It’s almost time to play to play with our bats again.
Geeky things like comic books, Star Wars, to an extent Doctor Who, all have their place but there’s a special place for Baseball. One of the big reasons I’ve stuck with owning a PlayStation through the years is because it’s one of the only consoles you can get a quality Baseball game year in and year out. Sony’s San Diego Studios are set to make their next-gen debut with MLB The Show 14 and today they’ve given us all reason to get excited all over again.
Along with new user interface, quick counts to make the game go faster, and a sharpened batting system; MLB 14 is finally showing off some graphical leaps for the PS4.
The top pic is the PS4 version of Mike Napoli while the bottom is still Napoli but notice the hair rendering and stadium detail. Year-to-year saves will solve one of sports gaming’s biggest dilemmas, making it easy for hours of time invested in MLB 14 to be carried over into next year’s game and beyond. This is further complemented by the return of cross-platform saves across all three SKUs (Vita, PS3, PS4). Community Challenges put the power of creation in the hands of gamers. Baseball scenarios — be they moments from history, situations snatched from the present, or something altogether new — can be easily generated, customized, and shared online. Online Franchise expands upon Online Leagues of seasons past, introducing multi-season play with Scouting, the Amateur Draft, Free Agency, and CPU Trades.
There was also talk this week about a new currency system for universal profiles in the game. In MLB they’ll be called stubs. Stubs are earned through general gameplay (just like XP) and tied to your Universal Profile. Most importantly, the rate at which Stubs are earned is intentionally generous. We are not designing the system to pressure players into spending money. It will be the same system it’s been in years prior, just all rolled together with a new name.
While we got a peak at some of the game play from the PS4 version, Sony San Diego isn’t ready to divulge that to the public just yet but I can’t wait for Baseball so real I’ll have to scratch during the game. MLB The Show 14 will release April 1st on the Vita and PS3, with a PS4 release to follow shortly in May.
In the meantime take a look at the PS3 trailer below.