into the sport.
    He often gets agitated dealing with fans of the sport or game that want to discuss real issues pertaining to likeness and replication. And seems to be bored or exhausted during the streams, at times. Seems like a cool guy from when I’ve dealt with him, but doubt his passion is hardball in the way it is for a lot of us. Just has a cool job and gets to do stuff that most people would kill to do on the reg. I can relate, with my line of work, actually. You get jaded no matter what you do, eventually.

    Fair enough lol
    johnjimmy
    LMFAO . I'm sorry I love franchise and wish it got new additions. But seeing them not add the "new" tag to it is the funniest **** I've seen all month.
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    nemesis04
    Well, it is encouraging that signs seem point to season mode returning in some form.
    Won't be the season mode we knew...
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    Cowboy008
    Well that’s very depressing. Nothing new under franchise just shows that it will likely be the same as last year. Probably going to pass on this years game even if there are good gameplay improvements.
    Yeah, I've tried to stay positive even after being totally let down by last year's franchise mode. Contract extensions is nice, but that's something we should have had 5+ years ago. Also, if that same budget system is in, I won't even consider contract extensions a net gain. Unless something changes drastically, I'm just going to buy a new PC and play OOTP this year. Sadly, it seems like The Show will never have a deep franchise mode. At least not this generation. Oh well!
    They probably decided against putting S.O.S in the bottom right hand corner of the Franchise box,even though, Save Our Souls, Same Old Sugar and Short Of Substance, would have applied more than.......NEW and improved
    They have improved franchise albeit it slowly over the years but they seem to listen to the wrong people in what "new" stuff to add. Things like retro mode - not sure who asked for that - and critical situations which was designed for the people who sim the game.
    I'd like to see the create-a-team feature from DD to be included in franchise but I wouldn't bet on it happening. Still a great game.
    Therebelyell626
    On a side note: Ramone low key looks like mate burleson with that haircut lol

    I’ve said that for years. And it’s not a bad thing. Nate’s a good looking dude, sharp dresser.
    There used to be such a good buzz here with the pre release vids, blogs, etc..., but this year it seems to have disappeared, at least for me it has. I couldn't wait for the next weeks stream but now it's like meh, whatever.
    Almost certain the NEW bit is a troll, knowing the reaction it would cause. Cos DD and RTTS aren’t new and even if they have ignored franchise in the main, I’d guess there will actual be a couple of minor changes, at least.
    OneTonneBaby
    Almost certain the NEW bit is a troll, knowing the reaction it would cause. Cos DD and RTTS aren’t new and even if they have ignored franchise in the main, I’d guess there will actual be a couple of minor changes, at least.

    That seems like a stretch... I can't seem them doing that.
    Show that in a video just to troll OS.
    I'm not surprised if they have not touch franchise. I really liked last years game. I'm waiting to see the improved gameplay features. The ball physics last year was greatly improved. I hoped they improved upon that. I'm still playing '18. I really would be content with sticking with 18, but I know I'm getting '19 the first day,
    underdog13
    LMFAO . I'm sorry I love franchise and wish it got new additions. But seeing them not add the "new" tag to it is the funniest **** I've seen all month.
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    At least move the Franchise section in the menu & tag it as ''new''.
    SDS & OS be like : :duel:
    RunRickyRun24
    Ps5 guys ... forget it until ps5
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    Nah I enjoyed ‘18 so I’m sure I’ll enjoy ‘19
    And I’m sure I’ll enjoy it when it gets to PS5 as well
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    The game is made for youtubers that play DD, that is literally all they care about.
    Even people that play DD dont like the direction of the game. Its gone the way of every other game once theyve introduced their card collecting mode. The point of the game became "how do we funnel more people to DD and get them to spend money" Very little else matters.
    Game was the only reason I even bought at ps3/ps4, now this game looks like a waste of money while im stuck with the total dumpster fire that is PSN and their UI. Might be back to microsoft for my next gen.
    Could it be that when you click the menu square for the first time, the “NEW” tag goes away? Maybe they were using a save/system that had already gone into Franchise Mode. I mean, whether or not that’s the case, we know for a fact that there’s at least one new thing in the mode...
    Game is a no go for me. Will wait for heavy discount or buy used. Franchise is straight up untouched. Everything has "New" tags on the main screen, except franchise....
    As a hardcore baseball gamer, I am very disappointed thus far. I usually purchase two copies every single year (for myself and my brother) but won't be doing it this year. I do enjoy 18 very much and am sure 19 will have some nice additions, but I will purchase used this year for the first time since I started with the show back in 08.
    RunRickyRun24
    Ps5 guys ... forget it until ps5
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    Working in the gaming industry, i can tell you one thing: every next gen console requires more resources, not less. A game i worked on for PS3 had to almost double his artists pool to really exploit all the new graphics & animations PS4 was able to support. More capacity requires more work since gamers are expecting more lot details, textures, effects, animations etc.. Can’t have more artists without the dev team to animate all that. It’s tough on small dev team like SDS.
    Back to MLBTS, PS5 will support maybe 5 times what we have in term of graphics, animations, crowd details, stadium details and all that. Imagine the army you’ll need to exploit all that with 9 months dev cycle.
    I’m almost crying writing out that ;-) I bet you for sure accent won’t be on new Franchise features year 1.
    Hitting advancements in The Show 19 have increased the significance of user skill and player tools.

