MLB 12 The Show

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
MLB 12 The Show Game Poster Image
Authentic baseball sim presents another strong season.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Teamwork is encouraged, but players still have control over making key plays, creating a sense of achievement.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game features current Major League Baseball players who team up to achieve victory.

Ease of Play

New players might find the controls complicated, but there are enough tutorials and practice options available to help them adjust. The control scheme is very similar to previous years, so veteran players can ease in comfortably.


Advertisements for brands such as PlayStation can be seen on billboards and other stadium signs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBob Douglas August 13, 2012


It is hard to play but bad at all.
Teen, 14 years old Written byZambz July 29, 2013

Lord Give Me Strength.

Are you f**king kidding me? 9 years or older? Oh Lord, it's a SPORTS GAME. NO VIOLENCE, LANGUAGE, OR ANYTHING INAPPROPRIATE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.
Kid, 11 years old August 21, 2012

Fun Game!

This game has really good graphics! The controls are a bit hard to get used to but fun when you do. Theres lots of features in this game!

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this game compares to real-world baseball. How close does the game mimic the real thing?

  • Are sports games your favorite type of video games? Why?

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