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  • Summary: Be a 2-way star. For the first time, take your Ball Player from Road To The Show and use him in other game modes. Now your Ball Player can be a 2-way star. Enjoy Franchise improvements and updates to March To October which empower you to better make decisions on the future of your club. LiveBe a 2-way star. For the first time, take your Ball Player from Road To The Show and use him in other game modes. Now your Ball Player can be a 2-way star. Enjoy Franchise improvements and updates to March To October which empower you to better make decisions on the future of your club. Live content now streamlines programs to provide clearer goals, faster paths to rewards based on how you play, and welcomes a new class of Legends to build your dream squad. New to MLB The Show this year is gameplay styles alongside new gameplay onboarding tutorials to expand gameplay for all playstyles and skill levels. Casual: An easier, fun, pick-up and play experience with an emphasis on learning the game. Simulation: Authentic MLB experience that plays true to player and team ratings. A balance between stick skills and player attributes. Competitive: User stick skills reign supreme, greater emphasis on user input over player ratings. Our new online H2H default.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Apr 20, 2021
    90
    San Diego Studios continue to try and improve an annual product that already has a fantastic core with MLB The Show 21.
  2. Apr 26, 2021
    82
    MLB The Show 21 on the PS5 doesn’t break what works…and with a new mode, pitching interface, cross-play, also improved load times and framerates. While it doesn’t specifically highlight the new console, it again plays a strong game of baseball.
  3. Apr 20, 2021
    80
    MLB The Show 21 isn't as flashy as its cover star. Lacking many overhauls to its modes, this year's game focuses on a decent laissez-faire story mode, a cool new Stadium Creator, and more of the superb baseball sim gameplay that has earned the series its reputation as one of the best Sony exclusives. MLB The Show isn't exclusive anymore, but that just means many more people are about to learn firsthand how lifelike a sports game's on-field gameplay can be.
  4. 80
    MLB The Show 21 makes the leap to a new console generation and ushers in a game-wide refresh that has the storied franchise feeling new.
  5. May 10, 2021
    78
    Sony San Diego develops a conservative delivery, with hardly any improvements in gameplay and content. Being intergenerational, in addition, the technical leap is invaluable, but nevertheless, it is still a very solid baseball game.
  6. Apr 20, 2021
    75
    While MLB The Show 21 is another solid entry in the series, the pitch to Xbox newcomers and those looking for a next-gen experience isn’t as strong as it could have been. Pitching, fielding, and existing modes get some welcome adjustments, but truly significant additions are thin on the ground and the series’ presentation is stuck in its tracks. Hardcore hardball fans and Xbox owners who haven’t experienced MLB The Show before should have a good time, but this franchise may be in need of a rebuilding phase within the next year or two.
  7. May 7, 2021
    68
    What's always been good about the franchise is still good here, but when it comes to making the next-gen leap, The Show 21 can't quite cut it. Series die-hards will likely enjoy the real-world rule changes, but if you're picking up the game for the first time in a while, last year's entry is as good as this one.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 96
  2. Negative: 64 out of 96
  1. Apr 20, 2021
    10
    Some people are too attached to their favorite brand console, just play it ;)
    nothing's gonna change in your lives if Gears 5 or Ori make it
    Some people are too attached to their favorite brand console, just play it ;)
    nothing's gonna change in your lives if Gears 5 or Ori make it to the Ps5, I hope you can experience Ori, because is a masterpiece of art and playability.
    What's really nice ?it's I've never played MLB, this will be my 1st time because of Xbox Game Pass :)
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  2. Apr 20, 2021
    10
    Love it **** the haters. People are bombing this game because they didnt get it for “free” on PS5.
  3. Sep 11, 2021
    9
    Best sports game out currently. Road to the show is lacking this year, but besides that the game is perfect. Diamond dynasty is the best modeBest sports game out currently. Road to the show is lacking this year, but besides that the game is perfect. Diamond dynasty is the best mode in sports video games currently and March to October is the best way to play franchise. Also, gameplay is nearly impeccable. Expand
  4. Apr 21, 2021
    1
    El juego no esta mal, pero tiene importantes caídas de fps, además, en esta versión se me ha quedado 2 veces congelada la pantalla obligándomeEl juego no esta mal, pero tiene importantes caídas de fps, además, en esta versión se me ha quedado 2 veces congelada la pantalla obligándome a reiniciar la consola. La versión de ps4 funciona bastante mejor. Expand
  5. Apr 19, 2021
    0
    Micro transactions run the whole game.. it’s the usual same old stuff from all sports games anymore. Big you want to be good, you have toMicro transactions run the whole game.. it’s the usual same old stuff from all sports games anymore. Big you want to be good, you have to spend more money for the unlocks or spend a lot of time being terrible to build up stubs to buy packs. Why can’t we just play a game anymore without needing to buy ourselves the content.. Expand
  6. Jun 29, 2021
    0
    Ya'll literally just don't play diamond dynasty, the online game mode, and so you dislike how much they improved on the online gameplay. TheYa'll literally just don't play diamond dynasty, the online game mode, and so you dislike how much they improved on the online gameplay. The biggest improvement for me has been the new pitching interface, pinpoint. It forces you to actually be good at the game in order to get 'perfects' every time; thus making it harder to pitch this year than any other year before it (if you're using pinpoint). As far as the complaints I've seen about RTTS and Franchise, the game modes seem similar to other years, which that seems to be the problem for many. However, giving a game a score of **** zero because your favorite game mode didn't get the changes you wanted is insane, and shows some of the craze of a fanbase that thinks they're entitled to every thing they want.

