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MLB The Show 20 Video & Screenshots - Showdown

Check out the latest MLB The Show 20 video, featuring the new mode: Showdown and let us know what you’re seeing. We’ve embedded the video, posted some details and a bunch of screenshots below.

  • Start by drafting key contributors to your squad, the first picks will form the backbone of your squad, throughout the Showdown
  • You can also choose perks, to boost your team abilities in certain situations
  • As you play the new mode, you will earn more draft rounds to improve and build your squad to fit your playstyle
  • Everything you do in the new mode, leads you to the final showdown against a legendary pitcher
  • Before getting to the final showdown, you have to complete challenges to earn new players and perks
  • Some of the challenges can eliminate you from the Showdown
  • Once entering the final Showdown, you step into the batter’s box with the goal of scoring runs to make an epic comeback and take the lead before hitting into a certain amount of outs
  • If you conquer the final Showdown, you will earn huge rewards, in the form of program progress, Stubs, XP and packs
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  1. Another new mode they spent time developing that I’ll absolutely never touch, even once. Just looking at those created “uniforms” makes my eyes hurt.
    Archie56
    Nabbed a screenshot of Ranger's new ballpark. Not sure if I like it. Could be the lighting though
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    Screen grab it at the 1:30 mark. It's an updated version.
    bigwill33
    Another new mode they spent time developing that I’ll absolutely never touch, even once.

    That's a shame. Sometimes the best things we find in life are where we least expect them.
    bigwill33
    Just looking at those created “uniforms” makes my eyes hurt.

    LOL, yeah, some of them really suck from what I've seen watching streams.
    But, I've seen some absolutely beautiful uniforms created by some folks too.
    BigOscar
    Bosses, power ups, challenges, dancing in the dugout.
    Everyday we move further from baseball's light
    It's a good thing they still have other modes where that stuff doesn't happen and still represents the game of baseball! Well, the other modes still have dancing in the dugout, bc well, that actually does happen in real life.
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    Archie56
    It's a good thing they still have other modes where that stuff doesn't happen and still represents the game of baseball! Well, the other modes still have dancing in the dugout, bc well, that actually does happen in real life.
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    You mean “other mode”. Which continues to get left behind for all of this video game aspect that they’ve been moving towards for the past 5 years now.
    bigwill33
    You mean “other mode”. Which continues to get left behind for all of this video game aspect that they’ve been moving towards for the past 5 years now.

    Having video game options in a video game? Horrible!
    SmashMan
    Having video game options in a video game? Horrible!

    Having one neglected baseball option in a baseball game... legit not great. I’ll leave this be, I’ve voiced my concern and displeasure, no need to drag this off topic even more.
    bigwill33
    You mean “other mode”. Which continues to get left behind for all of this video game aspect that they’ve been moving towards for the past 5 years now.
    Play Now, Franchise, March to October, Postseason. More than one mode.
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    BigOscar
    Bosses, power ups, challenges, dancing in the dugout.
    Everyday we move further from baseball's light

    Except each year the actual gameplay gets better and better. No other game has ever represented the sport on the field as well.
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    bigwill33
    Having one neglected baseball option in a baseball game... legit not great. I’ll leave this be, I’ve voiced my concern and displeasure, no need to drag this off topic even more.

    For the best, turning every thread into the same battle would be less than ideal for all parties. Thank you for taking the high road.
    I’m still a little unsure of how the actual gameplay, challenges and flow of the games will look.
    How often is there a draft? What’s with the 20 outs on the scorebug? How many challenges will there be until you reach the boss? Are challenges going to be different each run?
    My purchase decision for the game was always going to come down to the DD stream and, to be honest, I was leaning towards not picking it up on opening day.
    Finding out that Showdown is sort of a merge between an Battle Royale and Moments and is an offline mode has me intrigued.
    Now, implementation and replayability of this mode is all I need to see on the next stream to push me over the edge.
    LastActionHero
    So will this Showdown mode replace Moment or...?
    This mode looks promising!

    Doesn't sound like it is replacing moments (sadly) as they've come up with new overlays for different eras to support that mode.
    The one thing I am curious about though is what the initial draft pool is based off of.
    Is it based off of players in YOUR collection or just an overall collection (like in BR).
    If it's based on your own collection, that is utterly intriguing to me because it will put you in a position of trying to maintain depth and give you opportunities to use a much deeper pool of your own players.
    Knowing SDS though, they will say "we want to give people a chance to play with every card in the game!" - which, hi....we play DD to play with OUR teams...not a bunch of random side modes like March to Team Affinity.
    Considering that you could probably jump into this mode on Day 1 before you get any cards in DD then I can only guess it is a random selection like BR.
    It really does seem like a offline BR variation, with some changes and challenges to make sure it is not too easy for your average players.
    Dolenz
    Considering that you could probably jump into this mode on Day 1 before you get any cards in DD then I can only guess it is a random selection like BR.
    It really does seem like a offline BR variation, with some changes and challenges to make sure it is not too easy for your average players.

