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MLB 13: The Show - March 5, 2013 - Cover Athlete Is Andrew McCutchen


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#1 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:27 PM

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Available for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems, MLB 13 The Show is due to arrive in stores on March 5, 2013, just in time for MLB Spring Training.

Which baseball superstar will be on the cover of MLB 13 The Show? For the first time ever, fans will select the cover athlete for this year’s title via a Cover Campaign in early January. Stay tuned — some of the top names in the sport will be announcing their candidacy in the upcoming weeks.

This year’s title knows that nothing compares to Postseason baseball. That’s why The Show offers an All-New Playoff Mode, which will include an in-stadium atmosphere that replicates the excitement and tension of October baseball. The experience is unrivalled by anything The Show has ever exhibited.

Other new features include a completely new beginner mode and instructional enhancements that make The Show the best pick-up and play baseball experience available. In addition, the improved Play Now mode streamlines gameplay for the option to play faster and simpler games. San Diego Studios has also revamped The Show’s Franchise and Road To The Show modes with expanded options and new gameplay experiences that improve the highest-rated baseball video game on the market.

Taking The Show on the road? The PS Vita version of The Show features the same list of upgrades and new features as the PS3 version. As with last year, you can sync your Season, Franchise and Road to the Show saves between platforms to continue the action anywhere. MLB The Show also offers the opportunity to play with friends around the world at no extra cost on PlayStation Network.

These are just a few of the enhancements San Diego Studios have made to the 2013 version of The Show. All new features and game modes will be unveiled and detailed throughout the coming months.

The Show has been and continues to be the market leading and highest-rated officially licensed baseball title of this console generation (according to Metacritic.com), delivering true-to-life gameplay, authentic franchise and season modes, and incredible detail not found in any other sports game.


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The preliminary candidates for the cover so far includes CC Sabathia, Bryce Harper, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun, and Andrew McCutchen. The email I got about this also mentioned Miguel Cabrera, Miguel Bautista, and Buster Posey as cover athlete candidates.


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#2 PancakesAreLove

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:29 PM

Wait what? I mean I don't like the Angels but Trout isn't even mentioned yet Harper is there?

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#3 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 19 December 2012 - 10:31 PM

Wait what? I mean I don't like the Angels but Trout isn't even mentioned yet Harper is there?

They haven't announced them all yet.


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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:23 PM

Miguel Bautista?

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:36 PM

No Joe Mauer? Lame

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:38 PM

I am hoping that Vita version will come with PS3 purchase, but I am not holding my breath.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:08 PM

Lol. Miguel Bautista. Haha.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

My first pick would be Harper and then McCutchen, but I have a feeling Posey will get it.

But as always, I cannot WAIT for this game!
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Posted 21 December 2012 - 12:08 AM

http://mlb.mlb.com/covervote/app.jsp

Buster Posey and Miguel Cabrera have been added as candidates.

Edit: Here's the video announcing them as the final candidates:


Edited by FriskyTanuki, 21 December 2012 - 04:19 AM.


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#10 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

The first trailer for MLB 13:



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#11 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:02 PM

http://mlb.com/covervote/

The voting is live now with videos for each player, which I'm putting them in order from first to last in voting so far:









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#12 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:14 PM

Submitting your vote also shows the vote tallies so far:

Andrew McCutchen - 10,330
Miguel Cabrera - 8,982
Matt Kemp - 5,070
C.C. Sabathia - 4,824
Buster Posey - 4,167
Ryan Braun - 2,378
Bryce Harper - 1,582


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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:34 AM

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Pirates' Andrew McCutchen wins MLB 13 The Show cover athlete vote :applause:

Second place went to New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia, who received just under 90,000 votes, while Detroit Tigers third baseman and triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera got third with 76,000 votes.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:11 PM

I am hoping that Vita version will come with PS3 purchase, but I am not holding my breath.

If it doesn't I'm not buying either of them. I am on the fence about baseball anyways but if Sony doesn't start including cross buy I am going to stop buying a lot of games.

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#15 PancakesAreLove

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 06:32 PM

While Cross buy is nice, I'm hoping that the game is actually good like the previous ones now that they won't have competition this year.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:14 PM

While Cross buy is nice, I'm hoping that the game is actually good like the previous ones now that they won't have competition this year.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:17 PM

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So they finally reached to an agreement, I thought it actually wouldn't happen.

