MLB 07: The Show Reviews (PlayStation 3)
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UGO (UnderGroundOnline) (May 28, 2007)
Overall, MLB 07 is one of, if not the best, baseball games ever made. Sure, the graphics may not be on par with those from the MLB 2K7 series. Sure, there might be a couple of minor flaws with fielding. However, the game does one thing right and it does it exceptionally well - it makes for a ridiculously fun experience.
Gaming Target (Jul 10, 2007)
The PS3 is going through the usual post-launch woes, but if you're a baseball fan, MLB 07 The Show is just the game to get you through the lean months until the usual fall insanity. There's just so much going on, so much to do, that it'll be months before everything has been seen. If you like micromanaging every facet of a baseball franchise, do it. More interested in playing online leagues? Sony has you covered. Rather create yourself and have a Hall of Fame career, or at least try. Yep, you can do that. Combined that with the most polished baseball gameplay in the business, and this is the closest we've had to a killer app in recent months on PS3. Sure you could play 2K's game, but only on PlayStation (2, 3 and PSP, but PS3 if you can swing it) can you play the best hardball simulation around. I bet someone wishes they could redo that exclusivity contract with MLB to freeze Sony out, because they done got shown up. Again.
Game Vortex (May 30, 2007)
I've always had a love-hate relationship with baseball games, but MLB 07: The Show is one of the more enjoyable baseball games I've played in a while. Although it isn't a perfect game, most of the issues are minor and can easily be ironed out in future iterations. MLB 07 offers a complete baseball experience and is easily the best baseball game available on the PS3.
Game Chronicles (Jun 01, 2007)
This game blew away any expectations that I had. Every second something caught me off guard and really brought me into the game even more. Now I have not played a baseball game on any other system other than the Nintendo 64, so I am a little behind on how the games are actually playing. Other review will say that this game is just like its earlier version with a couple of twist, but I don’t care. This game was the sickest sports game I have played in a long time. It is so hard core it isn’t even funny. Sometimes it can get too detailed and frustrate you, but isn’t that how the pros get when they hit rough spots in the year?!
PSX Extreme (May 16, 2007)
Forget MLB 2K7. Sony's MLB 07: The Show is without a doubt the best baseball title across any next-gen console. While there may be some argument between whether or not the PS3 version is superior to the PS2 version, they're both largely the same game just with different graphics. The Show may not be a powerhouse looker, but it is still a very sharp looking game with life-like animation that is a sight to see. The commentary is leagues better than anything out there and it really immerses you into the game. Most importantly, though, this is one baseball game that won't drive you crazy with stupid quirks, balance issues, and overly juiced gameplay. MLB 07: The Show isn't perfect, but it sure is great.
Extreme Gamer (Jun 04, 2007)
MLB 07: The Show is a definite must buy for baseball fans who don’t own the PS2, or PSP version. MLB 07: The Show although lacking in graphics, has some of the most solid baseball mechanics seen in game form. I would notch the PS3 too far ahead of the PS2 version just yet, so I’m hoping next years time at the plate gives Sony enough time to revamp and polish its few rough edges. Overall its easy to say that Sony has hits another solid home run with MLB 07: The Show for the Playstation 3.
PS3Style.com (Jun 05, 2007)
MLB ’07: The Show is a solid baseball game offering a huge variety of features to get your money’s worth. Being that this game was made by Sony and is their first offering of a baseball game for their new system, I really did expect more, especially on the visual side. I remember seeing target videos from Sony last year showing how sports games would look on the PS3, and this doesn’t even come close. Let’s hope that the next MLB will be built from the ground up and take full advantage of the PS3’s power. There’s also room for added features, such as the option of swinging the sixaxis controller as a virtual bat. I’m sure there will probably be over a hundred Wii baseball games on the market by this time next year that offer that same feature, but come on Sony, I know you can do it better. Play ball!
Kombo.com (May 18, 2007)
I would recommend this over MLB 2K7 just because of the Road to The Show mode. Innovation in a stale genre is always something to take a look at. The Show outclasses other baseball offerings, even if the graphics look like a PS2 game on steroids. Give it a try, there is quite a bit to enjoy with MLB 07: The Show.
PGNx Media (May 21, 2007)
MLB 07: The Show is the best baseball game currently available on the PS3. The sharp presentation, coupled with great gameplay and the excellent The Show mode make the game an easy recommendation for baseball-loving PS3 owners.
GameZone (May 15, 2007)
MLB ’07: The Show is still, in spite of a few errors, nine innings of fun baseball action. The online portion promises to be robust with leagues and tournaments, and the career elements are very entertaining. If viewed without wearing the hat of a former newspaper sports editor, and shucking aside the baseball purist attitude, MLB ’07 is a solid liner to the gap in right center. Though not quite home run distance, it does try to stretch that sure double into a triple.
