So many details are nailed just right we fell in love with The Show just a bit more with each game we played. Player faces are recreated with loving accuracy, while subtle nuances such as the flying lumber of a shattered bat sheared by a nasty cutter bring plenty of realism to the virtual diamond. You even see the ongoing construction of the Mets’ future home rising beyond the walls of Shea Stadium, something that easily could’ve been left on the cutting-room floor.
Small, nagging issues do pop up now and again - players will magically teleport through each other on the basepaths, the menus are abysmal, and a dearth of minor league stadiums might have you believe Akron is located in the middle of the desert - but they do little to take away from The Show’s overall awesomeness.
It’s not often that competing sports franchises do an about-face from one year to the other, but this season it’s clear that The Show has surged past MLB 2K8 in almost every aspect. Other than playing it safe by leaving the controls the same as always (2K gets kudos for introducing all-new pitching and throwing mechanics), The Show blows the doors off of the competition. It’s still good to be a baseball fan after all.
March 7, 2008