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PSP1UP (Mar 02, 2006)
MLB 06: The Show for the PSP is, 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. Even for casual baseball fans, MLB 06 is worth a shot.
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PSPGaming Age (Mar 24, 2006)
Even though MLB 2K6 is just around the corner, they are going to have to release a solid and genuine experience to topple this title. We will have to wait a few more weeks to know for sure, but I am pretty certain that for the PlayStation 2, this will be the title to get once again. The only thing that excites me more is to see what 989 can pull off with the PlayStation 3 and its next generation power. For now, 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.
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PlayStation 2Gaming Age (Mar 24, 2006)
Even though MLB 2K6 is just around the corner, they are going to have to release a solid and genuine experience to topple this title. We will have to wait a few more weeks to know for sure, but I am pretty certain that for the PlayStation 2, this will be the title to get once again. The only thing that excites me more is to see what 989 can pull off with the PlayStation 3 and its next generation power. For now, 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.
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PlayStation 2Operation Sports (Mar 14, 2006)
MLB 06: The Show is not "technically" a perfect title. There are a few minor hiccups that I found along the way. However, the total gaming experience cannot be described as anything short of perfection. MLB 06: The Show is the greatest baseball game of this console generation.
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PSPKombo.com (Mar 13, 2006)
Fans of the MLB series from Sony will thoroughly enjoy this title for all of the additions and new experiences that MLB 06: The Show offers. MLB 06: The Show is the pinnacle of a sequel when it comes to a sports title, the gameplay has been finely tuned, the graphics have been improved and the audio is crisp and engrossing. Gamers should look forward to the final few improvements that should be added to the 2007 edition of MLB, which could include a franchise or owner mode. For the second consecutive year, Sony hits a home run on its in house baseball title.
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PSPGame Shark (Mar 24, 2006)
Many years, fans of baseball games ask companies to just fix what was broken last year and keep the rest as is. MLB 06 The Show goes one better, not only fixing what was there last year but adding a more indepth season mode and a new career mode. 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.
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PlayStation 2UGO (UnderGroundOnline) (Mar 16, 2006)
Despite the continued wild pitch issue I have with the series, I have to say this is might be the baseball game to have on the PlayStation 2. It's deep on game modes, and while nothing is new in the gameplay department, it's still solid. I do want to, of course, see how the competition stacks up against it. But MLB 06: The Show has a lot to be proud of, as does Sony Sports. Of all the sports franchises for which they make games, baseball is always one of their sure bets.
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PlayStation 2Game Shark (Mar 24, 2006)
Many years, fans of baseball games ask companies to just fix what was broken last year and keep the rest as is. MLB 06 The Show for the PS2 does just that, but adds a more robust online mode and a King of the Diamond mode that is also enjoyable. Rivalry isn’t a bad idea, but feels more like a gimmick this year. In conclusion, I’m glad that we have choices like this and aren’t stuck to one game to choose from, like in football. MLB 06: The Show is well worth your time if you’re still using your PlayStation 2.
90
PSPOperation Sports (Mar 24, 2006)
Last year's finest PSP sports title returns for 2006 with more refined game play, an unbelievably good broadcast experience, and new online capabilities. The lack of roster options are glaring, however, and the interminable load times take some of the shine off of the overall package. That said, MLB '06: The Show is still the best sports game on the PSP, as its numerous good qualities far outweigh its few flaws.
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PSPGame Vortex (Mar 28, 2006)
If this is the baseball game to beat, I can't wait to see what comes next. The online features seem richer than anything on offer right now, and including the option to update teams to match current MLB rosters, it's hard to see MLB '06 The Show as anything but bulletproof. If you even have a passing interest in the Great American Pastime, do yourself a favor and pick this up.
90
PSPGamers' Temple, The (Mar 30, 2006)
Like its console-based big brother, MLB 06 has full support for online play via the PSP’s Infrastructure mode. The online support is full-featured, including leader boards, buddy lists, and chat rooms. The on-the-field play is heavily dependent on the quality of your connection. If it is strong the game plays as smoothly as it does in single player mode offline. If it is weak, then lag and hiccups can take all of the joy out of it.
