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MLB 10: The Show
MLB 10 The Show Cover.jpg
Cover art
Developer(s) SCE San Diego Studio
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Engine MLB 07/ San Fran Studios (PS3) San Diego Studios Engine (PSP) MLB 06 (PS2)
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) NA March 2, 2010
Genre(s) Sports, Baseball
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer, Online: Ethernet Broadband required
Rating(s) ESRB: Everyone
Media Blu-ray Disc, DVD, UMD

MLB 10: The Show is a baseball simulation video game created by Sony Computer Entertainment's San Diego division. It is the latest installment of the MLB: The Show series of video games, which is the longest officially licensed baseball simulation game on the PlayStation. The game is made for Sony's own PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable. It is the direct successor to MLB 09: The Show, and was released on March 2, 2010. The game presents a number of new features, including catcher mode and Home Run Derby, as well as improved gameplay and presentation.[1]

Depending of gameplay mode, the player has the ability to control all or one of the players in the game, and are given the option of playing as all of the MLB teams as well as Double A and Triple A minor league teams. There are single and multiplayer modes as well as an online gaming feature through the PlayStation Network, which has been vastly improved in this version of the series including online player matching.

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Cover Athlete

Joe Mauer, catcher for the Minnesota Twins, appears on the cover of MLB 10: The Show.[2] Mauer was also the 2009 American League MVP.

New Features

•HR Derby – The Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Futures Game are now available during the All-Star break in our season modes and as a stand-alone experience.

•Catcher Calling the Game – Call pitches and play as the field general.

•Online Gameplay Improved – This year the online gameplay experience has been vastly improved and will detect and respond better to adverse network conditions along with reduced bandwidth to help the speed and flow of online gameplay. You can also Instant Message your friends on your "Buddy List" or your foes on your "Ignore List", challenge others to a game, join game lobbies, and view your place on the Leaderboard to see how you compare to other users.

•User Controlled Pick-Offs – Surprise a base runner with a quick move or lull him to sleep with our new pick-off mechanism.

•Custom Music, Fan Yells, and Chants – Assign music or a recording to an entire team, edit tracks to assign batter walk-up music, or record your own voice and assign it to play for the team or player during the situation of your choice.

•Movie Maker – Select up to ten replays to add to a single movie and do all the editing for your own highlight reel.

•New Stadiums – Five new Minor League stadiums as well as classic parks including Forbes Field, Crosley Field, Polo Grounds, Shibe Park, Sportsman Park, and Griffith Stadium.

•New Fielding/Pitching Training Modes and Practice Drills – New pitching and fielding training sessions will be part of our Road to The Show training suite.

•Road to The Show Version 4.0 – New option settings (Game Watch and Game Completion) allow users to set how much of the game they wish to view, our mistake tracking system and new Green Light system reward and penalize good play, and our new stat tracking system keeps stats for your player’s career versus every pitcher or batter faced during the current season that can be accessed at any time.

•Full Online Season Leagues – Fully functional online season leagues, save and display MLB Player stats, track player energy, allow for trades/injuries, and offer 40-man roster functionality.

•Weekly Live Roster – An updated live roster will be available every week throughout the entire season.

•Online Game History – View every game you’ve ever played online, complete with opponents, box scores, and game logs.

•1-30 Player Season Modes – Control one or all 30 teams right from the start of your franchise or season.

•New Camera System – The most realistic camera system available will make you double take and make sure you’re not watching a live MLB telecast.

•Real-Time Presentations – More than 1,250 new gameplay animations, more than 1,000 new presentation animations, and more than 400 personalized pitcher and batter animations.

•Stadium Realism and Experience – Details, details, details! MLB 10 The Show offers daytime transitional lighting, shows all players on field in real-time (including players in the dugout and bullpen), and offers improved stadium ambiance with HR/splash counters, fireworks, steam, noisemakers, towels, thunder sticks, working digital and analog clocks, crowd reaching over the rails, and crowd detail, such as interaction with vendors and placing K signs.

•The PSP version of the game is the same from the previous year, with only roster changes, and the new road to the show. It does not have the infrastructure feature, so players cannot play online and do not have access to roster updates through Sportsconnect. Also, the PSP version does not have the broadcast presentation style, that Sony announced for its PS3.

Bugs/Glitches

Several outlets report severe bugs and glitches included in the release version of MLB 10 The Show. Mere days after the games release, a patch and new roster was released for download fixing some of the issues, yet many more problems prevail. Some of the prevailing bugs are as follows;

- In Franchise Mode, the CPU trades players for your regardless of if you set trades to Manual (normally team stars for computer generated prospects). - In Franchise Mode, CPU controlled teams don't call up/send down players based on performance, but rather only when injuries occur. - CPU player acquisition logic in all game modes is corrupted, making unrealistic and nonsensical trades and free agent signings. - When playing a game at Tropicana Field (home of the Rays), the game freezes before its ending. - Some players have expressed problems with saving their Profiles. - etc.

While these issues have been widely reported by customers playing the game, the developers have yet to address the issues or provide a clear time line of when or if the problems will be fixed.

Soundtrack

The following songs appear in the soundtrack:[3]

Band Song
Band of Skulls I Know What I Am
Baroness Swollen and Halo
The Grouch & Eligh All In (Feat. Gift of Gab & Pigeon John)
Night Horse Come Down Halo
Scarlet Symphony Your Blood Is Mine
Silversun Pickups It’s Nice to Know You Work Alone
The Budos Band The Proposition
The Heavy How You Like Me Now (Beats Mix)
The New Regime Haunt My Mind
The Soundtrack of Our Lives Babel On
We Are Scientists Rules
Zodiac Death Valley Look Alive

Reception

GameZone's Michael Lafferty gave the game a 9/10, saying "While the game is not perfect it is a far sight better than previous iterations. Years ago there was a MVP baseball game on the PC that was top-drawer (IMO) and MLB 10 rivals, if not exceeds, that. Top to bottom, this is an entertaining game to look at and play."[4]

References

http://www.us.playstation.com/PS3/Games/MLB_10_The_Show

Preceded by
MLB 09: The Show
MLB 10: The Show
2010
Succeeded by
TBA

See also

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