The MLB postseason is full steam ahead. That means MLB The Show 19 has been on the market for nearly eight months — not to mention the release of numerous major sports titles like Madden 20, NHL 20 and FIFA 20. There are so many games to choose from, but for those gamers who want to get the most out of one sports title, this is the article for you. Depending on the game mode you prefer in MLB The Show, you may have exhausted that mode to its fullest. However, in MLB The Show 19 there is a variety of modes to check out and variety of things beyond the modes themselves to alter.
With that in mind, here are multiple ways you can keep MLB The Show 19 fresh and squeeze every element out of the game throughout the rest of the season.
(Also, a reminder that MLB The Show 19 is free for the month of October if you have PS Plus.)
Custom Music & Player Customization
The custom music structure to MLB The Show 19 is, in my opinion, the best among all sports gaming titles. If you haven’t already done so, take a look at the Operation Sports forums and you can find custom music for every MLB team. There are various ways to change custom music and freshen the experience. Whether you want to only focus on changing in-stadium sounds or broadcast music, any additions you choose can have a significant impact on the gaming experience. Or you can leave the stadium sounds to the out of the box settings and only add in custom player music.
You can add in music for player walk-ups, pitcher entrances or player-specific home run music. MLB The Show developers have recognized the impact custom music can have on the game and have allowed space for multiple player walk-up songs and multiple home run music slots. Or you can take on the heavy task of changing all the music in the game. Whatever you choose, custom music can change the entire feel and dynamic of your game. In short, you can further the realism of MLB The Show 19 and mimic actual MLB stadium environments.
Next up is player customization. Get into each of your player’s personalities and customize his look. From hats, bats, gloves and more, you can really have a starting nine that is nothing but swag each time they take the field. There is a great amount of depth to player customization that will complement the custom music added into your experience.
You can spice up the game by adjusting sliders, and one area that can prove to provide more realism is by changing the pitch speed. You can achieve a fresh game feel when taking on the top arms in the league. Stepping up to the plate against Max Scherzer or Charlie Morton will amp up the intensity at the plate, and that 100 mph fastball can sound and feel like it’s untouchable. If you plan to be successful, you’ll need to work on your pitch recognition and be ready to swing quickly off the pitcher’s release.
If you can stomach the failures against the pitch speed for a little while, I think you will actually start to see your hitting game improve game after game. You will begin to adapt to those fastballs and gain a better plate discipline. Give it a try and experience the MLB at max speed. You will find that the hard shots to the gaps and a home run to the upper deck are more rewarding.
Custom Camera Angles
There are the standard broadcast cameras for pitching and also the standard out of the box hitting views. But to keep the gameplay fresh, you can make some camera adjustments to really show off the visuals of MLB The Show 19. Try playing games on different views that give you a completely different feel. Move it in closer on the hitting side to get a realistic feel of hitting from the batter’s eye, or expand it and play in some offset to experience visual beauty. However, there is some give and take to adjusting the camera angles, and to get the best stadium visuals you will have to move the camera in a severe offset. Therefore, your gameplay setting and hitting or pitching interface may need to be adjusted to gain the best playing experience.
For franchise players who go deep into a full franchise each year, Moments gives you the opportunity to break away and experience the game on a different level. The depth of the Moments library is fantastic and deep in its variety. You can start off in basic Moments that are lower in difficulty, and then progress your way through to more challenging and even extreme difficulty situations. The one aspect I particularly enjoyed is Storylines. In this mode, you are able to relive some of the larger moments in a player’s career.
For example, Ken Griffey Jr. is here, and who doesn’t want to relive the past with number 24? I definitely did, and the Moments do not disappoint. Next time you boot up MLB 19 The Show, jump right into Moments and begin playing through some of the biggest moments in MLB history. You may find yourself immersed and hooked on what these challenges have to offer.
Baseball is a game of little things and the same applies to MLB The Show 19. Each time you play, small moments pop up from time to time that keep the game fresh. However, those moments are not always in your control and you may miss some things if you stick with just one mode. Franchise after franchise for some people can cause the game to get stale a bit, and you end up simulating 80 percent of the games. To really get the most out of sports titles, you can dive into a variety of game modes to and experience the game in different aspects.
From Moments to Diamond Dynasty and Road to the Show, each gives you a take on baseball that’s different. Next, get your customization on and get into every little sound to make the diamond come alive. Change up sounds from the regular season to playoffs and then World Series. Go player by player and change up bats, gloves, cleats and expand your custom music. All of this will help keep the game alive and fresh as the real MLB postseason rolls on, and these thing may even get you through until the next release of the MLB The Show series.