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PSPDarkstation (May 21, 2006)
I knew there would be a year where Sony would manage to get a sports game done in beautiful fashion and the year is obviously that of 2006. Because MLB 06: The Show is just the best all around baseball game this year. The PSP version manages to bring everything that the PS2 version has to offer, and really pack in a great baseball experience. If you are in the market for a baseball game look no further than MLB 06: The Show.
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PlayStation 2Gamers' Temple, The (Apr 04, 2006)
The sports games from EA Sports and 2K Sports make a lot of noise and receive a lot of hype, but SCEA’s San Diego Studios has quietly built itself quite the baseball series with MLB. With MLB 06: The Show it has created a top-tier baseball title that should please most baseball fans and is so packed with features that it will them playing it well after the big leaguers have hung up their cleats for the year.
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PlayStation 2GamingTrend (Apr 10, 2006)
I'll start back with my basic premise, I hate sports games. The thing is, this wasn't a game. At least, not the way I played it. This game allows you to be involved as much as you would like to be. You can sit back and just play the games, and let the system make the team decisions for you. Alternatively, you can let the system control the players, and you can make the back office decisions about who to play, how much to pay people, etc. This ease of use is what lead me to like the game the most, and makes it really easy to recommend it to players of all skill levels.
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PlayStation 2Darkstation (Apr 28, 2006)
I knew one of these years Sony was going to manage to align all of the pieces of the puzzle and put them into one great baseball game, and the year is now in 2006. MLB 06: The Show finally manages to combine so many great aspects into one great game that it is hard not to sit back and enjoy the amazing accomplishments that this game portrays. I would be very excited to see what the studios can do next year for the PS3 in MLB 07. Until then I would highly recommend picking up MLB 06 it is by far the best baseball game from Sony of all time and quite possibly could be the best baseball game of 2006.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot (Mar 03, 2006)
Through and through, MLB '06: The Show for the PlayStation 2 is a top-quality baseball sim. If you even remotely like baseball, there's no way you'll be disappointed with it.
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PlayStation 21UP (Feb 28, 2006)
All told, MLB 06: The Show is definitely worth a purchase for baseball fans and those curious about the sport in general. The game is fun for those looking for a quick diversion, and it's realistic enough to keep sim players happy. Unlike its predecessors, MLB 06: The Show should not fly under the radar.
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PSPWorth Playing (May 15, 2006)
The pine smells great as it cracks across the ball in MLB 06: The Show for the PSP. 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. If you are a baseball fan or just want to try out a sports game on the PSP, The Show is one of the first great sports games for the system.
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PlayStation 2Game Chronicles (Apr 11, 2006)
Seriously though, while MLB 06 The Show may not be the most innovative games to hit the racks, and while it may not be a deep into the sim-aspects of the game, it is one of the better baseball games out there for one reason – fun. The game is a heck of a lot of fun to play, and the great graphics and sound are just icing on this very tasty cake.
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PSPGameBump/Gaming Horizon (Mar 14, 2006)
The commentary is still a little slow and the crowd noises are generic. Meanwhile, the online play has some lag problems. Despite these few issues, MLB 06: The Show is a wonderful game that is a near port of the PlayStation 2 title. It is a great handheld game that we can say with confidence is worth the full retail price.
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PlayStation 2Game Freaks 365 (2005)
MLB 2006 has a lot going for it. While it'll still be viewed as the under-dog, MLB 2006 would likely be my personal choice for a baseball game to own on the PS2 this year. With several improvements over last year, I beg the question why a hitting cursor couldn't have been worked out in the final version of this game. With or without a batting cursor, I highly recommend MLB 2006 to any fan of baseball. You won't find any needles in this game.
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PlayStation 2Game Vortex (Apr 01, 2006)
MLB '06: The Show is definitely a solid title, and any fan of America’s pastime should check it out now that EA doesn’t have the license for Major League Baseball. The package as a whole stands up to be a great title, and will have you playing for a long time against the computer or a friend, but it especially will if you take it online. MLB '06: The Show is definitely worth a buy for any sports fan out there.
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PSPGamingTrend (Apr 01, 2006)
Now that 2K sports have wrapped up the 3rd party license for Major League Baseball, you’re only going to have 2 choices on your PSP, just like last year. And just like last year, Sony is first to the plate with their take on the sport. Once again they’ve proven that they shouldn’t be ignored by building on an already solid base in last year’s offering. We’ll see if MLB: The Show has what it takes to hold the top spot again, but it would take a Ruthian effort to send this game down to the wild card spot in a two team division.
