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  • April 9th, 2008

    PlayStation’s MLB 08 The Show:
    As close as we can get…

    Posted by Christine E. at 7:31 pm in Baseball,Product Reviews Comments (9)

    517DV9%2BVceL AA280When I was young, I was part of the generation who saw the 1st video games–and I was a junkie: Donkey Kong, Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man, Centipede and my personal favorite: Tetris were all games I would go to the arcade to play for hours–or at least until my quarters ran out. Yes, video games were played almost exclusively in an arcade (unless you were lucky enough to own an Atari…) and only cost 25 cents per game. Heck, I ever remember Pong…

    So it was a treat for me when I got my copy of Sony’ PlayStation’s MLB 08 The Show–it was the best of both worlds: video games AND the Red Sox–and it doesn’t get much better than that…

    Now, I haven’t been living in a cave for the last 20+ years–I know video games are much better/more technologically advanced that they used to be–But holy buckets! My husband was in the living room, playing The Show, and, based on the sounds, I actually thought he was watching a REAL game!

    So I cracked out the game for myself (when everyone else was finished checking it out…) This is one cool game! Whomever designed this game make sure all of the details were accurate–from the grass blowing in the wind at Fenway, to ‘Tek and his red socks, to the how Big Papi moves.  Incidentially, David Ortiz was one of the “Motion Capture Athletes”–which means they covered him with tons of marking dots in front of a
    green screen and recorded all of his moves and such and used them to generate the movements within the game. Other players included 3rd baseman David Wright, and pitcher Trevor Hoffman…

    And if you really hardcore, You can even play on-line with other baseball/video game enthusiasts…

    There are a million and 1 different ways to play within 6 modes and 2 specialty events:

    Exhibition Mode: Where you select 2 teams from a current MLB team, or an All-Star Team and play one game. Stats are not saved

    Manager Mode:A good place to get a feel for the game, where you do not directly control the players, you only manage them. You can tell your pitchers how aggressive to be, and give basic instructions to your runners and hitter. This is the one I tried 1st to help myself get a feel for the game. The Red Sox vs the Cubs–I won 14-2…I knew I would be a great manager!

    Rivalry Mode:A series between a classic rivalry (like the Sox sand the Skanks) or one you create. I have not tried this yet, as I am afraid I will throw something at the screen if the Jeter character does his fist pump…

    Career Mode:  Where you custom create a player and take him, from an invitation to Spring Training to (hopefully) The Hall of Fame.

    Franchise Mode: Where you get to be Theo Epstein (or whomever you GM is…)and manager your team to the (hopefully) World Series…

    Season Mode:  Is the one I talked about last weekend, where the folks at PlayStation actually played out a whole season and the Sox won 102 games…

    There is also a Homer Run Derby, just like the one at the All-Star game–you pick the players, how many outs, and the ballpark. The only thing it does not have is the Century 21 Million dollars Payout…

    Finally there is a “King of the Diamond” which is a min-game where you try to score as many runs as you can, but you can do by using all types of hits–not just homer runs…

    So after I managed a game, I figured I had this PlayStation thing down cold–so I load up the Sox and Colorado (me against the computer) in Exhibition Mode, and, armed with the listing of all of the possible things I could do (think of just about anything you can do in a baseball game–and its here–except maybe the bench clear brawls…) and off I went…

    And…Josh Beckett, et all, got shelled by Colorado 22-0…ohhhh boy…

    But, the more I played, and got familiar with all the controls the better I got. I still haven’t won a game, but at least I am not giving up 22 runs anymore. Now, as I mentioned I haven’t had much exposure to PlayStation, so my learning curve is much curvier than someone who play alot of video game…but there is something that came back to me very quickly while playing this game: How much I like video games…and this one has enough to keep me learning an occupied for a very long time…

    My husband and my youngest step daughter (who is 9) also played and really enjoyed the game too…although their games were a little less embarasing than mine…

    So, if you are looking for a GREAT video game, which also feeds into your baseball obsession, MLB 08 The Show is the one for you! It’s available in all PlayStation platforms: PLAYSTATION 3, PlayStation 2 and the portable PSP…

    And you still can win a copy here at Boston Red Thoughts–Just leave a comment between now and 5:00pm on Friday, and the best comment wins! We are in Week 3 of our 5 week giveaway, so there are still a few chances to win!

    Good luck–and play ball!

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