    As a franchise player, I have questions about this line. I like the idea of ratings meaning more on defence but this makes it sound like the reverse will be true when it comes to hitting.
    TripleCrown
    Working in the gaming industry, i can tell you one thing: every next gen console requires more resources, not less. A game i worked on for PS3 had to almost double his artists pool to really exploit all the new graphics & animations PS4 was able to support. More capacity requires more work since gamers are expecting more lot details, textures, effects, animations etc.. Can’t have more artists without the dev team to animate all that. It’s tough on small dev team like SDS.
    Back to MLBTS, PS5 will support maybe 5 times what we have in term of graphics, animations, crowd details, stadium details and all that. Imagine the army you’ll need to exploit all that with 9 months dev cycle.
    I’m almost crying writing out that ;-) I bet you for sure accent won’t be on new Franchise features year 1.

    Yeah I really don't know why anyone thinks ps5 will magically mean franchise improvements. The problem isn't the ps4's technical limitations, it's the lack of man hours put in by SDS developing franchise mode. The change to ps5 won't change that, if anything it will mean even more resources are required for the other aspects of the game, as you say.
    TripleCrown
    ... It’s tough on small dev team like SDS...

    How many people exactly are in their dev team? I hear this a lot on this forum, but does anyone actually know how many people currently work on the game?
    No "New" under franchise mode. Nothing else interests me about this year's game. No buy for me this year. Thanks SDS I get to save me some money! I'll stick to Out of the Park Baseball 20 for my baseball fix instead. ;)
    RogerDodger
    As a franchise player, I have questions about this line. I like the idea of ratings meaning more on defence but this makes it sound like the reverse will be true when it comes to hitting.

    Those that play using Directional/Timed have nothing to worry about.
    Can’t speak for the other interfaces.
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    RunRickyRun24
    Ps5 guys ... forget it until ps5
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    The Show on PS5 will very likely be a port of the PS4 version that will have have the same player models/stadiums/animations but running at 4K 60 with a couple of new things like cloth physics and improved lighting. If you expect anything more than that you will be very disappointed.
    RogerDodger
    As a franchise player, I have questions about this line. I like the idea of ratings meaning more on defence but this makes it sound like the reverse will be true when it comes to hitting.

    I'm guessing that user skill will determine more with ability to place the PCI accurately and failure to do so will quickly lead to lower chances of success/good trajectories/exit velocities.
    It could impact Directional as well because it depends on the hitter's ability to place the PCI (based on ratings, influence, and user timing) so success/fail might have a more sharper line, which I actually wouldn't like if it takes more weak/fouled contact away in favor of more outright misses.
    All speculation but that's how I could see it playing out.
    KBLover
    I'm guessing that user skill will determine more with ability to place the PCI accurately and failure to do so will quickly lead to lower chances of success/good trajectories/exit velocities.
    It could impact Directional as well because it depends on the hitter's ability to place the PCI (based on ratings, influence, and user timing) so success/fail might have a more sharper line, which I actually wouldn't like if it takes more weak/fouled contact away in favor of more outright misses.
    All speculation but that's how I could see it playing out.

