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Terminal Gamer (Mar 11, 2011)
MLB 11: The Show is so deep and spot on that you just might think you’re ready to take on Roy Halliday in real life. What can San Diego Studios do next year to make the game even better? If you’re a baseball fan, and a PS3 owner, you owe it to yourself to get this game.
PlayStation Universe (Mar 11, 2011)
MLB 11: The Show is yet another homerun. It’s not quite a grand slam, but more of the same with a little extra sugar is plenty to bring fans of the series back for another inning. While it doesn’t have much to offer non-baseball fans (and really, why should it?), there is fun to be had playing with your buddies in online and offline co-op. Pick your position, and hit the field to play. The slight tweaks to gameplay, added 3D support, and the addition of PlayStation Move compatibility in Homerun Derby makes this one of the best entries in the series, if not the best to date.
Game Rant (Apr 12, 2011)
That being said, hardcore baseball fans who want to have the latest rosters cannot go wrong with MLB 11: The Show. I can say without hesitation that this is simply the best baseball video game I have ever played. If you don't own MLB 10: The Show, but you are a fan of the genre and own a PlayStation 3, this one is a no-brainer.
Digital Trends (Mar 09, 2011)
If you are a baseball and/or a video game sports fan, MLB 11 The Show is worth your time. I found myself really following the stats of the players and learning the lineups of several teams, and after a few playthroughs, I found myself yearning for the noralgic grass of a real stadium under a summer sun. But since I can’t have that for a while yet, I’m fine with settling for MLB 11 The Show in the meantime.
90 (Mar 24, 2011)
MLB 11 does an excellent job once again at delivering what this franchise is all about. The pitching/hitting interface is excellent and teaches players how to throw and hit in an intuitive and natural manner. MLB 11‘s presentation is unrivaled, and everything down to the stadium-specific Jumbotrons are presented with beautiful accuracy. There are enough changes with this year’s edition to justify a purchase, and the new mechanics make it a strong suggestion it to fans who were put off by last year’s unforgiving learning curve. Major work was done in making this game not only more authentic but more accessible, and on both fronts the developers succeeded. MLB 11 stands as one of Sony’s strongest exclusives.
Daily Game (Mar 28, 2011)
Still, two snafus don’t make this a bad game, and they don’t even come close to dragging down the overall experience. MLB 11: The Show is the game to beat when it comes to console baseball, and if SCEA San Diego can refine the analog controls even more next year, their game is likely to stay that way.
85 (Mar 23, 2011)
MLB 11: The Show is still the best baseball game on the market by a wide margin. MLB 2K11 makes some strides towards closing the gap, but the new control scheme in MLB 11 is awesome. Batting, pitching, and fielding with the right analog stick can take some time getting used to, but after 30 minutes to an hour you’ll love how much more realistic and fun they are compared to the old control schemes. The graphics are still fantastic and the animation is spot on. The announcing isn’t very good, and the gameplay modes such as Road to the Show are very stale at this point, but I highly recommend MLB 11 based on how much fun it is. If you like baseball, you’ll love MLB 11.
IGN (Mar 09, 2011)
MLB 11: The Show takes some big strides to improve the gameplay and largely succeeds. Fielding matters now and the new analog controls for pitching and hitting are fun. The lack of major improvements to Franchise and Road to the Show are disappointing, but The Show remains the best baseball game in town. If you've been waiting for someone to take you out to the ballgame, wait no longer. MLB 11: The Show is here.
GameSpot (Mar 10, 2011)
Even though MLB 11: The Show is an undeniably great baseball game, it is stuck in a bit of a rut with just subtle refinements setting it apart from its predecessor. The one real quality addition is the new analog pitching interface, which is so stellar that it is hard to go back to the old pitching controls. You can make a good case for this being the best baseball game ever made, just as you could have made the same case for last year's MLB, and the one before that. But at this point in the franchise's evolution, it would have been nice to see the core of the game mixed up a bit more, perhaps with something like more historical league options or extra pure management features for simmers or even full-blown Move support. Though its latest iteration doesn't improve upon the previous one as dramatically as it might have, The Show is still the king of baseball gaming.
GamingBolt (Mar 25, 2011)
With the analog controls being the heart of the changes made in MLB 11: The Show, the game is basically the same as last years with small improvements in almost every aspect. This easily makes the game the best in the franchise yet so true baseball game fans sure be sure to pick it up while other gamers might want to test it out to see if it has what they are looking for.