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« on: February 12, 2015, 07:07:02 AM »

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/02/05/mlb-15-the-show-10th-anniversary-edition-revealed/

I know there are several Show fans here. Anyone seen this announcement?

I never buy special editions, but I'll be preordering with my Gamers Club from Best Buy this weekend.

Who else is in?

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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2015, 07:57:22 PM »

I can't get that edition in Canada but I'm preordering The Show for sure.


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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2015, 01:08:00 AM »

I put my full preorder in today at Best Buy. Anniversary Edition.

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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2015, 07:20:49 AM »

Opening day/night for Cubs and Cardinals! In honor, I plan to play my new RTTS character for much of the day tomorrow.

Where are my baseball purest!!


Anyhow, I haven't played The Show since 2012. But so far, absolutely loving this season. Graphics are silly good. Between this and Hardline, I won't need another game until after the summer.

I'll also plug Operation Sports as being such a wonderful forum for sports gamers. I just don't have the patience to research what some of the nice people are willing to do over there. I can always find what I need, wondering about, or searching for in minutes in their forums.

Anywho, no one else playing and excited?


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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2015, 12:32:50 PM »

Iím excited too!  Getting ready to start up my Aís franchise.  Havenít had a chance to start it yet even though I had it since launch day.  I have not played The Show since 2013 I believe.  I watched the entire developer tournament videos on YouTube and that got me really excited.  I am amazed at how realistic everything seems to be. 

Question:  I know you can import your franchise from year to year (i.e., MLB 15 into MLB 16 and so on).  Does this also apply to season mode?  If Iím three quarters through a season before MLB 16 comes out will I be able to import that season into the new game?  This is important because I play every game and I know I will not be able to complete a 162 game season before MLB 16 comes out next year.  Otherwise I will have to do franchise mode and hopefully automate all the managerial stuff off the field.
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2015, 01:45:37 PM »

In this episode of Test Chamber, Andrew Reiner remarks that importing your information from the previous game will import the state of the league from the end of that season.  If your last save was in the middle of the season, it presumably interprets that as "the end" and imports the roster changes from that point.  All indications are that it won't let you pick up your 2014 season in the 2015 game from the point where you left off.

It's probably a better option to simply play at least one game every two days until the season is done.  That's a reasonable schedule that would have things finished in plenty of time for next year's game, and you could spend the off day posting highlights on the forum so everyone can keep up with your progress!

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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2015, 01:17:07 PM »

This year's version is a huge upgrade from 2014. The graphics are some of the best I've seen on the console and they managed to pull them off without the frame-rate hiccups that plagued last year's version. The gameplay is so much improved. Fielding is actually a ton of fun now. There are a ton of variety in how balls come off the bat. You can really work the count and force walks. Hitting against elite pitchers is very tough (as it should be) but you can light up middle relief scrubs if you're patient and wait for your pitch.

I'm going to be putting a lot of time into this game.
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« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2015, 05:18:47 PM »

Anyone having a hard time hitting?  I'm using directional with analog and the Wide camera view which works best for me in seeing pitches.  I'm also using Dynamic Difficulty. But man is it still tough. Great game though. Still mucking my way through spring training.
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2015, 07:51:12 PM »

Quote from: JayDee on April 06, 2015, 01:17:07 PM

This year's version is a huge upgrade from 2014.

PS4 or PS3?  I'm still on a PS3 and wondering if I should buy this year's version.
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2015, 09:09:26 PM »

Quote from: Starshift on April 10, 2015, 05:18:47 PM

Anyone having a hard time hitting?  I'm using directional with analog and the Wide camera view which works best for me in seeing pitches.  I'm also using Dynamic Difficulty. But man is it still tough. Great game though. Still mucking my way through spring training.

Playing RTTS and yes, hitting is killer.

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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2015, 12:41:03 AM »

Dynamic difficulty is killing me in RTTS. Every time I feel like I'm getting into a groove, it kicks me to Veteran+ and I immediately go 0-fer the next while.
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« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2015, 05:26:08 PM »

Quote from: Greggy_D on April 11, 2015, 07:51:12 PM

Quote from: JayDee on April 06, 2015, 01:17:07 PM

This year's version is a huge upgrade from 2014.

PS4 or PS3?  I'm still on a PS3 and wondering if I should buy this year's version.

PS4. I haven't played the PS3 version so I can't comment on how much they upgraded over last year's.
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« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2015, 09:39:40 PM »

Quote from: Clanwolfer on April 12, 2015, 12:41:03 AM

Dynamic difficulty is killing me in RTTS. Every time I feel like I'm getting into a groove, it kicks me to Veteran+ and I immediately go 0-fer the next while.


Is that a feature that can be switched off?  Is it possible to lock your career into a specific difficulty, or is it always adjusting to your performance to keep your player's stats within the realm of possibility?

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« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2015, 03:19:51 AM »

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 13, 2015, 09:39:40 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on April 12, 2015, 12:41:03 AM

Dynamic difficulty is killing me in RTTS. Every time I feel like I'm getting into a groove, it kicks me to Veteran+ and I immediately go 0-fer the next while.


Is that a feature that can be switched off?  Is it possible to lock your career into a specific difficulty, or is it always adjusting to your performance to keep your player's stats within the realm of possibility?

-Autistic Angel

It can, though it's non-obvious to find. You have to navigate to the Mode-Specific Settings page within RTTS, and then you can choose from the different base difficulties (though you can't permanently lock in on 'partial' difficulties like, say, Rookie+ or Veteran+).

