There some nice new modes coming to MLB The Show 19

  • There some nice new modes making their series debut in The Show 19. March to October is a microwaved season mode with built-in challenges. It's like a mixture between a simulation and the Critical Situations feature the series introduced a couple of years ago. Every team in the majors is classified in one of four categories: favorites, contenders, underdogs or long shots. You can take control of any of them with the goal of guiding them to a World Series title. You don't play all of the games. As a matter of fact, you only play parts of the games that you're prompted to dive into at the key moments of the season.

    Much of last year's game fleshed out the experience around the field of play. Crowds dynamically—and more importantly, properly—react to the events. Dynamic weather turns a bright and sunny day into a misty one. The game truly majors in the minors when it comes to details. Sweat visibly glistens on the back of a pitcher's neck. Crowds have varied models, even while searching for faults. The bat rolls off the ankle of a hitter paused at the end of his swing while he watches his home-run connection sail over the wall.

    Detailed work there aligns well with gameplay. Like last year, standing in the batter's box before and after a swing offers droves of detailed information. Charts, swing timings and more help create an intuitive experience for the stat fiends, or are safely ignored for those who want to just swing. The batting this year feels snappier and more timing-based, which brings to life more pick-up-and-play potential. Best and Cheapest MLB The Show 19 Stubs For Sale -

    The presentation of the game remains solid, with a few updates. Matt Vasgersian, Mark DeRosa and Dan Plesac are still your play-by-play announcer and color guys, respectively. Do DeRosa and Plesac still sound way too similar that it’s hard to differentiate between the two sometimes? Reader, they do. Heidi Watney of MLB Network joins as a sideline reporter, which is a fun new wrinkle that makes the “in-game” broadcast seem more like an actual broadcast.

    Unsurprisingly, MLB 19 cover athlete Bryce Harper is one of the stars highlighted in Moments. Instead of his career, the mode covers his first season back in 2012, in which he won the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Individual moments include the All-Star Game, where Harper, at 19, became the youngest position player in MLB history to make the roster. Of course, he wasn’t the same player back then that he is now.

    The apparent changes showcased in the gameplay footage are more subtle. Transitional animations from tags to throws should make it less of a headache to play defense, and it’s always a good thing for players to show more emotion, like the way that Anthony Rizzo slams his bat on the ground in frustration after hitting a pop-up.