MLB The Show 18

Hit and miss in every sense

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On­line is­sues have been The Show’s Achilles heel in re­cent years, and it’s some­thing the de­vel­oper, Sony San Diego, is well aware of – hence the sur­pris­ing re­moval of on­line Fran­chise mode, in a con­tro­ver­sial-yet-nec­es­sary at­tempt to sta­bilise the on-pitch ac­tion.

Sadly, the end re­sult re­mains in­con­sis­tent. Pitch speed, for in­stance, has been slowed slightly, which makes break­ing balls such as split­ters very dif­fi­cult to read, and oc­ca­sional la­tency is­sues re­main: an ob­vi­ous prob­lem in a sport where in­stan­ta­neous re­ac­tions are so of­ten key.

On­line MLB The Show 18 is still well worth a swing, par­tic­u­larly if you can over­look its short­falls. That said, off­line Fran­chise is still its best mode to play.

VER­DICT

Still among the off­line elite, but over the nets MLB is be­gin­ning to lag be­hind con­tem­po­raries such as FIFA 18 and NBA 2K18. Lit­er­ally. Ben Wil­son

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