Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. The players are all modeled with such care and effort that it will make your jaw drop. The clothes will ripple when the pitcher raises his leg mid-throw, and dirt will cake on the uniforms of the players who have made a few diving saves in the infield.
  2. 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.
  3. Playing MLB 08: The Show makes one thing rather apparent: Sony is focused on beating down the competition to a point that it becomes written in stone: Sony's MLB franchise is without question the best baseball sim money can buy.
  4. What more can I say that hasn't been said already. MLB 08: The Show raises the bar once again and delivers the most complete baseball experience money can buy.
  5. If the online play gets up and running, there’s no doubt that the game should be rated an ‘A’. You could even make a case for it as a system seller for any baseball fan—MLB The Show is just that good.
  6. If you ever wanted to see a digital replica of you playing baseball inside of a game, The Show is going to let you live the fantasy!
  7. MLB 08: The Show is the best baseball game on the market this year, hands down.
  8. It’s not often that competing sports franchises do an about-face from one year to the other, but this season it’s clear that The Show has surged past MLB 2K8 in almost every aspect.
  9. Its career mode, Road to the Show 2.0 will keep you busy for months, while additions to offline and online modes greatly enhance the game's replay value. It's so good, you'll play it right up to next year's edition.
  10. Players look like real men rather than EA-style waxwork models. [June 2008, p.94]
  11. 90
    There are an overwhelming number of features in this game that should keep even the most die-hard fan happy until next spring.
  12. Highly recommended for anyone even remotely interested in the sport, sports games in general, or even games in general. It’s that good.
  13. MLB 08: The Show for the PS3 is arguably the best baseball game I have played in this next-generation era of gaming.
  14. MLB 08: The Show easily wins the “most improved” award but it may very well be the best PS3 baseball game. It plays well, looks amazing, and really showcases the power of the PS3.
  15. MLB 08 is the best baseball game on the market, and the best sports game of this generation. For the first time since "NFL 2K," a sports game is a must-buy for any console owner.
  16. For baseballs fans of any persuasion, MLB 08: The Show is a phenomenally feature rich package that you'll be playing all the way until 09 comes around. [May 2008, p.68]
  17. 90
    It's a near-perfect baseball package, sporting a barrel full of improvements from last season, gorgeous animations, solid online support, and the most compelling single-player mode you could ever ask for.
  18. As far as I'm concerned, Sony has made the best baseball game ever.
  19. It is quite obvious that Sony took all the criticism leveled at last year's game and used it to craft MLB 08: The Show, an extremely fun and addicting title. Nearly all of the bugs have been fixed, with only the occasional AI problem, poor base running, and cumbersome career progression besmirching an otherwise incredible game.
  20. 87
    MLB '08 delivers on every gameplay front. The on-field play is excellently done, the stat tracking is immense, and Road to the Show is one of the best career modes around. Visually striking, this is the baseball game that baseball fans have been waiting for on the PS3.
  21. Some days you'll blow the computer out, while other days you'll be battling to the last pitch. Each game offers something new, something that will surprise you, making MLB 08 one of the most enjoyable sports games you'll play this year.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 74 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Sep 10, 2012
    Graphics: 9/10 as far as a sports game goes this is top notch. The players are accurate to their real life counter parts, even some of their prebatting rituals. The stadiums look amazing and the crowds are fairly well all things considered. It Full Review »