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  • Summary: ShowTime takes critical in-game Road To The Show moments and slows them down to give you maximum control. Make Gold Glove plays and come through in the clutch with this tool that allows finer, more focused user control. Immersive Road To The Show – With a curated in-game environment and aShowTime takes critical in-game Road To The Show moments and slows them down to give you maximum control. Make Gold Glove plays and come through in the clutch with this tool that allows finer, more focused user control. Immersive Road To The Show – With a curated in-game environment and a revamped training system that includes Gameplay Perks, The Show 16 offers a more personalized experience that acknowledges key moments of your career as you travel from a nobody to the Hall of Fame. An improved “Topps Prospect Showcase” includes Bowman Scout Day and a new 20-80 scale scouting report. Streamlined game logic maximizes the time spent in situations that matter. Conquest Mode – This single-player online experience takes your Diamond Dynasty team on the road as you travel through North America en route to becoming America's most popular team. As you earn fans, strategically move them to hold territories or help take over new territories as you attempt to achieve baseball manifest destiny. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Apr 4, 2016
    100
    Previous versions were too buggy to be worth checking out unless you couldn't live without baseball on your home console; this time, they got it right, with an entry in The Show series that reminds you of just how impressive it can be.
  2. Mar 31, 2016
    90
    While the gameplay is similar to years past, the new modes add a ton of previously unfound variety. The Road to the Show mode has finally been updated and is guaranteed to hook longtime players. On top of that, Diamond Dynasty no longer feels like an afterthought, and is instead one of the most joyous things about the game. After a slip and fall last year, Sony has managed to make sure MLB The Show 16 lands directly on its feet.
  3. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Jun 13, 2016
    90
    You need to know the sport to master it - hence no 10/10 this year - but PS3's greatest sports series is on the verge of once more dominating all contemporaries. [June 2016, p.94]
  4. Apr 6, 2016
    87
    MLB The Show 16 is a letter of love for all baseball fans and fore those who likes sports games. Outstanding visuals, great game modes and accurate controls, makes this game a great experience.
  5. 80
    Simply put, if you want a baseball video game, this is the game you must play - even if you have to get a Playstation 4 just to play it.
  6. Apr 5, 2016
    80
    Once you deduce how to use the multifarious forms of interactivity, The Show is wonderfully calming when the rhythm of pitching becomes zen-like. As the controller beats like a frantic heart when the bases are loaded, the physiological feeling of vibration sends you inside yourself. But the experience as a whole isn’t completely fulfilling. The immediate challenge that remains is something as old as the hills — tiresome storytellers (the announcers). In an era during which we feel we don’t have the time to sit still on the couch for even an hour, listening to them pontificate is a royal pain.
  7. Mar 28, 2016
    70
    Big on feature, major in community activity, and strong in replay ability, this year’s Show certainly has done well. For Sony, like EA’s Madden series, there are few to no challengers to the genre so success lies within their own hands. So the question is, if it ain’t broke, will they still try to fix it, or if it is broke, do they still care to fix it?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 40
  2. Negative: 12 out of 40
  1. Apr 20, 2016
    10
    Another great entry in the series. After a few patches, this may be the best The Show yet. I am not sure where the other reviewers thatAnother great entry in the series. After a few patches, this may be the best The Show yet. I am not sure where the other reviewers that state that this is the "same as last year" or "PS3" graphics are coming up with it. A simple look at the game play videos and the fact sheet reveals that these statements are simply false. Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2016
    10
    This is an excellent game. There has been marginal/massive overhauls to multiple different game modes. If you are not into diamond dynasty, itThis is an excellent game. There has been marginal/massive overhauls to multiple different game modes. If you are not into diamond dynasty, it will change your opinion of the game. Expand
  3. Apr 24, 2016
    10
    The game is a big step up from last years release. There are two new modes for Diamond Dynasty users. One is called conquest and allowsThe game is a big step up from last years release. There are two new modes for Diamond Dynasty users. One is called conquest and allows users to play against the CPU to earn some of the best legends available in this year's release for their Diamond Dynasty Team. The developers weren't stingy with rewards either. Playing this mode allows users that prefer offline gameplay to earn some of the best legends in the game (among them Ichiro Suzuki and Tony Gwynn). The animations are smoother and more realistic than last year. There are animations and gameplay situations that could use smoother transitions to create more realistic gameplay but these do not detract at all from the single player experience at all. Some of the still rigid and slow transitions in infield fielding and throws to the cutoff man are exploited in by some users in online gameplay. One of the unique features that sets MLB The Show apart from other sports games is Sounds of the Show. Sounds of the Show allow users to set walkup music, home run music and chants for each player in the MLB for a more realistic gameplay experience. The game allows you to import 511 mp3s from a USB into the game's jukebox. This way when I play and feel like listening to music instead of the commentary, which is outstanding, I can listen to a shuffled playlist in game of an set of songs I choose.
    One of the unique features of MLB The Show's Diamond Dynasty mode (similar to FIFA's FUT and NBA 2K's MyTeam) is that purchased in-game currency can be used to buy packs AND players. This way if you dislike the gambling aspect of buying packs, you can purchase a calculable amount of "stubs" and purchase the team you want. All modes of the game are entertaining and have high re-playability. The fact that you don't feel like you're forced to gamble in the Diamond Dynasty mode makes it more enjoyable then other games with similar modes. If you're a sports fan and haven't tried MLB The Show then I highly recommend it. There are modes for franchise (many seasons of using a team), single season, Road to The Show (where you create a player to go from the minors to the major leagues). The franchise mode has an online capability which is awesome. You can use real rosters or you can fantasy draft teams with the game's 55 released to date legends. Finally, the graphic detail and the stadiums is stunning. Beautiful recreations of all MLB ballparks and some older parks along with fictional minor league parks give the game a high quality aesthetic experience.

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  4. Apr 1, 2016
    9
    Mlb the show 16 does it again with amazing baseball sim gameplay. The new additions in Diamond Dynasty are awesome from all the new flash backMlb the show 16 does it again with amazing baseball sim gameplay. The new additions in Diamond Dynasty are awesome from all the new flash back cards to battle royale! Gameplay is very smooth and even the online gameplay has become a ton less laggy. I just wish they improve conquest mode a little bit. Road to the show is as good as ever, I just can't put this game down. Expand
  5. Nel
    Jan 12, 2017
    7
    Great baseball game. The story mode is a little bit lacking, with almost no reaction to anything other than playing the matches, but theGreat baseball game. The story mode is a little bit lacking, with almost no reaction to anything other than playing the matches, but the gameplay is solid. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2016
    3
    Great gameplay with great graphics, but there are some BIG problems The game is LOADED with bugs, the new radial graphs are impossible toGreat gameplay with great graphics, but there are some BIG problems The game is LOADED with bugs, the new radial graphs are impossible to read, diamond dynasty only works on occasion, the game is 10x slower than last year (I'm not exaggerating), among many more problems. Kind of disappointed. Expand
  7. Apr 21, 2016
    0
    Great game. But the servers are still totally broken after the game has been out for almost a month. Some nights I have to wait an hour justGreat game. But the servers are still totally broken after the game has been out for almost a month. Some nights I have to wait an hour just a get any of the online features to work. At this point Sony has stopped even acknowledging the game breaking server issues that plague their release. Having watched their Twitch streams before the game was released I must say that I am thoroughly disappointed. They claimed in their videos that the game when into testing a month before release. It is mind boggling that they did not find that their game is full of bugs. Also this company knows damn well how much server load to expect from pre orders. The servers for this game are garbage. Expand

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