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#18 Crunchewy

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 01:14 AM

Are there any preorder deals for this game?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:12 PM

Wow, I assumed Trout wasn't in the mix because some other game had him locked up... But even 2K7 didn't take him? Did I miss something here?
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#20 PancakesAreLove

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:27 PM

wow, i assumed trout wasn't in the mix because some other game had him locked up... But even 2k7 didn't take him? Did i miss something here?


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#21 Brownjohn

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:59 PM

Wow, I assumed Trout wasn't in the mix because some other game had him locked up... But even 2K7 didn't take him? Did I miss something here?


I assume you mean 2k, and either 2k doesn't think he's as marketable as other players, or he and/or his agent didn't think it would be a good idea.

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The fact sheet for MLB 13: The Show:

The highest-rated sports videogame over the past 4 years (according to average ratings on MetaCritic.com and GameRankings.com), MLB® 13 The Show™ is once again ready to provide fans with over 50 more enhancements, new features, and improvements that will make every baseball fan think they are really living the Major League Baseball® (MLB®) experience. The Show is the most realistic baseball video game with its authentic franchise and season modes, and incredible detail not found in any other sports game.

MLB 13 The Show improves upon what has been delivered in previous franchise releases, however, The Show also adds many new features that continue to push the envelope in the sports video game genre. The Show will once again prove to be the industry’s premier licensed MLB game, both critically and commercially.

Due to hit stores on March 5, 2013, just in time for Spring Training™, as the only officially licensed first party MLB game exclusively for the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) systems, MLB 13 The Show is prepared to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience for all fans, new and old.

NEW FEATURES IN MLB 13 THE SHOW:

