Changes Made to Online Ranked Games in MLB 13: The Show

Posted February 18th, 2013 at 12:15 pm


SCEA has released a new blog focusing on improvements to the online matchmaking system in MLB 13: The Show. While online has always been the achilles’ heel of the series a few changes being made this year could help in that area.

MLB 13 will feature matchmaking that pairs up individuals who are similarly rated in terms of their skill levels, teams, and starting pitchers. Utilizing fatigue levels for pitchers means an actual rotation will need to be in play (assuming fatigue is drained significantly enough) providing better variety and hopefully opening up the offense more.

Of course actual performance, in terms of lag and disconnects, will have to be improved dramatically for any of this to really matter. However the changes being made should otherwise create a more balanced and enjoyable experience. Some of the frustrations have stemmed from abnormally low batting averages, exceedingly high strikeout rates, and very low scoring all around. Much of the blame has been on the lag favoring pitching but eliminating #1 starters from being used at will and forcing more strategy with bullpen choices should help in that regard too.

  • jix

    This will probably only work if they block users from picking the number one starters after theyve used them instead of letting them still take a partially drained ace. Online I doubt fatigue makes much of a difference since its basically just luck on getting the timing right when hitting. Also people could end up using the one for like 3 innings and the 2 for the next 3 on teams which have great pitching staffs. Either way its at least a start at trying to fix things that are wrong.

  • TiBIT

    every year they promise online will run better and every year its a lie. not getting my hopes up again.

    • Amen_Ra

      YEah their online is trash

      • tmoneymill

        Idk…i played over 100 games last year and i can count about 10 times where the lag was unbearable to where it can be played. I used analog pitching and hitting. It was a HUGE upgrade over previous versions as i rarely tried to play online for that reason alone. but last year was nice for me.

        • Keith.

          I’m really glad SCEA added the historical gamer card this year that will show people’s online history with the game. Personally I’ve always thought some of these complainers don’t even have a PS3, or don’t even have the game and are just repeating what they read to stir s@&$ up. Now, we’ll be able to tell those guys from their “0-0” record online, or if they do have the game, check their ping bar to see if it’s red or green, and shut them up for good.

      • HustlinOwl

        lol your internet is trash

        • korsh

          Always blaming everyone but Sony I see. This argument of it being someone’s internet is dumb. That Sony’s netcode and servers suck is the real problem.

        • Amen_Ra

          ROFL come on bruh. Sony can’t get a pass just like NBA2K for the online debacle

          • HustlinOwl

            sorry dont play madden or 2k not worthy of my hard earned money.

  • saintpatrick33

    ??? what do SCEA online , Crusty Baker and the Owl have in common ? they all suc lol