MLB 08: The Show details and first screenshots

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Posted December 11th, 2007 at 9:08 am

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Sony has released the first information and screens from the upcoming PS3 version of MLB 08: The Show.

This is certainly one of the most extensive and impressive feature lists ever released for a sports title. Items such as the improved Road to The Show, progressive batting, SCOUT online opponent searching, custom soundtracks, and more life-like crowd interaction will leave fans of SCEA’s MLB series anticipating this year’s game more than ever.

Check out the five screenshots in the gallery and continue on to read the full fact sheet.

FEATURES

Road to The Show 2.0 – To deliver the closest experience possible, next to actually trying to make it in the Majors, MLB 08 THE SHOW introduces a more immersive Road to The Show mode. As gamers attempt to make a starting line-up in the Big Leagues, playing on both offense and defense from a custom-created player’s perspective, a more robust dynamic goal system and a new career advancement system will determine when a player is eligible for a promotion. Now, advancement goals related to the player’s attribute target level will be provided to get the player to that next level and those goals are based on the player’s attribute level and statistical performance. Also, Road to The Show 2.0 adds a new statistics screen that will display a player’s current seasons’ statistics. Additionally, custom-created players are more interactive. As a position player, gamers will be able to further adjust that players positioning, catchers will occur more defense situations, and pitcher’s will now experience mound visits with user interaction – all making Road to The Show mode even more realistic.

Progressive Batting Performance – Progressive Batting Performance is a feature designed to both reward players for superior performance and penalizes them for hitting slumps. Specific to each individual batter, the players will be rewarded with slight contact bonuses for each batter that performs beyond his “natural ability” while under user control. Conversely, the user will be punished with slight decreases in contact for each batter that performs below his “natural ability”.

Replay Vault – With the new Replay Vault, gamers can now go back to that spectacular diving, behind the back double play from the first inning and show their friends. Replays are available from any part of the game from any inning within that game.

Post Game/In Game Pitcher and Batter Analysis – Stats and match-up analysis’ are a baseball fan’s dream! The Pitch Analysis is a breakdown of all the pitches thrown during the current game being played. Gamers will be able sort by pitcher, LHB or RHB, Pitch type and result. This feature is also available for Batters, and the batter analysis allows for a breakdown of how a batter has performed based on LHP or RHP, Pitch Type and the result.

Pitch Grips – Adding ore authenticity, MLB 08 THE SHOW details the different pitch grips and arm angles that a pitcher has when throwing each pitch. Showing these details in Replay Mode will further enhance the look of the game. 18 different pitch types total! (Four-Seam Fastball, Two-Seam Fastball, Cut Fastball, Split-Fingered Fastball, Curveball, Slider, Sinker, Slurve, Change-Up, Circle Change, Knuckleball, Palmball, Forkball, Knuckle-Curve, Screwball, 10-4 Curve, 12-6 Curve & Gyro).

Crowd Interaction – With the power of the PS3, the MLB franchise is set introduce subtle elements of baseball that, quite simply, couldn’t be done on another platform. A big part of baseball is in the ambiance of the game – having realistic stadiums is mandatory, but the crowd also plays a big part in the overall atmosphere. Gamers will see a vast array of new ambient elements including: fans coming, going and reaching for foul balls, vendors, 7th inning stretch, the wave, standing ovations, dynamic crown actions like hanging K’s, and much, much more. These new subtleties make MLB 08 THE SHOW truly feel like a day at the ballpark.

MLB My Music – Ever wanted to make your own video game soundtrack? With MLB 08 THE SHOW for the PS3 and PSP® gamers will be able to take the music that they have stored on their PS3 HDD and add to the list of music played in the Juke Box.

SCOUT [SportsConnect Online User Tracking] – If you’ve ever had a difficult time finding an opponent that wants to play online with the same gameplay setting as you, this is your feature. SCOUT allows gamers to set their game preferences, stores them on the server, and then allows the system to look for a Quick Match with an opponent that fits their criteria.

