MLB 13 The Show

 
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Learning(i)

Still the best baseball game around, with many modes.

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates serious privacy and safety concerns. Because PlayStation 3 gamers can play against others online -- and chat at the same time -- it's not recommended for young kids, without parental supervision, as they may be exposed to strong language or be engaged in inappropriate conversations. The PSVita version is only a single-player game.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • gross motor skills
  • movement

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids play a virtual game of baseball and while doing it, learn the rules and strategy of the game.

Learning Approach

The game can teach about Major League Baseball in a fun and family-friendly way.

Support

Kids will see data based on their performance, and there's a good tutorial and beginner mode, but there isn't much help you can get inside the game if you are struggling.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • gross motor skills
  • movement

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Price:$59.99 (PS3), $39.99 (PSVita)
Available online?Available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:March 5, 2013
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Great boy role models, History
ESRB rating:E for N/A (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita)

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  • 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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Parent Written byALEXANDER VERGARA July 23, 2013
 

MLB13 The show es para bebe el juego de manera general es regular pero me baso en lo caro que se vende y a no vale el pago con el juego si muy buenos graficos buena imagen pero el desarrollo como tal del juego serie campeonato es lo mas malo que se pueda encontrar sobre todo la llamada ROAD DE SHOW , es una serie increible es super bella tu empiezas desde AA pasa por AAA hasta llegar a MLB hasta hay perfecto pero el desarrolllo como tal es malicimo pienso quien lo realizo tenia pococ conocimientos del beisbol es increible puede estar bateando sobre 400 y esta a punto de romper un record y deside el manager la maquina sentarte no sacarte el prosimo juego ni en la pelota de papel eso se veria la regla del deporte es una los mejores juegan los mejores siempre al terreno, 2 puedes en un juego batear 2 jorrones mas 2 hit y eso no te sirve de nada la maquina te hara 8 carrreras como minimo en un inning es increible,los errores en el juego los pitcher super covardes es increible pienso el juego es una desepcion y

lean y aprendan

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