    I don’t see them touching Directional/timed with “user skill”
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    Guys the video game crash that we seen in 1983 is coming as soon as the DD guys get bored of that mode and gambling money away.
    Sporting games are not just in decline but they are in a complete mess there is not 1 sporting game out now that is perfect for what they are suppose to be and that is 'about the sport' the cards stubs MUT whatever that crap is being overtaken by fortnite and all this m$ rubbish ruining the game market there is a crash coming the next gen consoles might be in trouble if this continues. When you got EA saying single player mode is dead and why their sales are bad, yet you got games like God of War kingdom hearts RDR selling MILLIONS, that is the mentality of our gaming companies in 2019 and sadly SCEA are starting to head that way of marketing.
    Marketing so far: Stubbs, stubbs, diamond dynasty, stubbs, packs, diamond tier packs, in game currency, diamond dynasty and Stubbs!!!
    dont forget to pre order so you can get stubbs and packs and Stubbs so you can play diamond dynasty.
    Mira only a matter of time before they change the name of the game to “Diamond Dynasty”
    Sporting games are not just in decline but they are in a complete mess there is not 1 sporting game out now that is perfect for what they are suppose to be and that is 'about the sport' the cards stubs MUT whatever that crap is being overtaken by fortnite and all this m$ rubbish ruining the game market there is a crash coming the next gen consoles might be in trouble if this continues.

    I've been waiting 40 years for the perfect sports game, and I suspect I'll be waiting 40 more :lol:
    Armor and Sword
    I don’t see them touching Directional/timed with “user skill”

    The same mechanic as to why user skill would be more important could impact Directional because of how they might make the PCI work.
    No, "user skill" doesn't determine placement, but the game might just care about placement vs pitch location, not the interface that put it there. This would emphasize "user skill" by "rewarding" better placements and "punishing" anything not near center cut on the PCI.
    That could easily be "ported" over to any other interface because all of them use the PCI.
    It wouldn't be the first time online/PvP impacted offline/Directional play (see: bunts).
    Caulfield
    I've been waiting 40 years for the perfect sports game, and I suspect I'll be waiting 40 more :lol:

    no sports game will be perfect because they have to make them every year.
    You know what the logical thing to do would be?? have ONE yes ONE sports game create that ONE sports game. Called MLB The show. simple as that
    and every year update it I would pay $15 for a roster update say $5 for a unifrom update for all teams. or stadium updates. then you can have DLC and they can still make their DD garbage money from other people by updating that as well.
    Look at GTA they have done it for 6 years with the online mode by adding features by still keeping their money.
    Seeing as they are a small team this would work, they will still get the DD money. they would get DLC money from new modes and updates.
    They can patch the game and bugs. once that is all fixed less work to do with a small team and can focus on new things.. and features won't be taken out all the time they can add to the game. there is NO EXCUSE at all with room people have 4 TB Hard drives now. look how big gta is
    KBLover
    The same mechanic as to why user skill would be more important could impact Directional because of how they might make the PCI work.
    No, "user skill" doesn't determine placement, but the game might just care about placement vs pitch location, not the interface that put it there. This would emphasize "user skill" by "rewarding" better placements and "punishing" anything not near center cut on the PCI.
    That could easily be "ported" over to any other interface because all of them use the PCI.
    It wouldn't be the first time online/PvP impacted offline/Directional play (see: bunts).

