MLB The Show 19 Review


– [Ryan] Sony’s MLB The Show series has been coasting on its past
success for a few years now, but the 2019 version has
finally broken that slump by introducing some
substantially improved modes on top of the usual
fine-tuning and polish. (cheering) One of the areas that sees
the most improvement in 2019 is defensive play. How capable a player is at
fielding in his position has never been easier to spot, thanks to color-coded fielding icons. The effects of a skilled
fielder are more pronounced too. A top-ranked outfielder shows you the path the ball will travel, guiding you to exactly
where you need to be. Meanwhile, a subpar fielder
makes you do some guesswork. This visual aid is a good
way to bridge the gap between the athletes’
abilities and your own skill. At the same time, some
smooth new infield animations chip away at the longstanding problem of clunky fielder control. There are now more instances where infielders botch
a ground ball attempt, only to organically
recover and get the out. One of The Show 19’s standout new modes is March to October, which is designed quickly get
you through a single season by blending simulated games
with key playable moments. After a nice 2018 recap video,
you and your chosen team are immediately dropped
into the late innings of 2019’s opening day. You gain or lose momentum
depending on your performance, which impacts how your team
performs in the simulated games that tick by until the
next key moment pops up. An adequate variety of situations,
from salvaging a series to having a productive game
with a specific player, make March to October a
fast-paced and fun addition, though it’s currently a little shallow and not as dynamic as other season modes. (mid-tempo music) Meanwhile, Road to the Show
sees several new upgrades and continues to be the best
way to play MLB The Show. It’s slowly turning into a
true RPG sports experience. Archetypes return, along
with a new personality system that intertwines with the
existing dialogue choices, player relationships, and a perk system. While it verges on being
needlessly complicated, personality does a nice job of connecting these various abstract
aspects of a player’s career. Additionally, dynamic
challenges make things a little more interesting. At various points in a career, you’re provided with a set of
increasingly difficult tasks to choose from, and if
you’re successful at it, you gain a boost to a related ability. Coupled with a new set
of simple mini-games for improving your athletes’ skills, aspects like dynamic challenges,
personalities, and perks have moved this mode away from
a pure baseball simulation, but not from a fun experience. Disappointingly, Franchise Mode sees only a few minor upgrades. Contracts now more
closely mirror real life, both in years and money. Also you can now resign players
in the middle of a contract. That’s nice, but not
exactly game-changing. Moments is a new mode
that’s closely connected to the excellent Diamond
Dynasty card-collecting game and is among the most attractive additions to MLB The Show 19. It’s a set of challenges
themed after various moments throughout baseball history. We start out big, offering
challenges based on Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and the 2016
Cubs World Series run. Some nice historical video
footage sets the stage for each individual challenge. It’s a pleasant surprise to
see the Babe Ruth chapters are appropriately rendered
in black and white, and these objectives aren’t always easy. Hitting a home run in one
at-bat, even with Babe Ruth, will likely have you hitting
the Replay button over and over but it’s satisfying when you connect. Across the entirety of MLB The Show 19, new graphical elements
look and sound great. Improved score widgets offer
more relevant information than before, such as the
current batter’s hitting line for the day, and dynamic
camera angles kick in when you select your pitch. Every so often, new sideline
reporter Heidi Watney chimes in with interesting and timely commentary. She’s a breath of fresh air next to the three-man
play-by-play announcer team that’s carried over from last year, who have a tendency to repeat themselves. – [Announcement] And opposite field as he lines this down the line and right. – [Reviewer] This year,
online head-to-head games have been very smooth in
the days after launch, which hasn’t always been
the case with this series. There are occasional
delays, but it’s a relief that they don’t impact the
ability to hit or make plays. MLB The Show 19 continues the
series’ slow march of progress with a bigger step this year than last. Fast new modes, refined defensive gameplay that distinguishes between
top-ranked players and weak ones, and a deeper Career Mode make this the most compelling version since MLB The Show 12 added
the original Diamond Dynasty. For more, check out a ton
of March to October gameplay and our rundowns of new
features and changes to Road to the Show. And for everything else, stick with IGN. – [Announcer] Now a big swing, and this ball is crunched
out to deep center field. And good-bye, this one ain’t coming back!

47 thoughts on “MLB The Show 19 Review

  1. they should make a game mode where you have the same reaction time to a fastball as you would in real life, that would be interesting.

  2. I don't watch, follow, or have any baseball experience (always been a basketball person)… but Road to the show has always interested me. I bought the game and now it's all I think about.

  3. Games awful besides the hitting. Fielding feels like GTA running and the player ratings don’t matter at all you could be Chris Davis and rake and be Aaron Judge and do awful swinging the same time on same pitch. Very inconsistent

  4. Whatever happened to changing the season length? I want to be able to play a season but can’t commit to 162 games!

  5. What they need to do is finally bring in the WBC like we’ve always wanted since the first show, also bring in create a team and create a stadium like nba 2k has, create a stadium and team in an area where mlb does not exist, it’s a new take and refreshing

  6. love the game needs new camera angles if all star baseball 05 had them triple play 98 had them why cant the show 20 have them!!!!!!!!!! also would like to see tiger stadium ebbetts field old white sox park that would mke me buy at least two of them since no next gen has these parks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I do NOT understand why anybody pitches with the meter, I’m genuinely curious to know why because pure analog is so much incredibly more smooth and responsive

  8. Should I get this one or 18 the last show I played was 16 MAYBE 17 but I'm pretty sure it was 16 but I play rtts and franchise how big is the gap between 18 and 19 tho because the price dif is like $40

  9. MLB The Show 19 is my first baseball game I ever played and I love it. Just gotta get the hang of it thats all

  10. Is the fielding truly improved? Couldn't finish a season in 18 because I got sick of the clunky defensive controls (outfielders would often commit errors).

  11. They should of put 50 cent and bababooey from the Howard Stern Show throwing the first pitch like absolute vaginas in this game.

  12. Guys I have mlb 14 and to be honest I can't see much different
    Is it worth the upgrade or stay with 14 I just play road to the show

  13. Its the same game just with roster update…so glad i didnt buy it….wont be buying a baseball game until a new developer comes in.

  14. For anyone who knows about making video games can you please explain to me how when there's top prospects set to make their Major league debut and people who make the show brings out a roster update their able to make those players exact player model but when it comes to the lesser-known prospects it looks like they just create players and try to make them look like the real players the best they can?

  15. why can't Sand Diego Studio can't make a NFL Game just look at the great job they do with Baseball if Madden did not have Exclusive rights Sony NFL Game would had kill Madden the same way MLB The Show Kill MLB 2K and that is facts EA is lucky they have Exclusive right toward Making NFL Games other wise Madden would be cancelled 4 ever

  16. same repackaged crap every year, theyre trying to compete with real life to make baseball unfun and speed it up more, pointless modes yet they dont fix the gameplay probs, worst dev team out there

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