No Pre-Release Demo For MLB 10: The Show

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Posted February 25th, 2010 at 8:34 am

Though it hasn’t been stated explicitly all signs point to the demo for MLB 10: The Show being absent from the PSN update today. SCEA has remained notably silent about the demo while the Playstation Blog today posted an article on the game advertising the opportunity to play the game at select Best Buy locations. (Update) Can now confirm there will be no downloadable pre-release demo.

Now, if this wasn’t The Show, I would be a lot more concerned. For the most part everyone knows what to expect with this game based on track record and a good flow of information. However the very reason why many remain comfortable with this release might be why a demo has been held back and why review copies haven’t gone out.

None of the improvements or additions this year are going to blow people away. The core of the game remains the same for the most part and will have a very familiar feeling. That isn’t to say it is a bad thing, it’s actually one of the reasons why the series has been so successful. However for the casual fans who play the demo they may not pick up on the nuances, while many of the additions wouldn’t be reflected in a demo anyway. Reviews may remain flat compared to last year as well for the same reasoning. New additions include All-Star features and a catcher mode in Road to the Show. Those things though are unlikely to inspire passion in reviewers.

The decision to hold off on a demo could also be related to the Best Buy promotion with a possible deal for exclusivity being reached. Best Buy certainly benefits more if they can have the game available at kiosks as the only way to play it pre-release. What would be most aggravating about this is the deal would have been struck a while back and after that point there would have been no plan to release the demo.

Otherwise I don’t see any reason why a demo should have been avoided and I especially am disappointed in how everyone has been strung along as they had suggested a demo was on the way and then avoided discussing the topic. The only way the situation makes sense is that SCEA is concerned with protecting sales rather than boosting them.

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  • noshowfordashow

    ‘Now, if this wasn’t The Show, I would be a lot more concerned’…
    Pasta you sound just like all the show fan boy weenies. How can you
    live with yourself? It was wrong to lead on the fan base and say that
    there was going to be a demo. Bullshit is bullshit, don’t try to
    sugar coat the situation! If this was 2K you would be in a bleeding
    hemorrhoid rage… I’m tired of the bias. SCEA is hiding something
    and you need to find out what! If this was 2K I’m sure you’d make up
    some bullshit reason for why they didn’t come out with a demo.

  • noshowfordashow

    ‘Now, if this wasn’t The Show, I would be a lot more concerned’…
    Pasta you sound just like all the show fan boy weenies. How can you
    live with yourself? It was wrong to lead on the fan base and say that
    there was going to be a demo. Bullshit is bullshit, don’t try to
    sugar coat the situation! If this was 2K you would be in a bleeding
    hemorrhoid rage… I’m tired of the bias. SCEA is hiding something
    and you need to find out what! If this was 2K I’m sure you’d make up
    some bullshit reason for why they didn’t come out with a demo.

  • MARIO

    I played it and the game is awesome, I mean I have video of it but its 300mb does anyone know where I can post it. The game is awesome, I meAN GORDON BECKHAM LOOKS LIKE BECKHAM. GREAT JOB GUYS. GREAt JOB

  • MARIO

    I played it and the game is awesome, I mean I have video of it but its 300mb does anyone know where I can post it. The game is awesome, I meAN GORDON BECKHAM LOOKS LIKE BECKHAM. GREAT JOB GUYS. GREAt JOB

  • MARIO

    I played it and the game is awesome, I mean I have video of it but its 300mb does anyone know where I can post it. The game is awesome, I meAN GORDON BECKHAM LOOKS LIKE BECKHAM. GREAT JOB GUYS. GREAt JOB

  • MARIO

    I played it and the game is awesome, I mean I have video of it but its 300mb does anyone know where I can post it. The game is awesome, I meAN GORDON BECKHAM LOOKS LIKE BECKHAM. GREAT JOB GUYS. GREAt JOB

  • MARIO

    I played it and the game is awesome, I mean I have video of it but its 300mb does anyone know where I can post it. The game is awesome, I meAN GORDON BECKHAM LOOKS LIKE BECKHAM. GREAT JOB GUYS. GREAt JOB

  • Anonymous

    i feel like sony has just lied to all of us who have been waiting for the demo for weeks. like some one lied about their car problems

  • Anonymous

    i feel like sony has just lied to all of us who have been waiting for the demo for weeks. like some one lied about their car problems

  • Anonymous

    i feel like sony has just lied to all of us who have been waiting for the demo for weeks. like some one lied about their car problems

  • Anonymous

    IM CONCERN ABOUT THE GAME DATE RELEASE, WHO THINKS THAT MAYBE THEY WILL RELEASE THE GAME AFTER MARCH 2, WHO KNOWS THE EXACTLY DAY OF THE GAME RELEASE?

