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MLB '08: The Show - Video Game Review and Contest

 

I was recently forwarded a copy of Sony's MLB '08: The Show for review. I have to admit I was a bit giddy over getting a free copy since I grew up on baseball video games, starting with Hardball on the Commodore 64. Up until about three years ago, I would still pretty much play a full season out on EA's MVP Baseball 2005. This was my first games since then, so pardon me if I'm a little behind the times.

I requested a PS2 copy since I've yet to take the plunge for a PS3, and quickly popped in my copy when it arrived via FedEx. The intro montage that is common with all video games was as snazzy as ever, highlighting the milestones over the past year. Thome, Thomas and A-Rod hitting 500, Sosa hitting 600, Glavine's 300 and so forth. Noticeably missing was Craig Biggio's 3000th hit, something that gave me a smile. I imagine it had more to do with a contract with the players union which he is no longer a member of since his retirement, but I still appreciated the slight of a long-term Cubs nemesis.

The menu screen popped up and you have all your expected features, franchise and season modes, exhibition, home run derby, manager mode and so on. I went with the "Quick Game" just to get started and picked the Pirates versus the Cubs at Wrigley.

There's quite an extended intro if you want from the announcers as they set-up the game and go through the lineups. The ballpark render looked decent, albeit unspectacular. I do imagine they look better on PS3 version. I studied up on the basics and was ready to play.

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  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 2 hours 41 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 2 hours 42 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 2 hours 54 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 2 hours 55 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 2 hours 55 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 3 hours 3 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 3 hours 17 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 3 hours 49 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 3 hours 53 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 4 hours 5 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 4 hours 24 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 4 hours 44 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 4 hours 46 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 7 hours 45 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 58 min ago view
  • Eh, I read it as tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek. VEB seems to have good heads on their shoulders.

    Brick 9 hours 6 min ago view