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


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#31 WV Matsui

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 06:09 PM

Frisky you think this has any chance of coming to PSN?

#32 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 02:25 AM

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Though it doesn't necessarily have much to do with this game, ESPN has an interesting interview with Hunter Pence about games and such:

Hunter Pence grins as he watches his cyber-self strut to the batter’s box in “MLB 13: The Show.”

“They beasted me out,” he tells me with a laugh, proud to see his character captured so accurately, from his high socks to his quirky batting stance. “This year, they went all-out on my character. They were definitely kind to me. It’s the best I’ve ever looked in a video game.”

All that’s missing are the Pence sermons in the dugout to pump up his virtual teammates.

“Maybe next year,” says “The Show” community specialist, Ramone Russell, minutes after demoing the game to Pence on AT&T Park’s JumboTron.

“Besides, that was last year, this game is based on the 2013 season,” Pence says. “I just hope I can live up to how great they made me in this game.”

ESPN Playbook: Word in the clubhouse is you’re one of the biggest gamers in all of baseball.

Hunter Pence: I’m a huge video game player. I try to balance it, because there are a lot of things that I have to do, but I always make time to play video games.

What have you been playing recently?

I actually got big into “Mortal Kombat 9” on the Vita and PS3. I’m knocking out some Kabal, trying to get my nomad dash cancels down and trying to land my combos correctly without missing. I’m playing “MK 9” right now, and then I’ve also been playing a little bit of “PlayStation All-Stars” and “Assassin’s Creed.”

Kabal? I’ve always been a Sub-Zero guy, myself.

I don’t like Sub-Zero, because in the new game, with his zoning, you have to play him going backwards. He has that low slide to gain ground, but it’s all about positioning, and that low slide puts you at too much risk if you’re playing against someone who knows how to block properly.

Do a lot of the Giants play video games during the season when you go on long road trips?

They all have their Vitas on their plane flights, and actually, everybody was playing “MLB: The Show” last year. Everyone was playing. It’s pretty cool.

Do you play as the Giants, or do you like playing as other teams?

I’m playing as the Giants. Actually, I want to play "Road to the Show" mode, and your player can get traded, so you never know where I’ll end up. I remember I was watching Sergio Romo playing all the time last year, and he ended up on the Mariners. He made his character Rex Romo, after his son, and he was a hitter. He wasn’t even a pitcher in the game.

No Reverend Hunter speeches in the video game, but the impact your speeches made during the playoff run can’t be denied. What was it about your words that lit a fire among your teammates?

It was an amazing run the way the team came together. People try to make a lot about the speeches, but it was the way our guys played, our bullpen, our pitching … there were so many heroes who stepped up, it was an incredible run. And you have to give our scouting department huge credit for how they built this team. The young pitching staff of [Tim] Lincecum and [Matt] Cain, and the bullpen that has come up with Romo and [Brian] Wilson and [Santiago] Casilla and [Jeremy] Affeldt. They’ve had incredible pitching and really good management to be able to win it all two out of the last three years.

I like the evolution of the speeches, how it went from you yelling, to the end with sunflower seeds flying and everyone jumping around like madmen.

We had fun. [Laughs.] There were a collection of us who came up with that. We tried to create a parade before we had a parade. Somehow, it magically worked.

Your broken-bat triple hit was one of the most memorable and at the same time improbable plays of last year’s postseason. Have you ever seen anything like that before?

I’m sure it’s probably happened before in games, but we just never noticed it because they didn’t have that super slow-mo camera. But it just seemed like one of those funny things where the ball just bounced the right way for you; that’s what they like to call it. Fortunately, it bounced the right way for us.

I’ve heard stories about you riding your scooter around San Francisco. What do you think of living downtown and taking your scooter to the park every day?

I love it. It’s a really fun city. I have a lot more discovery to do, but fortunately I have my scooter, so I can get around in style. It’s definitely one of the most unique cities I’ve ever been to. I thoroughly enjoy it.

Do you have a motor on the end of that scooter, or are you going old school and pushing off with your legs?

It’s motorized. I’m not actually scootin’. [Laughs.]

You mentioned earlier that you’ve been playing “Assassin’s Creed” lately. What is it about that game that has you hooked?

It’s just the style. It’s really a unique game that you have to play a little bit and see for yourself because it’s just so different than anything else you play. You can be really creative about how you go about and do different things in the game. Add those elements to a great story, and you have a really fun game.

Besides the console games, I hear you’re also a big “Warcraft” guy.

Oh yeah. I played “Warcraft” a little bit when “Pandaria” first came out, but once I got my 2,200 weapons, I kind of lost interest. I don’t know why, but my team all split up. So mainly I’ve been playing “Torchlight II,” I play a little “Diablo III,” and I’m really excited about “Path of Exile.” It looks like my style of game. I really loved “Diablo II” back in the day, and while I really like “Diablo II,” I’m all about checking out “Path of Exile” right now.