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PSPArmchair Empire, The (May 13, 2006)
If you are a fan of baseball and want to take it on the go, buying MLB ’06 the Show will do you good. This game is definitely worth your time and money.
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PSPGameSpot (Mar 01, 2006)
All told, MLB '06: The Show for the PSP is a rock-solid baseball sim. The absence of any sort of player- and roster-editing functions is really the game's only significant flaw. Otherwise, this portable marvel offers a healthy selection of play modes, has the intricate gameplay that fans crave, and puts forth the same level of audiovisual panache that its counterpart on the PS2 does.
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PlayStation 2GameBump/Gaming Horizon (Mar 15, 2006)
Sony has showed that they are continuing to produce a good sports title every year especially this season with the MLB franchise and MLB 06: The Show. The game is a very solid title with great sound, gameplay, new options and more. The only thing that brings it down is the graphics and online play which are slightly less than ideal. Even still, MLB is a lot of fun to play and will give gamers plenty to do throughout the baseball season. The Show is definitely recommended for the casual or hardcore fan alike.
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PSPGameZone (Feb 27, 2006)
MLB ‘06: The Show feels like a more complete version of last year’s game so if you missed that one you seriously should consider buying this one right away. Then again, if you’re a fan of the sport you’ll want to pick it up anyway seeing as the new Career Mode alone is worth the purchase price. With more field and batting options, crisper visuals and fun new features, you do not want to miss this one.
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PSPGame Over Online (Mar 03, 2006)
MLB ’06: The Show for the PSP is a much more complete portable package compared to last year’s edition. 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.
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PSPNetjak (Mar 16, 2006)
All in all, 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. MVP may be gone for the time being, but MLB 06: The Show has made me forget such a franchise even existed. Forget 2k Sports, Sony is the new King of the Diamond.
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PSPExtreme Gamer (Mar 27, 2006)
This one is easy, MLB 06: The Show has the goods to satisfy and baseball fan. The gameplay has been nailed; add on the excellent upgrade to the presentation and some fantastic commentary tracks make a MLB a no brainer. Baseball fans can safely pick this one up, you won't be disappointed. Sony hits a home run with MLB 06: The Show.
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PlayStation 2GameZone (Feb 27, 2006)
You'll get to pitch, too, and your overall success depends on your ability to kill time. Things you wouldn't normally think about when playing baseball start to take precedence. For example, the time it takes a for a ball to be hit out of the park. It doesn't matter much in a regular game – the most important thing is that it happened. Run your bases and eat up the glory. In King of the Diamond it's not that simple. Time is on the side of your opponent, not yours. You'll be counting the seconds during fly balls, and wait till the very last second to pitch.
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PlayStation 2Gaming Target (May 03, 2006)
MLB 06 can easily be seen as an evolution of last year's MLB game; aside from the ramped up difficulty, the game plays the exact same way. The added features flesh out things, but much of the focus was on this and not any sort of new gameplay enhancements or systems. The result is still a solid game of baseball, just a familiar one. MLB 06 does offer enough variety in numerous ways; plenty of playtypes, and plenty of tweaks and changes to how the game plays depending on what difficulty setting you're playing on. It's surprisingly robust and impressive, especially compared to its competition. Some frustrating control moments when playing in the field and handling baserunners is a downer, but that's really the only 'bad' thing when it comes to MLB 06, as the rest of the game is a solid, .300 hitter brand of baseball.
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PSPPSX Extreme (Mar 04, 2006)
On the whole, MLB '06: The Show for PSP is a solid package that offers the authentic gameplay, intricate controls, slick visuals, and unflappable commentary that MLB fans crave. The lack of a real franchise mode and any sort of player editing options are the only significant knocks against what is otherwise a great baseball video game.
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PSPGame Chronicles (Apr 09, 2006)
MLB ’06: The Show manages to hang onto the title of Best Baseball Game on the PSP and stay within the top ten sports title on the PSP as well. Admittedly, sacrifices had to be made to fit this monster on the PSP, but the designers chose wisely what to keep and what to lose.
