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MLB The Show 20 Presentation Wishlist

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MLB The Show 20 Presentation Wishlist

MLB The Show has been a consistent, solid title during this console generation, but before the team jumps into production for the PlayStation 5 (and other consoles), there are some things I would like to see added as it relates to presentation and its surrounding elements. So, take this as my MLB The Show 20 presentation wishlist.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen the addition of things like a batting stance creator, new facial scan fidelity, a new lighting engine, as well as new surface texture renderings. The game has, without a doubt, come a long way in the presentation department. Still, at times, the experience can feel a bit dated and stale. The strong gameplay component keeps many of us coming back, but improvements could still be made.

MLB The Show 20 Presentation Wishlist – Frame Rate Drops

Over the past few years, San Diego Studio has alluded to the fact that the game is pretty well maxed out in terms of memory capacity for this console generation. The amount of space necessary for the detail in stadiums — plus roughly 1,800 face scans — really does a number on the memory available for other parts of the game. One part that’s lacking is the ability for the game to truly run in 4K, or for that matter, 1440p.

MLB The Show 18 and ’19 have come with three resolution options: sharper, balanced and faster. In tech terms, this basically means you can play your game at 3840×2160, 2560×1440, or 1920×1080 resolution. Unfortunately, if you go for more graphical fidelity, the experience gets worse. There’s always going to be some give and take for selecting 4K, but the degree to which the game stutters at the highest graphical level can be just about game-breaking.

MLB The Show is marketed as a game that plays at 60 frames per second. Unfortunately, in “sharper” mode, the game has moments of slowdown where frames will drop well below 30 frames per second. It takes away from the immersion of the experience. The “balanced” option is a bit better, but still has several moments where gameplay takes a significant hit. Users shouldn’t have to settle for a 1080p experience in 2020 when a game is marketed as both a 4K experience and a 60 frames per second experience.

Frame rate drops are especially bad when your opponent puts a ball in play and the camera must switch to view the defense reacting. It’s not as bad in some of the less-demanding stadiums, such as minor league parks, but that’s not a trade off users should have to make.

It remains to be seen if console limitations are the main culprit for the issues here, but suffice to say it should be a huge priority in MLB The Show 21 and the advent of next-generation technologies/added memory.

MLB The Show 20 Presentation Wishlist – Proactive Face Scans

Baseball is getting younger. Every year, highly-touted prospects come up and receive more publicity than some of the biggest stars in the game. Minor league ball and farm systems have received more and more attention from the press and the public, and this means we have prospects who come up and already have a strong connection with the fans. Not only are they of greater value with the general public, front offices continue to value top prospects, which means we as virtual GMs also care more about these players.

For this reason, San Diego Studio should try to get ahead of the promotion schedule and do face scans for 100-150 top prospects every single spring training. (Of course, this is assuming they are allowed to do face scans for players still in the minors. If their agreement with the MLB means they cannot, this is moot.)

MLB The Show 19 was the first time in the game’s history we had seen face scans added into the game post-launch with roster updates. Top-shelf guys like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. received their scans well into the season, a process that should become the status quo moving forward.

Each year, roughly 25-30 top 100 prospects make their MLB debuts. If their face scans could come as a presupposition with their addition into the game, it would go a long way towards greater immersion and authenticity both online and offline.

MLB The Show 20 Presentation Wishlist – Revamped Create-A-Player Graphics

While the skin tones, facial features and lifelike characteristics of proper face scans have come a long way, faces ushered in by roster creators remain a few years behind. San Diego Studio put some time into MLB The Show 18 to eliminate what they called “dead eyes” in created players, but still, there’s a lot that could be improved.

Some created players, to be fair, look very good. Players with darker eyes and more distinct facial features tend to look better than others. Regardless, a greater variety of skin tones, gritty complexions and accurate eyes would help improve things.

