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Last week we got a copy of MLB 13: The Show from Sony, and we’ve been on it non-stop. With the game now on shelves, here is our official review for the game:

It can get pretty lonely at the top. When you’ve been on top of the mountain for too long, it can be easy to become complacent. This is not the case for the king of console baseball gaming. MLB 13: The Show has taken everything its fans have come to love about the franchise and expanded upon it with new gameplay features, presentation tweaks, and an attention to detail that’s been unrivalled since modders started tricking out the PC version of MVP Baseball 2005. This year’s instalment of MLB: The Show is glorious in just about every facet of its existence.

First and foremost, MLB 13: The Show simply looks amazing. The series has consistently produced a highly polished product, but the implementation of the new TruBroadcast Presentation 2.0 has given The Show a sense of realism that’s rarely approached in the realm of sports gaming. Whether it’s a glimpse at any one of the new cut scenes or just the highly detailed player models, MLB 13 offers the most realistic and immersive simulation experience yet. In total, MLB 13 features upwards of 1500 new animation sequences between its regular in-game mode and Road to the Show mode. No longer will Opening Day, the All-Star Game, and the postseason come off feeling like a regular season game in mid-July.

Both Road to the Show and Franchise mode have undergone an overhaul of sorts. The former has scaled back the in-game commentary, limiting it to before and after significant achievements, opting to let the natural sounds of the game take over while the user’s player is at-bat or in the field. RTTS also features new streamlined controls, which provide users with a more fluid experience. Franchise mode sees numerous tweaks and adjustments to its management component, such as the inclusion of the new CBA “qualifying offer” system and a renewed focus on scouting and player development.

In addition to the new presentations and various changes to the game’s franchise and RTTS modes, MLB 13 also includes a variety of minor changes that all help to enhance the gaming experience and have built upon the greatness established through past years’ efforts. We’ll highlight a few here:

  • Commentary has received a much needed boost in the form of Steve Lyons joining Matt Vasgersian and Eric Karros in the booth.
  • The new button accuracy meter for fielding aims to cut down on errant throws by giving users complete control over arm accuracy and strength.
  • A new “postseason mode” lets gamers jump right into the playoffs without having to take a team through a 162 game schedule.
  • Lastly, “beginner mode” attempts to attract less experienced gamers by offering simplified controls and an auto-adjusting skill level mechanism.

While there is another baseball video game out there, the Show has no competition on the console market. MLB 13: The Show is worth owning a PS3 on its own, and I’m being as genuine as possible. As an Xbox owner who recently picked up a PS3 for this exact purpose, I will commence kicking myself for all the hours I’ve wasted over the past four years by playing a far inferior game.

In Closing: we had our testers rank the game on a scale of 1-to-10 in the areas of graphics, presentation, controls, and replayability. The verdict: 9.2/10

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With both MLB 13: The Show and MLB 2K13 dropping tomorrow morning, we decided to take a look at how each game looks. Last week we showed you some The Show screenshots of the 2013 Jays, so we used those shots as a basis for comparison. Here are some side-by-sides, comparing the two games. Hopefully this will make your decision clearer on which game you should pick up tomorrow.

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We haven’t gotten our copy of MLB 13: The Show yet (fingers crossed tomorrow), but our new friend Chris Johnson has been supplying us with screenshots of the Jays at home. My favorite is the Bautista home jersey stance, but take a look at your 2013 Toronto Blue Jays at home.

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MLB 13: The Show leak week continues as today we bring you some classic stadiums. Sony has included 10 old school stadiums to play in, and the best news is that they’re all free. Here are the 10 stadiums you get, followed by some screens of each one:

  1. Crosley Field (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  2. Forbes Field (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  3. Griffith Stadium (Washington, D.C. )
  4. Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  5. Polo Grounds (Upper Manhattan, New York)
  6. Shea Stadium (Queens, New York)
  7. Shibe Park (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  8. Sportsman’s Park (St. Louis, Missouri)
  9. Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, Florida)
  10. Yankee Stadium (South Bronx, New York)

Once again, shoutout to Chris Johnson, who’s been dropping these pics on the daily.

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Yesterday we showed you how the Jays roster was looking, as well at some hat controversy. Today we continue MLB 13: The Show leak week with the official intro to the game. The intro features Jose Bautista, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Miguel Cabrera, CC Sabathia, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun and cover athlete Andrew McCutchen. Interesting choice of song, going with the Imagine Dragons song, “Radioactive”:

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Today is leak day in the MLB 13: The Show world. Earlier today we showed you how the Jays are ranked, now here’s the game’s soundtrack. Once again, Sony has mixed up the playlist with songs from all genres:

  • A Good Fight - Rips Like a Motor
  • Anberlin - Someone Anyone
  • Big BoiMama Told Me (feat. Kelly Rowland)
  • Blink 182 - Heart’s All Gone
  • Bombay Bicycle Club - Shuffle
  • Dispatch - Not Messin’
  • Fenix TX - Spooky Action at a Distance
  • Imagine Dragons - Radioactive
  • Soundgarden - Non-State Actor
  • The Mowgli’s - Slowly, Slowly
  • The Rolling Stones - Doom and Gloom
  • The Royal ConceptWorld on Fire
  • Youngblood Hawke - Rootless
  • ZZ Top - I Gotsta Get Paid

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Demo copies are being sent out for MLB 13: The Show this week (we should be getting ours this week, fingers crossed). Twitter user Chris Johnson has his copy already, and posted the overall rating for each team. Here is how your new-look Blue Jays team fare:

  • Arencibia, J.P. (C): 81
  • Bautista, Jose (RF): 98
  • Blanco, Henry (C): 75
  • Bonifacio, Emilio (2B): 87
  • Buehrle, Mark (SP): 80
  • Cabrera, Melky (LF): 83
  • Davis, Rajai (LF): 74
  • Delabar, Steve (SU): 87
  • DeRosa, Mark (3B): 64
  • Dickey, R.A. (SP): 93
  • Encarnacion, Edwin (DH): 88
  • Happ, J.A. (LRP): 72
  • Izturis, Maicer (2B): 77
  • Janssen, Casey (CP): 88
  • Johnson, Josh (SP): 94
  • Lawrie, Brett (3B): 80
  • Lincoln, Brad (MRP): 74
  • Lind, Adam (1B): 77
  • Morrow, Brandon (SP): 90
  • Oliver, Darren (MRP): 84
  • Rasmus, Colby (CF): 76
  • Reyes, Jose (SS): 95
  • Rogers, Esmil (MRP): 71
  • Romero, Ricky (SP): 83
  • Santos, Sergio (SU): 85