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PlayStation 2Cheat Code Central (Mar 07, 2006)
MLB '06 is a solid buy but it's not the definitive baseball game. It's tied tightly to last year's game with a digital umbilical cord, trying desperately to rectify the mistakes of the past with little regard for the future. It could have been so much more…
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PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (Jun 28, 2006)
I've been down on Major League Baseball in recent years, but The Show managed to arouse that last iota of enthusiasm I have for the sport buried deep within my soul. Whether you're a hardcore fan that relishes the details, or a casual gamer that just wants to whip up on a buddy, The Show delivers. Its TV-style presentation is the best I've seen, and the stadiums are picture perfect. The replays are actually worth watching (!), and after that last out I'm fully expecting a commercial to come on!
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PSPIGN (Mar 01, 2006)
MLB '06: The Show for the PSP is a step forward from last year's bare bones port. The basic menus have been replaced with flashier screens. There's now an expanded Season mode and the inclusion of a career Mode and King of the Diamond makes MLB '06 a solid translation of its console counterpart. The Rivalry mode from the PS2 should've been included as a multiplayer option, which is a definite strike against the game, and the relative bugs that are fixed from last year are decent but inconsistent. These issues aside, MLB '06 is arguably one of the best sports titles on the PSP.
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PSPGaming Target (Apr 28, 2006)
MLB 06 can easily be seen as an evolution of last year's MLB game; aside from the ramped up difficulty, the game plays the exact same way. The added features flesh out things, but much of the focus was on this and not any sort of new gameplay enhancements or systems. The result is still a solid game of baseball, just a familiar one. MLB 06 does offer enough variety in numerous ways; plenty of playtypes, and plenty of tweaks and changes to how the game plays depending on what difficulty setting you're playing on. It's surprisingly robust and impressive, especially compared to its competition. Some frustrating control moments when playing in the field and handling baserunners is a downer, but that's really the only 'bad' thing when it comes to MLB 06, as the rest of the game is a solid, .300 hitter brand of baseball.
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PlayStation 2GamingExcellence (May 03, 2006)
Overall, the game is a little above average. It provides a varied approach to the game of baseball with a suitable presentation in the graphics department and a fantastic approach in the audio department. Other than one or two key issues, however, there is not a whole lot that isn't expected in any standard baseball game nowadays. Fans of baseball, whether electronic or not, should give the game a shot, since, though it can't quite reach the all-star level, MLB 06: The Show is still a robust game that is entertaining to play.
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PlayStation 2All Game Guide (2006)
Not everything about the game is perfect though. It is odd, in a game that is otherwise so realistic, that the weather never seems to change. There is something not quite right about never getting rained out and not playing doubleheaders in September. Players seem to drop fly balls a bit too often, experienced gamers will learn how to steal third base nearly every time, and sometimes the color commentary can be repetitive. These things keep the game from being perfect, but they are not enough to affect the overall enjoyment of what is essentially one of the best baseball games ever.
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PSPYahoo! Games (Mar 15, 2006)
Multiplayer succeeds as well, thanks to well-designed lobbies that make it easy to track both friends and stats. News feeds and roster changes are seamlessly delivered via a wifi connection, and the King of the Diamond mode shines online. All together, the package is far and away better than either of the 2005 baseball releases, and easily strong enough to play through the season.
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PSPModojo (Feb 21, 2006)
MLB 06 is a fantastic baseball game that's worth purchasing. Sony's done a wonderful job making the sport accessible for hardcore fanatics as well as people like me who only follow the playoffs. 2K Sports' Major League Baseball 2K6 will no doubt give Sony some serious competition, but for now, this is the true king of the diamond. Buy it.
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PSPGameSpy (Mar 02, 2006)
MLB 06 is a victory on PlayStation 2, no doubt. And putting almost everything into this portable version is even more impressive. 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.
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PSPAceGamez (Oct 01, 2006)
Sony have improved upon their original MLB outing and created a game that is about as close to real baseball as you're going to find on the PSP. Probably the best compliment that can be paid to the developers is that MLB 06 The Show demonstrates a level of apprecation and dedication to the sport very close to that of the hard working players of the actual game - and it's reflected in every aspect of the authentic high quality gameplay and presentation throughout.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy (Mar 02, 2006)
SCEA definitely hit MLB 06: The Show deep. It plays great, has all the online options you could hope for (though more lag than you'd like), gives us a few really cool new ways to play, and wraps it all up with slick presentation and admirable audio. Any sports gamer that finds this title in their base path is going to be a happy camper.