It feels as though the create-a-player engine is one iteration away from being one of the best in all of video games. It’s miles ahead of Madden, but lags behind NBA 2K. The community has long-asked for a face scan app addition — and this would be a nice feature — but more functionality and variation for roster creators is essential moving forward.

MLB The Show 20 Presentation Wishlist – Commentary

It’s no secret the commentary in MLB The Show, specifically those phrases uttered by Matt Vasgersian, have become stale. Vasgersian remains one of the best baseball broadcasters in real life, but the lingo he uses in-game, especially how phrases chain together, is simply overdue for a big change.

The addition of Heidi Watney last year, as well as the addition of Dan Plesac to the booth, brushed away some of the staleness from the aging presentation, but an overhaul is necessary if the game is going to feel more authentic moving forward. If San Diego Studio can take a page out of NBA 2K’s commentary, or simply create something a little more dynamic overall, it could take the experience to a new level.

Final Thoughts

Asking for much in the way of innovation one year before a new console release is a tough ask. Resources are surely being poured into ensuring MLB The Show 21 has a bombshell launch, so any remarkable revolution in The Show 20 is a tall order. Regardless, San Diego Studio always delivers one of the best sports titles of the year, so it never hurts to ask for this stuff.

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  1. SilvioDante007
    How about adding a garbage can banging sound effect while playing the Astros in Houston?

    Could put this on the big screen when the Stros come up to bat in a late inning:
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    I like where you're going here.
    The moments idea was a great concept, but the experience sucked. The commentary and atmosphere did not correspond with the situation and the surrounding players and uniforms were from the present day (I'd prefer generic players if licensing were an issue). This mode could be great if they took a page from NBA 2k
    When playing divisional games, I'd like to see combined stats for a player vs that opponent for the season as a player comes to the plate. That way I can see just how bad Mike Trout or Jose Altuve (cheating bastard) have wore me out.
    Audio. Audio. Audio.   Whether it's the crowd, commentators or other effects.  Audio should have been the NUMBER ONE item on this list. 
    commentary upgrade.  
    I know the article mentioned NBA 2k20 as an example, but Id be happy with commentary, play by play, and atmoshphere like the way it was done In MLB2k12 and 13. 
    inkcil
    Audio. Audio. Audio.* *Whether it's the crowd, commentators or other effects.* Audio should have been the NUMBER ONE item on this list.*

