Breaking Down the MLB 10: The Show Fact Sheet

We take a look at the changes we're most excited about in Sony's upcoming baseball game.

One theme was repeated in reviews of last year's MLB 09: The Show--for many, it was the best console baseball game they'd ever played. I felt much the same way--even as an at-best lukewarm baseball fan, I don't think I've played anything that felt as complete or engaging as last year's game (sorry MVP Baseball fans). Still, I was reluctant to call it the best console baseball game of all time--if only because I knew Sony would be working hard to top itself with this year's MLB 10: The Show. Now that Sony has released its full fact sheet for MLB 10, we have a complete picture of just what the development team will be stuffing into the game when it arrives later this year.

Certainly not everything on this features list is essential, but when you think about it, that's exactly why The Show has earned its reputation as a standout sports series: a compelling mix of big, back-of-the-box features with tiny details and refinements that are tuned perfectly for diehard baseball fans. You can find the full fact sheet for MLB 10 below, but first, here are some thoughts on the features I'm most looking forward to.

Prepare for impact when you strap on the mask and resume duties behind the plate in Catcher mode.

Catcher Improvements -- One of my biggest gripes with MLB 09 was catcher AI. In short, the AI catchers called crap games. Playing as a starting pitcher in my Road to the Show career, it quickly became apparent to me that the only way I would succeed would be to ignore my catcher altogether and throw the pitches I wanted, where I wanted to throw them. With MLB 10, it sounds like improvements have been made across season mode, RTTS, and exhibition games. While playing as a catcher in RTTS mode sounds interesting--thanks to a dedicated camera angle and the ability to block wild pitches--my main hope is that I can trust the guy behind the plate when I'm on the mound.

New Training Drills -- Finally, the pitchers get some love here. I've spent enough time putting my overweight hurler in meaningless batting drills--now it's time to get him on the mound and give his rocket of a right arm a workout. In addition to new fielding drills, there are two pitching drill types--knockout and simulated game. Simulated game sounds like it might be a bit time-consuming, but if the performance rewards are worth it, I'll be up there, slinging away.

Road to the Show 4.0 -- There's good news and bad news in the new RTTS feature set. Bad news? You'll start in AA ball this year and will need to earn your spot in spring training. Also, you won't be able to continue your RTTS career from MLB 09, which means I'll have to start my pitcher's long road to Cooperstown all over again. The good news: streamlined game speed that will let you watch as much or as little of the game as you like, a mistake-tracking system that keeps tabs on your baseball fundamentals (like whether or not you cover the correct base on a grounder), and deep pitcher/batter stat-tracking during your RTTS career.

Online Play -- While this one isn't specifically important to me--I seldom go online with The Show--I know that enough players complained about the series' spotty online performance in the past to include it here. Hopefully the MLB 10 team has listened to its fans and truly made the online play as smooth as the sport of baseball demands.

Little Things -- Here's where MLB gets it right, a laundry list of gameplay snippets and improvements that I can't wait to experience:

• Upgrades to the throwing meter that will reflect each player's arm strength based on attributes.
• Ground ball friction will provide more realistic bounces
• Ball collision improvements now enable the ball to bounce off of any part of the batter's body (or off the pitcher for comebackers). If you dive for a ball and miss it, the ball can be smothered, kicked, and deflected, and all outcomes follow real-life ball physics.
• A new movie maker where you can select multiple replays to add and edit to a single movie.

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MLB 10: The Show Fact Sheet

The long awaited Home Run Derby® leads the deep features list in MLB 10 The Show for the PS3. Fully implemented in the season modes and available as a stand alone feature, Home Run Derby follows the current MLB rules and flow. The MLB®All-Star Futures Game™ will also be available within season modes in its correct timeframe (just before the Home Run Derby), as well as fully functional online leagues.

Additional new features for the PS3 game include “Catcher Mode,” the ability to call the game as the catcher, select pitches, and be the ultimate field general, just like Joe Mauer. MLB 10 The Show will also offer daytime transitional lighting, a newly added “Movie Maker” menu giving the user the ability to select multiple replays to add to and edit a single movie, and 11 new stadiums. Five new Minor League stadiums will be introduced, as well as a selection of classic parks available on the PS3 for the first time including Forbes Field, Crosley Field, The Polo Grounds, Shibe Park, Sportsman Park, and Griffith Staduim.