    I believe they will reward better PCI placement by the user in zone hitting which is the most widely used interface for online Show players.
    It remains to be seen and we will find out really quick after the game releases. And of course.....sliders are outstanding on this game and can be tweaked to compensate “offline” for any changes to the PCI placement in directional hitting.
    Not concerned one bit about that hitting interface offline.
    That bunting BS was garbage. Yet....I am able to effectively (not all the time just like IRL) bunt offline with guys who have high bunt ratings, and I have been able to sac with pitchers as well. The rocket bunts came from guys who simply got used to how easy and automatic bunting was pre MLB 17. It was practically automatic every single time which was also...bad game design. Bunting in it’s current state on 18 is really a feel and timing thing. You just can’t square early and get an automatic sac or bunt hit.
    Bunting needs to be fixed...no doubt. That band aid was awful and a horrible decision in how it affected offline gamers. But it was not impossible to bunt. Not by any stretch for me.
    ninertravel
    no sports game will be perfect because they have to make them every year.
    You know what the logical thing to do would be?? have ONE yes ONE sports game create that ONE sports game. Called MLB The show. simple as that
    and every year update it I would pay $15 for a roster update say $5 for a unifrom update for all teams. or stadium updates. then you can have DLC and they can still make their DD garbage money from other people by updating that as well.
    Look at GTA they have done it for 6 years with the online mode by adding features by still keeping their money.
    Seeing as they are a small team this would work, they will still get the DD money. they would get DLC money from new modes and updates.
    They can patch the game and bugs. once that is all fixed less work to do with a small team and can focus on new things.. and features won't be taken out all the time they can add to the game. there is NO EXCUSE at all with room people have 4 TB Hard drives now. look how big gta is

    Per the licensing agreement with the MLB, they are required to release a game each year.
    Someone mentioned that with each new console, more resources would be required. With the PS5 looming... would it be reasonable to assume that SDS would hire a few more bodies? Would hate to see a port over for the first few iterations of the PS5.
    I see the biff about no “new” tag on Franchise, but do they even have a full-time programmer working with franchise? Maybe a lack of staff is equating to a lack of updates in that mode? Am I way off course here? I still find it hard to understand why a very successful big name developer has a small staff still after all these years. It’s not like that can’t afford more programmers. Just blabbing out loud here.
    pingponggame
    Someone mentioned that with each new console, more resources would be required. With the PS5 looming... would it be reasonable to assume that SDS would hire a few more bodies? Would hate to see a port over for the first few iterations of the PS5.
    I see the biff about no “new” tag on Franchise, but do they even have a full-time programmer working with franchise? Maybe a lack of staff is equating to a lack of updates in that mode? Am I way off course here? I still find it hard to understand why a very successful big name developer has a small staff still after all these years. It’s not like that can’t afford more programmers. Just blabbing out loud here.

    They have 1 fulltime programmer for franchise. 1! They have they money to get more, but why do so for "a dying" part of the game? But they fail to realize like someone said earlier. If they did for updating to franchise, more people would play it.
    countryboy
    Per the licensing agreement with the MLB, they are required to release a game each year.

    so just release the same game again every year and change the cover to remind people it is out and buy the core game.
    They mostly are getting away with releasing about 80% of the same game every year with a roster update. and DD stuff
    If its true that they only have 1 programmer for franchise mode then that would explain the lack of advancement in that mode. They clearly are not prioritizing it. The programmer spends all of his time updating the menus.
    ninertravel
    so just release the same game again every year and change the cover to remind people it is out and buy the core game.
    They mostly are getting away with releasing about 80% of the same game every year with a roster update. and DD stuff

    :spit: :lol: :lol:
    Tell another one!
    :lol:
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    Truly dreadful.
    Its says a lot when there are many OS veterans on here who, like myself, are totally washed up with this game.
    DD, Stubs, DD, Stubs, yada yada.
    Games done, over and out.
    As I read this thread I wonder which video people are commenting on. Seems like many are still commenting on the pre-order video when that was not actually the main Gamestop Monday video.
    The one released later in the day was at least about the subjects that they are going to talk about in Thursdays streams. And that had at least one comment that sounded promising and that was that contact hitters had value again.
    orioles0615
    Notice how Road to the Show had a big NEW highlighted and Franchise didn't. Most likely nothing that's big and new to franchise mode

    Being an offline player gets more and more frustrating every year.
    I worry that MLB The Show is going to become what the NHL series has. Some campy, goofy game that only kind of looks like the sport it should be.
    I used to pre-order the NHL series every year, because it was fun and they constantly worked to improve things. Now, EA's motto may as well be "If it doesn't improve multiplayer, it's not in the game".
    It cracks me up that this thread is still going. A real legit video with actual gameplay and new information was released last night. There’s not really a reason to be mad about this one anymore as it was just a one off.
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    Dolenz
    ... And that had at least one comment that sounded promising and that was that contact hitters had value again.