    To add to that, it would be cool to see them get a license for all 30 team PBP announcers' HR calls, and please LEAVE THEM OFF THE MARKETPLACE. So, if you're playing as or against Milwaukee and the Brewers hit a late, clutch home run at Miller Park, Matty V will yell out "Get Up, Get Up, Get Out Of Here, GONE!!!!"
    Maybe a second announcing crew with some guys like Brian Anderson, Kevin Burkhardt, Uecker (long shot), Ernie Johnson, or (dont kill me) Joe Buck would be really cool.
    Quick cuts into the booth would be cool too, and Heidi Watney needs A LOT more lines.
    Other than that we need a lot more stat overlays, more kept stats in general, and like some else said, animations for specific injuries.
    Also, to add to the hype and importance of playoff games, maybe more stadium shots pre-game and crazy fans outside the stadium or in the concourse area?
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    Realistically though, the on-field presentation and overall product is really good, but franchise-specific presentation and features need to be the focus this year.
    I'd love to see equipment options like in NBA 2K, where you can choose the frequency a player wears a certain piece of equipment. For example, you can set it so a player always wears high socks, or you can change it to frequently so every once in a while they'll wear low socks.
    10 strikeouts this game and 10 pitcher twirly-dwirly animations. Dont just reduce this animation, remove it! Along with many others that reduce immersion. But then they couldnt brag about number of animations so...idk
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    I agree that some additions are needed to "create" or "edit" a player in the hairstyles section, namely:
    Old fashioned waxed mustache
    Hair parted in the middle but still short
    More "traditional" or "common" hairstyles. The game includes a lot of exotic hair styles, but these are of little value when trying to recreate an historical player.
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    Create a player in MLB does not “lag” behind NBA 2k in my opinion.
    At least you can create a muscular body other types and are not given generic pre face canvas to work on. I feel MLB can improve but it’s still better than NBA 2k...as far as Madden...they need a complete overhaul in their edit create a player modes .
    The crowd still at times doesn’t react appropriately ... the volume and animations are there ... but like loud and cheering insanely loud at the wrong situation. Like sports games have had this wrong for like 40 years. The crowd animations are GREAT, various volumes. Just need those to fire off at certain points.
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    Might be a no go for PS4, but lighting and grass are incredibly lacking in this game to the point it disturbs me now that I go to games in real life.
    Home run cameras
    I don’t hate the HomeRun Celebration cam that goes behind the player watching it land in the seats but sometimes you don’t even see the thing land because the players blocks it.
    But when it’s not the HomeRun Celebration can can we PLEASE see the ball land! How often do you see the ball leave the frame and it cuts to the batter rounding first base. Especially when it’s a second deck homerun you have no idea where it ends up unless you get lucky and the replay shows it.
    Endorphinrush3000
    Just axe vasgersian i know they wont because there is close ties with him to when he was in san diego but geez its bad. Havent had commentary on in 3 years.
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    I wish they would just buy the rights to all of the commentary from the last couple years of the 2k series and then hire those guys. or do what Madden has done.
    This might not be something they can do until PS5, but I'd love to see actual weather effects on the game. If it is raining I'd like to see water collect and effect the game. This could also lead to the decision from the umps to keep going or delay. Would be another cool thing to add.
    I also agree with commentary and would love to see a second team added. I've felt since they added the different broadcast overlays we should get a home team/B team and the A team being exclusive to MLB Network games.
    Crowd reactions and involvement definitely needs to be updated and tweaked as others have said. Big games should feel like big games. There is no reason an April game should feel the same as Game 7 of the World Series.
    Paragone
    Might be a no go for PS4, but lighting and grass are incredibly lacking in this game to the point it disturbs me now that I go to games in real life.

    I've been saying this for a while. Dirt and grass need some major help. Hopefully on next gen consoles, these will vastly improve.
    Also, water droplets on equipment (bats, gloves, batting helmets), the dugouts, and rain darkening the field's dirt would be great to see.
    Endorphinrush3000
    Just axe vasgersian i know they wont because there is close ties with him to when he was in san diego but geez its bad.

    That's correct. Matt isn't leaving this series until he decides he wants to, and insists. Thats just the way it is. I was a fan of his commentary in the early years, but it just too stale now. It really would feel like a fresher game with a new voice.
    Mlb 2K baseball used to have a pitch speed slider for both pitching and hitting, loved that for presentation purposes while pitching. I could crank it all the way up. Would be cool if they incorporated that.
    Another presentation piece would be to have a toggle for home run presentations on quick play.
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    Culture Rot
    That's correct. Matt isn't leaving this series until he decides he wants to, and insists. Thats just the way it is. I was a fan of his commentary in the early years, but it just too stale now. It really would feel like a fresher game with a new voice.

    Let’s just all be thankful they don’t have Arod and Jessica alongside him.
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    I hope they bring back real time presentations. I hate how everything cuts off at times. I'd much rather watch the catcher throw the ball back to the pitcher every pitch (which would actually been cool the new camera stuff they do between pitches). By bringing this back I think it would help out in the commentary portion as well. At times these guys get cut off at the end of an inning or during an out cause everything happens too fast.
    More stat overlays!!!
    Last ten game overlays
    player vs player overlays
    player vs team overlays
    overlays, overlays, overlays!
    (and less awkward talking about them) Just show them!
    isherdish
    More stat overlays!!!
    Last ten game overlays
    player vs player overlays
    player vs team overlays
    overlays, overlays, overlays!
    (and less awkward talking about them) Just show them!

