MLB 08: The Show

2008's iteration of Sony's first-party exclusive baseball franchise brings the well-regarded gameplay into next-gen with new detailed textures, lifelike player faces, online leagues, weekly roster updates and more on Playstation 3, as well as scaled-back PSP and Playstation 2 versions.

Overview

MLB 08: The Show is a baseball game in the popular franchise of baseball titles produced by Sony Studios (These games were formerly developed by 989 sports until they were reabsorbed into Sony Studios after MLB 06: The Show).

Gameplay

Features

The 2008 entry of the series features several notable changes and additions:

  • Deeper "Road to the Show" mode.
  • Vastly improved online gameplay.
  • Dualshock 3 Support
  • Increased realism and statistical tracking
  • All new animations
  • A more cinematic and lifelike gameplay experience

Ryan Howard is the 2008 iteration's cover athlete.

Game Modes

  • Road to the Show-Create a Player and lead him from the Minors to the Big Leagues by completing goals and improving your skills.
  • Franchise-Lead a team from the bottom or take a perennial contender and send them over the top. The Franchise mode allows you to assume the role of Owner, General Manager, Coach, and Player of your favorite ball club.
  • Online-Ranked matches, Player matches, Leagues, and Tournaments are all options here. The mode really shines with the regularly updated rosters and SCOUT (SportsConnect Online User Tracking) that records all of the players statistics.
  • Create-a-Player-The great graphics make this mode a joy to fool around with. The feature lacks the facial customization depth of a Tiger Woods, however.

Soundtrack

  • A Tribe Called Quest -- Award Tour
  • The Blood Arm -- Suspicious Character
  • Franz Ferdinand -- The Fallen (Ruined by Justice)
  • Hot Hot Heat -- My Best Friend
  • Kenna -- Out of Control (State of Emotion) - XXXChange Remix
  • No More Kings -- Sweep the Leg (Remix)
  • Queens of the Stone Age -- In the Fade
  • The Ramones -- Blitzkrieg Bop
  • Thin Lizzy -- Jailbreak
  • War -- Low Rider
  • ZZ Top -- I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide