Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
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  1. May 29, 2013
    A great, deep and entertaining baseball sim without a tutorial to welcome newcomers.
  2. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 23, 2013
    The Show remains the most authentic sports series of all time. FIFA can't touch it. [May 2013, p.108]
  3. Official PlayStation Magazine Benelux
    Apr 22, 2013
    The game only really opens up for those who are true fans of the sport: those who rejoice in delving through a mountain of statistics and tactics. Baseball can be spectacular, but not every game is. And MLB captures that feeling perfectly. [April 2013, p.92]
  4. Apr 9, 2013
    One of the modes that baseball fans will love is the ability to play any match-up from the season with live updated player stats and rosters.
  5. Apr 9, 2013
    For those unfamiliar with baseball MLB 13: The Show is probably a curiosity at most. The fact that the game is also PlayStation exclusive further segregates its European audience so that it occupies a limited niche at best. Still, for those looking for a baseball game there is nothing better on the market.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Apr 3, 2013
    2013’s The Show is the complete package: amazing visuals with the capacity to fool unsuspecting relatives that you’ve temporarily forgot what country you woke up in and are watching televised baseball, and incredibly nuanced gameplay that’ll sprout a Louisville Slugger in the trousers of ardent fans of what’s allegedly America’s favourite pastime. [May 2013, p76]
  7. Apr 2, 2013
    In a world where some game franchises seem to just be releasing uninspired updates, MLB 13 The Show shows what happens when the developers really care about their game, both the video game and real world variety.
  8. Apr 1, 2013
    The Show retains its place atop the heap of not just baseball games but sports games of all stripes by offering the most options, the widest variety of ways to play and unparalleled customization. Just go get it already!
  9. Mar 30, 2013
    MLB 13 The Show is the best baseball game nowadays. Great control variety for beginners and depth for experts, good in offline modes and awesome visuals. But has only a few poor new modes.
  10. Mar 26, 2013
    It offers depth of gameplay and customization in a gorgeous, immersive baseball experience.
  11. Mar 22, 2013
    It may not be a huge leap over last year’s game but its satisfaction is almost endless.
  12. Mar 21, 2013
    Even though MLB 13: The Show may not boast any laudable improvements that will raise eyebrows, it is still, without a doubt, the best baseball game on the market.
  13. Mar 19, 2013
    What's most important, though, is that regardless of your level of experience with a real-life diamond, MLB 13: The Show looks good enough, plays well enough, and offers enough customization to please any sports or simulation fan.
  14. Mar 19, 2013
    The eighth instalment of The Show series pulls no squeeze plays on quality and realism when it comes to the game of baseball.
  15. Mar 19, 2013
    A fantastic translation to games of America’s national pastime, baseball. Practically all facets of the popular sport can be found in the game, in a very realistic manner. This holds true for the players, who look great and are animated brilliantly. It’s almost as if you’re actually a part of the Major Leagues. For whoever wants to start playing with their own homemade player, the excellent Road to the Show-mode’s got you covered. There are a few sloppy mistakes, but that doesn’t affect the fun you’ll have in any way. Fun that can be had, not only by baseball-veterans, but also by newcomers.
  16. Mar 15, 2013
    MLB 13 is remarkable in that it is almost uniformly excellent. Annual sports games consist of numerous discrete pieces, but they rarely come together as well as they do here.
  17. Mar 14, 2013
    A ton of love, care, and attention, not only to the fundamentals, but to what the fans have been clamoring for have been answered in spades. The end result is in not only the best version this series has seen, and not only the most authentic and realistic baseball game created to date, but easily one of the best sports games this reviewer has ever played.
  18. Mar 13, 2013
    It would be easy for Sony to rest on their laurels with this franchise, especially considering the downward spiral (and expiring contract) of their only competitor. Instead, they’ve continued to take pride in making sure that The Show is always at the top of its game.
  19. Mar 12, 2013
    Some of the new features are questionable, such as the throwing meter, while others, like the postseason mode, aren't fleshed out enough to make MLB 13 an instant purchase for those who are content with previous versions. Yet while there really aren't any new modes or "wow" features to make MLB 13 a completely different ballgame from previous entries, the gameplay, customization, computer AI, and visuals are too strong to ignore for even the most jaded fan.
  20. Mar 12, 2013
    MLB 13: The Show turns the bats loose and finds stability online, but the numbers reflect MLB’s juiced era more than the pitcher-friendly league we see today. This year’s game is about making contact more consistently and shoring up the other aspects of a well-rounded baseball sim.
  21. Mar 12, 2013
    MLB 13: The Show can be tailored to emphasize whatever you like most about baseball. If you're a statistician, there are countless graphs and plenty of data to mine. Sluggers can swing to their hearts' content, laying the burden of pitching entirely on the CPU – or vice versa. However you want to play, whatever you want to play – it's all been accounted for with exceptional care.