In-Game MLB Live Scores – Using our new top of the screen Score Bar display, gamers will get updates on what is going on in the Majors. Along with scores and inning, gamers will also see notables, such as HR’s, complete games, etc.

Online League Play – MLB 08 THE SHOW provides today’s sports fanatics with the ability to set up leagues with anywhere from 6-30 teams with full stat tracking, point benefits and rewards. Gamers can customize the league including choosing players, teams, length of schedule and much more. (Note: There are no cross platform leagues available.)

Online News Service / MLB.com Headline News – Sports fanatics can receive all the current happenings in sports today. Information will be updated a few times each hour with news, trades and events from 31 different feeds, each containing 25 unique items. Users can select general MLB® headlines or updates from all 30 teams instantly. New for 07, MLB 08 THE SHOW offers an enhanced Live MLB Ticker, which shows live status of all MLB games going on around the league – with updates several times a minute. This new view will be complete with who is on base, pitching, batting, on-deck and full inning-by-inning box scores.

Rivalry Mode – For those with a competitive nature, Rivalry Mode allows baseball fans to set up and maintain multi-game rivalries between multiple gamers or versus the Artificial Intelligence (AI), and keeps track of the stats throughout the rivalry.

Franchise Mode – Extending the experience of running a team, performance and player morale are tracked on virtually every level – salary, playing time, batting slot, team performance, and much more.

Career Mode – The Career Spotlight underscores all of the accomplishments and failures during a career and showcases them in the limelight. Gamers still need to call the shots, but now the ramifications of actions are documented.

Season Mode – Grind out the162 game season and deal with day-to-day match-ups, refining the lineup and play for the championship just like the pros.

All-Star Game – Lets gamers take the virtual road trip to New York early to see who prevails for home field advantage in the 2008 Fall Classic.

Multi-Branch Fielding – Branch Point Technology goes to a new level as gamers you can now take full control of fielders and break out of any animation in the process. Change a fielding decision and branch out of any animation after the first branch point. With Branch Point Technology, MLB 08 THE SHOW provides unbelievably smooth, fluid transitions for seamless double plays and relays.

PlayMaker Fielding – The fielding interface brings the player attributes together with the user’s skill level. With the Fielding Zone Marker, the fielder’s fielding attribute rating will determine the size of the zone that surrounds the ball and its eventual landing location. With highly ranked fielders, the ball marker will be displayed sooner and smaller, making it easier to judge fly balls.

Adaptive Pitching Intelligence (API) – Catchers will call the game based on individual strengths and weaknesses of each pitcher and analyze tendencies of batters. Gamers will have the ability to trust the pitches called by the catcher or shake them off. (The catcher’s recommendations are based off of thousands of actual MLB® stats.)

Pitch Command System (PCS) – Delivering unsurpassed authenticity and strategy to pitch selection, a pitcher’s “pitch comfort” will be predetermined based on a best to worst pitch scenario. It’s up the gamer to decide if they should try to “work on a pitch” or just go with what’s working. The more a player works on a pitch, the better it becomes, and the more a gamer neglects a pitch, the harder it becomes to work the zone.

Release Point Pitching – Taking video game pitching to a whole new level, gamers must utilize a timing mechanism to learn and realize each pitchers pace and release point, which varies from pitcher to pitcher.

Pitching Confidence Meter – The ultimate pitcher/batter interface returns. Additionally, Pitcher Confidence plays a role in a gamer’s ability to hit release points in the all-new pitch meter, while frequency of mistakes will impact the confidence level of a gamer’s hurler, making it more difficult to paint the corners of the strike zone.

Guess Pitch – Baseball fans can attempt to master the ability to knock one out or hit the grounder to advance the runner by checking the pitch history and correctly guessing which pitch and the location that the pitcher will throw next. If the correct pitch is selected, the power attribute is increased in attempts to leave the yard in a hurry.

My Sliders (Up/Downloadable) – The My Sliders option gives users the ability to create their perfect game settings offline by adjusting game sliders. Gamers can then save these adjustments to memory and, when online, upload to them to the MLB 08 THE SHOW server for other users to try and let the online community be the judge on finding the perfect game.