Is it true that away from video games, you’re also a big chess player?

I love playing chess. I love pingpong. I just love to compete, and especially competing with the mind. I love to read too, so I try to balance a little bit of everything into what I do. I grew up such a huge gamer, that I almost have to force myself not to game too much. Obviously, baseball’s first, but when I’m done with that, it’s between reading, movies and gaming.

Do you remember the first game that got you hooked?

Honestly, my mom was playing video games when I was in the womb. So I think she did it to me. [Laughs.] The first game to get me hooked was probably “Tecmo Bowl” on the old Nintendo. I remember playing games before that, but “Tecmo Bowl” was like an addiction. The first game I ever remember playing was “Q*Bert,” but the first games I really loved were all on the original Nintendo, like “Tecmo Bowl” and “RBI Baseball.” I’ve been a huge gamer ever since.

Do you guys still play “RBI Baseball” in the clubhouse?

Every team I’ve ever been on has been huge into “RBI Baseball” except the Giants. I try to get people to play me all the time, but the Giants only want to play “Track & Field.” I’m just so disappointed. They sit around and hit the buttons as fast as they can, and guys like Matt Cain love it. I try to get on there and play, but there are some records on there that I don’t even understand how they got them. Some guys have a way to play where they can hit the buttons faster. I need to learn some of their tricks before I play that again.



#33 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:56 PM

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Hitting is such an important aspect in baseball, and it’s an area we continually strive to make as realistic as possible. Last year we introduced our True Ball Physics engine to the franchise for ultra-realistic ball physics. This year we’ve done even more work to really make this area of the game as dynamic as possible with true to life outcomes. Take a look at what we’ve done to make hitting in MLB ’13 The Show more accessible to everyone.



We really want to make hitting more streamlined for players. Beginner mode allows people who have never played The Show — or have struggled with it — to learn the fundamentals of hitting. It’s meant to teach you the basics of Plate Discipline, Pitch Recognition and Timing.

This mode uses adaptive A.I. that only advances as you do. If you take longer to get the hang of hitting in The Show, you won’t be forced to advance. The A.I. will only advance once you’ve passed a certain threshold at each level.

In regards to the Push/Pull hitting Trajectories Engine, MLB.com gives us spray chart data for all current MLB players. This data is then imported into a program, which tells us what type of hitter the player should be in game. All hitters in the game fall under one of five hitter types: Push, Pull, Balanced, Extreme Push or Extreme Pull. Both A.I. and human players will now hit more balls to their preferred side based on this attribute. Generated players in franchise and Road to the Show modes are given a random hitter type. However, it’s a weighted random number so you won’t see a ton of guys in the draft from year-to-year who are labeled as extreme push hitters etc…

Furthermore, the timing window across all difficulty settings has been increased to allow everyone more time to react to the ball. While this change will lead to more offense, it’s relative to each difficulty setting. For example: if you hit .220 on All-Star last year, and you play the exact same way this year, you will probably hit in the .260 range.

We’ve detailed what was in the video, now here’s some info about what wasn’t in the video: There are a total of 16 batting views, and you can even create your own. Every batting view in the game has been re-created to increase pitch recognition. You will see more variability between gold glove type fielders and those players who aren’t known for their fielding prowess. Lastly, there are now less ground rule doubles in the game, and wind will now have less of an effect on the ball.



#34 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:11 AM

http://forums.thesho...ead.php?t=17890

Details on Twitter in the game:

EXCLUSIVE!! This year we’ve added the ability to check out player Tweets from within the game. All approved and official Twitter handles of MLB Players will be shown in MLB 13 The Show.

Player Tweets will be updated on the fly and in real-time! And as always, the weekly Live Roster will be available each Monday. Through Weekly Live Roster updates, Twitter handles will be updated throughout the 2013 MLB season.

First, there is an “MLB on Twitter” option from the Main Menu > Community tab:



There you can cycle through all 30 teams and each team’s approved player Twitter handles:



From there, you can select a specific MLB player and see all of his recent Tweets:



Second, there’s a view from within each MLB Player Card. Along with all the normal views – Attributes, Career Stats and Advanced Stats, there is a new Twitter view. There you can also see all of the players recent Tweets.



MLB 13 The Show hits stores March 5, 2013 for your PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Vita.



#35 Crunchewy

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:55 PM

Amazon is now offering release date delivery, FYI. Not that it's a shock, but it wasn't there before and now it is.

#36 n00bie

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:12 AM

Day one purchase for me.

#37 WV Matsui

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:29 AM

Frisky - PSN?