    Not necessarily...they could make the initial "challenges" fairly easy to accommodate people having lower level teams at launch.
    That said, I really hope these come equipped with MINIMUM difficulty settings and that they don't lock you into playing it on rookie or veteran.
    So is it yet more moments then? Or do you play actual games of baseball? Because we already have regular moments (ew), moments arcadey franchise mode(Mto) and then now also offline Battle Royale moments?
    Great if you like moments I guess, not so great if you like actually playing a game of baseball with all those players you've been acquiring.
    BigOscar
    So is it yet more moments then? Or do you play actual games of baseball? Because we already have regular moments (ew), moments arcadey franchise mode(Mto) and then now also offline Battle Royale moments?
    Great if you like moments I guess, not so great if you like actually playing a game of baseball with all those players you've been acquiring.

    Moments and March to Team Affinity are enough of this abbreviated crap - I agree with you there.
    I am going to be utterly disappointed if this mode is NOT actually playing a game.
    JoshC1977
    Moments and March to Team Affinity are enough of this abbreviated crap - I agree with you there.
    I am going to be utterly disappointed if this mode is NOT actually playing a game.

    I don't believe it is playing a full game. More abbreviated gameplay for the ADHD young uns...
    C
    JoshC1977
    Moments and March to Team Affinity are enough of this abbreviated crap - I agree with you there.
    I am going to be utterly disappointed if this mode is NOT actually playing a game.

    Honestly, I hate the fact that they seem to value an actual game of baseball so little, but it's also that they seem to have forgotten that we want to actually use our team in DD.
    It seems bizarre that there is so little reward or incentive to actually just play a proper game of baseball with the players you've been spending so much time (or maybe even money) to put together, if you aren't playing online.
    BigOscar
    Honestly, I hate the fact that they seem to value an actual game of baseball so little, but it's also that they seem to have forgotten that we want to actually use our team in DD.
    It seems bizarre that there is so little reward or incentive to actually just play a proper game of baseball with the players you've been spending so much time (or maybe even money) to put together, if you aren't playing online.

    Yeah, in 18, I played a TON of 'Play vs CPU' games in DD to accomplish missions....I didn't actually finish the single Conquest map until very late in the cycle. I LOVED every second of it - the Immortal "grind" was fun and gave me something to shoot for. It was completely and utterly pointless in 19 to play "vs CPU" games.
    As an off-line only guy, I want 3 things out of DD this year:
    1. A challenging reason to play full 9 inning games
    2. A reason to experiment with lots of different lineups and players
    3. An ultimate goal to shoot for throughout the year.
    There are a TON of different ways that this can be accomplished.
    capa
    I don't believe it is playing a full game. More abbreviated gameplay for the ADHD young uns...
    C

    Or the ADHD old geezers. I'm 55 and while I don't mind playing full 9 inning games it is nice to be able to not have to commit to one hour play sessions every time you sit down to play.
    Sometimes when you want to play 30 minutes before bed or you have a small window of play time. It is good to know that you can make some progress.
    The narrative that if you enjoy playing shorter games that you are somehow less of a baseball fan or not a baseball purist has gotten old.
    ...The narrative that if you enjoy playing shorter games that you are somehow less of a baseball fan or not a baseball purist has gotten old.

    yeah, I've always thought that was baloney. but there are 3 easy tells to know if you ain't doing baseball right: 1) there are cheerleaders on the sideline, 2) they're serving quiche at the concession, 3) you're head coach is in a suit and tie (unless you are Connie Mack lmao)
    Dolenz
    Or the ADHD old geezers. I'm 55 and while I don't mind playing full 9 inning games it is nice to be able to not have to commit to one hour play sessions every time you sit down to play.
    Sometimes when you want to play 30 minutes before bed or you have a small window of play time. It is good to know that you can make some progress.
    The narrative that if you enjoy playing shorter games that you are somehow less of a baseball fan or not a baseball purist has gotten old.

