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  • Summary: With expanded missions, exclusive rewards, and all new live content
    that responds quickly to real-life baseball events, there are more ways to enjoy the Diamond Dynasty. Test your deck building skills in all new Events, which challenge you to build a team based on specific event themes.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Mar 28, 2017
    100
    Of course, if I'm being honest, offline single-player is what I care about most when it comes to MLB The Show anyway, so it's not like multiplayer was going to change my opinion too much one way or the other. And from that perspective — that is, as someone who's probably going to spend a few hundred hours with the game over the next year, with 95% of that being in RTTS — I have to say that MLB The Show 17 once again delivers.
  2. Apr 3, 2017
    90
    Overall MLB The Show 17 does what it’s supposed to do and builds on last year’s great game. It’s hard to truly improve year after year without any competition but the development team is able to do that with this game. The documentary style of RTTS is brilliant and the new MLB Network broadcast addition is great and adds authenticity to the game. MLB The Show 17 is a great game for any baseball fans and will provide a great experience from any of their game modes.
  3. Apr 12, 2017
    90
    To say I’m pleased with my return to the series after a brief hiatus is an understatement. This feels exactly like the Show I remember with some fantastic additions. The only thing that keeps it from getting higher marks are the online connectivity issues and some other small concerns (including some strange ball physics in the outfield that has led to a lot more ground rule doubles than seems realistic). If you’re a fan of the sport and you have a PlayStation 4 you have to buy this game. If you don’t, you’ll be missing out on a tremendous entry in this seminal series.
  4. Mar 27, 2017
    85
    The Show is still striving for perfection, but if you love baseball and video games, you need this in your life.
  5. Apr 8, 2017
    85
    A joy to play, as ever - though we could've done without the clear-as-day influence of the PS3.
  6. Apr 6, 2017
    80
    MLB The Show 2017 has now become the best baseball game, in terms of game modes, gameplay innovations and graphics. It should be considered as one of the best sports simulations available.
  7. Mar 27, 2017
    60
    The Show 17 is fundamentally sound, but doesn’t move the sports genre forward. It will appease longtime fans that flock to it year after year, but until the series does something remarkably different, it’ll fall short of being able to stand out of the pack. This year’s version of The Show does a lackluster job of making it seem like anything more than a yearly roster update built upon the same foundation of last year’s game and that is by far the heaviest critique that can be handed down to any yearly sports title.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 33
  2. Negative: 8 out of 33
  1. Nov 24, 2017
    10
    Freaking awesome. Any true ballplayer would appreciate the game they've put together with The Show. Didn't play another game for a full 7Freaking awesome. Any true ballplayer would appreciate the game they've put together with The Show. Didn't play another game for a full 7 months after it's release... it's THAT good. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2017
    10
    this game is amazing ever i playing.. gameplay is great, graphic is best lookking ever i seen. Franchise Mode is nearly same from last year :this game is amazing ever i playing.. gameplay is great, graphic is best lookking ever i seen. Franchise Mode is nearly same from last year : MLB 16. ball physic is realistic. Expand
  3. Apr 4, 2017
    9
    I am usually not sold on sports video game's long term appeal. The Show 17 has completely blown me away. RTTS, Diamond Dynasty, andI am usually not sold on sports video game's long term appeal. The Show 17 has completely blown me away. RTTS, Diamond Dynasty, and Franchise Mode all thrive though improved hitting and fielding. The lighting is fantastic and other than server issues, I see no faults here. Expand
  4. Apr 24, 2017
    9
    [Update 4/24/17] - A lot of the technical issues have been patched and I haven't run into anything crazy in a couple of week. Bumped from 8[Update 4/24/17] - A lot of the technical issues have been patched and I haven't run into anything crazy in a couple of week. Bumped from 8 to 9.

    From a gameplay and graphics aspect, this game is phenomenal. RTTS is fun, Dynasty mode is fun. The game is fun. My biggest complaints revolve around the games menus. They are not very fluid and very laggy. Sometimes it takes a solid 10-15 seconds just to transition to another menu after you've input something. I've had the game lock up on my while transitioning through different menus a couple times as well. Overall - loving the game and will be playing it for quite some time.
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  5. Aug 2, 2017
    8
    Still the best/most authentic baseball sim there is, nothing comes close. However I have to say this year's version feels off. Loved the newStill the best/most authentic baseball sim there is, nothing comes close. However I have to say this year's version feels off. Loved the new fielding animations, extremely loved the new ball physics, loved the new ways you can get a hit (grounder between 1st and 2nd). However the graphics to the gameplay (especially hitting) feels off, almost like its arcadey now. In mlb 16 when you hit a line drive up the middle you smoked it, in this game it feels like "pew pew pew" slow liner up the middle. Hitting this year also feels way more luck based than prior years, you center a recticle on a high fastball to and get "good" timing to get a bloop fly to shallow center? Theres like 25% more lag in online play than mlb 16, the whole rewards aren't as fun to achieve as last year. New modes like retro and revamped story rtts is nice, but it's icing on a cake (and i don't like icing). Difference asside from last years the show, as a baseball fan I can't complain nor should any baseball fan, it's the same game and same studio, just not as good as last years imo. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2018
    5
    Unfun. Time Consuming and One Hell of A Learning Curve.
    MLB The Show 17 is a pretty looking game lost in a myriad of glitches, grinding and
    Unfun. Time Consuming and One Hell of A Learning Curve.
    MLB The Show 17 is a pretty looking game lost in a myriad of glitches, grinding and repetitive disappointment.
    Pitching is too easy, batting is too hard. Batting in this game takes so much enjoyment out of this game I just can't justify putting any more time into it.
    I experienced a number of unacceptable glitches whilst playing, actually grinding in RTTS.
    In the developers defense, they supported the game well after release but it was still a very unpleasant experience.
    The Show 17 isn't a bad game, it just isn't very good and it would take a die-hard baseball fan to put the time and dedication into it to get past the 100s of issues that impact the fun you could be having playing something else.
    I've reinstalled it a year later and my opinion hasn't changed.
    Overall pretty disappointing, can't even trade it because I got it from PSN. 5/10
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  7. May 22, 2018
    0
    This game is a piece of **** that doesn’t care what you do, or who your players are, often it will give you no chance of winning because it isThis game is a piece of **** that doesn’t care what you do, or who your players are, often it will give you no chance of winning because it is based way too much on luck. Their pitcher throws three pitches straight down the middle, three outs. You make them chase half a dozen balls out of the zone, foul balls, base hits, and multiple runs. Doesn’t matter who you throw out there, the game will **** YOU OVER. I would never, ever tell anyone to buy this ****ing piece of **** of a game Expand

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