Online multiplayer has vastly improved this year to bring more of that competitive fire out amongst friends. First and foremost, the game will detect and respond better to adverse network conditions and bandwidth has been reduced to help the speed and flow of online gameplay. Along with the core online league play, where gamers can customize leagues including choosing players, teams, and length of schedule, MLB 10 The Show will now offer fullyfunctional online season leagues! The new online season leagues will save anddisplay MLB Player stats, track player energy, allow for trades/injuries, and offer 40-manroster functionality. Alongside this will be weekly live roster updates, available every week throughout the entire MLB season, trackingroster changes, addition of new MLB players (with correct attributes), and player attribute updates to reflect hot and cold streaks.

Lastly, The Show will offer the ability to view every game you've ever played online, complete with opponents, box scores, and game logs. There is simply no better place to turn up the smacktalk and settle a little baseball rivalry than playing it out online in The Show The gameplay in The Show has been enhanced considerably with improved logic, animations and presentations resulting in a wider variety of hit types (including more choppers), improved ground ball friction, improved run down logic, and upgrades to the Throwing Meter, which will reflect each player’s arm strength based on attributes. The ground ball friction will provide more realistic bounces and ground balls getting by the corner infielders when hit down either foul line allowing for extra bases when the ball rattles around in the left and right field corners. Ball collision improvements now enable the ball to bounce off of any part of the batter's body and take the correct trajectory after impact. If you dive for a ball and miss it, the ball can be smothered, kicked, and deflected, all outcomes following real life ball physics.

Comebackers to the mound can deflect off the pitcher’s body who can then turn a great looking 1-6-3 double play. We have also added the always popular 3-6-3 double play, ability to rob HRs, dives, sliding catch plays, tumbles, rolls, over running bases, getting caught on a pick-off move when leaning the wrong way, base runner line drive reactions, multiple levels of check swings, and umpire reviews of HRs hit down the foul lines (they can get reversed!)—all new aspects of the gameplay those not only looks great, but feel right.

MLB 10 The Show once again raises the overall level of detail and realism from customizable fan chants, to jumbotron animations, to crowd atmosphere. Not to be outdone, stadium ambiance will be improved with the addition of HR/splash counters, fireworks, steam, noisemakers, towels, thunder sticks, crowd reaching over the rails, and crowd detail, such as interaction with vendors and placing Ks. Mascots are also available for all teams and each will show off signature moves throughout the game.

The popular “Road to The Show” mode returns with version 4.0 featuring the addition of two new interactive training modes, new settings, and new presentations. Interactive training will consist of a set of mini-games designed to improve a player’s fielding and pitching ability, adding to last year's introduction of batting and base running training. In Road to The Show users will also have the new Game Watch and Game Completion options which allow the player to set how much of the game they wish to view. “Franchise Mode” also returns to the game, including the 40-man roster, salary arbitration, waiver transactions and September call-ups. Due to hit stores in March 2010, just in time for Spring Training, as the only officially licensed first party videogame exclusively for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™), PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), and the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) go, MLB 10 The Show is prepared to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for all fans, new and old.

NEW FEATURES IN MLB 10 THE SHOW

• All-Star Break (includes Home Run Derby® and MLB® All-Star Futures Game™) (PS3) – The long-awaited return of Home Run Derby will take place in MLB 10 The Show for PS3. Fully implemented in our season modes and available as a stand-alone mode, Home Run Derby follows the MLB rules and flow. The MLB® All-Star Futures Game™ will also be available within season modes in its correct timeframe (just before the HR Derby). See if your Road to The Show player is invited to either the Home Run Derby or the Futures Game!

• Catcher Calling the Game (PS3) – The catcher will play a bigger role in season modes, Road to The Show, and exhibition games. Thecatcher will give a sequence of signs and users will have the ability to change theirindicator.Specifically for Road to The Show, the feature will allow a catcher to calling the game. This featurewill give a new level of control to the catcher where he will have responsibility to selectpitches and position himself to block balls that are in the dirt or wild. Catcher in RTTS has its own new camera view

• Online Gameplay Improvements (PS3) – This year, the online gameplay experience has been improved a great deal as the game will detect and respond better to adverse network conditions along with reduced bandwidth to help the speed and flow of online gameplay.

