• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
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  1. The game of baseball is represented perfectly in MLB 06: The Show, and not only is this a candidate for best baseball game of the year, but possibly best sports game as well.
  2. Yes, we can still dream of online leagues and a real franchise mode, but what we have here is very impressive, and gives you thanks that there’s no exclusive license in baseball.
  3. 90
    Quite easily, the best baseball game on the system. Even with its minor flaws, it combines all the simlike statistical realism true ball hawks crave while throwing in additional modes of play to keep those with shorter attention spans enthralled.
  4. If you're a sports fan with a PSP, my advice is simple: Buy MLB '06, bring it home, pop in that UMD, and enjoy real baseball excitement all summer long.
  5. A grand slam of a portable baseball game.
  6. Sony gears up to the baseball season with an impressive show, delivering console-quality gameplay and visuals on the sleek handheld.
  7. Crafting one of the best versions of their game in years, 989 Sports also succeeds in crafting one of the best games currently on the market.
  8. It is a great handheld game that we can say with confidence is worth the full retail price.
  9. It would take a Ruthian effort to send this game down to the wild card spot in a two team division.
  10. Despite not having a few of the features that its PS2 counterpart has, MLB '06: The Show for the PSP is a rock-solid baseball sim and a delight to the senses.
  11. Graphically, this game is very impressive. The players are very detailed and have lots of nice animations. The players can even get their clothes all dirty. Everything looks and feels realistic and players will actually feel like they are in a baseball stadium.
  12. Quite simply the best handheld baseball game you’ll own on the PSP. Think of this more as a tighter, extended version of last year’s game with shaper visuals, better sound and a Career Mode anyone who calls themselves a baseball fan will simply go bonkers over.
  13. The core gameplay mechanics remain in tact and the presentation is as solid as ever. Combine that with the addition of several new and improved game modes, such as Career Mode, Multi-Season Mode and King of the Diamond Mode, and you’ve got a baseball simulation that is sure to entertain baseball fans throughout the entire season.
  14. netjak
    MLB 06: The Show is not only the best PSP baseball game, but also, in this reviewer's opinion tops many console franchises. The level of depth, the exceptional presentation, attention to detail, and high quality visuals add up to basically everything a baseball fan's gaming fantasy come true.
  15. This one is easy, MLB 06: The Show has the goods to satisfy and baseball fan. The gameplay has been nailed.
  16. PSM Magazine
    In the end, MLB '06: The Show is a definite MVP-killer--which might explain why EA didn't even bother with baseball this year. [May 2006, p.86]
  17. A solid package that offers the authentic gameplay, intricate controls, slick visuals, and unflappable commentary that MLB fans crave.
  18. The controls are tight, the visual presentation polished, and the gameplay is better than ever.
  19. 83
    Arguably one of the best sports titles on the PSP.
  20. It's surprisingly robust and impressive, especially compared to its competition.
  21. MLB 06's addictive gameplay, phenomenal commentary, and sharp graphics make it the best baseball game on the PSP and a front runner for sports game of the year.
  22. 80
    It's a shame the online stutters so horribly and we have to wrestle with the analog nub to get our pitches where we want them to go. Yankees or BoSox, everyone can agree that MLB 06 is worth picking up on PlayStation Portable.
  23. 80
    For the most part the commentary is on target and better than most.
  24. Computer Games Magazine
    Unlike last year's model, it has a career mode that supplements its season and exhibition play. [Jun 2006, p.90]
  25. It’s definitely one of the best baseball games I’ve come across since my glory days of "The Majors Pro Baseball" on the GameGear.
  26. This year’s outing of MLB ’06 is a solid baseball game with plenty of features built in specifically to appeal to the PSP market.
  27. The only noticeable downfall to this game was that the sharpness of the PSP's screen (usually a very positive thing) overly emphasized some of the weaknesses in the graphics engine while the sound was noticeably toned down from the PS2 version.
  28. The deep season, clean online play, and new Career mode are all big additions, and make The Show an easy call.
  29. Game Informer
    I was harsh towards the console version, and although this edition shares many of its faults, it's still pretty good. [Apr 2006, p.133]
  30. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Like Scott Spezio, this game is worth having on your roster until a better one comes around. [May 2006, p.96]

Awards & Rankings

#10 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2006
#70 Most Shared PSP Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. NateR.
    Sep 27, 2007
    The game is fun, the graphics are not the best, its i love career mode, i like that you can train your own guy to be the best, i like that The game is fun, the graphics are not the best, its i love career mode, i like that you can train your own guy to be the best, i like that you have the option to mouth off to the coach. It is one of the best baseball games ive played Full Review »
  2. KevinO.
    Sep 26, 2007
    This game rocks! I'm addicted. The Chicago Cubs might actually win the World Series on this thing. Isn't that a sign of This game rocks! I'm addicted. The Chicago Cubs might actually win the World Series on this thing. Isn't that a sign of Armageddon?!? Where's my pants? Man, this thing is cool. I love this game. Full Review »
  3. McBain17
    Aug 21, 2007
    Don't listen to the guy at the bottom, this IS the best baseball game I have played in years. Worth every penny.