#38 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:42 AM

I have no clue.

#39 akbeast17

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:01 AM

I would be so happy if it's on psn.... doubt it but you never know.

#40 chriscolbert

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 08:23 PM

I just noticed that Amazon is offering $20 off when buying both versions like everyone did last year, but so far they are the only ones mentioning it right now. I have credit there to use anyway but have no use for the preorder item. At least I would put the Gamestop bonus to use so maybe I will hold out on preordering a little longer.
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#41 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 07 February 2013 - 10:27 PM

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Details on Franchise Mode improvements to player development:

Franchise Mode has been a big part of MLB The Show ever since its induction, and we’re confident that this iteration is our best yet. We redid most of our core systems, such as Scouting, Training and Player Progression, shifting the mode’s main focus back to player development. We also improved our menu and added a ticker bar so that you feel more connected to what’s happening in your league. Go ahead and watch our video to see all of this in action.



Training is now done on an individual player basis, and it can be as simple or as complex as you want. You can go in and custom set training drills for every one of your players, or have the auto-trainer handle this for you. If you only want to set drills for a couple of your players and the rest set to auto, you can do that too.

Scouting has received a major overhaul. The main goal was to give it a “human element,” to mimic the fact that there are “busts” and “diamonds in the rough” in every draft class. The scouting system itself boils down to first discovering players, and then scouting them individually to get a more accurate report of their attributes and MLB ETA.

In an effort to add personality to each club, we’ve incorporated Team-Specific Player Valuations. These numbers are based on each team’s historical tendencies, their stadium and league. For example, teams from the AL will not value bunting as highly as teams from the NL, while certain teams like the Yankees will value on-base-percentage much more so than the average team. Teams with home stadiums that suppress power will tend to value speedy contact hitters over slower power hitters. 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.

You’ll get to experience all of this, and more, when MLB 13 The Show is released on March 5th for both PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.

For more information about MLB 13 The Show, visit www.facebook.com/mlbtheshow and @mlbtheshow on Twitter.



#42 pitfallharry219

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:07 AM

I wish they would add in a World Baseball Classic mode. We've not had one in a baseball game since MLB 2K6. After this year, the earliest we might possibly see one would be 2017.

#43 TimboSliceGB

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

I wish they would add in a World Baseball Classic mode. We've not had one in a baseball game since MLB 2K6. After this year, the earliest we might possibly see one would be 2017.


putting that in means time taking away from the main part of the game. At this point i don't cry about mlb the show games. I look at 2k baseball and say geez that game looks like a ps2 or xbox 1 game. I feel so sorry for people that have to play that garbage of a game heck i know people that buy that on ps3(have not clue why).

#44 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:13 AM

http://blog.us.plays...-the-show-live/

Howdy fellow gamers, Nick Livingston back again to introduce another new feature in MLB 13 The Show. Today, we’re going to talk about how MLB 13 The Show will bring you closer to Major League Baseball than ever before with our brand new mode, The Show Live.



The Show Live allows you to play any games from the 2013 MLB schedule with the most up-to-date rosters, lineups, and statistics, fed directly from MLB.com. Whether the game is starting in an hour, or was played a month ago, the presentation and commentary in The Show Live is dynamic to the landscape of the MLB on the date the game was scheduled. Relive a player’s 40th Home Run, clinch the pennant for a team that choked it away, or play along with the game you’re watching or listening to. The Show Live is a mode for the truest of MLB fans.

Please note that the video footage is of a work-in-progress, and many things will update before we hit the shelves.

Lastly, here’s a look at the PS Vita version of MLB 13 The Show. We can’t wait for March 5th, 2013. Can you?



#45 Zolor23

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:53 AM

Damn you Sony. I'm about to go pick up a PS3 just so I can play this game. I've had enough of that garbage named 2k...

#46 chriscolbert

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:11 AM

Damn you Sony. I'm about to go pick up a PS3 just so I can play this game. I've had enough of that garbage named 2k...


It's why I got one five years ago and I haven't regretted it since (even though I still get 2K for the 360 because I'm a baseball junkie and it's not THAT bad).

I absolutely cannot wait until the 5th!
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#47 doubledown

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

I wish there was a deal on this somewhere.....too bad Best Buy did not put it on the $20 RZ cert deal.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:15 PM

i can't wait for next tues just payed off my copy at gamestop on sat. Sucks they don't put out a demo for this game. I know 2k sucks but the demo is out tommow should help get my fix for baseball till the real baseball game comes out next week.

#49 WV Matsui

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:34 PM

I wish there was a deal on this somewhere.....too bad Best Buy did not put it on the $20 RZ cert deal.


