CGR Undertow – MLB 15: THE SHOW review for PlayStation 3

CGR Undertow – MLB 15: THE SHOW review for PlayStation 3


Look, I don’t think I’m breaking any news
to say that, unless you buy these every year, you probably don’t care. Come on, another
sports game? More like another roster update, right? Another new feature you don’t notice?
Another 60 bucks, another identical…sports game. But the thing about that is…this one’s
a baseball game. And what you fail to understand, in your joyless
myopia, is that baseball is the key to life—the Rosetta Stone, if you will. If you just understood
baseball better, all your other questions…they would all, in their way, be answered. By the
baseball gods. Alright, that was a quote from The X-Files. Arthur Dales. It’s MLB 15, for the PlayStation
3. But you know something? Arthur Dales was right.
No, not that Arthur Dales, Arthur Dales was his brother. I mean, for centuries, people
have searched for the meaning of things. Like how the universe works; the order of it all;
what’s our purpose. But it’s all been right in front of us—it’s baseball. Baseball
is the answer to every question that matters. It’s the universe, just on a smaller scale.
Where the difference of an inch in the trajectory of an asteroid can mean the difference between
life and extinction…it’s also the difference between a strike and a ball, a catch or a
double, a win or a loss. I mean, it’s chaotic and it’s unpredictable, but it also operates
within a natural set of laws. Just like the universe. It’s just that baseball condenses them into
these beautiful, sun-drenched, nacho-filled things called “innings.” To see baseball
is to see science, but with peanuts and Cracker Jack. But baseball isn’t just great because of
the science. It’s also the romance. The tradition. The idea that, whether it’s 2015
or 1915 or, 1876…baseball is the constant. Whether the fans were wearing bow ties and
top hats, or ball caps and t-shirts, what they saw down on the field was the same. Times
may change, but the game doesn’t, really. Baseball remains the same. And, of all the magical, romantic things we’ve
said about baseball…for some reason, that’s the one Sony took to heart. Baseball remains
the same, and so does The Show. Listen, I’m sure it’s a different story if these games
are a part of your baseball tradition, and you play ‘em so much the disc wears out…but
for me? Like, honestly? The Show remains the same. Let me tell you the new upgrades that are
being touted for this year’s game. I’m not making this up, they’ve added “seasonal
sun and shadows.” Which sounds like something you’d make up to make fun of video games,
but I’m not, it’s true. There’s also real licensed equipment, because having ads
in video games is an improvement. As well as directional hitting. Hey, you can aim your hits. You know. Like you did in R.B.I. Baseball,
in 1992. And I mean, there’s more stuff I could tell
you, but that’s the thing—if I didn’t tell you? You wouldn’t even notice them.
These games have become so focused on making refinements, they’ve almost become obsessed.
And again, if you play them a lot, you might notice. You might. But nine out of ten people
who pick this up and don’t know any better? They couldn’t tell you if this was MLB 15,
14, 13… Because The Show remains the same. Now, if this sounds like a bad thing…it
is, but only to an extent. The thing is, being the same game every year, means The Show is
the same great game every year. Like, the core game is, just…it’s outstanding. It’s
just a fantastic game of realistic, sim-style baseball. And the game’s mechanics are,
close to flawless. I’ve especially loved the addition of casual controls. You make that choice when you start the game,
and it basically streamlines The Show into a modern-looking version of your favorite
NES baseball game. It strips away all the complexities, which are needless in my opinion,
and turns it into something more accessible, and more fun. Press a button to swing, and
now, pull a direction to…pull. Or hit away, too. It’s just great. And pitching, which has always been my favorite
element of these games, is actually even better this year. This is one change that actually
is noticeable. This year, you actually see the trajectory and break of the pitch you’re
about to throw. That is, if you pull it off well. And it’s awesome, it’s so much fun
to carve up the zone, try to paint those corners… In 1876, they used whitewash. Of course, if you showed MLB 15 to people
in 1876, they’d probably sh*t themselves. The graphics and sound are just fantastic…even
on the PS3 version, which didn’t get some of the graphics upgrades. Like real-time shadows,
how am I to enjoy video games without real-time shadows? What is this, 1876? There are also infinite skin tones, because
of a new color-matching technology. Look, you can’t make this stuff up. But
the game does look amazing, and there are some additions that aren’t as make-fun-of
worthy. Like, the game picks up where you left off in the previous game. So if you had
a career mode, for example…MLB 15 actually loads the save from MLB 14. So you can keep
on…disappointing those scouts. And that’s awesome. This game claims to have more new features
and updates than any version of The Show, ever. Like, there’s more than 70 new situational
animations for the third out of an inning. I mean, that’s the kind of detail we’re
talking about here. And I’ll level with you—if you ask me, it’s a pointless detail.
I mean, who cares? R.B.I. Baseball had like two animations, and it was the best. So obviously,
I’m not gonna sit here and list that kind of stuff. If you care, you’re already getting this,
so what’s the difference? Actually, there’s very little difference,
between this year’s game and last year’s. But that’s the order, of these things, that’s
how this universe works. Whether it’s Madden or The Show…you know exactly what you’re
getting. And for fans, perhaps there’s comfort in that. I mean, as a baseball fan…every
summer, it’s the same seats, the same usher, the same hot dog… Same sights, same smells, same sounds…and
I guess, if those things that are all the same, and are all part of what baseball so
great, because they’re always the same… Why isn’t MLB 15: The Show?

35 thoughts on “CGR Undertow – MLB 15: THE SHOW review for PlayStation 3

  1. If you don't want to spend 60 bucks then just wait a few years. MLB 10 11 and 12 the show are like less than five bucks at Gamestop now

  2. I bet this isn't as good as Baseball Stars 2 on Neo Geo…
    I mean, what baseball game could be as good as the most violent and over-the-top baseball game?
    Especially when it has some cool music and well crafted, well animated and colourful pixel graphics…

  3. The way people feel about sports games being the Same is how I feel bout first person shooters, to me they are basically the same you just change what your shooting at

  4. It's not that bad for the ps3 although I skipped 14 and the Last MLB game I had was 13 so I guess the difference was more noticeable.

  5. in my opinion each sports game should have an opinion on the commentary since that is one of the things that changes each year

  6. Why does Derek feel the need to create some philosophical bullshit to go along with whatever game he's reviewing? He's a game critic, not Plato.

  7. one thing i wish they have a update is to have all the team uniforms in the all star game that will make the hole game better

  8. So I'm 2 minutes and 11 seconds into this 8 minute and 27 second "review" of this game, and he still hasn't said a meaningful fucking word about the actual game. Fuck this shit.

  9. I have never played a baseball game where runners beat out routine ground balls to the shortstop 5 times a game. Fielding mechanics in this game suck.

  10. This is so spot on I been playing this game since 06 and I have a bunch of collection of baseball games this series has gotten so stale

  11. Great review, and I share the same sentiments regarding the real life version of the game of baseball. I actually agree with the spiel in the beginning of the video. I correlate a lot of life's situations with the game of baseball. There is a distinct analogical relevance between baseball and life. It's the greatest game ever invented. As far as the video game: if you're a diehard baseball fan, then you will love this game (even with the redundancy and similarities with previous versions). If you are just a video game fan, then it will probably piss you off. I happen to love baseball more than anything else in life. It keeps me disinterested in real world bullshit that will never change regardless of how passionate I am about it (war, politics, religion, the stupidity of society, etc). The release of a new game (even if it's nearly identical) at least gives me something to look forward to. There's nothing wrong with that. Besides, all the best players online move on to the new versions.

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