Just like life, the typical sports video game has become way too complicated.
Things used to be so simple: You moved your player with an arrow key and pressed a single button to do something—throw a football, shoot a basketball or swing the bat. No more. Many of today’s games require players to identify hot receivers and call audibles, perform perfectly-timed juke moves, or memorize multi-button combos in order to advance. It’s become exhausting.
So perhaps the best new feature of Sony’s MLB 13: The Show is the one that makes it simple: Beginner’s Mode, a nine-inning tutorial that walks you through all the nuances of the game. In this mode, the game helps you correct your weaknesses.
For example, if you want to get better at hitting, the opposing pitcher will start out the first inning by throwing nothing but fastballs down the middle of the plate. As you improve, the game gradually increases the challenge, teaching you helpful tips and tricks along the way.
The new tutorial mode isn’t the only thing that’s great in MLB 13: The Show. The game is visually stunning, nailing seemingly every detail of the pro game, from C.C. Sabathia’s slightly crooked cap to Fenway Park looking exactly like, well, Fenway Park, Green Monster and all. The in-game presentation feels like you’re watching a Sunday afternoon broadcast on Fox.
Another new feature of the 2013 edition is Playoff Mode, which heightens crowd intensity during the game so you feel like you’re playing in a high-stakes October series every time you take the field. There are also revamped Franchise and Road To The Show modes.
As with past editions, you can synch files between your PlayStation and PlayStation Vita, so, yes, you can take your “Show” on the road. Just make sure you bring those skills you learned from Beginner’s Mode with you.