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Old Feb. 8th, '12, 1:38 pm   #1
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Mlb MLB 12 The Show Preview

It's about that time of year again with Pichers and Catchers reporting here soon. So that means a new MLB The Show is just around the corner.

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NEW FEATURES IN MLB 12 THE SHOW:
Cross Platform Saves (PS3 & PS Vita) – New to MLB 12 The Show is the ability for users to share save files between PS3 and PS Vita. Players can now take their Franchise, Season, and Road to The Show save files up to the cloud where they can then access those files on either platform. Users are limited to one file per mode per PlayStation Network account, which can be overwritten as many times as you’d like. At home on PS3 or on the road with the PS Vita, fans can continue their seasons anywhere!

True Ball Physics (PS3 & Vita) – MLB 12 The Show now incorporates realistic ball physics and proper spin for balls that bounce off the bases, the pitcher’s mound rubber, and other surface on the field. The baseball now bounces realistically using actual math for a spinning ball hitting these surfaces. Therefore, the way the ball bounces in MLB 12 has changed a lot from previous versions. In order for hits to get through the infield, the ball counts on having top-spin so the spin of the ball off the bat is now accurate with realistic RPMs. The ball also bounces and loses energy like a real baseball does and is launched with the correct spin. This results in more hit type varieties, rising and sinking liners, more choppers, balls tailing away from the outfielders, and balls hitting off the bases.

TruBroadcast Presentations (PS3 Only) – Baseball fans demand an accurate simulation of reality and anything that detracts from this can shatter the feeling that you are playing in a real game. MLB 12 The Show makes the biggest leap forward EVER in this regard, truly blurring the line between reality and the in-game experience. With completely refined presentations combined with enhanced artificial intelligence (AI), revamped cameras, and expanded audio, MLB 12 is poised to deliver the most realistic baseball gaming experience to date.

Diamond Dynasty (PS3 Only) – Diamond Dynasty juggles aspects of team management, player progression, and online competition, with more creative freedom than any sports game to date. Gamers create a custom team complete with Team Name, Colors, custom Uniforms, and fully customizable Logos with up to 1000 layers of detail. Once created, the team is given a handful of MLB baseball cards and Dynasty baseball cards that, when activated, add the players to your team roster.

Full Move Support in The Show (PS3) – Control all aspects of The Show with the PlayStation®Move motion controller, including pitching, hitting, fielding, and running the bases. There are also custom meters on screen to compliment the experience. Imagine being at the plate and seeing the batters hands moving as you move. Move gameplay can be used in all modes.

Zone Analog Batting (PS3 & PS Vita) – MLB® 11 The Show™ introduced analog controls, now this year, MLB 12 will bring a combination of the old and the new with Zone Analog Batting. The right analog stick will still be used for the stride and swing, but now, if you choose to, you can control where you swing in the zone using the left analog stick. All the other analog controls are also being improved and enhanced.

Pulse Pitching (PS3 & PS Vita) – This is a new interface to the classic pitching style. Players still pitch using a simple “X” button press, but users must time the press with an on-screen display to ensure pitch accuracy. All other pitching methods are also being improved and enhanced.

Franchise Improvements (PS3 & PS Vita) – MLB 12 The Show introduces a number of Franchise mode improvements, including player generation logic has been tuned to provide more variety inside draft classes and more realistic pitch repertoires. The lineup logic has also been updated to give you closer to real-life rosters while in your Season, Franchise, and Road to The Show modes. Finally, the trade system has been revamped with improved logic based more on the real-life club’s strategy. Small market teams will behave as such, while the bigger fish will continue to go after the top players in the game. Also, highly touted prospects will remain just that and won’t be showing up in trades early on in their careers.

Road to the Show Improvements (PS3 & PS Vita) – This generation of Road to The Show brings a new assortment of training modes for base running and fielding to round out your Road to The Show player’s training experience. Also, your created player will now be “that” highlighted and touted prospect you think he is, by starting his career as a Double-A starter. The player creator has seen improvements as well, by offering a slew of new accessories to compliment the already extensive system.

Situational Collision Awareness (PS3 & Vita) – Players will now know where they and other players are on the field and understand when to avoid other players and how to react when other players are near. Although this sounds like a relatively simple concept, but it’s very important and makes the game experience feel more true to life.

New Tag Animation System (PS3 & PS Vita) – Players can now branch out of any tag throw animation and branch out of a tag animation to avoid it. There are also more animations and ways to tag runners out at the plate. This new system allows for more results (dropping the ball, new swipes, etc.) and the addition of new standing and run down tags, which creates a more dynamic and organic player integration on the base paths and at the plate.

Online Everywhere and Unified Settings (PS3 & PS Vita) – Online everywhere and Unified Settings will minimize, if not remove, the obvious line between offline and online in The Show via PSN. One of the most notable changes is the inclusion of online features and components in the main menus, especially the Exhibition > Team Select screen. That’s now the launching pad for offline Exhibition and online Play Now games. Users will also now be auto-logged in to The Show servers, making online features more accessible. Unifying user settings is a minor, but important feature. Users no longer have to set their offline and online settings – there will be one!

Play Now Plus (PS3 & PS Vita) – Similar to Play Now, Play Now Plus can be used through custom settings. This is as easy as selecting Play Now, setting your Play Now settings, saving these settings, then selecting Play Now type. There’s no need to set you Play Now settings again, unless you want to change them up. You’ll then be able to find an opponent to match your gameplay settings, without having to go through the challenge process.

SimulView™ Functionality with PlayStation®3D Display (PS3) – MLB 12 The Show will incorporate SimulView™ technology that allows two people to play head to head without seeing each other’s screen while playing on the PlayStation®3D Display. It uses the same technology as Stereoscopic 3D, but instead of sending image A to the left eye and image B to the right Eye, we send image A to player 1 and image B to player 2.

