MLB The Show 19

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MLB The Show 19
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Cover art featuring Bryce Harper
Developer(s)SIE San Diego Studio
Publisher(s)Sony Interactive Entertainment
SeriesMLB: The Show
Platform(s)PlayStation 4
ReleaseMarch 26, 2019
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

MLB The Show 19 is a baseball video game by SIE San Diego Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, based on Major League Baseball (MLB). It is the fourteenth entry of the MLB: The Show franchise, and was released on March 26, 2019, for PlayStation 4. Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is featured as the cover star.[1]

Matt Vasgersian, Mark DeRosa and Dan Plesac will call the play-by-plays. Heidi Watney joins the game as a sideline reporter and Alex Miniak replaces Mike Carlucci as the public address announcer.

Development[edit]

On November 2, 2018, it was announced that Bryce Harper would be featured on the cover for the 2019 edition of the game. However since he was a free agent at the time, he was depicted on the placeholder image in a white hoodie.[2] On February 28, 2019, after Harper signed with the Phillies, the official cover design was released.[3]

New features include "Moments" and "March to October". "Moments" lets the user relive and recreate famous moments in MLB history. This mode will be intertwined with the MLB The Show's "Diamond Dynasty", but also can be played strictly offline. As you complete moments, you get rewards like diamond dynasty cards and stubs, the game's virtual currency. The game also features an improved emphasis on defense, with updated mechanics and animations. Pitchers are broken down into three categories: "Plain Filthy" (who move the ball well), "Flamethrower" (who throw the heat) and "Control Freak" (who focus on location), while batters are broken down into five: "Pure Power" (power hitters), "Small Ball" (puts the ball in play), "Mr. Utility" (great situational player), "Rock Steady" (solid all around) and "The Anomaly" (abnormal for their position).[4]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic86/100[5]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Game Informer8.5/10[6]
GameSpot9/10[8]
IGN8.7/10[7]

MLB The Show 19 received "generally favorable reviews" from critics, according to Metacritic.

In its 8.7/10 review, IGN wrote: "Refined gameplay, new modes, and a deep Road to the Show mode give MLB The Show 19 a promising opening day."[7] Game Informer gave the game 8.5/10, praising its graphics and writing, "After a down year, Sony delivers exciting new content and a host of fixes. The series is back on track."[6] GameSpot gave the game 9/10, praising the fielding mechanics, RPG elements of the Road to the Show mode and reward system of the game's card collecting mode.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clair, Michael (November 2, 2018). "Bryce Harper is this year's 'MLB: The Show' cover star". Cut4 by MLB.com. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Chiari, Mike (November 2, 2018). "Bryce Harper 'Honored' to Be on MLB The Show 19 Cover; Unsure with Which Team". Bleacher Report. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Chiari, Mike (February 28, 2019). "MLB The Show 19 at long last has its cover star in uniform". Polygon. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Petite, Steven (April 4, 2019). "Here's everything you need to know about MLB The Show 19". Digital Trends. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "MLB The Show 19 critic reviews for PlayStation 4". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Reiner, Andrew (April 1, 2019). "MLB The Show 19: In the Hunt Again". Game Informer. Retrieved April 1, 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ a b Roark, Caley (March 29, 2018). "MLB The Show 19 Review". IGN. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Wakeling, Richard (April 3, 2018). "MLB The Show 19 Review: Play Ball!". GameSpot. Retrieved April 3, 2018.