    I would love more "stats" like this. I think we've been hoping for this for a while now.
    I want to see Sony add more sound effects and crowd noise out of the box instead of having to download it from sounds of the show. I’m talking about sirens, subways, jets, helicopters, Tomahawk Chop, etc. Use sounds of the show for us to download music that may run into copyright issues... “Sandstorm” by Darude at Atlanta home games, maybe a clip from “Hotel California” at a Dodgers, Giants, Padres, A’s, or Angels game, or even the old song “Kansas City” by Fats Domino at a Royals home game.
    As an earlier poster said, revamp the crowd A.I. Make them go crazy when a big run is scored late in a tight game and nuts when there’s a walk off winning hit or home run. In other words, make their reactions much more lively and on cue.
    ok if we are talking about presentation well then here I am to talk about something we need desperately in this game.
    Opening day, all-star game, and the first game of each level of the postseason.
    we need to take the time to do it right.
    The opening day needs a much deeper presentation than it ever has. seeing as I am a fan of baseball would let this play out.
    we need to see the giant flag being unfurled in center field while the five services show their flags while someone sings the national anthem in full.
    then we have the flyover by the B-22's
    then we have the full roster call outs to each line by each team including the coaching and medical staff (just like in real life) and I mean a full call out by the stadium announcer. every player and coach by name! I don't care how long it takes to get this done... in real-time I will watch it every time an opening day.
    All-Star game and Home run derby
    same thing for the opening of the all-star game as opening day above
    Home run derby we need kids of all ages shagging balls in the outfield.
    all postseason series-opening games in each park (home and away) same as both opening day and A.S. game.
    for those of us that are into baseball to its absolute core. this is what we want and need to have played out in this game.
    oh and the opening day aspect goes for all open day games your team is a part of through the first week or whatever for whoever else parks you play in.
    oh and on that very note, we need to have all award ceremonies completed in-game on those opening days for those players on those teams in their home parks.
    mlblover15
    ok if we are talking about presentation well then here I am to talk about something we need desperately in this game.
    Opening day, all-star game, and the first game of each level of the postseason.
    we need to take the time to do it right.
    The opening day needs a much deeper presentation than it ever has. seeing as I am a fan of baseball would let this play out.
    we need to see the giant flag being unfurled in center field while the five services show their flags while someone sings the national anthem in full.
    then we have the flyover by the B-22's
    then we have the full roster call outs to each line by each team including the coaching and medical staff (just like in real life) and I mean a full call out by the stadium announcer. every player and coach by name! I don't care how long it takes to get this done... in real-time I will watch it every time an opening day.
    All-Star game and Home run derby
    same thing for the opening of the all-star game as opening day above
    Home run derby we need kids of all ages shagging balls in the outfield.
    all postseason series-opening games in each park (home and away) same as both opening day and A.S. game.
    for those of us that are into baseball to its absolute core. this is what we want and need to have played out in this game.
    oh and the opening day aspect goes for all open day games your team is a part of through the first week or whatever for whoever else parks you play in.
    oh and on that very note, we need to have all award ceremonies completed in-game on those opening days for those players on those teams in their home parks.

    My biggest thing with the postseason in MLBTS are the start times.
    In MLBTS there’s either all Day Games or all Night Games. Usually when it’s 2 Game DS days theyre day games and when it’s 4 Game DS games theyre night games.
    In Real Life they never start 2 games at the same time. If it’s a 4 game DS day, they’ll have games starting at 1, 4, 7 and 10. If it’s just a 2 game DS day they’ll start at either 4&7 or 7&10 depending on time zones. Same goes for CS days.
    For the HRD we need to start at a later time, or make time go faster. It shouldn’t still be light out in the final round.
    I am having so much fun playing around with 2019. Creating jerseys etcetera I hope in 2020 they offer a sleeve patch. Opportunity Also, I'd like to be able to take a photograph of a patch and put it on the sleeve. I have I hope They have more than one slot for hats jerseys Etc and that the created hats can be switched over to any Jersey that's offered. That's all. Thanks.
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