MLB 08: The Show

Common Sense Media says

Simple yet satisfying baseball simulation.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language

None within the game, but odds increase when you take the action online.

Consumerism

Most of the advertisers were baseball-related, including Majestic and Upper Deck.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a simple simulation of Major League Baseball. The game is playable online, so kids playing online could hear language that might not be appropriate. Common Sense Media recommends that children under the age of 12 not play online without supervision.

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What's it about?

To many of its fans, MLB 08: THE SHOW will feel like a comfortable, worn-in baseball glove. Sony's sport simulation feels much like last year's installment, yet provides a smooth, satisfying experience. Controls are typical of most baseball titles. Each button is linked to a different pitch in your arsenal. A meter measures how fast and accurate your tosses are. Batting centers around three main actions: the contact hit, power swing, and bunt. Before each pitch, you can guess the type of pitch as well as location. If correct, the strike zone blinks red. In-depth pitcher and batter analyses have been included to determine tendencies and pinpoint weak areas.

Is it any good?

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Road to the Show mode remains the title's star attraction. You create a player using a detailed customization system. Once complete, you guide your star from the minor leagues to the pros. Instead of playing full games as you would in franchise or exhibition modes, you only control the sections where your player is involved. It creates a much more personal experience.

The biggest change this season is the much-improved visuals. Players look far more realistic. Uniforms get dirty, dust kicks up after a hard slide, and muscle definition on players is easy to spot. However, The Show lacks ambience. Stadiums, and the crowds within, look lifeless. Also, while The Show plays smoothly, the controls could use some re-invention. MLB 08: The Show won't wow you with incredible innovation, but it's a consistently solid perfomer in the baseball realm.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the game's unique Road to the Show mode. How does controlling one player compare to running the entire team? Is this mode more or less entertaining?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, PSP, PlayStation 2
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:March 3, 2008
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for Everyone (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP)

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Kid, 8 years old March 5, 2009
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I loved this game

I loved this game it is good for all sports lovers. It is all baseball nothing else.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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MLB '08 THE SHOW

When I got this for my birthday I played it all day and completed a twenty five year carear w/ the Boston Red Sox. I went to the World Series 20 times won 18 and was the MVP 10 times.

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