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    by Published on 04-11-2017 09:00 AM
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    MLB The Show 17 has released game update 1.03. This update addresses gameplay, uniform, and functionality issues.

    Among the most notable improvements include online gameplay fixes, adding in names to the back of the Tigers' road uniforms, as well as rectifying issues with year to year saves and message handling.

    Continue on to see the released patch notes from Sony San Diego. ...
    by Published on 03-16-2017 07:00 PM
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    In the final Twitch livestream before the release of MLB The Show 17, the development team broadcasted what they referred to as a "Mega Stream."

    In the lengthy broadcast, the devs showcased graphical improvements (including lighting, faces, grass tech, classic stadiums, & more), Road to the Show, and the annual developer tournament.

    Continue on to see the archived segments featuring graphical improvements as well as a look at Road to the Show. ...
    by Published on 03-14-2017 09:00 AM
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    Ahead of Thursday's MLB The Show 17 Road to the Show Twitch livestream, Senior Designer Steve Merka has posted a new entry at the PlayStation Blog detailing some of the changes coming to the mode this year.

    In MLB The Show 17, RTTS will play out like a RPG (Role-Playing Game) allowing the user to customize the look, playing style, and path of their created player. The ultimate goal is to become a Hall Of Fame player and make it to Cooperstown.

    Continue on to read Merka's blog.

    (Also, if the name Steve Merka sounds familiar, it should: Merka is a former designer from EA SPORTS' NCAA Football franchise.) ...
    by Published on 03-09-2017 06:00 PM
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    Follow the jump to view the archived livestream of the MLB The Show 17 Franchise Mode livestream. ...
    by Published on 03-07-2017 03:00 PM
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    After learning of Franchise Mode improvements such as Critical Situations, Player Lock, and Quick Manage coming to MLB The Show 17 in Monday's GameStop video, a new entry at the PlayStation Blog provides the first details on Player Quirks.

    Based on this early information, Player Quirks appears to be similar to the 'Badge' system utilized in the NBA 2K series - a way to give players specific traits and skills beyond what ratings alone can provide.

    More details on Player Quirks, Critical Situations, Quick Manage, and other Franchise Mode improvements are expected in this Thursday's MLB The Show 17 Twitch livestream. Continue on to read the Player Quirks excerpt from the PlayStation Blog. ...
    by Published on 03-06-2017 10:05 AM
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    In this week's Gamestop MLB Mondays video, Designer Matt Schaeffer provides a first look at three new Franchise Mode features: Critical Situations, Player Lock, and Quick Manage. As Schaeffer notes in the brief video, the improvements are designed to create quicker, more impactful game experiences while allowing the user to maintain full control over their team.

    Critical Situations - As simulating games users can hop into late inning, game deciding moments instantly. Also includes lighter moments such as statistical milestones, including completing the cycle, for example.

    Player Lock - Can play controlling only your 'favorite players.' This is similar to Road to the Show and also Player Lock as found in NCAA Football, for example.

    Quick Manage - New text-based simulation mode. User can hop in and out at anytime, while having the full managerial decisions at your disposal, including pitching around batter, calling for hit and run, etc.

    More Franchise info will come this Thursday during the Twitch livestream. Continue on to see the Gamestop MLB Mondays video. ...
    by Published on 02-27-2017 10:30 AM
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    In the latest Gamestop MLB Mondays video, MLB The Show 17 Designer & Script Writer Kirby St. John reveals some of the improvements coming to commentary & presentation.

    Full MLB Network broadcast package including announcers, on-screen displays, and theme music. Two new color commentators have been added to the game: MLB Network's Harold Reynolds and Dan Plesac will be joining returning PBP man Matt Vasgersian. Reynolds & Plesac will be replacing Eric Karros and Steve Lyons.

    Unique to the MLB Network experience will be Showtrack, a new presenation tool to help analyze and show off the action on the field as it happens, with the statistics behind the athletic feats.

