This year we were treated to MLB 14: The Show. The baseball game garnered extremely positive reviews and was the fastest selling instalment of the franchise. With the bar raised, what do we know and what can we expect to find with MLB 15: The Show?
In regards to release dates, Sony has announced that the game will land on March 31st with a US price of $59.99 for PS4, $39.99 for PS3 and $19.99 for PS Vita, with pre-orders available now.
Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers is the game’s cover star. The outfielder was instrumental in helping the Dodgers to victory in the World Series this year, while those who gamble with the likes of betfair and other providers believe he will lead them to a second consecutive victory in 2015.
If you watch the trailer for the upcoming game, you might be left slightly underwhelmed. You see Puig step up to the plate and knock a home run out the park, but the graphics on show are poor in comparison to other sporting games like FIFA and Madden. It has a clumpy sort of aesthetic, rather than the smooth graphics we have come to associate with next-gen consoles.
New features include legendary baseball players, which will no doubt be awesome – we can’t wait to get Darryl Strawberry out there slugging. There has also been an extension in licensed brands and equipment, making the game more realistic than ever. Sony also says that the graphics have been improved – from what we have seen only marginally – and new gameplay features and an overhauled online system should also be included.
GameStop also states that there will be a new radio show, improvements in directional hitting, quicker load times and a new look Diamond Dynasty mode.
A lot has been made of The Show. It is consistently one of the highest performing games in the market and vary rarely does it go beneath an eight out of ten. The latest edition should be no different. The only criticism right now would be the slightly bog standard graphics witnessed in the trailer.
Image credit: by kla4067 – Yasiel Puig is the cover star of MLB 15: The Show