  • The “Post Season” Mode (PS3 & PS Vita) – MLB 13 The Show will introduce users to Post Season Mode this year as it offers quick entrance directly into the Post Season, fast-tracking your run to the World Series. The mode offers you the choice of selecting to play with one team, or all 10. The format utilizes the newly changed playoff structure, with a single-game Wild Card round leading into the standard Division, Championship, and World Series rounds. The Division Series, Championship Series, and World Series can all be set to varying lengths (Single game, best of 3, best of 5, or best of 7 are all available). Only the Wild Card round is hardwired to a single-game, winner advancing format. Additional options for the mode include selecting the venue for each game. Lastly, all of the game control options you've come to know are available in this mode, including: single player, head-to-head play, co-op play, and PlayStation®Move support.
  • Cross Platform Online Home Run Derby (PS3 & PS Vita) – MLB 12 The Show introduced Online Home Run Derby™ to the PS3. MLB 13 The Show brings this experience to the PS Vita with the inclusion of cross platform play. Regardless of whether users are logged into a PS3 or PS Vita, selecting an Online Home Run Derby match will gather users into one game experience. You could be playing against users in a train, plane or their living room!
  • Beginner Mode (PS3 & PS Vita) – In an effort to make The Show more accessible and to help users learn the fundamentals of the game Beginner Mode has been added. No matter the age or skill level, the new Beginner Mode offering allows the user the opportunity to succeed when playing The Show. Beginner mode uses an advanced, adaptive AI system that dynamically updates your skill level on the fly. It starts out on the easiest of levels and only advances as the user improves.
  • New Push/Pull Hitting Trajectories Engine (PS3 & Vita) – New to MLB 13 The Show is our Push/Pull hitting trajectory tendencies engine. When you hit select during the pitcher-batter matchup, the in-game screen it will show you if the current hitter is Extreme Pull, Pull Hitter, Balanced, Opposite field Hitter, or an Extreme Opposite field hitter. Both A.I. and human hitters will hit more balls to their preferred side according to this attribute. This data is derived from real yearly spray charts provided to us by MLB.com. Despite this shift, very late and very early timing remains unchanged. Rather, within good timing, a larger chunk of the timing window is considered early for pull hitters. This means if you swing too early on a changeup, your timing won’t change at all. But if you get good timing on a pitch, it will be biased towards the hitters preferred zone. You will also now see more defensive shifts when Push and Pull hitters are at the plate.
  • Franchise and Season Mode Evolution (PS3 & PS Vita) – MLB 13 The Show is set on improving the user's experience in Franchise mode by focusing on player development, while creating a more realistic and dynamic league as time progresses. Additions include a newly implemented team budget that focuses on a reward-penalty system which is solely based on a team's performance on the field. MLB 13 The Show is the most realistic baseball game ever as multiple years’ worth of real-life data was used to determine the team-specific correlation between win-loss record and budget size, while also looking at postseason performance. This new budget system results in a more dynamic league, in which a low-budget team can become a big spender after a period of sustained excellence, mirroring real teams in the big leagues.
  • Furthermore, team-specific player valuations were also added in order to add personality to each team. These valuations are based on the team's league, their home stadium and historical tendencies. These changes affect every facet of a team's decision making process, from drafting, to promotions and demotions, to trade decisions and free agent acquisitions. In addition to these changes, the user can expect improved Player Generation and Career Progression, as well as new Scouting and Training systems.
  • Road to The Show Evolution (PS3 & PS Vita) – One of the most popular aspects of MLB 13 The Show, Road To The Show, has been reworked this year in an effort to provide players with the most immersive and realistic on-field experience ever in a sports video game. More focus has been made to bring simpler control over a users’ player on the field in order to bring an unparalleled experience to the game. Environmental improvements, such as a revamped on-field sound system, enhances hundreds of new sound FX, player yells, and crowd sounds so they are heard prominently and realistically from the player's perspective on the field. Other notable improvements include a new user-controlled catch system, a revamped catcher mode, an improved Performance Evaluator to include baserunning and fielding, new custom batting animation sets, pitch type tip-offs when on defense, position-specific tasks such as calling for a pick-off as a middle infielder, and much more.
  • The Show Live (PS3 & PS Vita) - The Show Live provides an exhibition-based mode using data from MLB.com to populate daily match-ups, line-ups and starting pitchers, giving users the opportunity to play in an environment that matches the “real-world.” The Show Live presents games in the same way as season-based modes, with up-to-date player and team statistics. Hear commentators reference the previous or next day’s events, based on real-world situations and information. Users have the choice to play a game from today, or turn the calendar back and play any game from earlier in the season. The Show Live brings users closer to Major League Baseball action than ever before!
  • Diamond Dynasty 2.0 (PS3) – Diamond Dynasty juggles aspects of team management, player progression, and online competition, with more creative freedom than any sports game to date. In order to improve Diamond Dynasty, feedback from The Show Nation was used to expand and fine tune the systems that make up the mode. DD will now be simpler to understand for new users, while also being easier to navigate and manage for previous users. In addition to being more intuitive, visual tutorial walk users through the more complex screens or systems within DD.
  • Diamond Dynasty introduces the Designated Hitter in MLB ’13. Users can choose whether they want to play by American or National League rules at their home park. Are you a baseball tactician who wants to use small-ball tactics and challenge your opponent to make strategic substitutions? Or will you stack nine sluggers and let your bats do the thinking?
  • The Marketplace gets a haul over as well as users can post and cancel orders with ease. The Marketplace has gotten smarter, minimizing the amount of potential exploits.
  • The Dynasty card type has also evolved. Dynasty Cards now display more information about the player's abilities. This information gives you an idea of what you are getting right away, but more importantly how good a player can get. Each Dynasty Player has maximum thresholds he can reach in each attribute, so picking which cards to activate to a team has become much more important.
  • Many core systems have become more versatile to cope with the inherent volatility of multiplayer online play. Overall, Diamond Dynasty in MLB '13 is smarter, deeper, and much more stable.
  • TruBroadcast Presentations 2.0 (PS3) – True Broadcast Presentations 2.0 continues to blur the line between reality and The Show. This year focuses on further refinement of game continuity through the restructuring of thousands of presentations but also a heavy emphasis on taking stadium ambiance and big game atmosphere to a new level. The addition of new scenes, new cameras, new OSDs, new music and new audio allows MLB 13 The Show to take a huge step forward in the twofold approach of truly immersing the user in the moment during the pre-game while satisfyingly rewarding the user once the final pitch is thrown. Now more than ever the user will feel the difference between Opening Day, the Regular Season, the All-Star Game and the Postseason, and increasingly strive for a taste of the new Postseason celebrations.
  • New Scouting and Training System in Franchise Mode (PS3 & PS Vita) – A "human element" was incorporated into MLB The Show’s Scouting system, which affects the user's decision making process when dealing with scouting directives, position changes and, ultimately, drafting a player. This idea originated from Community feedback as The Show continues to strive be the most realistic baseball video game on the market. The goal for the Training system changes is to allow the user selecting individual players to train in areas of their own choice. More variety will be offered as training on a positional level will not be offered which will require the user to make their own choices of how to impact the development of their players.
  • Road To The Show Commentary and Presentation Evolution (PS3) – The Road To The Show mode received a major commentary and presentation overhaul in an effort to bring the focus back to the player in the mode. The largest change is the removal of all commentary during the action. This was done to place more emphasis on the enhanced on-field sounds and to give users the sense of what is really like to be on the field as opposed to simply controlling a player on a screen. Commentary and presentations will still be heard before and after a play, but only when something important or notable regarding the user’s player is going to be highlighted. In addition, a new pre-game player spotlight will feature the user’s player and discuss his recent career progress or performance. Finally, hundreds of new presentation scenes have been created and thousands of new commentary lines have been recorded to give the RTTS player the attention he deserves and to highlight notable single-game, single-season, and career achievements like milestones and records.
  • Online Road To The Show Leaderboard (PS3 & PS Vita) - Users can track their Offline Road to the Show careers and compare their player against all players from the community using RttS Leaderboards. Users can compare stats to see who is considered the best at their position, at similar levels. Users and their stats will be grouped by organization level: Double-A, Triple-A, MLB, as well as by position. All this will be tracked, displayed and sortable as long as you are connected online and PlayStation®Network signed in.
  • Universal Profile (PS3 & PS Vita) - Universal Profile provides a central hub for any statistics a user records while playing The Show. Regardless of the modes or platform played, stats will be tracked and viewable in a user’s profile. In addition, profiles will have levels associated with them. As a user plays, they accumulate experience (xp) towards their profile’s level. Users now work towards a universal progression system whenever they play, regardless of the mode or platform they play on.
  • Button Accuracy Meter (PS3 & PS Vita) – Users will now have more control over the fielding aspects of the game than ever before. For users who choose the new button accuracy meter they will now have complete control over the fielders arm accuracy and arm strength. No longer will an errant throw be the result of a random dice roll.
  • Steve Lyons Joins The Booth (PS3 & PS Vita) - Joining the The Show’s Broadcast team for MLB 13 is MLB veteran Steve Lyons. Steve started his Broadcasting Career with Fox in 1996, and has called several Division & League Championship series with the network. Steve currently does Color Commentary for the LA Dodgers.
  • Steve brings new energy and insight into the game, refreshing the commentary for MLB 13 The Show.
  • MLB 13 Online Leagues Overhaul (PS3) - This year with MLB 13 The Show Online Leagues has been given a complete and total overhaul. New features include being able to play the real MLB schedule with all 30 teams, coupled with upgrades and refinements – like being able to manually control the pace of the league. Ultimately, the commissioner of a league will have the tools to be able to create and customize it in order to play with anyone anywhere to have a complete MLB experience in an online environment.

