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OS Roundtable: Excitement Level for MLB The Show 20?

OS Roundtable: Early release starts Thursday night, so where’s the MLB The Show hype level at right now?

Phil Varckette: I’m excited because it’s baseball on the precipice of baseball season. Baseball is by far my favorite sport so I always get pumped this time of year. I’m excited to try the revamped March to October. It seems like it’s 100 times better this year. Being able to make trades any time is a big plus, in addition to having real minor league players. I love, love, love prospects. I’m a prospect guy. I plan on using MTO as a jumping off point for a rebuild of the Indians. I will probably look to trade some players to pick up some prospects. I haven’t decided if I will trade Lindor yet, but I am excited to see what teams would offer for him. Then when the season is over, I will transition into franchise mode and go forward from there. I do actually wish you could play multiple MTO seasons. Hopefully, that will be something we see in the future.

Bob Kollars: I have taken the same approach with The Show for the last decade. Fire it up and see what’s under the hood. For me there are so many nuances to the game of baseball. At times, SDS has done an amazing job of capturing that, but they have also struggled with it at times in other versions. The improvements are nice to see, and while I wish there were more to franchise, I understand the analytical approach that Sony has taken and provides numbers to back up where they enhance the newest edition the most.

I know this, full minor league rosters out of the gate is a big deal to me, and it allows me to to jump into franchise within days instead of weeks (or months). Also, while not quite fully fleshed out at this juncture, the team relocation/rebranding is a nice edition, and one that I expect many upgrades to with the new systems dropping soon. The bottom line is that baseball runs through my veins and playing The Show every year only enhances the summer experience for me.

Josh Houtz: For many years, I was naive to the sport of baseball. I was a football guy, so I shunned MLB The Show, much like I did the sport. And then I gave it a chance, and boy am I glad I did. As we’ve discussed in the past, there’s no better representation of any sport than MLB The Show. And as someone who admittedly has taken a step back over the last few years (kids will do that), I’m excited to dive in to the new features this season.

Besides the obvious improvements to gameplay, the thing I’m most excited for is Road to the Show. Every year, I would create my pitcher Kenny Powers and watch him work his way up from minor league dud to MLB stud. With the changes to relationships, instant gratification and the enhanced challenge system, I couldn’t be more excited to dive right in.

I’m also a guy who used to live for online play, and remember playing along side Nemesis and others on OS for many years. I’m not sure I can devote the time like I once could, but I’m definitely interested in building a Diamond Dynasty team and taking my mediocre skills to the online stratosphere. Lastly, full minor league rosters for the first time in franchise history is a game changer. I look forward to building a full roster from the ground up and doing everything I can to bring the Commissioner’s Trophy home. Typing this out makes me realize I’m more excited than I thought about MLB The Show and I can’t wait to experience the nostalgia once again.

Jeff Botkin: I’m very excited for MLB The Show 20. As a franchise guy, I am really looking forward to franchise relocation. This will allow me to start off with a fresh feel and the opportunity to bring home a World Series to a new city. Franchise relocation will have me taking a deep dive into my roster and farm team to build a strong core and develop a farm system that can be utilized throughout the long haul. I am also looking forward to some of the graphical improvements like player animations and overlays. MLB The Show has always delivered the most realistic version of baseball, and I look forward to the next version from San Diego Studios.