    We can all acknowledge that the games can be pay for play. Meaning, that if you spend more on stubs, you can get a better team. This is absolutely true. Question to anyone who's actually upset about the this... have you not played any other online game? Sadly, due to capitalism, pay to play is going to be inherent in any companies goals. It makes a ton of money, with little risk for the company. This has been happening on so many games for so long, that if you honestly expected different at this point, there's something more wrong with you than the company (as you've proven to be the most naive person there can be). Companies don't care about you, and that goes for major game companies as well. They are going to do everything in their power to present to you the cheapest game, for the maximum profit. That is literally just the logic of capitalism, and if anyone wants to debate me about that feel free to respond, I'm not all knowing, but I do know that much.

    The game has problems, but A LOT of the criticisms I see are not exclusive to this game in the slightest, and have been around for at least 5 years, and most likely more. This game isn't great, and there are for sure things wrong with it, but it's **** insane and a testament to how humans tend to go for extremes. there seems to be a bunch of zeros, and a lot of 9s and 10s. This game is sadly neither. I love baseball, and have been playing MLB the show since 2006 when david ortiz and david wright were on the cover.

    The bottom line is this game is fun this year to me, and the diamond dynasty is actually great so far. With the rewards and the parallels. Of course I have somewhat of a bias because that to me is the most fun game mode; however, I've logged 100s of hours on franchise mode in MLB the shows over the years (same with RTTS) and it doesn't seem to me that much has changed. Again, maybe that is the problem, and it actually seems to be with a lot of people. But, to rate something a zero literally just because it's as good as the year before it, is weird behavior.

    This game is probably a 7/10 for me. I have fun with it, and what many don't acknowledge when writing their reviews, it's the best baseball game on the market by far. So to even give it lower than a 4, is odd in my opinion. Of course opinions are just that, subjective feelings of a person, but I feel as though disappointment and anger are overshadowing and clouding many of the reviews left here. This game is not worse than the MLB the show's that came before it, especially not 20 or 19. So to rate it as such, is weird to me.
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  7. Apr 20, 2021
    0
    They ruined Road To The Show. Forced integration with Diamond Dynasty. Can only make one character model so you would have to change it everyThey ruined Road To The Show. Forced integration with Diamond Dynasty. Can only make one character model so you would have to change it every time you want to switch careers. The progression for "programs" is broken and doesn't register forcing you to play DD to upgrade your RTTS players. The perk system is terrible. What is so bad about just getting your attributes up by playing the game? Can only max the attributes out at 50 without spending money currently. The equipment glitches and switches every time you check your " loadout " to see the progress you aren't making on it making you have to re edit your player every time. Forced to be a Two- Way player at the start. Why can't I just pick my position from the start? No " Show Case" it just randomly starts with the MLB Draft and puts you on a random team. ( You do have the choice to pick a team but whats the point in that why not have a combine/showcase ) The podcasts are fine but ehhh don't really add much. The skin tone editor is terrible for the player creation. Absolutely awful they ruined it. Also can't play the mode offline because it requires you to be online to earn progress for the "programs" so when the servers shut off you won't be able to play the mode. No year to year saves anymore so even if you had fun playing with your player this year you won't be able to take him to next years game because of the DD integration they would be worried that the player would be too good for DD at the start of next years game which is why they should have never combined the 2. Terrible decisions all around skip this game if you play this mode. 0 out of 10 Expand

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