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    by Published on 02-25-2016 08:00 PM
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    The latest weekly MLB The Show 16 livestream focused on highlighting improvements to presentation and commentary. Joined by Community Manager Ramone Russell, developers Kirby St. John & Michael Compton showcased some of the changes for almost 90 minutes on Twitch.

    Three broadcast display packages (scorebug, other graphics) to help give the feel of national or regional coverage, based upon the team. Commentary has been improved with 14,000+ newly recorded lines and also the 'memory' to remember storylines, stats, records, and in-progress action in order to resume discussion when action warrants a breakaway.

    Continue on to watch the archive of the stream and to see notes on the presentation & commentary improvements coming to the game. ...
    by Published on 02-18-2016 08:00 PM
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 livestream focused on Diamond Dynasty (DD) and improvements coming to the mode by taking a deeper look at some of the DD features announced earlier this week.

    Play a Friend allows users to play others on their friends list with a bevy of options. There will be no way to farm or exploit items in this mode; it is simply playing friends.

    There will be hundreds of 'Flashbacks' that will reflect the player at a certain point in his career. For example, the Jake Peavy Flashback card highlighted in the video has five pitch types, including a slider. Peavy does not throw a slider much currently, but since he did at that point in his career, the card will include it.

    Other modes discussed include Captains, Inside Edge ('live' ratings updates), the ability to see player cards and improved filters in the Marketplace, Missions, bullpen energy, new player gear, dedicated stats area, pack types, card images, and more.

    Additional ways to play & DD improvements will be announced in early March.

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    by Published on 02-16-2016 09:52 PM
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    A new video from the MLB The Show 16 development team (narrated by developers Nick Livingston & Lance Leahy) provides the first look at some of the changes coming to Diamond Dynasty, The Show's card collecting fantasy mode.

    A popular community request, users can now play Diamond Dynasty games versus friends.

    Some of the goals this year for the development team were to create more diversity in squads and avoid many user teams from resembling each other and also to increase progression ("more things to aim for") within the mode.

    Partnering with baseball analytics firm Inside Edge to help get a daily match-up rating (which will effect player attributes if playing that day) for current players, considered 'live series' players. There are also hundreds of new 'flashback' (rookie, prime, and post-season) players which will focus on a specific moment in a player's career.

    Additional ways to earn cards, stubs, etc. New this year are 'Missions' which require the user to complete a certain task to unlock an item. This task could be collecting players from a certain team, accomplishing a cumulative statistical goal, etc.

    Another new feature, 'Captains' sees the user earn XP and tickets as they play the game. Users can then redeem these virtual tickets within one of six captain categories for items such as players cards, equipment items, and more.

    The Thursday Twitch livestream (February 18) from Sony San Diego will focus more on the improvements and changes to Diamond Dynasty. ...
    by Published on 02-11-2016 09:00 PM
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 livestream focused on 'the little things' coming to the game in March.

    The most notable addition is the return of The Sounds of The Show. A feature lost in the transition from PS3 to PS4, this will allow users to utilize their own audio files to play for specific in-game events. For example, they can set custom batter walk-up or home run music, etc. It was noted that the game will only import MP3 files from a USB memory stick. All other aspects of the mode work as they did on PS3.

    Other aspects discussed/revealed during the stream include Challenge of the Week 3.0, open or closed roof options for applicable stadiums, in-game tutorials, re-designed batting cameras, six classic stadiums, and more.

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    by Published on 02-09-2016 07:00 PM
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 livestream showcased the bevy of gameplay improvements coming to the title.

    The game has added new and player-specific animations for home run sequences, dives, double play turns, batting stances, outfield post-game rituals, and more. Four new swings (Spray, Slap, Asian, & Short Follow Through) bring the total of hitter types to seven.

    It was also highlighted during the livestream that 'switch-pitcher' Pat Venditte will be able to pitch left or right-handed in the game (as he can in real life), but he will be the only player to do so. Also added will be the Jose Bautista bat flip from game five of the ALDS, Edwin Encarnacion's 'chicken wing' home run trot.

    Improvements to in-game logic will include players out of position unable to use the same animations as an average player at that position, as well as improved bunt logic and foot planting.

    The next MLB The Show 16 livestream will be on February 11 and cover the "little things,", including umpire personality traits, sounds of The Show, improvements to Challenge of the Week, and more.

    Continue on to see an archive of the livestream as well as info on some of the gameplay improvements coming to the title. ...
    by Published on 01-26-2016 12:00 PM
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    A new video blog from MLB The Show 16 details some of the improvements coming to Road to the Show (RTTS).

    This year in RTTS, users can play a series of games without having to go to the main menu which should allow for more games completed in less time. Changes to the training system allow users to utilize specific gameplay perks to help them excel. ShowTime is a new way to slow down the action in critical moments to help give the user more control.

    The perks system has been a source of some debate and concern by the community as some worry that it could be gimmicky and ruin the purity of the mode.

    The next MLB 16 livestream is tentatively scheduled for February 4 at 2 PM PT on Twitch with a deep dive look at Road to the Show improvements and the new ShowTime feature.

    Continue on to see the MLB 16 VLOG as well as the upcoming information release schedule. ...
    by Published on 12-05-2015 07:00 PM
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    At this weekend's PlayStation Experience, SCEA officially announced MLB The Show 16 coming March 29, 2016 featuring cover athlete Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Bluejays.

    The announcement video features a look at pre-beta gameplay footage and appears to highlight a new mechanic for fielding and batting entitled ShowTime.

