MLB 11 The Show

 
Another stellar season for Sony pro baseball franchise.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game emphasizes teamwork while allowing players the opportunity to make key plays leading to victory, creating a sense of achievement.

Positive role models

This game features current Major League Baseball players. These players work together as part of a team.

Ease of play

Gameplay has shifted from button controls to the thumbsticks. Players use them to pitch, hit, and field. A practice mode allows players to learn moves at their own pace. The PlayStation 3 version supports the PlayStation Move motion controller.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

Ads for popular brands, such as Citi, State Farm, and PlayStation, can be spotted in stadiums on scoreboards and outfield walls.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that MLB 11: The Show is a straightforward simulation of Major League Baseball. Players guide one of 32 teams to the World Series or create an athlete and lead him to a Hall of Fame career. Note that real teams, players, and commercial brands feature prominently throughout the game. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media does not recommend for children under the age of 12.

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What's it about?

MLB 11: THE SHOW is a straightforward simulation of Major League Baseball. Players either manage and lead a franchise to World Series glory or create an athlete and launch their baseball career. New to the series are analog controls that allow players to hit, pitch, and field using the right thumbstick. The game also features a cooperative mode where two players can team up and battle another squad. Other modes include Practice and Home Run Derby.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

MLB 11: The Show is the best baseball game available. The level of realism compared to most sports titles is unparalleled. It's difficult to look at this game and not think you're watching the real thing. Analog controls require some adjustment, but add another layer of challenge. Players can exhibit an overwhelming level of control over teams, from signing contracts to managing minor league squads. It's not just a stellar baseball title, but also arguably one of the best sports games available.

Online interaction: This game features online play with open chat, which means kids could be subjected to inappropriate language and topics of discussion and have the opportunity to share personal information.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this simulation compares to the real sport of baseball. Do the new controls make it feel more authentic?

  • Discuss ways to become more physically active. Have you considered joining a baseball league? Do you think games can inspire players to try new sports?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, PSP, PlayStation 2
Price:$59.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:March 8, 2011
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No descriptors) (PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PSP)

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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