It's all about the details in MLB 14: The Show for PS4

It's all about the looks.

The new baseball season is underway, and with this new season Sony has found itself in a new position: it's the only baseball game on the market. And with 2K sitting on the bench this year, you might think that takes some pressure off the team behind MLB 14: The Show, but according to Ramone Russell, designer at Sony San Diego, that's not the case at all.

"We're always out to improve," Russell said. "If you need competition to make a better game, you're making games for the wrong reason."

And really, Sony San Diego should be prepared to go hard. While though there's no competition this year, the development team behind The Show has always strived to top previous years' efforts. Still, at the very least, MLB 2K brought a different perspective on certain gameplay features, and managed to excel in some areas, despite the overall lack of quality.

"[MLB 2K's] presentation has always been better," Russell said. "We're getting to that level, and we get better every year."

To be clear, what MLB 2K had going for it was being the more stylish and personality-driven game. Better menus, better commentary, and even better music. If Sony can retool some of its presentation elements and inject some more life into the commentators and flavor text, then players might not even miss the 2K series next year.

In the interim, there's an opportunity to make some progress with the PlayStation 4 version of MLB 14: The Show, which I saw at a recent event. The PS4's HD commentary, crowds, and ambient noise are a good start--everything sounds really crisp--yet the real star right now is the visual improvements.

On the PlayStation 3, MLB 14 is one of the best-looking sports games around, but the PS4 version is notably superior. Completely redone textures and models on the stadiums bring it all to life. In fact, the PS4 crowd models are closer in polygon count to the ball players on the PS3, and consequently, look a lot more realistic. Additionally, for the first time, the stadium features children and batboys, which may not seem like a big deal, but these sorts of small details go a long way in adding authenticity. Indeed, after I fouled a few balls into the stands and knocked one substantial home run, it was obvious how much work has been put into elevating the presentation elements of The Show for the PS4.

“You can see the details up close,” Russell explained, zooming in to show me the individual blades of grass on the field at Petco Park, and the metal score cards hanging off the back wall at Fenway, neither of which are possible on the PS3. “Even your player's glove has improved texture. The lighting plays off it more realistically, and it actually looks like leather.”

As for other features, there's full parity between the PS3 and PS4 versions of MLB the Show, which combined with the cross-save features should make it easy for players to jump from one version to the other. Why didn't the PS4 get some new incentive? Sony didn't want to upset the 73 million PS3 owners out there, or the early PS4 adopters.

That isn't to say MLB 14 on PS4 is the same game. Thanks to PS4's hardware, The Show outshines its PS3 counterpart in numerous ways, and GameSpot will have more on those differences when the game hits store shelves on May 6.

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53 comments
jsmoke03
jsmoke03

80plus million ps3 owners

Triton
Triton

Hope its a lot better than another port which seems to be the case again and again with the new system.

nousername66
nousername66

This is definitely going to be my next purchase, looks great and I have always liked baseball games, ever since Baseball Stars on the NES.

bellugawhale
bellugawhale

I think the game is gonna be great,but I would like to see a small change on the franchise mode.

The change I would like to see is that you can start the franchise mode with any team you want,but after 10 years or so to have the chance to sell your franchise and buy another therefor you can move from franchise to franchise...For example imagine you can start the franchise mode with a small market team like the Marlins or the Rays or the Astros....make them into a succesfull franchise and then selling your team and eventually owning a big market team like the Yankees or the Red Sox. Of course the value of the franchise will depend on how successfull are you on the season......For me that would keep Franchise mode very interesting......

Vodoo
Vodoo

Is "parity" the new word of the day on Gamespot?

The Show is by far the best and most polished sports game in existence. It's hard to improve on perfection. I'd be worried that if they changed or added anything it would impact the game negatively. That's how flawless it is.

The ONLY thing I would address, and this is knit-picking, would be the menus. There's so many options to go through and each menu selection has multiple sub-menus buried a few layers deep. It can be a very to tough to find what you're looking for sometimes. I wouldn't even mind if they just released roster updates and never made another game. Because it's tough to innovate and make worthwhile additions at that level of quality.