The Video Game Critic (Jun 05, 2007)
I noticed a few minor visual flaws, like deserted bullpens (which should have pitchers), or the empty Eutaw Street outside of the homerun fence in Baltimore. The Show's two-man commentary isn't bad, but not quite up to professional telecast standards. It's easy to nit-pick, but The Show delivers were it counts, and that's with quality gameplay. This is one of the few sports games that successfully caters to hardcore and casual baseball fans alike.
GameSpot (May 16, 2007)
Even though it doesn't have a flashy presentation and doesn't do much with the added power of the PS3, MLB 07: The Show is the best baseball game for the PlayStation 3. There's a seemingly endless number of ways to enjoy the game, and the road to the show is a fantastic addition to the series. Be it a wealth of online options or the deep franchise mode, there's something for every type of baseball fan here.
Cheat Code Central (May 15, 2007)
Overall, MLB 07: The Show is a great game. If you are a baseball fan or a sports fan looking for a solid baseball game for your library, go ahead and pick up this title from Sony; you won't be disappointed. If you're not really into sports or don't quite understand the complexities and nuances of the game, then you won't really appreciate what Sony's MLB 07: The Show has to offer. Gameplay and authenticity are what set this game apart, both of which were also included in the PS2 version. Disappointingly, the graphics are very good but not excellent; as a result, I can't recommend the PS3 version over that of the PS2. The graphic update and the few extra features aren't enough to make the extra investment worthwhile, unless you want to take advantage of the added online elements. If I were you, I would save the money and pick up the last generation's version.
TotalPlayStation (May 15, 2007)
That said, I'm not so blind as to have missed that some of the modes from the PS2/PSP versions of the game aren't here, nor did the fact that the game really just doesn't feel next-gen in the least (though it's a very pretty high-res PS2 game) pass me by. Maybe it's just because MLB '07: The Show on the PS2 is so accomplished. Maybe it's because this was never meant to be anything more than a stopgap until a proper PS3 game can be created. Whatever the reason, the game's visuals aren't going to sell PS3s, but there's no denying the gameplay is good enough to bait in even us non-fans.
Operation Sports (May 31, 2007)
But that's then, and this is now - and what's here right now is certainly worth your time. MLB 07: The Show plays a fantastically realistic and remarkably fun game on the field - in fact, it's perhaps the best on-field baseball game ever created, and certainly the best one this year.
Maxim Magazine (May 23, 2007)
The PS3's graphics are certainly crisp, and the inclusion of SIXAXIS control for fielding—snap your controller up to make your shortstop jump and rob that vain fucker A-Rod of base hits—is very cool; but overall, the game feels less like a fully realized next-gen baseball game and more like a blueprint for next year's installment. For now, we'll trade this game for two minor league pitchers, a half gallon of Gatorade, and a case of fungo bats.
GotNext (Jun 04, 2007)
Even with a rather pedestrian look and feel, MLB 07 The Show is still a tremendously entertaining game that offers virtually endless amounts of fun to baseball fans. Not only is it a solid next-generation debut on the PS3, it lays the foundation for what should be a string of top-notch baseball games for years to come. The most important aspects of a superb baseball simulation are in effect, and all that's left is some spit, polish, and tweaks to take it to the level of sheer genius.
GameSpy (Jun 01, 2007)
This time around, Sony has set itself up as the team to beat when it comes to baseball on the PS3. MLB 07: The Show is a slick and graphically upgraded version of an already strong PS2 title. It shares some of the same problems as that game -- namely a very difficult base running mode -- and has a few of its own in the form of some of some graphics hiccups, but overall, it's a solid debut. Hopefully, next year we won't have to wait this deep into the season for the thing to show up.
GamerDad (Jun 29, 2007)
In terms of graphics and controls, Sony's MLB '07: The Show, isn't perfect. There are occasional glitches, players run through each other, and a fly ball arcing out of reach of the Center Fielder will sometimes magically move downward into his mitt. That's disappointing, and would be reflected more in the score were it not for MLB's excellent "Road to the Show" mode.
IGN (May 14, 2007)
The Show manages to bring up the overall shell of Sony¿s baseball game from the PS2 minors, but as a next gen title, it doesn¿t have all of the fundamentals to compete with other sports games out there. Funky infielder logic, lackluster visuals and other odd changes to the gameplay formula literally turns a great baseball title on older systems into a good title on the PS3. That isn¿t to say that baseball fans shouldn¿t take a look at The Show; just don¿t expect it to be leaps and bounds that the other sports titles around.
