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MLB The Show 22 Review

Welcome to the big leagues

A.J. Maciejewski

Reviewed by playing a PS5 on

MLB The Show 22 is also available for PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

MLB The Show 22 is rated Everyone by the ESRB

It's time for the yearly big-budget baseball bonanza so grab an overpriced hotdog and get ready for some MLB The Show 22 action.

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Time to give this fellow the old curveball zinger 3000

My history with MLB

Before starting the review, I'll let you know that I don't play MLB The Show every year so I can't compare it to 2021's offering. Although I won't be able to provide in-depth comparative analysis, I can tell you what I think of MLB The Show 22 from a fresh perspective so if you're looking to get into the franchise this year then I'm your bear. Oh, I also think that baseball games are the most enjoyable digital representations of real-world sports and prefer arcade-style takes on the genre if that helps elaborate where I'm coming from. v1d30chumz 44-192-38-248

My History with Baseball Games

Customizable gameplay

When I started MLB The Show 22, the most impressive part of the experience was its wealth of options that allow you to play exactly how you want. From a variety of pitching and batting controls, I found it to be a great deal of fun experimenting with how comfortable I was with each option before making my final decisions. I also appreciate that you can choose to either have your runners automatically attempt to run to the next bases or manually command them to do so. I get a bit overwhelmed when I play sports games so I decided on the former and it made gameplay much more intuitive for me but it's excellent that hardcore players can be more involved.

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My name's Big Al and I hit dingers

Immerse me in the ball game

Another element of MLB The Show 22 that knocked my socks off is its presentation. This is the first baseball game that I've played on the latest console generation and it looks and sounds great. I always think that the best way to judge a sports game's visuals is by looking at the spectators because many games don't even try with unanimated cardboard crowds but the folks here actually react to the action and it makes performing well all the more rewarding. The players themselves are spot-on interpretations of the real-world players and they even have subtle facial animations as they concentrate or celebrate. When it comes to audio, it's engaging stuff complete with ambient sounds of the stadium mixing with licensed music that really comes together in a masterful way.

Modes

MLB The Show 22 features a wealth of modes to sink your teeth into. My favourite is Retro Mode as it simplifies things and makes me feel like I'm playing one of the baseball games that I grew up enjoying like Bases Loaded. However, there are loads of more substantial choices such as weekly challenges, the ability to relive iconic moments in MLB history, online multiplayer for both competitive and co-op play, franchise mode where you manage your own team, exhibition mode with live rosters, and a practice mode where you can customize nearly everything. Although this is a substantial amount of content, it doesn't really do anything particularly revolutionary which may disappoint fans who play every year's MLB The Show release. For me, I'm quite happy with everything that you can do.

Foul ball

Although I'm enjoying my time with MLB The Show 22 and plan on playing it much more, it does have some questionable aspects. For starters, some modes and customization elements went way over my head and the game doesn't really do a good job of portraying why I should care about these intricacies. For example, after clicking on my avatar, it takes me to a complicated series of menus with a collection that has all sorts of items from players to sponsorships and I have no idea why I should care about any of it. Plus, there's a currency system for stubs that you can use real money to buy. If I don't even know what I'm buying, why would I purchase more currency? I think all this stuff is used for franchise mode and as RPG-like items for other modes but that's overcomplicating things, isn't it?

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I think an astronaut might find that ball sometime in the future

I love a good baseball game so thankfully, MLB The Show 22 is a great one. From its wide range of options to its clever adaptive difficulty, it's easy to have the hours tick away as you hit dingers and climb the ranks.

  • + Tight baseball gameplay with loads of options to customize how you play
  • + Top-notch presentation and audio
  • + Solid amount and variety of modes
  • - Doesn't do anything revolutionary
  • - Some aspects are needlessly complicated
8.3 out of 10
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