    • tzone

      no chance. it has nothing to do with that. game will be out Tuesday its already shipped to stores

  • Anonymous

    IM CONCERN ABOUT THE GAME DATE RELEASE, WHO THINKS THAT MAYBE THEY WILL RELEASE THE GAME AFTER MARCH 2, WHO KNOWS THE EXACTLY DAY OF THE GAME RELEASE?

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE THIS GAME I WANT TO BUY IT, I ALREADY HAVE THE MONEY

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE THIS GAME I WANT TO BUY IT, I ALREADY HAVE THE MONEY

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE THIS GAME I WANT TO BUY IT, I ALREADY HAVE THE MONEY

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE THIS GAME I WANT TO BUY IT, I ALREADY HAVE THE MONEY

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE THIS GAME I WANT TO BUY IT, I ALREADY HAVE THE MONEY

  • Johnny Cage

    Added to the buggy RTP and this game is looking worse by the day.

  • Johnny Cage

    Added to the buggy RTP and this game is looking worse by the day.

  • Johnny Cage

    Added to the buggy RTP and this game is looking worse by the day.

  • Johnny Cage

    Added to the buggy RTP and this game is looking worse by the day.

  • Johnny Cage

    Added to the buggy RTP and this game is looking worse by the day.

  • Amen Ra

    Notice: I never called you a fanboy. I'm a fan of the Show through and through (actually had it preordered for about 3 weeks due to an attempt to maximize my trade in value on games like MW2 and NBA2K10), but I will still call bullshit when I see it.

    The updates that I've read about don't seem like much to me. Real time presentation and home run derby aren't exactly what I would call “huge updates”, and those player models are still pretty weak for a next gen game because they lack player differentiation. As a matter of fact, I think Madden 10 improved way more on a year over year basis than the Show (even though I admit Madden started from way behind).

    Not releasing a demo in this day and age is wack. Especially when you promise people you will. i'm not saying it's going to make not buy the game and they are hiding shit, but it is lame. either way, I'm sure I will be satisifed with the product but it would have been cool to play a few innings before Tuesday without going to Best Buy.

  • t. daley

    Your funny. You are trying to flame me but you are calling yourself gay in the process.

  • t.daley

    If you need a demo to buy this game then you are a complete loser. I'll tell you what. Wait 2 weeks after the game launches and then go to metacritic.com and you read how great the game is. Then you can kick yourself in the a$$ for being such a tool and waiting to buy a game you already know is going to be great.

  • t. daley

    Is that any way to talk to your daddy son. Obviously your mother and I did a poor job in raising you as a man. Oh well, My bad.

  • tim daley

    Since when is releasing or not releasing a demo indicative of anything. It means nothing and evaluating the state of a game based upon that is utterly rediculous. Did it ever occur to you that the demo will come out after the game launches.

    There is absolutely no reason why Sony should prerelease a demo. There sales are guaranteed. No PS3 owner in their right mind would by 2k over the show unless they buy both and 360 owners cant play the show unless they own both consoles.

  • Anonymous

    I also am disappoint that there will not be a pre-release demo this year. Also, I will NOT be trekking out the the nearest Best Buy to play the game on some kiosk when I should be playing the demo at home like we have been doing in the past.

    SCEA really disappointed me on this. I’m sure all will be forgotten come Tuesday.

  • Anonymous

    I also am disappoint that there will not be a pre-release demo this year. Also, I will NOT be trekking out the the nearest Best Buy to play the game on some kiosk when I should be playing the demo at home like we have been doing in the past.

    SCEA really disappointed me on this. I’m sure all will be forgotten come Tuesday.

  • mattcolby

    Maybe Sony didn’t want to release the demo the same week as the God of War III demo? Just a thought. I certainly had no clue that was coming out this week, so that was a surprise. Who knows, it’s just a demo anyway. In the big picture of the game’s success it means nothing.

    All will be well on Tuesday regardless.

    • bone

      Youre suggesting that Sony didnt know when their own demos were going to come out? Really?

    • bone

      Youre suggesting that Sony didnt know when their own demos were going to come out? Really?

    • bone

      Youre suggesting that Sony didnt know when their own demos were going to come out? Really?

    • bone

      Youre suggesting that Sony didnt know when their own demos were going to come out? Really?

    • bone

      Youre suggesting that Sony didnt know when their own demos were going to come out? Really?