    Similarly to an MLB 15 trailer, the clip ends with a look at some of the legends coming to Diamond Dynasty and also a brief look at the famous Polo Grounds. Continue on to see the announcement trailer and to learn about the standard, MVP, and digital deluxe versions of the game. ...
    by Published on 06-12-2015 08:00 AM
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    The latest game update is now available for MLB 15 The Show. Game Update 1.04 primarily addresses online issues and bugs that resulted in a combination of incorrect outcomes being reported, hang-ups, and an issue with synchronizing accumulated XP and stubs.

    Continue on to see the full list of patch notes, straight from SCEA. ...
    by Published on 04-23-2015 06:00 AM
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    Game update 1.02 is now available for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of MLB 15 The Show.

    The update addresses gameplay and issues across a multitude of game modes including Franchise mode, Diamond Dynasty, and more.

    Continue on to read the full patch notes from Sony San Diego. ...
    by Published on 03-23-2015 01:00 PM
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    A new thirty-second spot from MLB 15 The Show highlights the improved visuals, stadiums, and licensed equipment coming to the annual title. Set to a guitar rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, the clip shows numerous quick action shots featuring numerous players and teams.

    Continue on to see the new video from MLB 15 The Show. ...
    by Published on 03-21-2015 08:00 AM
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    Just 13 months following the launch of the game, servers for MLB 14 The Show will be shut down on June 18 per Sony's UK PlayStation blog.

    While most sports games typically stay online for a year and a half (or more), this closure along with some of NBA 2K's recent titles have come just a year after launch.

    Continue on to see an excerpt of the report from Polygon. ...
    by Published on 03-12-2015 01:00 PM
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    If you're in need of some MLB action, the MLB 15 The Show development team took to Twitch on Thursday for an afternoon long developer tournament and competition.

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    by Published on 03-11-2015 02:15 PM
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    The MLB 15 The Show development team returns to Twitch to show off the game's enhanced graphics, environments, and more.

    Continue on to watch the livestream archive here at TGT. ...
    by Published on 03-05-2015 10:15 PM
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    Thursday evening, the MLB The Show development team took to Twitch for an impromptu livestream to discuss player ratings and lesser known features while playing a game of MLB 15.

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    by Published on 03-03-2015 05:33 PM
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    In a suddenly announced livestream on Tuesday, MLB 15 The Show talked features, gameplay, and more.

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    by Published on 03-02-2015 05:30 PM
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    Monday night, the MLB 15 The Show character artist team showed off character models, accessories and a full game in a Twitch livestream.

    Continue on to watch the archived broadcast here at TGT. ...
    by Published on 02-26-2015 02:00 PM
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    Thursday night, the MLB 15 The Show dev team held a livestream 'deep-dive' into Franchise Mode, year-to-year saves, and Inside the Show radio.

    Continue on to view the livestream archive right here at TGT. ...
    by Published on 02-16-2015 09:00 AM
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    MLB 15 The Show will formally feature baseball legends for the first time with one legend per MLB team.

    The legends can be earned by collecting a full team of players in Diamond Dynasty (The Show's version of Ultimate Team/MyTeam) or with some luck by landing their card within a DD pack. Incorporating legends via card collecting modes is extremely popular - and lucrative - so it was inevitable before Sony San Diego added it to The Show. The 30 legends span baseball history and are led by some notable stars including Ted Williams and Ernie Banks.

    It remains to be seen how the reaction will be should it prove extremely difficult to attain a specific legend and/or potential blowback by users who want legends in Franchise Mode but do not want to play (or invest) in Diamond Dynasty to do so. Perhaps the studio has planned (or should consider) a DLC pack that will unlock all legends for immediate Franchise use.

    The franchise had previously included the ability to create players and share rosters with other users. Some of the most popular community files featured rosters for all teams from a specific season. Some community members have already begun to wonder if this feature's popularity will change with legends now officially in the game, particularly if users do not agree with the ratings for legends. It is also unclear if legends can be used in Road to the Show.

    While legends are a welcomed addition to The Show, there are still many unanswered questions as to their full usage and ultimately community reception. Continue on to see the full list of 30 legends. ...
    by Published on 02-12-2015 10:00 AM
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    MLB 15 The Show continues to reveal feature and mode improvements by detailing changes to the game's Universal Rewards and the addition of authentic equipment.

    Building upon the Universal Profile system from previous versions of the game, Universal Rewards will give the user XP and Stubs that can provide rewards and items that be used across numerous game modes.

    This year MLB 15 will include authentic equipment from manufacturers including Franklin, Louisville Slugger, Nike, Under Armour, Wilson, Rawlings, Sam Bat, Mizuno, and Marucci. Similar to equipping licensed apparel in the Tiger Woods PGA TOUR franchise, each item will provide boost(s) to specific attributes for a player.

    The video reveal concludes by showcasing the 30 MLB Legends that users can earn through Diamond Dynasty and then utilize in Franchise Mode.

    Continue on to see the video from Sony San Diego. ...
    by Published on 01-29-2015 12:15 PM
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    MLB The Show Community Manager Ramone Russell has posted some new MLB 15 game information and plans for the first gameplay reveal for the title.

    February 5 at 2 PM PT on Twitch, Sony San Diego Studio will show off the game and some of the new features.

    The blog from Russell reveals some new features such as 10 new minor league stadium (PS4 only), new General Manager Contracts and new Performance-based Player Progression as part of a Franchise Mode refresh, use of Legends within Diamond Dynasty and Franchise Mode, and the "Inside the Show" news suite designed to bring the latest news from around the league to the forefront for the user. A more complete feature list can be found here.

    Continue on to see the entire blog from Russell and then share your thoughts here with the TGT community. ...
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