    What does that mean? I haven't bought the game since MLB 15.
    MLB14
    What does that mean? I haven't bought the game since MLB 15.

    In last year's game, the only hitting stat that really mattered was power. This was especially true when playing DD/online. Contact hitters did little more than pop out, even with good timing and good contact.
    Paragone
    It honestly still looks like a PS3 game with more resolution in too many places. Easy pass for me. We'll see what they got for PS5.
    The horse is dead man. It can't be beaten anymore than it already has.
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    MrArlingtonBeach
    In last year's game, the only hitting stat that really mattered was power. This was especially true when playing DD/online. Contact hitters did little more than pop out, even with good timing and good contact.

    I don't know what game some people are playing......but I only speak for the offline directional/timed and classic pitching segment of our community.
    Flat out myth.
    Contact hitters were exactly that on 16, 17 and 18. Hit variety was never better than on 18. Gameplay was never better than on 18.
    Online DD players? They are in their own box.
    Unfortunately the only thing that leaked into offline gameplay was the band aid bunting exploit fix which is now being fixed for 19!!!
    Armor and Sword
    I don't know what game some people are playing......but I only speak for the offline directional/timed and classic pitching segment of our community.
    Flat out myth.
    Contact hitters were exactly that on 16, 17 and 18. Hit variety was never better than on 18. Gameplay was never better than on 18.
    Online DD players? They are in their own box.
    Unfortunately the only thing that leaked into offline gameplay was the band aid bunting exploit fix which is now being fixed for 19!!!

    I should have said that it was a DD/online-exclusive thing in last year's game that contact hitters were nerfed. I, too, play using directional hitting, and only play offline franchise and offline DD modes and did not see what the online players saw. But those that did play online posted videos and images of pretty glaring issues related to the uselessness of contact hitters in the online game.
    jimmy13
    Marketing so far: Stubbs, stubbs, diamond dynasty, stubbs, packs, diamond tier packs, in game currency, diamond dynasty and Stubbs!!!
    dont forget to pre order so you can get stubbs and packs and Stubbs so you can play diamond dynasty.
    Mira only a matter of time before they change the name of the game to “Diamond Dynasty”
    Of course they are gonna market Stubbs and DD because that's the money maker. Whether or not the devs focus on only DD remains to be seen
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    MrArlingtonBeach
    I should have said that it was a DD/online-exclusive thing in last year's game that contact hitters were nerfed. I, too, play using directional hitting, and only play offline franchise and offline DD modes and did not see what the online players saw. But those that did play online posted videos and images of pretty glaring issues related to the uselessness of contact hitters in the online game.

    It is why online to me is so bland. The hitting was just bad. Can't disagree with them. It just feels and plays like a totally different game online vs offline. But I am not worried about online affecting offline with this title. Other than that bunting issue....the game has been golden offline despite all the talk about how online and DD is supposedly ruining the game. It simply has not IMO.
    Retropyro
    Last year I skipped the Show for the first time ever. Looks more and more like it will be two years in a row.