  22. Mar 11, 2013
    While the game remains challenging, the frustration factor of hitting has been dialed way back, which will draw in new players who want to get good wood on the ball like a real big leaguer.
  23. Mar 9, 2013
    Sony’s MLB franchise continues to prove itself as the top dog in the virtual baseball world. Stunning visuals, silky smooth gameplay and an endless list of enhancements proves there is enough new here to justify the $60 dollar plunge.
  24. Mar 8, 2013
    It’s a fun, efficient, and rewarding way to play baseball, and it’s the closest most of us will come to achieving our big league dreams.
  25. Mar 7, 2013
    MLB 13: The Show is a great simulator, there’s no doubt about it. Baseball aficionados will appreciate the huge amount of depth, reliable and responsive control, top-notch presentation, and added enhancements. The improvements are relatively minor and in general, this is essentially a slightly better version than last year’s game. But there’s nothing wrong with that.
  26. 90
    The beginner mode is perhaps the smartest move made and should invite plenty of new fans to the game.
  27. Mar 7, 2013
    A triumph, MLB 13: The Show blasts the competition so far out of the park that the grazing cows out on the countryside get a souvenir. Every second of the game is exciting and enticing on different levels.
  28. 86
    An excellent visual package and a versatile control scheme help to set it apart from its competition and secure it a spot on store shelves for years to come.
  29. 90
    New subtle animations were added to every aspect of this game, which creates an even more authentic depiction of America’s Greatest Pastime, and it’s hard to believe that this game could visually improve on Sony’s current console.
  30. Mar 5, 2013
    MLB 13 The Show shows its continual dominance in the video game world of baseball. Though it's not perfect, it still makes all the right improvements and additions to keep the game fresh and interesting.
  31. Mar 5, 2013
    MLB 13: The Show is admittedly a small step forward. It has cleaned up some of the rougher edges in both the Franchise and the Road to the Show mode while maintaining its near-perfect on the field action. What else can I say, MLB 13: The Show remains one of the pinnacle sports franchises in the business today.
  32. Mar 5, 2013
    MLB 13: The Show is what a gamer wants out of a baseball title: A great presentation, a challenge both on the mound and at the plate, and plenty of features to entertain anyone for a long period of time.
  33. Mar 5, 2013
    PlayStation gamers who are also baseball fans are a lucky lot. MLB 13: The Show is another winner in a series that’s easily the best baseball sim since EA’s since-shuttered MVP Baseball line.
  34. Mar 5, 2013
    Instead of being content with slapping a new year on the box and updating rosters, SCE San Diego Studio continues to add numerous improvements that bring the series closer to feeling like the real thing. MLB 13: The Show is the most realistic baseball game to date and remains the sport’s premiere video game experience.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 115
  2. Negative: 14 out of 115
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    I've been playing this franchise for since back on the original Playstation, and I can honestly say I am blown away by this year's game. II've been playing this franchise for since back on the original Playstation, and I can honestly say I am blown away by this year's game. I honestly was not expecting much this season, but the improvements the devs made for this year really improve the overall gameplay. Hitting is no longer so difficult that every game is a pitcher's duel; now hitting is easy enough on the Veteren setting as to be fun, but still realistic. I'm sure after a few games I'll bump up the difficulty a bit and see how that goes. As for the presentation improvements, new camera angles, commentating, and cut scenes make the game look even more like a real TV broadcast. The new Postseason mode is really cool as well. The entire presentation changes to create a playoff atmosphere, and is nice for those who don't want to play through a whole season to experience the playoffs. As a diehard of the series I probably notice more changes than the casual player, but I can honestly say that this is the best baseball game I've played and am more than happy with dropping the $60 for it. A must buy for baseball fans! Full Review »
  2. Mar 5, 2013
    This is probably the best baseball game I've ever played. The changes to this year are excellent. Playing in the field and running the basesThis is probably the best baseball game I've ever played. The changes to this year are excellent. Playing in the field and running the bases is incredibly immersive, intuitive and fun. The game now teaches you how to become a better batter, a feature I've desperately needed for ages now, and it really helps. Full Review »
  3. Apr 3, 2013
    The key factor for this game was the vastly improved commentary. It's much more faster paced and put together than the previous game's longThe key factor for this game was the vastly improved commentary. It's much more faster paced and put together than the previous game's long periods of time without a word of commentary. It now competes with 2k in that category, as that was THE only category 2k was better in. Loving the new camera angles that get excellent views of inside the stadium that were missed in all the previous games. Sound is fantastic as always. I can't find issues with the game after a month of playing. The new features just make it worth the purchase. Full Review »