The Best Gets Better! MLB 13 The Show includes over 50 more enhancements, new features, and improvements!

1. Hitting engine improvements deliver more hit variety than ever before
2. Wider timing window across all difficulty levels
3. Improved ball physics (less ground rule doubles etc.)
4. Over 250 new fielding and running animations
5. Over 90 new batting stances
6. Over 130 batting stance re-captures for players who changed their stances
7. Over 50 new pitching motions
8. Over 60 new HR swings
9. New Defensive Positioning screen, view the whole field and watch your players shift on the fly
10. Franchise Mode: Team specific player valuations, which affect drafting, trades, free agency, etc.
11. Franchise Mode: Projected team budgets and free agents for the upcoming season
12. Franchise Mode: Previous award winners and each team's Hall of Fame members will now be tracked and displayed
13. Franchise Mode: Ticker in Franchise that displays scores, milestones, trades, etc.
14. Franchise Mode: Top 50 Prospect icon, used to indicate the best up-and-coming minor leaguers
15. Franchise Mode: Organizational Depth Chart which displays your starters at each level (AA, AAA and MLB)
16. New CBA "Qualifying Offer" system included
17. 7 New Minor League and Spring Training stadiums
18. On screen Tutorials to help you navigate some of the more complicated screens.
19. New silhouette bat when bunting
20. Back picks while a catcher in RttS
21. Ability to assign swing animations when creating or editing a player... follow through, step in, etc...
22. Big glove for catcher when a knuckle ball pitcher is on the mound
23. Over 500 new presentations
24. Pitcher Energy/Rotations for Online Play Now
25. Mercy Rule for online games
26. Twitter in The Show
27. Ping indicators in online game rooms
28. New online ranked game Play Now flow with game worth
29. New post-game summary screen for all online ranked games
30. Player photos updating with Roster updates
31. In-game simulator when FF to the end of game
32. PCI Appearance - There are 4 alternate PCI appearances
33. Pitcher Batter Analysis will now display 40 instead of 25 pitches
34. New Throwback uniforms
35. More catcher animations on plays at the plate providing more exciting outcomes
36. Enhanced CPU base running. Less predictable and more human like behavior
37. New base running animations "around the bases". Allows for more control of your base runner
38. Back picks while a catcher in RttS
39. Player mugs update with roster updates
40. New online ticker design, more stats and information
41. RTTS infielder’s pickoff request
42. New more interactive user steal system
43. Improved CPU pitcher substitution logic
44. New player card
45. Guess pitch evolution
46. RTTS Removal of the “green-light” system
47. Over 1,000 new RTTS-specific presentations
48. New RTTS user catch option
49. New RTTS On/Off options for ball halo and ball trail
50. Over 15 new batting camera’s and 5 new pitching camera views



