On the cusp of MLB Spring training, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez got together with Sony PlayStation in NYC for a game of MLB 12: The Show. Available for PS3 and for PlayStation Vita on March 5, the revamped MLB 12 has a new and different feel; its improvements include more "in the moment" quality broadcast presentations, new camera cuts, player routines, street-mapped cameras, control mechanics and details, such as tweaked CPU logic and reworked ball physics.
This year, whether you play Road to the Show or Franchise, PlayStation's cross-platform cloud allows you to start your franchise on the PS3 version and take it with you on the Vita. Much of the PS3 version is implemented on the Vita as well, but its visual presentation is tailored to suit a shorter game, as is generally the case with handheld systems.
We had a few minutes to catch up with Sabathia, who reminisced about gaming with his fellow Yankees. "It takes your mind off the game, and you get something else to get mad about … We have some good battles," he said.
One of the more important nuances of MLB 12 is the new "Pulse" pitching system, which tests your timing using the X button. Together with the on-screen display, it will determine your accuracy. The pitching meter was the biggest difference for Sabathia, who went head-to-head with STACK magazine cover athlete Gonzalez using PlayStation Move, which Sabathia described as "dead on."
"It's definitely a lot easier to pitch against [Gonzalez] in the game than it is in real life," Sabathia said. His thoughts on the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry? "You read about it, you hear about it … There's nothing like playing in it."
Looking forward, Sabathia is focused on staying healthy, fine-tuning his repertoire of pitches and potentially serving as a mentor to the new guys in the rotation, Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda. And, of course, making time for plenty of MLB 12: The Show.
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