MLB® Player Motion Captures – MLB 08 THE SHOW features dozens of professional athletes including David Wright, David Ortiz, Eric Chavez, Roger Clemens, Shawn Green, Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Tim Hudson, Darryl Hamilton, Troy Percival, Brett Tomko, Mo Vaughn and more.

Thousands of Personalized Animations – Authenticity: featuring personalized player animations for everything from walk-ups, rituals, stances and swings and even emotions.

New Umpire Personalities – Providing even more realism to the diamond, MLB 08 THE SHOW features umpires with unique tendencies and animations. Each umpire will have his own definition of the strike zone, and it’s up to the gamer to figure out if the umpire is calling the zone high, low, or giving the corners.

MLB 08 THE SHOW sets the bar high with the Progressive Commentary that changes as the user progresses throughout the game by adapting to current actions and situations.

Managers / Coaches – MLB® managers and coaches will be on the field calling the shots.

MLB Authenticity, Subtleties & Nuances – MLB 08 THE SHOW features drag bunts, wild pitches, broken bats, check swings, off-line throws and much more.

Wind Effects – MLB 08 THE SHOW features a wind display showing wind speed and direction. Depending upon the severity of the wind, the ball will drift according to the speed and direction. Wind effects will force the player to take the proper route to the ball and make adjustments on the fly.

3-Man Booth & Progressive Commentary – Rex Hudler, Matt Vasgersian and Dave Campbell provide the most comprehensive commentary heard in any baseball videogame

*The list released by Sony had some incorrect information. There will be 25 man rosters (not 40) and 2008 All-Star Game is played in Yankee Stadium.

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  • DWright08MVP

    What happened to OneGreenMonkey? He hasn’t been back since being completely owned… He’s OneSpankedMonkey now… HA HA HA LOL

  • DWright08MVP

    What happened to OneGreenMonkey? He hasn’t been back since being completely owned… He’s OneSpankedMonkey now… HA HA HA LOL

  • LoL, OneGreenMonkey def got owned.

    As to the topic, Im glad to hear about the pitch grip feature. As an actual baseball player it will be cool to see how the players in the game grip the pitchers and to see if its actually realistic.

    Strange that they listed things that were in the 07 version as features for the new game but w/e.

    Lastly, the 40-man roster was in MLB 07, just not in any of the game modes (franchise, season, etc). When you check the rosters in the game every team has a 40-man that is realistically updated via the online roster update.

  • LoL, OneGreenMonkey def got owned.

    As to the topic, Im glad to hear about the pitch grip feature. As an actual baseball player it will be cool to see how the players in the game grip the pitchers and to see if its actually realistic.

    Strange that they listed things that were in the 07 version as features for the new game but w/e.

    Lastly, the 40-man roster was in MLB 07, just not in any of the game modes (franchise, season, etc). When you check the rosters in the game every team has a 40-man that is realistically updated via the online roster update.

  • Big Shmooz

    I actually went out & spent 600 dollars at the time to buy a PS3 just to play this game. (I also own an X-Box 360 & I have MLB 2k7, however this game does not play as well as MLB 07 The Show)

    I just hope they fix the “paste white ghost” face that happens when you add a spoken last name to an “already created” by Sony player in the roster that does not have a spoken name given already by Sony. (note: for some reason though, the paste white face did not happen when you added Clemens last name)

    I also hope that they fix the players faces to not look so white if they are black players. it is kinda weird seeing even David Ortiz looking very light. Not to say that Manny Ramirez actually looked white in the game. That was too freaky for me.

    I also hope they add the ability to add both first & last names to created players.

  • Big Shmooz

    I actually went out & spent 600 dollars at the time to buy a PS3 just to play this game. (I also own an X-Box 360 & I have MLB 2k7, however this game does not play as well as MLB 07 The Show)

    I just hope they fix the “paste white ghost” face that happens when you add a spoken last name to an “already created” by Sony player in the roster that does not have a spoken name given already by Sony. (note: for some reason though, the paste white face did not happen when you added Clemens last name)

    I also hope that they fix the players faces to not look so white if they are black players. it is kinda weird seeing even David Ortiz looking very light. Not to say that Manny Ramirez actually looked white in the game. That was too freaky for me.

    I also hope they add the ability to add both first & last names to created players.

  • as

    This Game will be the greatest, and I hope they get everything right about Khalil Greene (hair, attitude, uniform, and motions)!

  • as

    This Game will be the greatest, and I hope they get everything right about Khalil Greene (hair, attitude, uniform, and motions)!

  • as

    Does anyone find it interesting that under motion capture there is Tony Gywnn? Does this mean he will be a unlockable or did they mean Tony Gwynn Jr.?

  • as

    Does anyone find it interesting that under motion capture there is Tony Gywnn? Does this mean he will be a unlockable or did they mean Tony Gwynn Jr.?

  • Bobby

    man, i have been waiting months for this game to come out. I love 07 the show, but it gets old after a while, especially in franchise, when every other team begins to suck and you just totally dominate. I hope they make it so you can have your prospects actually improve and such. In 07, the only way prospects ever became good is if they were drafted as a good to great player…otherwise, you will see little to no improvement, no matter how much money you put into development.

    It was funny to me that guys like matt kemp, james loney, chad billingsley, and andre ethier did not improve at all during franchise mode. I dont know if i want it like 2k7, where everyone becomes incredible, but lets meet somewhere in the middle: certain mini games you can do to improve your players. Something like the offseason drills for franchise in madden.

  • Bobby

    man, i have been waiting months for this game to come out. I love 07 the show, but it gets old after a while, especially in franchise, when every other team begins to suck and you just totally dominate. I hope they make it so you can have your prospects actually improve and such. In 07, the only way prospects ever became good is if they were drafted as a good to great player…otherwise, you will see little to no improvement, no matter how much money you put into development.

    It was funny to me that guys like matt kemp, james loney, chad billingsley, and andre ethier did not improve at all during franchise mode. I dont know if i want it like 2k7, where everyone becomes incredible, but lets meet somewhere in the middle: certain mini games you can do to improve your players. Something like the offseason drills for franchise in madden.

  • 8====D

    The player models still dont look anyhwere near realistic. the faces look great, however their bodies look terrible. just look at the frames of tejada. actually, the only pictures that look good are the ones of matsuzaka and lowell, and thats only because you cant see their goofy looking bodies. This gamewill be as visually disappointing as last year. put your money on MLB 2K8

  • 8====D

    The player models still dont look anyhwere near realistic. the faces look great, however their bodies look terrible. just look at the frames of tejada. actually, the only pictures that look good are the ones of matsuzaka and lowell, and thats only because you cant see their goofy looking bodies. This gamewill be as visually disappointing as last year. put your money on MLB 2K8

  • MLB THE SHOW 07 WAS THE BEST GAME EVER MADE, NO DOUBT. I CAN WAIT FOR THE 08 VERSION TO COME OUT. I HOPE 08 SHOWS THE FLIGHT OF THE HOMERUN BALL ALL THE WAY THROUGH, IN 07 IT CUTS IT OFF. ANYBODY OUT THERE FEEL ME ON THAT?

  • MLB THE SHOW 07 WAS THE BEST GAME EVER MADE, NO DOUBT. I CAN WAIT FOR THE 08 VERSION TO COME OUT. I HOPE 08 SHOWS THE FLIGHT OF THE HOMERUN BALL ALL THE WAY THROUGH, IN 07 IT CUTS IT OFF. ANYBODY OUT THERE FEEL ME ON THAT?

  • mark

    im thinking id like this game a little more without matt vasgersian and dave campbell. i think rex hudler and maybe steve fisioc could do pretty good. rex is a really fun guy to listen to.

  • mark

    im thinking id like this game a little more without matt vasgersian and dave campbell. i think rex hudler and maybe steve fisioc could do pretty good. rex is a really fun guy to listen to.

  • bob from florida

    Do not get mlb 2k8…….2k7 was 1 of the worst choices i ever made

    I HAVE TO GO MLB 08 THE SHOW………LOOKS AND SOUNDS AMAZING

  • bob from florida

    HAVE TO GET*

  • bob from florida

    Do not get mlb 2k8…….2k7 was 1 of the worst choices i ever made

    I HAVE TO GO MLB 08 THE SHOW………LOOKS AND SOUNDS AMAZING

  • bob from florida

    HAVE TO GET*

  • dan in STL

    who out there misses the MVP series by EA. that game was damn near perfect. the gameplay was second to none and i wish 2k wouldn’t have bought up mlb rights so they could have kept progressing the game into the next gen formats. MVP is probably my favorite game of all time, that 05 version was sick. anyone else agree???

  • dan in STL

    who out there misses the MVP series by EA. that game was damn near perfect. the gameplay was second to none and i wish 2k wouldn’t have bought up mlb rights so they could have kept progressing the game into the next gen formats. MVP is probably my favorite game of all time, that 05 version was sick. anyone else agree???

  • Jeremy

    who out there misses the MVP series by EA. that game was damn near perfect. the gameplay was second to none and i wish 2k wouldn’t have bought up mlb rights so they could have kept progressing the game into the next gen formats. MVP is probably my favorite game of all time, that 05 version was sick. anyone else agree???

    Gag me with a spoon. MVP Baseball is garbage, it is arcade, easy as hell, 200+ HR’s a season baseball, unrealistic pitching, lame presentation, lame commentary.

    The Show Series is the best baseball series ever. IT is sim, not arcade.

    Playing the demo the graphics are VASLTY improved from last year. Better textures on skin and clothes and even the baseball and even stadiums. Lighting reflects off name and numbers on back of jersey, and you can see pine tar on helmets with light reflection off of them. Clothes that wrinkle realistically, wind blowing clothing, tons of animations that give the game a baseball feel more so than any other game. No lame cardboard cut out crowd, they jump for balls hit near them.

    When you let the game go unpaused things get really interesting. players get bored so they do some…odd things to pass time.

    Umpires taking a bat from a batter and swinging it a few times before giving it back to the batter, or the batter using the bat as a guitar, or 1st baseman talking to first base ump and also talking to first base coach. Players in dugout doing the wave. Manny laying on the ground in the outfield, Ellsbury doing situps in the field. OR even PLayers trying o hype up the crowd and the crowd responds by cheering.

    No game gets closer to baseball than The Show Games

  • Jeremy

    who out there misses the MVP series by EA. that game was damn near perfect. the gameplay was second to none and i wish 2k wouldn’t have bought up mlb rights so they could have kept progressing the game into the next gen formats. MVP is probably my favorite game of all time, that 05 version was sick. anyone else agree???

    Gag me with a spoon. MVP Baseball is garbage, it is arcade, easy as hell, 200+ HR’s a season baseball, unrealistic pitching, lame presentation, lame commentary.

    The Show Series is the best baseball series ever. IT is sim, not arcade.

    Playing the demo the graphics are VASLTY improved from last year. Better textures on skin and clothes and even the baseball and even stadiums. Lighting reflects off name and numbers on back of jersey, and you can see pine tar on helmets with light reflection off of them. Clothes that wrinkle realistically, wind blowing clothing, tons of animations that give the game a baseball feel more so than any other game. No lame cardboard cut out crowd, they jump for balls hit near them.

    When you let the game go unpaused things get really interesting. players get bored so they do some…odd things to pass time.

    Umpires taking a bat from a batter and swinging it a few times before giving it back to the batter, or the batter using the bat as a guitar, or 1st baseman talking to first base ump and also talking to first base coach. Players in dugout doing the wave. Manny laying on the ground in the outfield, Ellsbury doing situps in the field. OR even PLayers trying o hype up the crowd and the crowd responds by cheering.

    No game gets closer to baseball than The Show Games