    Yep, same here. Been loyal buyer since the show 07. Huge Yankee fan, and it was hard having to pass on the Judge cover.
    But the game has been unbelievably stale the last couple years and, as an offline player, I find it very difficult to track down the areas/aspects of this game that truly warrant my $60+ every spring. Sorry - "uniform slots" and "ball physics" and "animations" are 100% not worth over 60 bucks.
    Ive been waiting YEARS now for some franchise love, but every year the love goes to DD and their already outdated RTTS mode, which is still far behind most other sports games with similar career modes.
    Its all just immensely frustrating. Like you, this will also be the 2nd consecutive year that I don't purchase. As a loyal buyer for over 10 years, its sad to say that.
    Cheers
    Unless Moments or March to October give me compelling offline experience then I won't order and if they do then I may pre-order the base edition. The pre-order for the $100 edition last year did not give me much nor did it feel like much of a jump start.
    I am done with the digital deluxe version. It may be $40 dollars of value based on the prices that they set for those items but it is not $40 of value to me as a gamer. Pack odds are terrible and the stubs are not enough to buy a good player on the market.
    But hey, maybe this is the year a win a copy from the stream :)
    So looking at pre order, I see theres 2 incentives for the MVP edition, and digital deluxe edition you get a classic stadium.
    Now in the past with all editions you use to get the stadium. My problem with this is there forcing you to purchase the more expensive version with out even offering the stadium. As a purchase option after the game is released
    I dont care about the packs and diamond dynasty stuff, 30 avatars all that is meh to me, the classic stadium however I do since I mainly play classic seasons.
    I dont think that is right, and now I'll have to miss out on a stadium that should have been offered from the beginning.
    I swear man...everytime I try to look at things in a positive stature some bs always shows its head with this company.
    Smh
    StormsWarning
    So looking at pre order, I see theres 2 incentives for the MVP edition, and digital deluxe edition you get a classic stadium.
    Now in the past with all editions you use to get the stadium. My problem with this is there forcing you to purchase the more expensive version with out even offering the stadium. As a purchase option after the game is released
    I dont care about the packs and diamond dynasty stuff, 30 avatars all that is meh to me, the classic stadium however I do since I mainly play classic seasons.
    I dont think that is right, and now I'll have to miss out on a stadium that should have been offered from the beginning.
    I swear man...everytime I try to look at things in a positive stature some bs always shows its head with this company.
    Smh

    98% of the people that get that version will get a classic stadium that nobody wants and that goes for peanuts on the marketplace.
    It would probably be cheaper to just buy the base edition of the game and then just buy enough stubs to get a few classic stadiums.
    Dolenz
    98% of the people that get that version will get a classic stadium that nobody wants and that goes for peanuts on the marketplace.
    It would probably be cheaper to just buy the base edition of the game and then just buy enough stubs to get a few classic stadiums.

    So you can buy classic stadiums in diamond dynasty mode and use it in franchise mode? I wasnt aware of that, matter fact I dont even see classic stadiums for sell in 18
    StormsWarning
    So you can buy classic stadiums in diamond dynasty mode and use it in franchise mode? I wasnt aware of that, matter fact I dont even see classic stadiums for sell in 18

    I believe so but I would need to check as I don't play franchise. But classic stadiums should be available in the marketplace to purchase with stubs. Buy a cheap one in 18 and see if it works.
    I just checked the market on The Show Nation and it shows these Stadiums in the marketplace
    Crosley
    Forbes
    Griffith
    HHH Metrodome
    Old Atlanta
    Old Miami
    Polo Grounds
    Shea
    Sportsman's
    Yankee Stadium
    StormsWarning
    So looking at pre order, I see theres 2 incentives for the MVP edition, and digital deluxe edition you get a classic stadium.
    Now in the past with all editions you use to get the stadium. My problem with this is there forcing you to purchase the more expensive version with out even offering the stadium. As a purchase option after the game is released
    I dont care about the packs and diamond dynasty stuff, 30 avatars all that is meh to me, the classic stadium however I do since I mainly play classic seasons.
    I dont think that is right, and now I'll have to miss out on a stadium that should have been offered from the beginning.
    I swear man...everytime I try to look at things in a positive stature some bs always shows its head with this company.
    Smh

    All Classic Stadiums are available for Play Now and Franchise without purchasing them. Never had to buy them
    Sheamazin
    All Classic Stadiums are available for Play Now and Franchise without purchasing them. Never had to buy them

    Even better, I never knew that since I don't play franchise.
    Sheamazin
    All Classic Stadiums are available for Play Now and Franchise without purchasing them. Never had to buy them

    Ok thank you guys for even responding back, that's something I did not know. So I wonder If this definitely is the case for the past why would they do a pre order only incentive for 2 and not all 3? Unless its a typo.

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