Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Just about as good as baseball can get on the PS2, and will no doubt keep fans happy for many months. Between the franchise, Road To The Show, and online modes, it’s packed with top-notch gameplay that rivals the best we’ve seen.
  2. The only way that this game is better is if they can find a way for the vendors to bring me a $7 hot dog every few minutes, so I don’t have to stop playing to eat.
  3. MLB 08: The Show is the best offering of baseball you'll get no matter what PlayStation console you pick it up for. The PlayStation 2 version of the game still features practically everything that makes the PS3 game so great, with the exception of very minor technical differences in online and the audio, and naturally the visuals.
  4. However, on the PS2 and PSP, Sony San Diego was able to bring over a lot of the gameplay and AI improvements, making MLB 08 one of the best playing baseball games on either platform.
  5. MLB ‘08: The Show is catered towards the stat freaks out there (me included) and it’ll grab a hold of you and never let go.
  6. 80
    For the third year in a row, SCEA has delivered an excellent baseball game in the form of their Show franchise. While the PS2 version doesn't innovate nearly as much as it did last year, it maintains its quality with some minor adjustments and enough creative touches to keep PS2 owners engaged.
  7. With a dearth of features and tweaks that make this experience the best out there, gamers will have plenty to do before and after the first pitch of the season.
  8. If you're looking for an authentic simulation of the national pastime, then look no further. No other franchise can match MLB 08: The Show.
  9. MLB 08: The Show for the PS2 is arguably the best baseball game I have played in quite some time.
  10. 80
    The improved pitcher interface adds depth and the graphics upgrades add some eye candy.
  11. If you have your PS2 networked, the opportunity to play in 30-team online leagues is a huge draw. [June 2008, p.79]
  12. There are a few niggling problems and annoyances on and off the field that keep the game from being picture perfect, but by and large, MLB The Show 08 for the PS2 offers a very realistic and entertaining brand of baseball.

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