MLB 13 The Show

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Still the best baseball game around, with many modes.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about codes of conduct, team play, and rules of Major League Baseball. They can also learn about team sports and the fun of playing with others. With its many modes, including the new Beginner Mode, MLB 13 The Show lets kids learn the game of baseball as they play and get physical exercise.

Positive Messages

This is a family-friendly baseball simulation in which you choose to play as your favorite MLB team and compete professionally against other teams. This game can teach gamers about the rules and professional conduct of baseball, how to work cooperatively to win games, and how it's fun to be athletic.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Just as there are (mostly) good and (few) bad MLB role models in real life, this game mirrors the real-world by digitally recreating the sport, teams, players, and stadiums. These professional athletes work hard, and together, to be victorious on the field. None of their personal lives are in the game.

Ease of Play

This year, the game is easier to play thanks to some simplified controls including a greater emphasis on the dual analog sticks -- for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions. Plus, there's an all-new Beginner Mode in this game. 

Violence
Sex
Language

Because the PlayStation 3 version can be played online in multiplayer modes -- with voice support -- gamers might hear profanity while playing against someone else. 

 

Consumerism

Just like the real game, there is branding seen on and around the stadium, such as billboards and signs with logos for Topps and Citibank. There's also product placement for websites, like mets.com, and MLB 13 The Show logos. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MLB 13 The Show is a professional baseball simulation. There is no questionable content in this game except for product placement. But mom and dad should be aware the PlayStation 3 version can be played online with voice support, therefore kids could be engaged in inappropriate language (or hear profanity) as there is no monitoring or filtering. The PS Vita version is single player only.

What's it about?

As with the many previous MLB The Show video games before it, Sony Computer Entertainment America’s MLB 13 THE SHOW is a baseball simulation built to capture the look, sound, and feel of Major League Baseball. You can play as or against your favorite teams and players, in authentically recreated stadiums, against the computer-controlled opponents or friends beside you in front of the same TV, or online (multiplayer is available in the PlayStation 3 version only). The game offers many different modes, including Dynasty, Franchise, and Road to the Show, the latter of which lets you create a unique player and advance through the minors to majors. All new to this years’ game is a Playoff mode that focuses on the fall’s final games and World Series, with extra atmosphere and tension. Also new is a beginner mode for novice players, new color commentary tracks, and the ability to save files between the PlayStation 3 and the PSVita versions (if you own both).

Is it any good?

Yes, this is the baseball game to get. MLB 13 The Show builds upon its predecessors to create a MLB experience that not only looks great -- especially with the new broadcast-like cameras, support for 3DTVs, and improved player models and animations -- but they've tweaked existing modes and added a couple of all-new ones, as well. The new post-season option (Playoff mode) is ideal for fans who want to jump right into the intensity of October baseball, though the new commentary doesn't always match up what's happening on the field (nor does it always capture the excitement compared to previous games). There are also a couple of artificial intelligence (A.I.) niggles for computer-controlled players but overall MLB 13 The Show gets it mostly right for its depth and breadth.

Note: The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions are very similar but there are few modes missing in the PS Vita version (including multiplayer), plus the PS3 offers 3D and PlayStation Move controller support as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss playing a virtual sports game on a television versus playing the real game on a baseball diamond. Is this game a substitute or merely an entertaining addendum for when you can't play outside? How can you best bridge the gap between real and simulated play?

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  • Do you prefer games where you are active? What benefits does active gaming have?

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