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PlayStation 2Da Gameboyz (Mar 22, 2006)
Baseball pickings on home and portable consoles are going to be slim pickings due to the 2K Sports agreement with the MLB and MLBPA. However Sony's latest version of their long running MLB series manages to be a pretty good game. Baseball fans who own a PS2 (and a PSP for that case) can rest assured that Sony didn't rest on its laurels and put out a pretty decent baseball game.
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PlayStation 2IGN (Feb 28, 2006)
MLB '06: The Show is a good baseball game, but not great. In fact, it almost feels like a patch of the previous year's game: The unreliable voice command system has been stripped in favor of simple chat and taunting via microphone. The EyeToy feature is much cleaner than last year's system. The spreadsheet-like feel of the menus in Career, Franchise and Season mode have been replaced with flashier screens. Character faces are much sharper. But apart from a new mini-game and the inclusion of Rivalry mode, MLB '06: The Show doesn't really do anything revolutionary to the game system except fix a number of bugs that plagued MLB 2005.
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PSPGamingExcellence (Jul 24, 2006)
MLB 06: The Show is a very decent handheld baseball game. Aside from a few issues (most of which can either be tweaked or avoided altogether), 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.
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MLB 06 The Show responds to a lot of user-feedback from last year’s version with a bullpen full of new and improved features, making it a legit contender for this year’s pennant race against 2K Sports!
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PSPDa Gameboyz (Mar 22, 2006)
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. After all the facts are compared MLB '06 on the PSP is another great sports game that all gamers should enjoy.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Apr, 2006)
Nothing can beat the feeling of tossing aside your ratty minor league great for a chance to prove yourself in the show, but this franchise hasn't quite reached the major leagues just yet. The Show is a beautiful game, and it offers the best fantasy and create-a-player options. However, the gameplay is starting to show its age, and is in need of an upgrade.
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PSPGame Revolution (Mar 21, 2006)
MLB '06: The Show may lack several of the features flaunted by its console kin, but it also lacks the competition. Considering it's pretty much the only choice for PSP baseball fans this year, this title does an admirable job of improving its game. The deep season, clean online play, and new Career mode are all big additions, and make The Show an easy call.
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PlayStation 2Game Revolution (Mar 21, 2006)
While it may not innovate or take any big chances, MLB '06: The Show has all the important features, options and settings you could want, a veritable Swiss-army knife of a baseball game. Still, we recommend that you see what 2K Games has up their sleeves before fully committing to this familiar pitch.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Apr, 2006)
If this franchise continues, it may be up for contraction. It's not that this game plays so bad it needs to be put down, it's that the franchise's evolution is creeping along at a snail's pace. But yes, it's got its gameplay problems as well. Infield fielding is inconsistent, the AI worse, and when it tries to copy it competitors, it can't even do that correctly. In short, I'm glad that 2K Sports got the exclusive baseball license and not Sony.
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PSPGame Informer Magazine (Apr, 2006)
Be warned, however, as the game still has some bugs; infielders can have trouble picking up grounders while on the run, pitchers have unusual stamina and outfielders can make some ridiculous throws to the bases. The pitching meter is a little small on the PSP and takes getting used to, but otherwise this port captures the console version warts, sweet animations, and all.
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PSPVideo Game Talk (Jun 23, 2006)
What I really liked about MLB 06: The Show was the career mode. I found it a lot of fun to make a player in my image, run him through spring training, and try to land myself a solid contract with the Seattle Mariners and later land a 20 million dollar contract with the Oakland A's. Overall the game play was generally fun (sometimes frustrating), but all in all good times.
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PlayStation 2Video Game Talk (Jun 04, 2006)
Baseball games aren't my thing, but I mostly enjoyed MLB 06 The Show, even if the controls did feel overly-complicated to a novice like myself. The graphics are underwhelming, but the audio is top-notch and there enough modes to keep baseball sim fans engaged for quite awhile. Nevertheless, spend a few bucks to check it out over a weekend before you go all in. Rent it.