Keep the peanuts and Cracker Jacks, just take me to the ball game. MLB The Show 17 is here and it’s time to dust off home base for another year of The Show in hopes that it’s another one right out of the park.
Prior to making it to the main menu The Show does everything to share and relive some of the most iconic moments in baseball history. In short it’s a symbolism of dreaming big and achieving greatness; ultimately this could be you.
MLB The Show offers another year of Road to The Show, Diamond Dynasty and Franchise Mode. Mini Modes offers homerun derby and practice modes while you can also choose play now options which includes the awesome retro mode.
Each day you play MLB The Show you will also have a change of earning bonus items and playing cards for RTTS and Dynasty Mode, Have an opportunity to complete daily missions and more.
Road to The Show kicks off with the prospect showcase allowing you a either a chosen player or created player to prove your value for your desired team. But the team you land on depends on your skills leading up to the draft. And from here, it’s the beginning of your career.
With what is an awesome game mode it brutally tarnished with written scripts and a narrator rather voiceover cut scenes. Gamers may find themselves skipping over quite a bit as this story mode add-on was simply a swing and a miss.
Playing each game at times felt a little too simplistic with “The Show” meter managing to slow down time both at bat and when playing on the field. However for new comers it’s a great aid to walk you through each opportunity, allowing you to feel more like a pro first game in.
The Show 17 looks almost perfect to a live television broadcast. Animations were spot on with both gameplay and cutscenes. I did notice a few clippings with players where I would’ve expected collisions, instead the morphed into each other, pulling away from a full level of authenticity.
While I loved the chemistry between the announcers the biggest annoyance with The Show 17 is the “lack” of commentary. After a few games I caught the same lines being quoted, and then it became a few times each game; Respectively more on Road to the Show.
Retro Mode was a lot of fun as it offered both the nostalgic look and feel of the original MLB game. I definitely had a blast playing once or twice in-between RTTS and other game modes.