Revamped cameras, overhauled audio, the evolution of the Road To The Show mode and customizable batting animations are some of the features highlighted in the latest MLB 13 The Show developer diary.
MLB 13 The Show designer Kirby St. John explains some of the notable camera overhauls and says that when the ball is hit up into the air the camera will move in on the player and look up at the ball as it flies through the air.
In addition, the new Flyball Assist Indicator feature will help players get into position. It will point players towards an optimal catch position, similar in the way a first person shooter indicates which direction a player is taking damage from. The display will change from red to yellow to green as the catcher gets closer to the catch region. The indicator will...
MLB 13 The Show's Postseason Mode, which allows players to skip through all of the regular season and jump right into the MLB playoffs, is the subject of a new trailer for the PS3 and PS Vita sports title.
In the new trailer, developers showcase the new options afforded to players in Postseason Mode, and the differences between a regular ballgame and one that takes place during the championships. For one thing, the crowd is a bit more amped than they are during the regular season, and players are, in general, more on top of their game. If you elect to skip the regular season, Postseason Mode allows you to set up the brackets for the playoffs as you see fit, controlling whichever teams strike your fancy.
Check out the trailer above. MLB 13 The Show launches on PS3 and PS Vita March 5.
MLB 13 The Show includes The Show Live, a new mode designed to bring players closer to real-world baseball, game designer Nick Livingston stated in a new post on the PlayStation Blog.
The Show Live will allow users to play any of the games from the 2013 MLB schedule using the most up-to-date rosters, lineups and statistics made available through MLB.com. Presentation and commentary throughout is said to be dynamic, based on the events of the game on the date it was scheduled, meaning users can relive specific events of the 2013 baseball season.
MLB 13 The Show was first announced in early January. It is currently in development for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita with a release date of March 5, 2013. Unlike its PS3 sibling, however, the PS Vita version will be missing some features...
MLB 13 The Show developer Sony San Diego put a lot of effort into revamping the game's Franchise mode this year, and a new video from the studio highlights the changes.
Sony San Diego community manager Ramone Russell told Polygon in December that the studio spent about 40 percent of development resources for MLB 13 on Franchise mode. Three main areas were overhauled: scouting, team finances and player progression.
The studio is promising that budgets will be much more dynamic this year, increasing and decreasing with a team's performance. Ideally, this will give small-market teams that perennially occupy a division's cellar the chance to bring in more talent: If they can string together some winning seasons, a budget increase may allow them to sign the big free agent to take them to...
MLB 13 The Show's community manager and designer, Ramone Russell, explains the game's new hitting modes and features in the latest dev blog, posted by PlayStation Blog.
The video above shows the game's new Beginner Mode to help new or inexperienced players learn the basics of hitting. Beginner Mode allows players to set specific levels that will control pitch speed, direction and more.
"The goal here is to teach users," Russell said. "We don't want to just make the game easier. We want you to learn the fundamentals of the game and develop the tools for success, like discipline, pitch recognition and timing."
MLB 13 The Show is currently slated for release March 5 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Read our hands-on impressions here.
MLB 13 The Show developer Sony San Diego introduced a new fantasy team mode, Diamond Dynasty, last year in MLB 12, and the studio listed some upgrades it's making to the mode this year in a post on the PlayStation Blog.
According to designer Nick Livingston, the studio incorporated a great deal of feedback from fans and implemented their suggestions for Diamond Dynasty in MLB 13. For one, the designated hitter is now an available position. Sony San Diego refined the navigation interface and surfaced important details on cards, like whether a pitcher is a starter or a closer.
This year, cards for non-MLB players also illustrate a change the studio made to player progression: most players have ceilings on their attributes, so you'll only be able to train up a select few stars to a 99...
MLB 13 The Show received its first trailer today, showing off an all-new Playoff Mode and announcing that voting to determine who will appear on the game's cover begins next week.
The new Playoff Mode includes "an in-stadium atmosphere that replicates the excitement and tension of October baseball." The game will also have features like a completely new beginner mode with instructional enhancements to make the game more accessible to new players, and tweaks have been made to the Play Now mode, which "streamlines gameplay for the option to play faster and simpler games."
Two other modes, The Show's Franchise and Road To The Show have also been expanded to have new gameplay options.
MLB 13 The Show is currently in development for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita and is due to...