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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: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 5, 2021
    88
    MLB The Show 21 offers us a video game that will delight baseball lovers, thanks to the game systems that are customisable to our liking.
  2. Apr 26, 2021
    85
    Overall I am blown away at how much I have enjoyed playing MLB The Show 21. I had a mild interest in baseball but I can see myself following the sport a lot closer based on how much fun I have had so far in this game. Sure it has flaws and it’s not the easiest to just pick up and play, but that all pales in comparison to the satisfaction of crushing a pitch clean out the field.
  3. May 21, 2021
    85
    MLB The Show 21 is the baseball simulation par excellence, finally available on Xbox. Although the game doesn't deviate too much from past episodes, it is still a real masterpiece, suitable for baseball fans and newcomers alike.
  4. Apr 20, 2021
    80
    It's a fantastic year to be getting MLB The Show 21 on Xbox. There's a welcome 'Casual' preset for beginners, the gameplay is more enjoyable than ever, and newcomers will likely be overwhelmed (in a good way) at the sheer amount of content at their disposal. Road to the Show's new Ballplayer integration won't satisfy everyone, and needs a few tweaks, but it's nevertheless still a highly enjoyable mode to play, and the likes of Diamond Dynasty and March to October are excellent options as well. We've been waiting a long time to experience The Show for ourselves on Xbox, and it's amazing to finally be stepping up to the plate with MLB The Show 21 on Xbox Game Pass.
  5. Apr 30, 2021
    80
    MLB The Show 21 is a refined and satisfying baseball experience, plus it's fully accessible to fans and those looking to get into the sport alike. Things like Stadium Creator and that the game runs at 4K and 60 FPS are something we can all appreciate. Visually there can be no significant leap from its predecessor. Also, while it includes some major gameplay updates, it took more effort in this regard.
  6. Apr 20, 2021
    80
    MLB The Show's 2021 vintage isn't a strike out, far from it. The title of Sony San Diego does not revolutionize its formula, but refines it in depth, from the more readable interface to the new very complete stadium editor, including the addition of the cross-platform and a perfect cloud backup. The heart of the game is still beating strong, namely a very faithful transcription of the major leagues by adding dynamism and variety in the realization to the clear and customizable gameplay.
  7. Apr 20, 2021
    70
    Much like its predecessors, MLB The Show 21 is still one of the best sports games available once you step over the foul line. The gameplay has been tightened up and Pinpoint Pitching is a potential game-changer, and all of these elements go some way to dampening the disappointment of its missing features, stale commentary, and changes (or lack thereof) to Road to the Show and Franchise. It's not the strongest debut the series could've had on new hardware, but if you're in the mood for nine innings of America's favorite pastime, MLB The Show is still the undisputed king.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 65
  2. Negative: 18 out of 65
  1. Apr 28, 2021
    10
    I hate baseball, but this game is a better game by a long shot than nba2k and madden.
  2. Apr 17, 2021
    10
    MLB The Show 21 is a must have. The new create a stadium, the new ballplayer stuff and the gameplay improvements make MLB The Show 21 the bestMLB The Show 21 is a must have. The new create a stadium, the new ballplayer stuff and the gameplay improvements make MLB The Show 21 the best game. It's a recommendation to baseball players and everyone. Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I’m surprised how good a baseball game can be but it was great. The difficulty in this series has always been pretty high, though there have always been plenty of options you can adjust to make the experience better. MLB The Show 21 tries to streamline this though with the inclusion of three gameplay styles for you to choose from. Casual is for the beginners or those just looking to play a more arcade style game. Simulation ups the difficulty and is much more based on player and team ratings with how well or poorly you perform. Lastly, Competitive escalates the difficult quite a bit, as it focuses on the player’s skills above anything else. Competitive is also the new standard for online player, so getting used to it in other modes can pay dividends online. Nice Expand
  4. Apr 20, 2021
    9
    Great game for xbox havent played it on ps5 yet but this series x version is a diamond
  5. Jun 8, 2021
    8
    Still great, easy reccomend for baseball diehards. The best addition this year is the perfect-perfect pitching. Stadium creator is good, butStill great, easy reccomend for baseball diehards. The best addition this year is the perfect-perfect pitching. Stadium creator is good, but therre are a lot of restrictions, and not many people are playing in them on online modes. Hitting is harder this year because of improved pitching command because of perfect perfect pitching, and also check swings require skill this year to not swing. However Ive seen more yellow timing base hits more than ever, pitch speed is like 10% slower than last year. Its great, more of the same, but great. Expand
  6. May 2, 2021
    3
    This is not a review bomb. The fact of the matter is that MLB the Show has gone the NBA 2K route. Microtransactions rule the day, and singleThis is not a review bomb. The fact of the matter is that MLB the Show has gone the NBA 2K route. Microtransactions rule the day, and single player modes have suffered, especially Road to the Show. Not only can you only have 1 player, only 3 pitches, but it's buggy as hell. I've had my starter pulled after 5 innings after 70 pitches, despite have 1 hit, 0 BB, 10 K. What manager does that?!

    Also, even if I'm doing single player, when the servers go out it's s--- out of luck for me, because nothing can progress.

    I wish they'd port MLB the Show 19 instead of this.
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  7. Jun 7, 2021
    0
    This is the most terrible sports simulation I have played to date.

    Road to the Show, the ONLY mode I like to play, is horrendous. You cannot
    This is the most terrible sports simulation I have played to date.

    Road to the Show, the ONLY mode I like to play, is horrendous. You cannot progress your player well enough to have any fun if you're not paying extra in microtransactions.

    The lag is unbearable when pitching. You might as well pull your pitcher and put the ball on a tee.

    I was excited to see this game for free on Xbox Game Pass. I would rather pay for a good game. I have plenty more reasons to give you about why I loathe this game. But it, like my time and money for this franchise, isn't worth it.
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