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  1. My excitement level is off the charts.  The SDS team improve this product year in and year out and this year looks to be incredible.  Even as an offline only gamer the amount of content in DD on day one is overwhelming.
    My excitement level is the same as it is every year, can't WAIT!!!
    My only issue is I really want to avoid starting a new franchise, I need to continue my current franchise carry-over......but I am really going to be tempted to start a new franchise and then I'm going to be mad at myself.
    Ohhh the dilemma.....
    Excitement level is pretty high, but expectations are tempered.
    If the implementation of relocation/re-branding works as hoped, it'll be a lot of fun.
    If not, it's me investing another $90 on the same product as last year, but with a new haircut.
    Really, really hoping that it works out though.
    My hype level is at an all time low for MLB The Show 20 but I know my hype level will be at an all time high one year from now when MLB The Show 21 for Next Gen is released :) lol
    However as always I am still looking forward to getting my hands on the new version as it will be nice seeing what SDS has improved in a full year of programming.
    I'm always excited for a new version. I think it gets incrementally better every year and improves enough to be worth it thanks to carry-over franchise.
    Very hopeful/excited about the rebranding and relocation but prepared for it to be bare bones. Hope I'm wrong!
    Always excited for this time of the year. “Working from home” on Friday as has been a tradition for many many years! Not expecting much, we got minor leaguers maybe a few new faces and of the young guys, Jordan brand and that’s enough for me! As for next year ... I’m expecting EVERYTHING AND MORE!
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    Very, very Low. Same deceptive Lines about "100+" new animations.
    Heard since year 2010. Box score looks disgusting still.
    I think there will be others as well that don't waste time with MLB 20.
    I'm excited enough that I am taking both Friday and Monday off of work to give me a 4 day weekend to enjoy the early launch edition. Launch day for this game is always something I look forward to.
    ...but the biggest addition to the game was the Full Minors rosters and as we've seen with the custom FM rosters in the past, lots of things can go wrong with a major roster overhaul like that (like poor progression/regression/FAs not signing/poor trade AI)....
    So...I'm excited AND apprehensive....both at once....
    tnixen
    My hype level is at an all time low for MLB The Show 20 but I know my hype level will be at an all time high one year from now when MLB The Show 21 for Next Gen is released :) lol
    However as always I am still looking forward to getting my hands on the new version as it will be nice seeing what SDS has improved in a full year of programming.
    Careful 1st iterations of the game on new consoles were very bland for ps3 and ps4. Usually the 2nd year is the big jump, at least visually. Best to be cautiously optimistic not hyped
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    Very high.
    I'm looking forward to playing with the new gameplay changes, especially on defense. The new animations for the outfielders, new homerun robbing animations, the risk/reward for diving for a ball, and the new catcher blocking animations are all very welcomed additions.
    I am not going to lie, I am conflicted. While I am super excited to see SDS acknowledge the work the full
    Minors guys do and include it day one. I have a feeling once the newness wears off it is going to be the same stale experience that I have been getting tired of more quickly every year.
    Franchise just feels so repetitive with the minimal Changes they have made over the years. I am not a fan of M2O, RTTS, and I definitely will never set foot in DD. So I am left with trying to cover the warts and legacy issues Of franchise by using my imagination. I used to play the show well into August, but the last three years it is usually out of my rotation by June as I wait for madden release to approach.
    I am still getting it day one early release, and will be taking a “personal” day Friday and Monday
    All time low for me. First time that I didn't pre-order the game during Christmas since I can remember, I've been a loyal fan since MLB 06 but last year was the least amount of fun I've had in the game. Franchise is so stale and not a fan of the new additions they've included in lieu of improving franchise. I will suck it up and order soon, because I have an itch to try it out and hoping that basically taking last year off will lead to me enjoying it again.
    I'm cautiously optimistic. As a manage mode franchise user create a team will be fantastic but in the past they have added things which made gameplay worse.
    Its funny all posts positive or negative seem to revolve around franchise,
    Whats the game mode they ignore the most...
    Reminds me of the simpsons episode with homers brother "youre not giving people what they want, youre telling them what they want!"
    Im just happy we finally we can relocate im excited personally
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    countryboy
    Very high.
    I'm looking forward to playing with the new gameplay changes, especially on defense. The new animations for the outfielders, new homerun robbing animations, the risk/reward for diving for a ball, and the new catcher blocking animations are all very welcomed additions.