2K should be taking notes.

weirdoh_
weirdoh_

This game is gonna be great.  Unfortunately I have an Xbox One.  I don't think RBI 14 is gonna cut it.  Since baseball is a big thing in my household we're gonna have to grab a PS4.  When all is added up, that's a damn expensive baseball game.  At least I have a month to save up some coin.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

I like in the UK and have absolutely zero interest in baseball..

But this game looks ridiculously good!

mark5225
mark5225

I hate baseball but due to the graphics I might buy this mf

el_ken
el_ken

EA...learn from this game, Madden SUX


ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

Pirates win World Series in full HD 1080p.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I like the way the light catches the raised numbers on Heyward's back on that last screenshot.

That's next-gen to me.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Man, I'm not even into baseball and I'm gonna purchase this!

haze0986
haze0986

the reason i buy sony consoles, day 1 digital for me on ps4....i dont think they hit their 1080p 60 fps mark. judging from the video released yesterday it doesnt look like it. well see on may 6th

Tigerbite2
Tigerbite2

This game was almost the reason I bought a PS4, but it is the reason I bought a PS3 (BF Bundle was a great deal.)


Love me some baseball.  I've already played 45 games since April 3rd.  =x

kyelo
kyelo

I have never seen anybody playing a baseball game tbh, from the UK, but this looks alright. Still wouldn't buy mind you.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

Day one buy for me. Can't wait to get my hands on this game. 

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

I just bought the '13 edition of this game and Vita and even that looks great. The visual fidelity of these games is better than any other sport series.

monson21502
monson21502

pretty paint job is all you will get all gen long on ps4 over a ps3 . xbox one offers new game play and more fun . sony has been adding new paint jobs each year to all its games since every1 went crazy over uncharted 2 who cared if the controls still felt like he was on roller skates and they had it like he was gonna die every 2 minutes but you never even had a chance to die . and the story was really boring. it had the graphics though so it was the best game of the year. they seen they could get away with that so they made a perfect system to give their fans cheap pretty boring games . 

MrBunson
MrBunson

@Vodoo The announcers and the things they say can be improved. There's always bugs in these games as well. That said, this game is very close to perfect.

murph85
murph85

@el_ken  I think San Diego could learn from EA and put in an online mode like OTP/Club from the NHL franchise. Playing baseball with 8 of your friends on the same team against another team of 9? How cool would that be?

Lostat
Lostat

@kyelo  I'm in the UK and play the MLB games (currently on my Vita, will be buying it for PS4 too).  I used to live in the USA and got interested in it at that time.  Agree with others that it's a good way to learn the game.  Don't worry too much about the stats at the beginning, you can easily find that info out on the wikipedia later, once you understand the basics a bit more.

sampson3121
sampson3121

@kyelo actually, it's a good way for you to learn the sport, not to say you need to like it or learn about it.

i didn't really appreciate golf until tiger woods game came out....not i actually go out and play it for real.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

You're usually a bit more subtle with your blind hatred towards Playstation.. what happened?! :O

sampson3121
sampson3121

@monson21502 enjoy your rbi baseball :) may 6th is a beautiful day for the beautiful ps4!

i read your first sentence, and that's all i needed to read to see your an xbot, poor, poor xbot, when will you ever learn.

kyelo
kyelo

@sampson3121 @kyelo  I might wait until I can get it for like £20, not worth me forking out the full £40 for but I might do. 

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

@Tigerbite2 @kyeloYou should try Fifa, it's actually a damn good game. I hate, hate, HATE soccer with a passion, but the games are good.

kyelo
kyelo

@Tigerbite2 @kyelo  don't worry I am not a big fan of football :) Basketball games are quite popular here, American Football less so but more than Baseball.