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:30 PM

That list looks awesome frisky! Can't wait!

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:01 PM

Praying for Crossbuy. If they do it, Day One purchase. If not, I will continue to play 2012 and be more than happy.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 04:59 AM

Uh, yeah not sure how I typo'd 2K to 2K7..
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Posted 17 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

The trade logic for 12 is retarded in RTTS. I was picked up by the Astros, who sent Carlos Lee off for Ike Davis and a minor leaguer with an A potential rating, plus sent off Chris Johnson and a couple other players for more guys with B and A potential. The next season, I'm called up and getting excited about pitching for a team that is young and has good potential for improvement.

Only to see Brett Wallace and Ike Davis traded for Lance Berkman, Jimmy Paredes (my cleanup hitter, no joke, and with room for a letter grade of progression) and several other B and A prospects traded for middle relief pitchers and catchers. Predictably, my request to get sent off to the nearest team was rejected. Peter Bourjos is my cleanup hitter. This is beyond incompetent coding. Speaking of incompetent coding, the 1B and middle infielder refuse to throw the ball to me as a pitcher until I'm standing on first base. 3-6-3 DPs are similarly gone. Nothing like a less playable game than the one that existed three years earlier!

I still have no idea how basic things like career OBP, SLG, SB, etc aren't included on player cards. Or MLB career and active leaderboards still being absent. This stuff was in freaking World Series Baseball 2k3. And what's the deal with information about potential being less forward than in 09? You could tell by the remarks on scouting reports in 09 whether a guy with an A potential might be one of the best players in the game or merely a possible all-star. Now there's no way to tell until the offseason, and only if that guy is available as a free agent.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

I saw a sign of this game and Sly Cooper advertised on a poster together at Gamestop and unfortunately it seems this wont have cross-buy on it because the cross buy was advertised on the box art for Sly Cooper and on that part of the poster but there's no sign for cross-buy on the box art for MLB.

And to the poster who asked about pre-order bonuses Gamestop is offering 12,000 points for the Road to the Show mode if you pre-order and purchase.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:49 PM

Amazon is offering "Amazon exclusive DLC code to the $75 million Diamond Dynasty bonus budget". What is that? I have never played any of these game before.

In any case I decided to pre-order from them. I don't think they offer release-day delivery, but at least I don't pay any tax. I can wait a couple days.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:02 PM

I saw a sign of this game and Sly Cooper advertised on a poster together at Gamestop and unfortunately it seems this wont have cross-buy on it because the cross buy was advertised on the box art for Sly Cooper and on that part of the poster but there's no sign for cross-buy on the box art for MLB.

And to the poster who asked about pre-order bonuses Gamestop is offering 12,000 points for the Road to the Show mode if you pre-order and purchase.


Is 12k points a lot in RTTS? I haven't played that mode before (just been strictly a franchise guy), but I am thinking of trying it this year. If that is a decent bonus, it might swing me to pick it up @ GS. I doubt anyone will have any deals for the game when it launches anyhow, so I may as well get it from GS.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 03:04 PM

Amazon is offering "Amazon exclusive DLC code to the $75 million Diamond Dynasty bonus budget". What is that? I have never played any of these game before.


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