• User Controlled Pick-offs (PS3) – Want to surprise a base runner with a quick move or lull him to sleep? The new pickoff mechanism will now allow users to choose from a quick, casual, or deceptive pick-off type. In exhibition, season, and Road to The Show modes, you have the ability to decide which move you want to make as a pitcher. As a base runner in Road to The Show you now have to pick up on the pitcher’s move or get thrown out leaning!

• Custom Music, Fan Yells, and Chants – New to The Show this year, users can now assign music or a recording to an entire team, not just a player. Edit tracks to assign batter walk-up music or record your own voice and assign it to play for the team or player during the situation of your choice.

• Movie Maker (PS3) – Newly added is the Movie Maker menu within the Pause Menu. This will give the userthe ability to select up to ten replays to add to a single movie and do all their editing fromthis menu. The user will now be able to start recording their movie on a newly createdtimeline and then pause their movie, choosing different camera angles of theirplays.

• New Stadiums (PS3) – MLB 10 The Show will offer 11 new stadiums. In addition to all current MLB stadiums, five new Minor League venues are available, as well as classics parks now be available on the PS3 for the first time. The classic stadiums include Forbes Field,Crosley Field, Polo Grounds, and Griffith Stadium.

• New Fielding and Pitching Training Modes/Practice Drills (PS3) – In MLB 10 The Show users will have the ability to choose from two new interactive training/practice modes. The additions of pitching and fielding training sessions round out the Road to The Show training suite. Fielding training will consist of two types of training focus on the user's throwing with the new throw meter and focus on a combination of throwing and decision-making. Pitching training will have two options—Knockout and Simulated Game, both focusing on control and accuracy, with goals provided for each session. These training modes will extend to practice modes for both fielding and pitching and are a perfect way to polish and improve your baseball skills in The Show!

• Road to The Show Version 4.0 (PS3) – Road to The Show (RTTS) 4.0 features the additions of two new option settings; RTTS Game Watch and RTTS Game Completion, that allow users to set how much of the game they wish to view. With settings of All Pitches, All Fielding, Result Play, and Off, user's will have the choice to view every pitch of the entire game, or trim the viewing down to just the result pitch. Users will now start their career in AA and will have to earn their spot in Spring Training. In order to enforce good fundamental baseball, two new systems have been implemented. The first is a mistake tracking system that will keep tabs on how users play the game and will penalize for throwing to the wrong base, not covering the right base for the out, etc. The second feature is a new Green Light system that has been implemented to reward good base stealing and penalize those that shouldn't be stealing. If a user continues to steal once the green light has been revoked, their playing time will diminish. Once revoked, users will have to improve their speed and base running ability in order to regain the green light. Finally, there is a new stat tracking system that keeps stats for your player’s career versus every pitcher or batter faced during the current season that can be accessed at any time.

• Full Online Season Leagues (PS3) – Along with improvements to the traditional online leagues, MLB 10 The Show will offer fullyfunctional online season leagues! The new online season leagues will save anddisplay MLB Player stats, track player energy, allow for trades/injuries, and offer 40-manroster functionality.

• Weekly Live Roster – An updated live roster will be available every week throughout the entire season. Included in the update will be all roster changes, addition of new MLB players (with correct attributes), and player attribute updates to reflect hot and cold streaks.

• 1-30 Player Season Modes (PS3) – Because roster control is an integral part of Franchise Mode, giving the user the ability tocontrol one or all 30 teams is now essential to the mode. To do this, the user has the option to select how many teams (or all teams) they wish to control rightfrom the start of their franchise or season.

• New Camera System (PS3) – MLB 10 The Show is set to raise the bar for sports gaming and offer the most robust and realisticcamera system available. Camera positioning will make you double takeand make sure you’re not watching a live MLB telecast.This includes an all new broadcast fielding camera as an option

• Real-Time Presentations (PS3) – MLB 10 The Show has boosted the number of overall animations by capturing more than 1,250 new gameplay animations, more than 1,000 new presentation animations, and more than 400 personalized pitcher and batter animations. To accompany this upgraded experience, The Show introduces a new broadcast camera for fielding that will make you feel like you're watching a live telecast.

• Stadium Realism and Experience (PS3) – As the leading MLB experience, MLB 10 The Show takes pride in the detailsoffering daytime transitionallighting, similar to our day to night transitional lighting. Notice the sun position and length of shadows as the 1:00pm first pitch reaches the afternoon. All players on field will be shown in real-time; this goes for dugout and bullpen players. Not to be outdone, stadium ambiance will be improved with the addition of HR/splash counters, fireworks, steam, noisemakers, towels, thunder sticks, working digital and analog clocks, crowd reaching over the rails, and crowd detail, such as interaction with vendors and placing K signs.