    • bone

      Youre suggesting that Sony didnt know when their own demos were going to come out? Really?

  • rob

    Ya I will really be kicking myself because some nerd who wrote an article in their basement praising a game says. Why are you so anti-demo?

  • rob

    Their, not there.

  • Anonymous

    My only fear is the possibility that there is a particular reason they are holding back the demo pre-release. As with any new yearly released title, I would definitely like to see if there are any major bugs or issues that exist with all the new “updates” from year to year. Not getting a demo takes that opportunity away from myself and others who think the same.

    I don’t care how successful you’ve been recently or in the past. In this industry you can’t rest on your laurels. I hope this is just some kind of mistake and not some pompous move on Sony’s part.

  • Anonymous

    My only fear is the possibility that there is a particular reason they are holding back the demo pre-release. As with any new yearly released title, I would definitely like to see if there are any major bugs or issues that exist with all the new “updates” from year to year. Not getting a demo takes that opportunity away from myself and others who think the same.

    I don’t care how successful you’ve been recently or in the past. In this industry you can’t rest on your laurels. I hope this is just some kind of mistake and not some pompous move on Sony’s part.

  • LOL

    kinda funny to see the show fanboys getting riled up because for once their game is the center of negative attention

  • Trojan92

    Ran to Best Buy for lunch today, played O’s @ Yanks and the game looked nice! RTP looks like a TV broadcast, lighting’s been improved and the crowd was lively. Checked out the create-a-player accessories and there are plenty of new options.

    Also played the following:

    O’s @ Nats: Found a glitch while playing with the Nats. Millwood threw a wild pitch with Morgan on 1st, Weiters turned around, faced the backstop, froze and didn’t pick up the ball until after Morgan scored; hope SCEA fixed this!

    Nats @ O’s: 
No Hilton hotel past LF, maybe next year.

    O’s @ Pirates: Fans in the RF bleachers looked like they were going to fall of the ledge due to no railings (I’m nitpicking).

    Phils @ Padres: At Petco you’ll see planes flying in the outfield when batting, and LF VIP area is finally populated with fans.

    O’s @ Twins: Noticed “phasing” issues, fans reaching for foul balls phased through walls. Got thrown out at 2nd and phased through the 2nd baseman. Players actually walked into the dugouts between innings.

    The game play hasn’t changed much; the Weiters glitch and “phasing” bothered me. Other than that looks like SCEA did another bang up job.

  • Trojan92

    Ran to Best Buy for lunch today, played O’s @ Yanks and the game looked nice! RTP looks like a TV broadcast, lighting’s been improved and the crowd was lively. Checked out the create-a-player accessories and there are plenty of new options. Also played the following:

    O’s @ Nats: Found a glitch while playing with the Nats. Millwood threw a wild pitch with Morgan on 1st, Weiters turned around, faced the backstop, froze and didn’t pick up the ball until after Morgan scored; hope SCEA fixed this!

    Nats @ O’s: 
No Hilton hotel past LF, maybe next year.

    O’s @ Pirates: Fans in the RF bleachers looked like they were going to fall of the ledge due to no railings (I’m nitpicking).

    Phils @ Padres: At Petco you’ll see planes flying in the outfield when batting, and LF VIP area is finally populated with fans.

    O’s @ Twins: Noticed “phasing” issues, fans reaching for foul balls phased through walls. Got thrown out at 2nd and phased through the 2nd baseman. Players actually walked into the dugouts between innings.

    The game play hasn’t changed much; the Weiters glitch and “phasing” bothered me. Other than that looks like SCEA did another bang up job.

  • skihawks

    I will give an example. MLB 2K7 was actually a pretty good game. The following year, the expectations were high for the franchise. 2K didn't release any media before the game was released and the game turned out to be terrible. The perception was that 2K didn't release any media or a demo to “hide” a terrible game. When the game turned out to be utter garbage, those perceptions rang true.

    Whether a demo is released or not isn't that big of an issue however with 2K's track record with the MLB 2K series over the past two years, a demo is critical to allow gamers to get a feel for what is offered and eliminate that “the developers are hiding something from us” perception.

    Sony, on the other hand, has a strong franchise and the release of a demo isn't that critical because the game will sell.

  • SadAboutTheDemo

    Lol… owned

  • SadAboutTheDemo

    this year will be the last mlb the show i buy….

  • mario79

    thanks for the answer i love ur web site.

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  • SadAboutTheDemo

    this year will be the last mlb the show i buy….

  • mario79

    thanks for the answer i love ur web site.

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  • Bob

    MLB 10 THE SHOW ROCKS

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