    Ditto. Due to lack of Franchise changes, I was not planning on picking up 20 until it was on sale in a couple months. But when I sat and watched the Gameplay stream(s) in full instead of just reading the conversation about them here on OS, I went ahead and pre-ordered. Definitely not as excited as some previous years, but still looking forward to telling the wife and kid to leave me alone this weekend "cause baseball". :)
    I’m at a solid 9.7
    I’m excited to dive into my yearly RTTS and Franchise. I’m excited to run through some MTO after some much needed improvements. I’m excited to dive into DD again, with the new Team Affinity structure it should last all year. I’m intrigued by Showdown. And of course I’m trying to find a great Custom League that’ll get my online competitiveness juices going without the frustration of DD online, and while playing with current MLB rosters.
    Did I miss anything? I’m hyped!
    Endorphinrush3000
    Careful 1st iterations of the game on new consoles were very bland for ps3 and ps4. Usually the 2nd year is the big jump, at least visually. Best to be cautiously optimistic not hyped
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    Well, we have not heard much in the last few years about any major graphics updates so here is hoping that the graphics team has been hard at work upgrading everything for the PS5 release.
    To the question originally posted, I am still excited. My excitement peaked during the DD stream (sorry franchise guys).
    6/10
    I'm always somewhat looking forward to the new iteration, but I've been disappointed for the last few years, so the excitement level has dropped dramatically over the last few years.
    I was boiling hot excited. Every stream after the RTTS stream took the excitement level down. I was hoping for some subtle logic changes to franchise, which does not require programming. That can be done with dev tools and some testing. One week of adjustment would have been nice to financials, progression, trades and drafts...
    Then when I found out the trade hub was not in for franchise I bottomed out.
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    Therebelyell626
    I am not going to lie, I am conflicted. While I am super excited to see SDS acknowledge the work the full
    Minors guys do and include it day one. I have a feeling once the newness wears off it is going to be the same stale experience that I have been getting tired of more quickly every year.
    Franchise just feels so repetitive with the minimal Changes they have made over the years. I am not a fan of M2O, RTTS, and I definitely will never set foot in DD. So I am left with trying to cover the warts and legacy issues Of franchise by using my imagination. I used to play the show well into August, but the last three years it is usually out of my rotation by June as I wait for madden release to approach.
    I am still getting it day one early release, and will be taking a “personal” day Friday and Monday

    Yep I pretty much have felt the same way the last 3 or 4 versions of the game.
    Most likely I will be sort of excited day 1 when setting the game to my liking and and playing the first game or 2. And then I will start to realize pretty quickly that the PS4 is getting old and MLB The Show 20 is not much better or different then 19 or even 18 and so on. And I will be thinking dam I have a whole year before MLB The Show 21 on PS5 comes out :( lol
    But it's still baseball and I still enjoy 19 so 20 can't be any worse.
    The good news is I am sure SDS has big plans for next gen baseball some of which may blow us all away!!! :)
    pretty high. I already have the early GS Friday release reserved and fully paid for... but I'd be willing to drive a couple hours tonight if I knew where Mom & Pop are selling early.
    I'm not opposed to having a second copy, especially if I break one if I feel cheated losing to Houston at some point this year
    Great Whale
    Very, very Low. Same deceptive Lines about "100+" new animations.
    Heard since year 2010. Box score looks disgusting still.
    I think there will be others as well that don't waste time with MLB 20.

    I'm strongly leaning to not buying this year.
    I'm a franchise player and the streams seem totally focused on DD which I have no interest in.
    The lack of injuries in franchise, played out games ended off being a pretty big issue for me. My roster stayed complete while opponents had injury problems. Just felt like cheating to me.
    Facing the same 3 bullpen pitchers every series, regardless of how fatigued they were, also sucked. The AI does not use relievers realistically at all. Also made it feel like cheating when it kept bringing in exhausted pitchers who got shelled.
    Also, I'm still a bit steamed they removed season without letting us know before we bought the game. Because of that, it's not what they are telling us, it's what they're not telling us that concerns me and I'm not going to put out any money without knowledge of changes/fixes to franchise.
    Season is what I prefered to franchise since season didn't use the progression/regression stuff and since I've never played more than 1 season by the next version, the franchise thing didn't interest me. Carrying a franchise over would result in retired players having different names in the new version.
    The only plus I've seen for franchise is full minors since having the announcers give us a number rather than a name when the player was at bat sucked, but since that wasn't a super major issue to me, it nowhere near enough to convince me to buy.
    I'll wait to see what people say after release, but if there is nothing new other than full minors, I'll pass on this version and probably any future versions unless it makes it's way onto PC. I'm not going to be getting PS5. I'm starting to get rid of all PS only games in favor of PC games. Since I've always been a PC player, I was real late coming to PS, but PC games are much better with all the options you have to make the game as good as possible for your system.
    I am very excited for MLB The Show 20. I took some time off from gaming. Life just got in the way, that happens sometimes. It has been a while since I played a MLB The Show game. In the past I bought a PS2 and a PS3 just so I could play The Show. Will be good to get back to it again.
    Looking forward to getting back to some formalized online play. I think I am really looking forward to the pace of the game and how they cleaned up those long drawn out replays. I think it could give the game a newish type feel. The only thing that could ruin it is if the commentary drags on by talking about possible outcomes when in fact the play is already over. That was problematic last year.
    tnixen
    Yep I pretty much have felt the same way the last 3 or 4 versions of the game.
    Most likely I will be sort of excited day 1 when setting the game to my liking and and playing the first game or 2. And then I will start to realize pretty quickly that the PS4 is getting old and MLB The Show 20 is not much better or different then 19 or even 18 and so on. And I will be thinking dam I have a whole year before MLB The Show 21 on PS5 comes out :( lol
    But it's still baseball and I still enjoy 19 so 20 can't be any worse.
    The good news is I am sure SDS has big plans for next gen baseball some of which may blow us all away!!! :)

