MLB 11: The Show

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MLB 11: The Show
MLB 11: The Show
Cover art of MLB 11: The Show
Developer(s) SCE San Diego Studio
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Series MLB: The Show series
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
PlayStation 3
PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) March 8, 2011[1]
Genre(s) Sports (Professional Baseball)
Mode(s) Single-player
Multiplayer

MLB 11: The Show is a Major League Baseball video game published by Sony Computer Entertainment and developed by Sony San Diego. The game was released on March 8, 2011 for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2. The game includes all 30 MLB teams, rosters, and stadiums from the 2011 season. This is the final installment available for the PlayStation 2 and the PSP.

New Features[edit]

PlayStation 3[edit]

MLB 11: The Show features the Pure Analog Control System, which includes analog controls for hitting, pitching, and fielding. Pure Hitting allows the player to stride and swing using the Right Analog Stick, Pure Pitching functionality incorporates a new Pitch Meter when setting strength and location, and Pure Throwing can be used to make defensive throws by simply pointing the Right Analog Stick in the direction of the base, also allowing for fake throws to keep runners honest.

The Co-op Mode allows up to four-player offline or online cooperative play where players can split duties covering either the infield or outfield, while also switching off at the plate or choosing the specific batters they’d like to control. Users can play 1 vs. 2, 2 vs. 2, or 2 vs. CPU. There is also a Challenge of the Week online feature, which will include 2-3 minute single player online gameplay, which will be supported by leader boards and prizes awarded in three tiers.

The fifth generation of Road to The Show adds a new interactive slider set to the Create Player process, new training modes triggered by the Player Performance Evaluator, Minor League substitution logic improvements, advancement system improvements that now compares a player's stats to their competition in the organization, and the new No Assist Fielding option.

MLB 11: The Show also includes stereoscopic 3D functionality, a customizable camera editor, stadium specific broadcast camera angles for all 30 MLB teams, new weather elements, stadium specific Jumbotrons and fireworks, and PlayStation Move motion controller support for the Home Run Derby mode.

PlayStation 2[edit]

The PlayStation 2 version also featured co-op play and updated rosters, but did not receive the updated Road to the Show, analog control or the Challenge of the Week feature. The controls stay the same as MLB 10: The Show's and Road to the Show continues with the advancement goals and in-game goals. Also, Eric Karros did not replace Rex Hudler in the PlayStation 2 version. Some features have also notably been removed from the PlayStation 3 version despite being in the earlier PS2 installments, such as the bullpen meter that states whether or not a relief pitcher is warmed up.

PlayStation Portable[edit]

The PlayStation Portable version will feature tweaked artificial intelligence, the updated Road to the Show, revamped animation, and a Rivalry Mode, as well as updated rosters. This is the last game in the series to be produced for the PlayStation Portable.

Cover athlete[edit]

For the second year in a row, Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer is the cover athlete.[1] In 2012 he was replaced by Adrian Gonzalez and Jose Bautista.[2][3]

Demo[edit]

A demo was released on February 22, featuring a minimum four inning day game rematch of 2010 World Series (game can go into extra innings), between the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.[1]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack for MLB 11: The Show was announced on January 31. The soundtrack features:

Band Song
311 Beautiful Disaster
Big Pun 100%
Cults Go Outside
Edgar Winter Group Free Ride
Funeral Party NYC Moves to the Sound of LA
J. Cole Blow Up
Manchester Orchestra I've Got Friends
MGMT Congratulations (Erol Alkan Remix)
Passion Pit Little Secrets
The Rassle Wild Ones
The Scissors Let's Go
The Temper Trap Fader (Adam Freeland Remix)

Commentators[edit]

New to the MLB 11 The Show broadcast booth is former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros—replacing Rex Hudler—who joins franchise veterans Matt Vasgersian and Dave Campbell to complete the three man crew.

Reception[edit]

GameZone gave the game an 8.5/10, stating "The barrier to entry may be a little high for newer baseball sim gamers, but with a little persistence and plenty of practice, you’ll find yourself in love with MLB 11: The Show."[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
MLB 10: The Show
MLB 11: The Show
2011
Succeeded by
MLB 12: The Show