Gaming Age (Jun 12, 2007)
Even though the PLayStation 3 is the definitive version of the series, and no doubt the best baseball game on the market, there are still some glaring issues that make the game seemed as if it were rushed to make this season. It will be interesting to see what Sony can do with this series with a bit more development time. For now, I'm happy to play my favorite baseball game in 720p HD than in SD, which only makes me wonder what's in store for next season.
Game Informer Magazine (Jul 01, 2007)
While the PS2 version shines as the best baseball game released this year, this iteration really needed to cook a little longer in the minors to nail down the fundamentals of the sport. With that said, PS3 owners should look to the previous generation’s game.
Gamernode (May 19, 2007)
MLB 07: The Show is obviously a game baseball fans will enjoy more than non-fans. The realistic aspect of the game creates a wonderful feeling akin to the real game, and when you're online the updated MLB scores help add to that realism. Unfortunately, this means that a large portion of the sports gaming crowd will look elsewhere, as number crunching may not be their idea of fun. There's really no reason this game should have come out this late, and ultimately that will hurt its sales, since most of the people who would have gotten this picked up the PS2 version and there's not enough reason to justify repurchasing the game on the PS3. If you're a baseball fan who doesn't have MLB 07: The Show on the PS2 yet and you want a good baseball game for your PS3, go ahead and pick this one up. Casual sports gamers are better off renting first, to see if they enjoy the realism, or purchasing the cheaper PS2 game.
Darkstation (Jun 18, 2007)
MLB 07: The Show is one of those games that had the potential to be a real home run hitter coming out of the gates with very little in terms of expectations. I would say the final results are more of a base hit than anything that they game had the potential to do. If you're into baseball and own a PS3, I would recommend checking out MLB 07 The Show, as it has a great deal of potential and manages to still make a good first outing.
GameDaily (May 18, 2007)
Sony, fed up with 2K Sports hogging the baseball spotlight, finally released MLB 07: The Show for PlayStation 3. The game retains all of the features from its PS2 and PSP counterparts while incorporating new animations and spruced up visuals. It still offers the same, rock solid baseball experience, though some annoying glitches prevent its developers from scoring a homerun.
Video Game Talk (Jun 21, 2007)
MLB 07: The Show is a decent baseball game but it's not quite as good as it was on the PlayStation 2. What's worse is the amount of glitches that wind up here in just about every area of the game. They don't completely kill the experience but they do give the sensation that maybe this game wasn't developed quite as finely as it should have been. Still, there are a decent amount of modes and the 2007 season is well represented here. If you're in the mood for a baseball game this should be on your list but it's not something I would go too gaga over.
USA Today (May 21, 2007)
As a baseball title, MLB '07: The Show, is a solid and has a wide array of choices. As a PS3 title, The Show whiffs badly. You're better off saving that $20 and purchasing the equally satisfying PlayStation 2 edition.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jun 25, 2007)
It's painfully obviously that Sony just took its PS2 game and jacked up a few stats here and there. Fortunately, the base game is solid, but PS3 owners and their $60 deserve a little more. It looks like they'll have to wait until next season to get it. This next-gen rookie needs more time before it earns a spot in the big leagues.
Game Shark (May 28, 2007)
Overall, MLB 07 The Show is a bit of a disappointment. It’s still a fun game, especially if you haven’t played the PlayStation 2 version (I still would choose it over MLB 2K7), but I expected more from this game. Given the ongoing issues, it is tough to recommend this game if you like online play – hopefully this will be fixed soon. Right now the baseball game to beat on the PS3 is Konami’s Professional Baseball Spirits 4, and even with the language barrier, it’s still a more enjoyable game.
Game Revolution (May 21, 2007)
The bugs and the lame graphics show that MLB 07: The Show was a rush job. And that’s a shame, because there’s a lot of good stuff here. When Sony gets their online act together, we might reasonably expect to see “Road to the Show” style team games, in which nine players play nine positions. There’s a lot of bang in this potential major leaguer, but its lack of polish will keep it in the B-minors, at least for one more season.
Gaming Nexus (Jun 29, 2007)
The Show has it's moments and I did have fun going through the career mode. I was able to run through a season very quickly and it's a nice change of pace to play a certain position and work my way up from the minors. While it's not a huge step in improvement for a baseball game, MLB 07 The Show manages some good baseball moments. The bugs and some inconsistent issues leaves it at an above average baseball game though.
1UP (May 15, 2007)
In the end, The Show is a solid game, but where the PS2 (and PSP) versions are inspired, the PS3 offering doesn't give the same feeling of "real" baseball. It's a no-contest this season: For the best new-gen baseball, stick with the most beautiful choice: MLB 2K7.