The Best Gets Better! MLB 12 The Show includes over 50 more enhancements, new features, and improvements!

Over 500 new Presentation animations
Over 300 new Fielding, Throwing, and Base running animations
Over 150 New Batting Stances
Over 75 New Pitching Animations
Improved load times
Completely new bat, ball and glove sounds
New Bullpen Management options
New player accessories (new sunglasses, protective gear, hat bills, etc…)
New Pick off logic
New player card including advanced baseball stats
New Batter/Pitcher Attribute snapshot OSD (D-Pad Left)
More fluid organic fielder animations from start to end of play
Improved fielder routes on balls off the wall (more variety of pursuit angles)
Dynamic fielding results and reaction (balls can now be dropped or missed by a fielder
anytime)
Improved button fielding with difficulty levels
New Pitcher Confidence Logic
Increased and improved conversation among Matt, Dave and Eric.
14 New umpires
Updated uniforms and stadiums for new and updated teams
Updated jumbotron movies and stat layouts (still team specific)
Updated LED Ribbon board art and movies
Focus on interface and display presentation and flair
Uniform select in all modes
Frontend sound preview when assigning audio
New Player Generation Logic
New Trade interface and screen
Improved Lineup Logic
Co-op available in Season and Franchise modes
Road to the Show career begins as a Double-A starter
Move video tutorials
New in-game tips
Did You Knows on Loading screens
15 new player specific home run swings.
Base Running Training in RTTS
Fielding Training in RTTS
New Base Runner Awareness
Online Gameplay Gets a Boost (better reaction, better experience) (PS3)
www.TheShowNation.com Community Web Site Revamp
Operating System supported Virtual Keyboard
New Online Gamer Card (more information)
Swing Analysis OSD Improvements and Profile Display Options
“Free” 1st inning quit in Online Games removed
Online Profile to use PSN Avatar
PSN Profile utility support on Vita (Friend Requests)
Game History showing XP gain/loss)
Play online with your full profile settings (minus negotiated settings)
Challenge of the Week is now free
Online League Schedule improvements
Online League Playoff improvements
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Old Feb. 8th, '12, 3:20 pm   #2
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I'd be lying if I said I was not giddy while reading this yesterday.

I posted in my blog (link in sig) about many of these features.

Most notably: COTW is now free, new tag animation system, and co-op being available in more offline modes.

I'm disappointed nothing was directly addressed about the bunting logic with the 3rd baseban and catcher. That to me is a brutal glitch that has been in the game way too long.

"Online Gameplay gets a boost"...I hope this means that there isn't ridiculous network issues like last year. Online was completely unplayable as far as I am concerned. All reactions need to be instant and not on a slight delay, especially when it comes to baseball.

Also this Thursday night/Friday morning on Spike TV, GT TV will have the exclusive full details of Diamond Dynasty mode. The show is on at 1am eastern, Friday morning on Spike.
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Old Feb. 8th, '12, 4:05 pm   #3
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Must get Vita.

This game/series would be dominant if PSN was a little more solid, I'll still get this game but can't wait for EA to resurrect the MVP series....



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Old Feb. 8th, '12, 4:53 pm   #4
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Must get Vita.

This game/series would be dominant if PSN was a little more solid, I'll still get this game but can't wait for EA to resurrect the MVP series....
I'm not sold on Vita yet. This is probably all I'd play. At least when I got a PS3 exclusively for this game, it came with a blu-ray that I use.

In my mind Rob, this IS the dominant sports game on the market despite the PSN (now known as Sony Entertainment Network) being crap. It is the best simulation of a sport and it is so deep in real to life features. I'd put this game up against any sports game available right now. Normally I'd say how having a 'choice' of baseball games is a great thing...but if you have a PS3 and you purchase MLB 2k12, you are the biggest idiot ever (unless you actually win a Million bucks).
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This game/series would be dominant if PSN was a little more solid,
I agree 100%. It amazes me that Sony doesn't have this game being 100% smooth and lag free. I'd guess this is the one big PS3 exclusive that is actually a system seller.
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Old Feb. 8th, '12, 5:33 pm   #6
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Those features sound amazing! Can't wait!
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Old Feb. 8th, '12, 5:42 pm   #7
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I agree 100%. It amazes me that Sony doesn't have this game being 100% smooth and lag free. I'd guess this is the one big PS3 exclusive that is actually a system seller.
I can think of 3 guys on this site alone that bought a PS3 last year for this series.

JK, 100% agree this is the best franchise going.



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I can think of 3 guys on this site alone that bought a PS3 last year for this series.
I was one of them. I sold my PS3 though because I decided it was an impulse purchase since I ONLY played The Show on it. I already have a Blu-Ray so I decided to just get my money back. I will most likely buy a Vita though since I travel a lot, and of course this is the first game I will purchase.
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Old Feb. 9th, '12, 8:49 pm   #9
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Another year, another exciting February when we all hear about the new features in the next The Show. To be honest, I don't play it enough to justify the 60 bucks I spend on it yearly, but I still buy it. The career mode is still the best (not that there's much competition) and the game itself is the best baseball sim and it only gets better every season.

The Diamond Dynasty looks interesting, but I haven't been interested in any of the Ultimate Teams on FIFA or NHL or Madden. Hopefully it's something I'll play lol.
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Old Feb. 12th, '12, 2:54 pm   #10
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Well remembered I had some credit at GameStop so went and preordered this yesterday. Right now doesn't look like you get anything special for preordering from there. Hopefully a demo will be coming soon.
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