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sportsfreak12
sportsfreak12

since i dont have a ps3 i shuldnt of even read this cause nothin for ps2

Elbourn
Elbourn

two things I really wanted was to be able to play the golden and silver era teams in franchise mode and also to be able to use my PS3 eye toy in create a player mode. Seems like they both won't be happening but I still love the changes and upgrades and it is my baseball game of choice.

RobZombies
RobZombies

Did they add any new features to the ps2 version?

USMC575
USMC575

I hope they fix call up feature i could beast in minors and NEVER get called up and i could go 5-0 with a .34 era in my first year in the mlb as a pitcher and get sent down because of a "bad performance"

kenkade123
kenkade123

I hope Catcher Mode is really good.

mulder93213
mulder93213

mlb the show sounds good, I know you have the option to built your own custom rosters but does anybody know if you can change the Players Age its a feature I enjoy in 2k sports does the show give you that option?????? Reason why I ask I do not think I could buy another 2k baseball game!!!!!!

Shumway9
Shumway9

they should make some more features for the ps2 why isnyt the ps2 capable

jpetrolino
jpetrolino

For the love of God ... would someone make a co-op play baseball game already ... There hasn't been co-op baseball since the ASB series ... there is nothing more fun then playing along side a friend where you control one side of the infield and he/she controls the other side ... and you share the lineup on offense ...

TheGameV30
TheGameV30

could the My Sliders work even the slightest this time around? nothing i've adjusted has done anything in mlb 09. i'll still only play one mlb game and that's the show

Spike_Cloud
Spike_Cloud

I agree with some previous posts, i hope they fixed the callup mechanic. When I'm raking in the minors I don't get called up... like if someone gets injured i can replace them, heck i've gone from AA to MLB in 2 weeks once, but that was a fluke and i regretted it cuz my stats weren't full. So in that regard I think the reason they give you 2 years of minor league is to improve your stats, no matter how good you are. It's good and bad.

nickdastick
nickdastick

SCEA did make a football game back in the day and it was okay but Madden trashed it then. I'm sure they could make a solid football game but I don't think it would dethrone Madden, at least not right off the bat.

Phoenix534
Phoenix534

@sammyk35 That would be so freaking awesome! I love Madden, but SCEA is simply a better sports developer. I really hope they get the chance to make one once EA's NFL license ends.

Giantsallstar10
Giantsallstar10

MLB 10 is by far the best baseball game of all time but what they need to do is make the game fully multiplayer some what like all star baseball where two people could play in franchise mode. What would be a great idea would be to have one player go as the cather and the other one as the pitcher

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

@ lindseyiluvyou You are right they have to keep us happy even if it is with a crappy 2k baseball sim. I really might get a PS3 slim if this game is legit!

sammyk35
sammyk35

Sony does such a nice job with this game. Could you imagine if these guys could develop a football game.... madden would be out of business!

lindseyiluvyou
lindseyiluvyou

@maverick_76 I was playing on Veteran. I found All-star too challenging. I had a lot of bad games but the way it went it was like good game good game good game bad game and repeated. The reason I didn't lose more games is because the bullpen usually backed me up.

maverick_76
maverick_76

@lindseyiluvyou Man, what difficulty were you playing on? I play on the default difficulty and the best I ever did was a 2.7 something ERA. And I got called up 3/4 through my first season from AA to AAA, spent the rest of that season and the next in AAA, then moved up to the majors my third year as well.

lindseyiluvyou
lindseyiluvyou

I also hope they make it easier to get called up in to MLB. In AA when I was pitching I was 11-0 with a .94 ERA midway through the season. I finished 20-1 with a ERA of 2.04 and they called me up at the end of the season. It was the same with AAA my second year. My third year I got to the show finally and led the Marlins to a world series. Well my point is that in real life an 11-0 pitcher with a .94 ERA would be called up right away. One more thing they don't have and anyone who played the game will agree with me they don't have pitching ROTY(rookie of the year) The Rookie of the years are always batters never pitchers. They need to change that.

lindseyiluvyou
lindseyiluvyou

@dreman77 they should but they won't. everyone knows that the show spanks 2k's ass when it comes to baseball yet they keep making baseball games. I think its just to keep xbox baseball fans happy.

dreman77
dreman77

2k should forget baseball this year

jered_becker
jered_becker

any chance to have player/franchise stats usable on both ps3 and psp?

redzed24
redzed24

Looking forward to the demo!