    Short games are great, I play conquest all the time, as you say they are a great idea and very useful in numerous situations.
    The problem is when you dedicate everything to the shorter games and just ignore the normal 9 inning games, like they did last year in DD. Genuinely don't know if I played a single 9 inning offline game last year in DD (think there were some you had to do in moments iirc), as there was no reason to and no reward for doing so. That's pretty bad.
    9 inning games should be the bread and butter of a baseball game, not a forgotten extra hidden under "extended play". I don't think anyone is asking for them to get rid of the shorter game modes, just stop making more and more, shorter and shorter modes, while ignoring the actual, regular length game.
    Dolenz
    Or the ADHD old geezers. I'm 55 and while I don't mind playing full 9 inning games it is nice to be able to not have to commit to one hour play sessions every time you sit down to play.
    Sometimes when you want to play 30 minutes before bed or you have a small window of play time. It is good to know that you can make some progress.
    The narrative that if you enjoy playing shorter games that you are somehow less of a baseball fan or not a baseball purist has gotten old.

    I am an older geezer than you most likely. And yeah, a traditionalist. Anything that bucks the norm is not for me. Give me 9 innings full game. If I want to hurry it up I can already sim within the game and then jump back in. I don't need/want a new mode like this.
    But that's me. You are you. There are two camps as you mentioned. Options exist which is always a good thing. We can both make separate choices for whatever floats our boats.
    But in the end, it’s not just about what you want. If you don’t want to play the new modes, don’t. There are so many other ways to play full games.
    It’s crazy, I know, but other people do enjoy diamond dynasty and these “other” modes.
    BigOscar
    Short games are great, I play conquest all the time, as you say they are a great idea and very useful in numerous situations.
    The problem is when you dedicate everything to the shorter games and just ignore the normal 9 inning games, like they did last year in DD. Genuinely don't know if I played a single 9 inning offline game last year in DD (think there were some you had to do in moments iirc), as there was no reason to and no reward for doing so. That's pretty bad.
    9 inning games should be the bread and butter of a baseball game, not a forgotten extra hidden under "extended play". I don't think anyone is asking for them to get rid of the shorter game modes, just stop making more and more, shorter and shorter modes, while ignoring the actual, regular length game.

    I agree that they have mostly ignored franchise and the nine inning game. It is hard to dispute that. I have no issues with how anyone chooses to play the game.
    My statement had nothing to do with how the game has progressed or the focus of the devs and everything to do with the fact that there is a contingent on this forum that seem to dismiss DD players as ADHD youngsters or categorize them as "not true baseball fans".
    I prefer DD and RTTS over franchise in The Show. I prefer 3 inning games to 9 inning games for the most part. But, I am also planning on buying the new OOTP Baseball to start an in depth franchise mode. So, it ruffles my feathers a little when I see these overly simplistic generalizations about DD players.
    I wonder how the difficulty level will be determined. If it’s similar to COTW or Moments and you have to play on Rookie at the beginning that will ruin the mode for me.
    When doing moments on rookie and then jumping back into my franchise my timing would be way off and I’d be in quite the slump.
    I hope we can select a difficulty to play on theoughout
    Dolenz
    I agree that they have mostly ignored franchise and the nine inning game. It is hard to dispute that. I have no issues with how anyone chooses to play the game.
    My statement had nothing to do with how the game has progressed or the focus of the devs and everything to do with the fact that there is a contingent on this forum that seem to dismiss DD players as ADHD youngsters or categorize them as "not true baseball fans".
    I prefer DD and RTTS over franchise in The Show. I prefer 3 inning games to 9 inning games for the most part. But, I am also planning on buying the new OOTP Baseball to start an in depth franchise mode. So, it ruffles my feathers a little when I see these overly simplistic generalizations about DD players.

    I have to agree here. MANY DD players are just as knowledgeable and passionate about baseball as "franchise heads". Frankly, I know a guys that exclusively play DD who would run circles around 99% of baseball fans with what they know about the game....and I have a hunch that it applies to a much broader grouping of DD players than many here would be willing to acknowledge.
    Wanting a "abbreviated experience" in-game does not make you less of a fan. Wanting the "full experience" does not make you more of a fan. What we want out of our video game experiences is not a reflection of how we feel about the sport.
    That said...where Big Oscar is frustrated with DD, and where I have to agree, is the lack of proportionality in content within DD. It's skewed heavily towards gamers who want that abbreviated experience with virtually nothing for those of us who want a full experience.
    I want to be able to play full 9 inning games with the full broadcast package in DD. I want there to be a reason to play 9 inning games in the first place. I want to savor the experience, not jam through as quickly as possible to get the reward. The mode is about the content to me, not the rewards. I don't think it's unfair to say that the bulk of the audience is the opposite.
    I've said this a dozen times probably....18 was too heavy in offline content (long and challenging), 19 was too heavy in content geared towards online (i.e. short and easy). Just balance it out a bit....that's all....
    Who is arguing with that?
    TheBleedingRed21
    But in the end, it’s not just about what you want. If you don’t want to play the new modes, don’t. There are so many other ways to play full games.
    It’s crazy, I know, but other people do enjoy diamond dynasty and these “other” modes.

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