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Game Chronicles (Apr 12, 2009)
Once again, Sony has published an amazing piece of software. MLB 09 The Show is the game that all other baseball games want to be. It's not perfect, but MLB 09 The Show is the best baseball simulation available on PSP.
Game Shark (Mar 18, 2009)
Still, despite those faults, MLB 09: The Show on the PSP is the second best baseball title of the year, losing only to The Show on the PS3. I don't know if that's more of a sign of how sub-par 2K's offering this year was or a real testament to the handheld developers of The Show, but there's no arguing with the end result, no matter the cause.
IGN (Mar 09, 2009)
While the Show on the PSP is still an engaging and enjoyable game, it's not as much of a must have as it has been in previous years. Some of the changes feel like they weaken elements of the game, like those made to the fielding, while many of the older issues, like the camera problems, haven't been addressed in at least two years. While there is a lot more depth thanks to the Franchise mode, there are so few changes that this is almost a repeat of last year's game.
Digital Chumps (Mar 24, 2009)
MLB 09: The Show has proven to be a fun experience on both the PSP and the PS2. If I had to chose between the two for whatever reason, I personally would go with the PSP just for the simple convenience of it. It may not control quite as good as the PS2, but as a casual baseball fan, the portable style just suits my taste better for very quick, spontaneous moments of play. Regardless of which version I played, I thought the AI and overall programming was reasonably sound, although in saying that keep in mind I'm not an avid baseball video game player so I may be more forgiving than most. Still, if you're looking for a solid MLB title this year, I would recommend giving The Show a serious look.
Worth Playing (Apr 14, 2009)
Despite some flaws, I really enjoyed MLB '09: The Show on the PSP. The pickings are slim for baseball fans with a PSP, and I think that some healthy competition would give the developers a slight push to change a couple of nagging aspects that show up year after year, but it's definitely not a bad baseball title. Go in with your expectations curbed a bit, and realize that this isn't identical to the The Show on PS3, and I don't think you'll be disappointed. If you're new to baseball games, this title is surprisingly accessible to new players, so don't be afraid to give it a try.
GameZone (Mar 12, 2009)
MLB 09 doesn’t set new grounds, but it does a serviceable job not screwing everything up. Last year’s version was somewhat better, so it’s unfortunate that this year’s iteration took a step back.
Gamervision (Mar 18, 2009)
Like so many storied professionals, age is finally catching up to the series. It’s time to rebuild, Sony. Let go of the past, and focus on the future. If you can do one tenth of what you did with The Show on the PlayStation 3 with the portable version, you could have a juggernaut of a franchise. There are so many comparisons I could draw here like comparing the game to Brady Anderson, Brett Boone, Dontrelle Willis, or countless others who’ve overachieved one year only to come crashing back to reality the next, but instead I’ll just say that for the first time in a long time, MLB: The Show is not a must buy. That’s just a shame.
Modojo (Mar 10, 2009)
Sony's made enjoyable baseball games for its PSP and MLB 09: The Show is no exception. However, we're a little surprised that the company failed to reach the next level. As it stands, it's an entertaining but all too familiar Show.