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.
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