    You say that but I’m not convinced they won’t port mlb 20 over to the Ps5 as that’s exactly what they did with the PS4 cause the player models are ps3 renderings jus updated cloth on the players . The AI they have used this PS4 generation is not been much better then the ps3 either .. As legacy issues has not been fixed at all this entire PS4 run .. If they do not build new player models or fix the logic of the AI it’s not gonna be any different on the PS5 then it has been on the PS4 to me .. Presentation needs overhauled as well and I hope 🤞 fingers crossed they actually work on franchise mode for Ps5 .....
    I think the rebranding will add some fun to the game. I loved the added pre-pitch presentation they added last year, looking forward to see what more has been added, love the full rosters and am sure gameplay will be as good as it’s ever been for me. So, I’m ready to get lost in franchise as it’s all I play.
    OUSOONERS#1
    You say that but I’m not convinced they won’t port mlb 20 over to the Ps5 as that’s exactly what they did with the PS4 cause the player models are ps3 renderings jus updated cloth on the players . The AI they have used this PS4 generation is not been much better then the ps3 either .. As legacy issues has not been fixed at all this entire PS4 run .. If they do not build new player models or fix the logic of the AI it’s not gonna be any different on the PS5 then it has been on the PS4 to me .. Presentation needs overhauled as well and I hope �� fingers crossed they actually work on franchise mode for Ps5 .....

    Agreed, I'm not saying it definitively but usually first releases on a new gen console are very much a port outside a few under the hood shiny bells. In some cases LESS features and modes (ps2-ps3 jump) but hopefully that won't be the case with how seamless the transition is supposed to be.
    I'm pretty chill about it actually. Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to it, but I've taken on another playthrough of Horizon: Zero Dawn to pass the time to launch and I'm honestly more hyped about that right now.
    Although that is mostly to do with the fact that Horizon: Zero Dawn is fantastic, it's been a long time since I played it, and I never played much of it on the PS4 pro before now.
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    I'm ridiculously jacked up for the release. Every day I've called my local GameStop to make sure they're not going to close the store before Thursday night with all the Coronavirus stuff going on. They told me if I show up a little before 9pm they'll give me my copy so I won't be camped outside their door Friday morning :y1:
    The addition of minor leaguers day one with full scans of top prospects has my excitement through the roof this year since I can start my franchise right away.
    Great Whale
    Very, very Low. Same deceptive Lines about "100+" new animations.
    Heard since year 2010. Box score looks disgusting still.
    I think there will be others as well that don't waste time with MLB 20.

    Yup, I'm one of them. I've bought pretty much every one since '09 and this is the first year I don't care even a little. Only so much lipstick goes on a pig.
    At first wasn't as excited as I usually am in the months leading up to release. Main reason I was getting it was since Javy Baez was the cover being a Cub fan. When the news came out that we could re-brand or relocate teams in franchise got me a little more excited, even though the feature ended up being pretty underwhelming on the stream.
    BeatArmy
    Yup, I'm one of them. I've bought pretty much every one since '09 and this is the first year I don't care even a little. Only so much lipstick goes on a pig.
    when life gives you pigs, make bacon
    The strike zone cam ... man ... to not be able to see the player model, the equipment, the batting stance .... 75% of the time you’re looking at a box and a moving ball lol
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    As I’m sitting here waiting for the game to unlock in 6 minutes, I can’t help but to feel a little bummed out about the current status of the MLB season. They kinda go hand in hand for me. Nothing better than playing The Show while watching or listening to a game.

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