TheGameV30
TheGameV30

another thought, r we even gonna be able to steal bases this year? the new pickoffs do sound AWESOME but the catchers would get WAYYY too good of throws too often. most catchers only throw out 1 or *maybe* 2 out of 3 yet even running w/ ellsbury i couldn't get that many steals. and even with the pickoff slider turned practically off they would still constantly throw over w/ every little first lead. that was annoying. and this was trying to get picked off w/ anyone i'd lead w/ (not just prime basestealers) i do truly love The Show and would never play any other baseball game though

apm235
apm235

This years version sounds like its going to be way better then last years believe it or not. I like the fact that you can now watch every pitch, both offensively and defensively in RTTS 4.0 with "Watch Game" turned on. Kudos to the MLB 10 The Show team for trying to increase realism more and more each year. Thats what is going to keep this game well above the competition. One thing I would like to see is batter "Likes" and Dislikes" in terms of pitches in each players stats. Really looking forward to March 2nd!!!

cjasko94
cjasko94

Can't wait for this game. Sony makes the best MLB Games. Not trying to be a fanboy or anything.

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

sony seems to be better than 2k, because 2k has the "third-party" rights to themselves.

Nicaboy456
Nicaboy456

i didnt think it was possible but it seems like The Show has outdone itself once again. i cant wait....

celtic567
celtic567

I want this game so much. Can they make it earlier?!

Senor_T_Dub
Senor_T_Dub

Sounds awesome, I just hope the difficulty is balanced a little better. I felt like last year I could set the difficulty to homer every at bat or lose 1-0 duels, but rarely could I have a realistic series of games. Maybe I am just an odd difficulty??

psownsxbox4life
psownsxbox4life

so pumped for this game. mlb the show has never disappointed (not like my former favorite game madden, which disappoints every year)

dmonee
dmonee

OMFG!!!!omfg.omfg.omfg.omfg.omfg.omfg.omfg. I need baseball..... now......NOW!!!!!omfg...omfg.......I feel bad for xbox fanboys that want a good baseball game...I really do...

TheGameV30
TheGameV30

it would be cool if u could upload ur own little pictures for that for the players they create throughout the season

pantyhoselover
pantyhoselover

I dont understand about weekly roster updates they had that last year or does it mean they will have live updates every week like nba 2k with accurate faces of new players instead of generic faces.

HeavyDahn
HeavyDahn

Love The Small New Features I For One Cannot Wait for This Game!

gamermets11
gamermets11

the thing that caught my attention was the homeruns getting reviewed, thats nice to see they put in

gamermets11
gamermets11

ummm i dont think that has anything to do with the game lhawley088, thats just your own fault

lhawley088
lhawley088

hopefully they fixed the CPU comeback too, it was horrible in 09. I could be up 20-0 in the 6th and by the 9th inning it would be tied

TheCarl
TheCarl

The Show is one of the few games that I always buy, year after year. Being a huge baseball fan, Sony's annual baseball game is work of art and an homage to a classic American pastime!! Keep up the good work Santa Monica!!

bluebori
bluebori

i hope they fix online because the mlb 09 online had too many gliches

TheGameV30
TheGameV30

PLEASEEEEEEEE tell me they added in breaking up double plays. that was very frustrating and not realistic if you ask me

mechberg
mechberg

@ohjtbehaaave -- Saw that too. Considering the ball will bounce off pitchers in comebackers, I'm hoping it means the ball will bounce off of any player on the field and react accordingly.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

The article says, "Ball collision improvements now enable the ball to bounce off of any part of the batter's body and take the correct trajectory after impact." I'm sure they meant the ball bounces off the FIELDERS body(on tough ground balls etc...) and takes the correct trajectory with good ball physics!

bacardi0987
bacardi0987

I normally don't get any sports games. I might have to make an exception. looks awesome

bf210
bf210

One word - WOW!!!

Yoshicon8
Yoshicon8

I'm defiantly getting this game when it comes out. Looks great!

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Sounds awesome Brian. Let's get some GAMEPLAY footage up soon!