More than a month after its PS3 and PS Vita counterparts came out (and with baseball in some sort of dystopian alternate universe where the Brewers are the best team in baseball), SCE San Diego and Sony will be releasing MLB 14: The Show on PS4 starting tomorrow, May 6th. You can expect our review to hit GameSided early tomorrow morning, but in the meantime Sony has released a 10 minute preview video, showing a brief in-game matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants.
There is a notable improvement in graphics compared to the PS3 and Vita offerings, of course, but one of the weaker elements of The Show series is present yet again in MLB 14; the broadcasting. Not to rag on Matt Vasgersian, but I’ve heard the same pitching and hitting calls from him for the past few years to the point that it’s imprinted in my brain. Outside of personalized calls for individual star-level players, like Matt Cain, Pablo Sandoval, Clint Barmes and Francisco Liriano, there’s a lot of generalized terms that could use some updating as the generation continues to produce future MLB: The Show titles.
Something worth mentioning is the improved lighting aspects of PNC Park (and, presumably, the other 29 MLB stadiums) shown in MLB 14: The Show on PS4. Shadows begin to fade in as the game goes from evening to night. Stadium lights creep in as the sun sets. The fireworks being set off illuminate the night sky. Despite this year’s entry being a cross-gen title, it goes without saying that Sony wants to make the PS4 version look as authentic as possible.
MLB 14: The Show is out now on PS3 and PS Vita, and will be released on the PS4 starting tomorrow. Check out Michael Straw’s review of the PS4 version tomorrow morning.
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