Agreed! Not even a $10 credit from Amazon :-(

#50 TimboSliceGB

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:37 PM

well amazon and gamestop gives you ten dollers worth of in game content.

#51 Yanksfan

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

Preordered both from Amazon, got the $20 off. I wish it would have been cross buy, but only having to pay $20 extra for the Vita version is worth it.

#52 chriscolbert

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:03 PM

I have an insane backlog and in the last three days alone I have picked up all 4 Sly Cooper games and Ni No Kuni for the PS3.

Yet all I can think about is playing this game next week. I always look forward to it but for some reason even more so this year. Not because of any upgrades since it actually appears to be somewhat minimal compared to years past (even though The Show Live looks pretty sweet), I just think I honestly may try to not get sucked into RTTS like I do every year and actually play a full season across the PS3 and Vita.
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#53 Zolor23

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:36 AM

It's why I got one five years ago and I haven't regretted it since (even though I still get 2K for the 360 because I'm a baseball junkie and it's not THAT bad).

I absolutely cannot wait until the 5th!


I can't stand 2k because there's no progress on anything. Every year, I'm sucked into buying it, but there's no difference.

Have any of the previous MLB The Show games dropped close to release date?

#54 doubledown

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 03:04 PM

I think I may wait a week or two until the rosters from OS are updated. I love having the full minors updated.

#55 WV Matsui

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 05:28 PM

Preordered both from Amazon, got the $20 off. I wish it would have been cross buy, but only having to pay $20 extra for the Vita version is worth it.


The show will be first day digital on PSN....

#56 TimboSliceGB

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:26 PM

i need my baseball fix sadly still a week away. Was hoping 2k would have a demo i could play till then but looks like they are scared to put out a demo this year so people don't play it and run away faster then ever to buy the show lol

#57 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:46 PM

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MLB 13: The Show will be available to pre-order on PSN starting with today's update:

Pre-order from 2/26 to 3/5 to get a free exclusive theme and an extra 120 million in Franchise Budget to jump start your team.



#58 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

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Details on what's new/different in Road to the Show:

Hey baseball fans, Kirby St. John here to talk about the evolution of our popular Road To The Show mode in MLB 13 The Show. Our big emphases this year were to focus more on your player’s progress and achievements, and to better immerse you in the on-field action to give you the sense that you are actually on the field playing ball. Check out the video and then read on for more detailed information about the mode.



A few things that we want to make sure you are aware of:

The fielding and baserunning cameras have been completely revamped to give you a more accurate and realistic on-field perspective. New fielding controls have been added to give you more of a challenge (if desired) and more to do at certain positions. A new simulator screen has been added and will display in between your player’s appearances. You have the option to choose from three different simulation speeds, as well as power to skip, or “Complete,” the simulation to get to your next appearance instantly. You can even “Watch” the game from your player’s location, so if you want to jump in and watch your team from the dugout while they are rallying, you can do that.

We really tried to focus on the presentation in RTTS as you are now placed in a first-person audio perspective. What that means is you are no longer going to hear commentators during the play. Instead, you are immersed in the sounds around your player, including other on-field players, coaches, dugouts, umpires, the crowd, and your own player’s sound effects.

On the menu side of things, you now have the ability to fully customize your player’s batting animations in the Create/Edit Player menu. This means you can now choose things like his follow-through, walk-up, stride, home run swing, and more.

To give you a quick rundown of what wasn’t covered, here’s what else we added:

You will be given training points for certain major achievements in your career, such as your first Major League home run or if you hit for the cycle. Advancement Goals have been reevaluated in some cases to prevent some common complaints. For example, pitchers will no longer have any batting goals, and some statistical expectations have been lessened to make them slightly easier to achieve. If you are playing as a catcher, you will experience a much quicker and more streamlined pitch-calling system. Lastly, if you are watching the game from the dugout, the camera will no longer cut to the broadcast fielding camera when the ball is put in play. Instead, you will watch the play unfold from the dugout perspective, just like real life.

We are really excited about all of these additions and improvements to Road To The Show, and we cannot wait for you to play it yourself on March 5th.



#59 natureboy46

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:35 PM

Didn't buy the last one (after getting it the previous few years) but I might go for both versions this year. Just not sure whether to go digital or disc. I love the idea of having the game on the hdd but I also really like the idea of saving $20 by going physical.
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#60 FriskyTanuki

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 12:00 AM

Didn't buy the last one (after getting it the previous few years) but I might go for both versions this year. Just not sure whether to go digital or disc. I love the idea of having the game on the hdd but I also really like the idea of saving $20 by going physical.

You can essentially also do that on PSN with the new March Savings promo where you get $10 back for every $50 you spend. Getting the PS3 and Vita versions on PSN would be $100, so you'd get $20 back to make it $80 for both games.