    Continue on to see the Gamestop MLB Mondays Commentary & Presentation video. ...
    by Published on 02-23-2017 06:30 PM
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    On Thursday's MLB The Show 17 Twitch livestream, Designer/Community Manager Ramone Russell and Live Content Producer Stephen Hass were joined by other game designers to discuss 'the little things' - aspects of the title that are not 'back of the box' worthy, but would aid in game immersion for the user.

    Some of the items mentioned in the 90+ minute stream: new legends include Jason Giambi & Luis Aparicio, a look at every uniform combination in the game, improved stadium Jumbotron graphics, improvements to Diamond Dynasty, and much more.

    Continue on to see the Twitch archive as well as screenshots from the livestream. ...
    by Published on 02-20-2017 12:00 PM
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    The latest Gamestop "MLB Mondays" feature reveals some of the 'little things' coming to the game; aspects that will aid in the depth, immersion, and presentation for the user.

    Some of the aspects disclosed: 500+ Diamond Dynasty cards will be released during the season ("many" of which will be brand new), carryover saves can be used from the cloud or console this year, and the return of classic stadiums such as the Metrodome, Shea Stadium, & Yankee Stadium.

    More details will be announced and/or covered in greater detail on Thursday's Twitch livestream.

    Continue on to see the Gamestop 'Little Things' video and recap. ...
    by Published on 01-25-2017 11:00 AM
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    In their latest development blog posted on the PlayStation website, MLB The Show 17 has released more information on Retro Mode, regional cover athletes, pre-order bonuses, & the 2017 developer blog and Twitch livestream schedule.

    - A nod to baseball games of past, Retro Mode allows user to play with simplified controls and old school presentation graphics/UI elements. Pitching in the mode consists of using just one button, X, and the direction analog stick will help adjust pitch type and velocity.

    - In Canada, the cover athlete will be Toronto's Aaron Sanchez. In Taiwan, Miami's Wei-Yin Chen will grace the cover.

    - The blog/Twitch schedule reveals a new presentation package and two new commentators joining the booth. While details have been edited out with asterisks, it is believed that the intended text is 'MLB Network Presentation Package' and 'Harold Reynolds & Jon Smoltz Join the Booth.' Presentation details will come via a Twitch stream on March 2.

    Continue on to read the full blog to read the details of the pre-order bonuses and to view the pre-release content schedule. ...
    by Published on 12-19-2016 12:00 PM
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    In the latest MLB The Show 17 video, Community Manager and Developer Ramone Russell sheds light on the improvements and features coming to the game that were teased in the gameplay reveal trailer from earlier this month.

    Some of the more significant improvements include improved spin of the ball off the bat increasing hit types (such as balls down the foul line), updated face scans, new legends, and four new historical stadiums including the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

    Continue on to see the Playback trailer and the reveal/confirmation on some of what's new in MLB The Show 17. ...
    by Published on 12-03-2016 04:00 PM
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    Sony San Diego has released the first gameplay reveal trailer for MLB The Show 17 at PSX 2016.

    The opening scene of the video teases improvements to Road to the Show, such as players determining responses to their coach, similarly to NBA 2K's MyCareer mode.

    The trailer showcases cover athlete Ken Griffey Jr. along with numerous team and individual player celebrations, all while set to DJ Kool's "Let Me Clear My Throat."

    The end of the video reveals "Retro Mode," a new game mode meant to emulate old school baseball games, including one Griffey was also a cover athlete of, Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball.

    Continue on to see the reveal trailer and then share your thoughts with the community. ...
    by Published on 10-27-2016 12:00 PM
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    Ken Griffey, Jr. will be the cover athlete for MLB The Show 17 releasing March 28, 2017. The former Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, and Chicago White Sox star will also be included within the game as a playable legend.

    MLB The Show 17 will feature four different SKUs: Digital Deluxe ($99.99), Hall of Fame Edition ($99.99), MVP Edition ($69.99), and Standard Edition ($59.99). The details of each version can be currently found on The Show's official website.

