MLB 09: The Show – Video Game Preview

MLB 09: The Show will be released on Tuesday. Who says PlayStation doesn’t have first class exclusive games? For the last few years, Sony’s MLB the Show has been the leading baseball simulation on the market. Last year MLB 08: The Show broke ground in graphics and game play. Rex Hudler, Matt Vasgersian, and Dave Campbell did a great job last year and return this year to add to the realism. MLB 09: The Show should expand and improve on an already amazing formula. I expect MLB to remain the game to beat. If you have PS3 and an HDTV you should probably get this game on opening day.

Developer – SCEA

Publisher – SCEA

Platform – PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP

Rating – E (Everyone)

Release Date – March 3, 2009

This year’s cover athlete is Boston Red Sox MVP Dustin Pedroia and he’s in a really funny commercial for the game…

Here are some of the new features from this year’s edition taken right from Sony PlayStation’s website.

Road to the Show 3.0
Now includes interactive training, new settings, a new steal/ lead-off system, presentations and coach interactions. Interactive training will consist of a set of mini-games designed to improve a player’s ability and performance in various areas of baseball.

Franchise Mode 2.0
Improvements include the long awaited 40-man roster! The latest Franchise Mode improvements will also offer Salary Arbitration, Waiver Transactions and September call-ups.

Online Season Leagues
Along with improvements to the traditional Online Leagues, MLB 09 will offer major additions to Online Season Leagues! New Online Season Leagues will allow you to hold a fully functional draft and utilize a Flex Schedule, allowing players to play games ahead in the schedule.

Training/Practice Drills
In MLB 09 users will have the ability to choose from a number of different Training/Practice drills. The drills will be of various concentrations of the game. These drills are a perfect way to polish and improve your baseball skills in The Show!

Details & Subtleties
Details and subtleties play a huge role in legitimizing a game and helping you lose yourself in the suspension of disbelief. MLB 09 The Show sinks it’s teeth into the details with realistic stadiums and signage, wear and tear on field, dusk to night lighting transitions, stadium Jumbotron animations and even crowd atmosphere – reaching up for foul balls out of play and home runs in addition to crowd rivalries and weather appropriate clothing.

Custom Music, Fan Yells and Chants
Using our My MLB Music feature, store all of your favorite music for play on MLB 09 The Show. Once you have your music on your PS3 hard drive, edit any of your tracks and assign a batter walk-up to all of your favorite players. Along with Custom Music, MLB 09 will also offer Custom Fan Yells and Chants. Record a yell, with your own voice, and assign it to play for the player and situation of your choice.