A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that MLB 12 The Show is a straightforward simulation of Major League Baseball. Players can create their own star, or join one the league's teams on a quest toward the World Series. The game can be played online with open chat, so kids using that option could hear inappropriate things coming from strangers.
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What's it about?
MLB 12 THE SHOW is a simulation of Major League Baseball. Players can control one of the league's teams, serve as a virtual owner, manager, and player, and guide them to a World Series. They can also create their own star and lead them through the minor leagues and then into the big stage. Owners of both the PlayStation 3 and Vita versions get the bonus of cross-platform play, allowing them to start careers and franchises on one device, save their progress, and continue on the other platform.
Is it any good?
The addition of Pulse Pitching is solid but quite tricky to learn. After choosing a pitch, a pulsing circle appears that grows and shrinks in size. Players press a button to throw the ball, and must do so when the circle is small to make an accurate pitch. It sounds easy in theory, but tough to pull off. Although the game doesn't change a great deal compared to last season, it's still an incredibly authentic game filled with realistic visuals and an enjoyable sports experience.
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