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  • Summary: The #1 selling, highest rated baseball franchise is back in MLB® The Show '11. Experience new ways to play The Show with the NEW PURE Analog controls. Team up in ALL NEW CO-OP play, get called up to the Big Leagues with new and improved Road to the Show features and compete for real world prizes in MLB® The Show's ALL NEW Challenge of the Week. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Lord knows how long the San Diego boys can continue trumping themselves year after year, but for now their golden touch shows no sign of fading. [June 2011, p.106]
  2. Apr 6, 2011
    98
    MLB 11 The Show remains the best baseball game on the market and is a worthy upgrade for any baseball fan.
  3. Mar 22, 2011
    95
    I can't imagine any fan of our national pastime that wouldn't love MLB 11.
  4. Mar 7, 2011
    90
    In many ways, MLB 11 The Show is a victim of its own success. It succeeds completely as a baseball simulator – the best we've ever played. We're spoiled, though, and would love to use it to dive into something completely new.
  5. 90
    Does an admirable job at upgrading the leading baseball simulator. The new analog control scheme feels natural for hitting, pitching and fielding, while the announcers have a more lifelike flow to their conversations. It seems that only some stiff Road To The Show fielding as well as unreliable online are the only blemishes on an otherwise faultless package.
  6. Mar 20, 2011
    85
    MLB 11 The Show is the best baseball game on the market and brings enough changes and additions to the franchise to make it worth your money and time. I'll admit that everything may not be perfect in Show-Land, but the franchise is still far from hitting a brick wall.
  7. Mar 8, 2011
    80
    The lack of major improvements to Franchise and Road to the Show are disappointing, but The Show remains the best baseball game in town.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 26
  3. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Mar 10, 2011
    10
    Simply the best baseball simulation out. None of the old ea games or the current 2K series can compete with The Show. Definitely a system seller for the PS3. Expand
  2. Mar 13, 2011
    10
    There's not much more that can be said about The Show series that hasn't already been said. The Show 10 was great, and 11 still manages to improve upon that. Is it perfect? No, but in my opinion a game doesn't have to be to warrant a "10" review. My favorite improvements are perhaps not ones that have been mentioned a lot. 1. Streamlined game play settings saving. Last years system was a mess and it felt like you had to save the same setting in 3 different places if you wanted to make sure all your games in any mode played a certain way. This year, you just make a custom settings profile and you can apply that 1 profile to any game mode at any time.
    2. Fielding improvements. For example, a ground ball is hit to the first basemen; last year he would go through a short 1/2 to a full second animation to prepare to throw the ball to another fielder, when really all you wanted to do was make him touch first. This year, he'll field the ball and straight away you're able to control him and touch the bag. (this is just an example).
    3. Home Run Derby is EXCELLENT with the Move controls added this year (though I'd like to see them eventually incorporated into the rest of the game as an option)
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  3. Mar 18, 2011
    10
    The Show is always the best baseball game, this year's is no exception. I love the new controls but for me the single player mode is what seals the deal. Road to the show is the best - BY FAR single player mode in any sports title. Being a baseball guy I look forward to spring training, the launch of the Show and opening day all happening in about a month's span. Expand
  4. Mar 10, 2011
    10
    You like baseball do ya? Then you need this game, tell 'em Phantom- Tommy sent ya..........you might get some money off the game, but you probably wont. MLB 11: The Show is a fantastic sports game and should not be missed by any self respecting baseball fan, what more can i say. Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2011
    9
    This baseball game is probably the most true to sport game that I have played. Graphically this game shines esp when my buddies came over and thought they ere watching a real game. Batting in this game is real hard. The pitch speeds come in really fast so the game forces you to be patient and work the count.. if your playing a top tier pitcher your gonna have a long day. Fielding in this game has been improved with the analong stick throwing. You throw to the base with the stick in the direction the base is in and depending how long you hold down is the strength of the throw. you must wait as well til you get your fielder the ball or youll juggle the throw and will make a error. This makes fielding must more realistic and makes you patient. I had trouble with the sticks to pitch and bat so I did the classic meter and timing and it plays fine for me if your good with the stick then hey its a option they made for people to enojoy. This year they added Aa new announcer (eric karros) which makes it alot better in the box for the game so it feels like a broadcast and not as bad as the past few years of the show have been but it woulda been nice for them to make the old announcers have a bunch of new lines. Other than that its the show the best in the biz for baseball if more sports games would follow suit and pay attention to even the smallest detail which immerses you into the game they way it should. If you love baseball this game will not dissapoint Expand
  6. MFZ
    Nov 9, 2011
    9
    Best MLB game out there, but there is still more to improve, so I'm giving it a 9. The things I'd like to see are loose uniforms that blow in the wind, live weather via satellite or something, different swing types and personalities for different players... Expand
  7. Mar 20, 2011
    1
    The pros is that this game finally included analog controls for pitching, fielding and batting. Also the many ways you can customize the game cameras is a plus. Besides that it's the same game with updated rosters. If you own last years game you pretty much have the same game as MLB the Show 11. On a side note I'm very bitter that SCEA is turning off the servers for MLB 10. Not even EA shuts down servers this quick. SCEA has been doing this for the past 3 years and I will not buy a new game from them. Get last years game to get you through the season and then buy MLB 11 around December for $10 used off of Gamefly. This game is not worth $60!

    1) Still no playoff tournament mode.
    2) Online is really bad (lags)
    3) Presentation is the same as prior versions (very stale and now boring).
    4) Franchise bugs, wait for patch again.
    5) Graphical glitches (ie players going through walls) graphics over bright. 6) Collision detection still bad.
    7) Load time and game saving is painfully slow.
    8) Features removed from the game (ie pitch count button)
    9) Developer is lazy with player portraits on the stock roster that shipped.
    10) New game, new bugs, old bugs, same shish different day. $20 DLC at best!

    MLB 11 is a good game, but 08, 09 and 10 were also good games, the only reason to upgrade is for rosters and online, but online is still broken.
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