- Publisher: Sony
- Developer: Sony
- ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
- Genre: Sports
- Release Date: March 5, 2013
- Pros: Gorgeous Graphics, Dense Variety of Modes, Fluid Gameplay
- Cons: Almost the Same Game as "MLB 12 The Show"
The details are basically the same as last year: A deep variety of modes including Season, Postseason, Road to the Show, Exhibition, Online, and mini-games like Home Run Derby along with Cross-Play between your PS3 and PlayStation Vita versions. The pitching mechanic is essentially the same with just a minor tweak to the presentation of the circle needed to paint the corners and the batting and fielding mechanics are identical. The majority of what you experience in "MLB 13" will feel very familiar to anyone who played "MLB 12." The Astros are in the AL West. Josh Hamilton plays for the Los Angeles Angels. There are a few new modes. That's about it.
What's new?!?! What's new?!?! That's almost always what people ask me when it comes to sports video game reviews. So let's get to it. The "Post Seaason" feels different with a new mode that allows you to randomly produce a 10-team October classic of your very own, controlling just one team or all of them. I tried to get the new-look Toronto Blue Jays to the World Series and really enjoyed the presentation, including a heightened sense of excitement in the stadiums and announcers booth as opposed to a regular season game.
"The Show Live" is a neat new addition that plays off what 2K Games have revolutionized with the fantastic "NBA Live" in the "NBA 2K" series. It uses data from MLB.com to replicate real-world games. If Verlander battled Price that day, you can recreate that battle in your copy of "The Show". The announcers will even reference real world events, which I can't wait to see in action. The idea that a player could be injured one week in the real world and referenced in-game the next week is pretty cool.
Also pretty cool are the tweaks to "Road to the Show," which makes for a deeper, more immersive experience. Personally, I really engaged with "RTTS" on the Vita as the mode is very conducive to pick-up-and-play action like you would expect with a handheld. Taking a young player through a season of AA ball with the awful Harrison Senators (a Washington Nationals farm team) is akin to a series of mini-games in that you're often training or only dealing with your at-bats and fielding opportunities. It's perfect for the Vita, and with the cloud service you can move your future star back and forth from console to handheld.
The 2013 edition of "The Show" does make an effort to bring new gamers into the fold, giving new players an adaptable Beginners Mode that tweaks the difficulty sliders based on your play to give you an experience that's not too hard but not too easy. Online modes are once again dense, including being able to play a real MLB schedule with all 30 teams online or even compete with your "RTTS" player.