    Amazon.com currently has the MVP ($55.99) & Standard ($47.99) Editions available for pre-order at reduced price for Amazon Prime members. (Ordering through the Amazon links will provide a slight kickback to TGT for server & maintenance costs.)

    This marks the fifth videogame that Griffey has graced the cover of, following Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball (1994), Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run (1996), Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. (1998), and Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest (1999). The previous four titles were all published by Nintendo of America.

    Continue on to see the MLB The Show 17 cover athlete reveal. ...
    by Published on 04-08-2016 05:00 PM
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    Game update 1.02 is now available for the PlayStation 4 version of MLB The Show 16. This update fixes several game freezes and addresses the dreaded 'Challenge failed' issue.

    The development team continues to work on improving the online experience behind the scenes and acknowledges the recent struggles users have been facing. To reward the patience of fans, all users who have played MLB 16 prior to Friday, April 8 will receive 5,000 stubs and 10 standard packs for use in Diamond Dynasty.

    Continue on to read patch notes and a statement from the MLB The Show 16 development team. ...
    by Published on 03-10-2016 06:00 PM
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 livestream focused on the two new ways to play Diamond Dynasty: Battle Royale and Conquest.


    Battle Royale is a double-elimination online event that users must buy into via tickets earned in-game. The better the user performs, the better the exclusive rewards they can earn. Users will hand-pick their roster through a 25-round draft, similar to that in Madden NFL's Draft Champions mode.

    Conquest is a single-player mode where users will attempt to earn 'fans' to help them conquer North America by capturing and defending territories against all MLB teams. Games in this mode are only three innings with the user's Diamond Dynasty squad (no draft).

    The stream concluded with a look at some player ratings and also the final rounds of the developer tournament. Continue on to watch an archive of the livestream. ...
    by Published on 03-08-2016 03:00 PM
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    Narrated by developer Lance Leahy, this week's MLB The Show 16 video blog showcases two new ways to play Diamond Dynasty: Battle Royale and Conquest.

    Battle Royale is a competitive PvP experience where users will build their team in a 25-round draft and compete in shorter three-inning experiences. The more wins achieved, the greater the rewards.

    Conquest resembles turn-based strategy games as users will attempt to earn fans to take over control of North America.

    MLB The Show 16 developers will provide an in-depth look at these two new modes during Thursday, Twitch livestream. Continue on to see the video blog. ...
    by Published on 03-03-2016 09:00 PM
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    This week's MLB The Show 16 developer livestream focused on the improvements coming to Franchise Mode. The highlighted improvements include morale, real-life budget dynamics, and revamped GM goals.


    Morale plays an important role as you developer your roster as it will have an onfield effect on player performance. Player morale can be influenced by seven overall factors, including the player's role on the team, coaching staff, and the team's city.

    An improved revenue and expenditure model includes real-life budget dynamics including revenue sharing and the luxury tax.

    Revamped scouting and GM goals, as well as improvements to player progression, contract logic, and call-up/send-down logic round out the Franchise Mode improvements discussed in the livestream.

    Online franchise did not receive any of the upgrades mentioned in the livestream, however online gameplay stability has been improved for MLB The Show 16.

    The stream concluded with gameplay as the developers competing in one round of the developer tournament. Continue on to watch the Franchise & developer tournament livestream archive. ...
    by Published on 03-01-2016 04:00 PM
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    Ahead of Thursday's developer livestream, MLB The Show 16 has revealed in brief detail some of the improvements coming to Franchise Mode.

    Player Morale will play an important role in building your roster as player happiness (or discontent) can effect their performance on the field.

    The contract negotiation screen allows for real-time evaluation of the player's interest level as you change terms of the potential contract.

    Improved stat tracking and player career stats includes WAR and a full array of stat filters.

    A new budget screen will allow GMs to see where their money is coming from - and going - and includes revenue sharing and the luxury tax. Also mentioned were the addition of new GM goals and the authentic 20/80 scale for scouting

    Continue on to view the Franchise Mode VLOG courtesy the PlayStation Blog. ...
    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.

    Continue on to watch the archived livestream. ...
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