MLB 12: The Show to Feature Revamped Commentary and Broadcast Presentation

Posted December 9th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Outside of its consistently poor online play and slow load times the MLB: The Show series has taken the most criticism as of late over its somewhat stale commentary and uninspired presentation. According to a new blog posting from SCEA both of those areas will be seeing significant improvements in MLB 12: The Show. 

Other areas touched on include more use for PlayStation Move, brand new ball physics, and a new online mode. Really the problem with online isn’t the absence of modes – it’s the lack of options within those modes, lag, and its effect on results – so touting new modes isn’t going to be successful in eliciting much excitement until the base experience improves.

The trend towards more authentic television broadcast presentation, which this year really accelerated with NBA 2K12 and Madden NFL 12 in particular, will continue with an attempt being made to deliver a more true-to-life viewing perspective. The commentary sounds as though the company is going for the style found in the NBA 2K and MLB 2K series where announcers will reference and provide better perspective on events at a given time which should in effect provide a dynamic feel.

What do you think of these first details that have been described for MLB 12: The Show? As always leave any thoughts in the comments!

  • cgm110

    Does this mean new commentators or new lines?

  • Keith.

    Lol — I know it’s Pasta, but I still can’t believe someone is giving Madden credit for advancing a more authentic television broadcast presentation.  Madden has been WAY behind The Show, NBA2k, NFL2k, etc. in this department for years.  And Madden’s commentary?  Talk about the bottom of the barrel quality.  

    • Madden really did manage to bring a lot more to the table this year in terms of camera angles, team entrances, and the overall look of the broadcast interface. It’s unfortunate that the commentary kind of undermined all that, but you can’t discount that they made a significant effort.

  • Texan10

    Sounds great, new commentary and presentation was exactly what I was hoping would be improved on.  Now hope to hear something about what will be new with Franchise

  • New commentary needs new voices otherwise it will get old as always.

  • WretchedGamer

    I sure hope they have retooled the fielding.  That’s the biggest issue I have with MLB The Show.

  • Skihawks

    Love The Show. I have never had issues with the presentation. It just hasnt felt new the past couple of years so anything to freshen it up is a positive.

    Still hoping for classic teams and Tiger Stadium.

  • Anonymous

    It’s about fricking time

  • KentAZ

    The commentary does indeed need an overhaul to become more dynamic. 

    I just hope that–finally–they allow downloaded roster updates in the “Season” mode.  It’s ridiculous to be locked into the same rosters for the entire season. 

  • Philz and BirdZ rulz OK Rocky

    waht they need to do is have two or three seperate comm teams that alternate.

  • I wish they would budget for new commentary throughout the lifetime of the game.  With every roster update, I should be able to get a few cycles of new commentary.  It doesn’t take much to keep it fresh.

  • Justin

    the commentary was ridiculous last year. it drove me nuts! and the broadcast could use some revamping as well. but Maddens commentary is the worst of all. idk who could say that its better.

  • Justin

    and they need to bring Vin Scully for the Dodger games! whats a Dodger game without Vin?