Rugby Union fan me...which in games terms won't sell superbly anywhere outside New Zealand and Australia, no chance in the US haha

haze0986
haze0986

@monson21502 @sampson3121  some xbox exclusives are good, but sony has better, and more thats not disputable. sure there may be sony fans that hate on anything xbox but the majority just prefer better games on sonys side

teske4444
teske4444

@monson21502 @sampson3121  Most of my friends have the Xbone/360, and ALL of my friends say The Show games are the best baseball games they have played on anything.

haze0986
haze0986

@kyelo  the fat versions of sonys consoles have always been better, waiting for a slim is unwise if you know what the track record looks like, even their portables psp fat 1000 is the best one, the vita original is the best one. ps3 fat better than the slim

kyelo
kyelo

@monson21502 you keep believing that. Fact.1 PS3 had better reliability than XB360 Fact 2. PS3 had more high scores on both multiplats and exclusives 


Your deflective retort says that debate is over.


As to the PS4 not 'having anything to be jealous about'. I will give you a few(of course some may be subjective, which applies to the pros of the XB1 also)...

1. it is cheaper

2. it doesn't come with many non gaming features(burden on the system that isn't necessary, also not available outside the US). 

3. it is more powerful

4. it currently has more high scoring games than XB1

5. multiplats on the whole run better on it

6. it isn't the size of a ship dragging a noisy, hot building(I joke :P)


There are things like they didn't rub up their customers the wrong way at launch with dubious ideas, PS4 is the best selling console and is continuing the tradition of outselling Xboxes etc but they are pretty irrelevant.


Games are totally subjective so will leave them out but in my view neither has a deal breaking exclusive. Personally I am really looking forward to Planetside 2 but wouldn't be devastated if it was staying on the PC only. I think the best games coming are multiplats. Also if Destiny is your thing, Sony have got a 'long term exclusive DLC agreement' with Bungie for it.


Now I could do a list for the XB1, I did kind of before my purchase of a PS4 but the PS4 pros outweight the XB1 pros for me personally. I understand why others went with XB1. You are being a blind fanboy if you cannot see that the PS4 has plenty going for it.

kyelo
kyelo

@monson21502 @kyelo @NoahRoalson @DamnILoveGames  "ill probably get a ps4 slim by then i can get this game for 6 bucks used but even then i doubt i waste my money on it.ps4 is not worth owning now when u know the slim is coming out specialy since sony wouldnt man up if a system flaw turned up in these current ps4`s." replace PS4 with XB1, makes no difference at all! 


Personal, subjective experience. Empirical evidence ie facts that are objective show more XB360s failed than PS3s.


Again objective evidence says otherwise. At the start the 360 was top dog, mid to late the PS3. Game scores show this.


You really are coming across as a fanboy with a bias. Both sides have pros and cons and if you can't see that then you are wearing XB1 tinted glasses.

monson21502
monson21502

@kyelo @monson21502 @NoahRoalson @DamnILoveGames  ill probably get a ps4 slim by then i can get this game for 6 bucks used but even then i doubt i waste my money on it.ps4 is not worth owning now when u know the slim is coming out specialy since sony wouldnt man up if a system flaw turned up in these current ps4`s. i been ripped off by sony 3 straight times. i dont have a single system i bought from them still working but the ps3 slim i had to buy once my 60 gig died and i think thats on its last leg. i played games for both systems last gen. and 360s multi plats were better but not by much i mostly liked that xboxlive ran smother over psn and that was the only reason i bought more games for 360 then ps3. sony has to earn my money this gen... pretty graphics aint gonna trick me into buying their junky systems  

kyelo
kyelo

@monson21502 @NoahRoalson @DamnILoveGames  people are so hung up on the initial exclusives it is unbelievable. Give it a year old boy! 

Last gen the PS3 had more 75+ scores on Metacritic for both mulitplats and exclusives. Give it time. The PS4 at the moment is also outscoring the XB1 even without the exclusives. Add in indies and the gap widens!

The best games for both consoles we know about are multiplats, fact! Except Planetside 2, that I am creaming about haha

monson21502
monson21502

@NoahRoalson @DamnILoveGames @monson21502  jealous of a baseball game? lol i havent bought a basegame since dreamcast. i rented the show on ps3 and didnt like it all . i knew this and second son would be the best exclusives sony had to offer this year and i dont like either series at all why would i be jealous ? ps4 dont have anything to be jealous about....