MLB THE SHOW 21 is the latest installment in the popular baseball franchise, but this year, the game has grown from its exclusive status as a PlayStation-only title to swing for the fences on Xbox systems as well. It brings with it a number of gameplay enhancements to fully take advantage of its expansion across systems, including cross-platform play, so friends can find and play each other regardless of the system they have. The game has refined the difficulty into three levels (casual, simulation, and competitive), all of which can be tweaked with various in-game sliders to fit your skills. Similarly, players have the option to choose the control scheme for each moment in the field, such as base-running, pitching, or catching. New to this year's game is Pinpoint Pitching, an enhanced analog stick-driven scheme that lets you directly influence the speed, timing, and direction of a pitch as it heads toward the plate. Regardless of the controls you choose, you can select a different option at any time, and each mode comes with thorough tutorials. Also, for the first time in the franchise's history, players can now create new stadiums. All of the game modes from last year have made a return, with a few notable adjustments. Road to the Show, the "create-a-player" career mode, casts gamers as an up-and-coming two-way player (one that can pitch and hit, as well as field the ball) hoping to make their way from the minor leagues to a major league team. Along the way, there are media clips from MLB Network personalities commenting on your athlete's progress (or regression), which feel like running segments on a sports show. These players aren't restricted to this mode, because you can also import them into your Diamond Dynasty team (which is your fantasy squad of current and classic ball players), letting you see just how well your athlete would fare against the greats of America's pastime. Diamond Dynasty has also adjusted the challenges provided across this massive mode, giving you more game situations from classic baseball to meet or exceed, allowing you to earn new players, stadiums, gear, and more. Rounding out some of the game enhancements are new batting and fielding animations, boosts to the AI in how to attempt to rob home runs from going over the fence or to play balls that bounce off the wall to cut off an extra base, and sharper graphics to take advantage of the hardware of the new systems.