Also, is it just me or is there some wacky RNG in this game, especially in the sim portion? I went through what felt like an eight or nine-game stretch with the exact same simmed CPU first inning, which was noticeable because it included two walks and a double play. And run support is essentially non-existent for my RTTS pitcher, he had to go 23 innings before his team scored a single run behind him.
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« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2015, 11:09:23 PM »

Just had my 24 game hitting streak stopped in RTTS

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Quote from: Xmann on April 18, 2015, 11:09:23 PM

Just had my 24 game hitting streak stopped in RTTS

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« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2015, 06:05:21 AM »

Quote from: naednek on April 19, 2015, 02:17:50 AM

Quote from: Xmann on April 18, 2015, 11:09:23 PM

Just had my 24 game hitting streak stopped in RTTS

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Were you the pitcher? Tongue

heh, back in my glory days maybe

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« Reply #17 on: April 22, 2015, 04:26:18 AM »

MLBģ 15 The Show._._.watch your lips!: https://youtu.be/AEJzt_5-Rls



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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2015, 01:43:14 PM »

Really having a great time with this!  It feels like real baseball.  Iím getting such an immense variety of hits, outs, throws, errors etc.  Iíve had high scoring affairs and pitching duels.  And I never feel like the game cheats.  If I lose itís because of something stupid I did.  I really enjoy the variety in the umpires.  Some are so lenient on calls while others baffle you as to how that call could be a strike or a ball.

I played every game of spring training and currently Iím 2-1 in the regular season as the Athletics.  

Really fun!
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« Reply #19 on: April 27, 2015, 01:35:19 PM »

I was having a really tough time hitting and was striking out 10+ times per game and couldn't figure out why. I couldn't get my Dynamic Difficulty above Rookie which was insulting because I was an All-Star level hitter last year. Then I read that turning off Guess Pitch helps because while guessing correctly is a huge boost, it also hampers your ability to make good contact when you swing at a pitch you didn't guess correctly. I didn't know that, I thought it just gave you a boost and had no negative side effects otherwise.

So I turned off the Guess Pitch feature and just started looking for pitches in certain locations myself, using directional hitting to help square up a pitch in hitters counts. And in the last three games I've got 10+ hits and scored 6+ runs and improved my hitting difficulty from Rookie to Veteran, and am already making progress towards the next step up.  I should hit my sweet spot for difficulty soon.

Dynamic Difficulty is still the best feature that anyone has ever incorporated into a sports video game, by the way.
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« Reply #20 on: April 27, 2015, 11:03:14 PM »

Quote from: JayDee on April 27, 2015, 01:35:19 PM

I was having a really tough time hitting and was striking out 10+ times per game and couldn't figure out why. I couldn't get my Dynamic Difficulty above Rookie which was insulting because I was an All-Star level hitter last year. Then I read that turning off Guess Pitch helps because while guessing correctly is a huge boost, it also hampers your ability to make good contact when you swing at a pitch you didn't guess correctly. I didn't know that, I thought it just gave you a boost and had no negative side effects otherwise.

So I turned off the Guess Pitch feature and just started looking for pitches in certain locations myself, using directional hitting to help square up a pitch in hitters counts. And in the last three games I've got 10+ hits and scored 6+ runs and improved my hitting difficulty from Rookie to Veteran, and am already making progress towards the next step up.  I should hit my sweet spot for difficulty soon.

Dynamic Difficulty is still the best feature that anyone has ever incorporated into a sports video game, by the way.

Caveat: I haven't played this years.

The right thing to do with guess pitch is to only swing if you get it right (or the pitcher hangs something). So I only guessed pitch on the first pitch (because I'm taking the first pitch UNLESS I take a hack if I nail location and speed) and times when I am up in the count and I am willing to take the pitch if I am wrong. Basically play it like real batting smile

Otherwise yeah, the negative impact is bad.
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« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2015, 12:55:05 AM »

Any of you guys playing with quick counts on?  I am and I do like it because I can get through games quicker but it seems that my pitchers pitch count hits the 90ís by the 5th-6th inning.  Just wondering.
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« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2015, 02:28:17 PM »

Quote from: Starshift on April 28, 2015, 12:55:05 AM

Any of you guys playing with quick counts on?  I am and I do like it because I can get through games quicker but it seems that my pitchers pitch count hits the 90ís by the 5th-6th inning.  Just wondering.

I'm using quick counts and I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love it because with two young kids my gaming time is extremely limited and I can get through a couple of games in an hour with quick counts on. It also does a reasonably good job of mixing things up so I'm forced to deal with a variety of hitter's counts or pitcher's counts, etc.

I also don't like it because it sometimes puts me in situations where it's hard to succeed. Bases loaded, 2 out, and my next hitter starts at 3-2. That sucks. Bases loaded, 2 out, and my pitcher starts the next batter off at 3-0. That's tough, too. But the worst is if I'm down by a run late and get a speedster on first and my next batter starts with two strikes thereby preventing me from bunting him to scoring position. In general, I hit worse with quick counts because otherwise I would always take the first pitch and get my "eye" in early in the count to get a feel for the timing and try work a hitters count. Can't really work the count very well in quick counts. The flip side is that pitching can be easier because you can be stuck in a bad situation but have the next batter start out with two strikes, so you're one pitch away from getting out of a jam. But these less than ideal situations aren't that common so I just deal with them because the positives outweigh the negatives for my particular gaming situation. Without quick counts I would get through maybe three weeks of a season before the next version of the game came out.
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I just can't do the quick count. I'm a baseball purist and I want control of everything possible. Playing games in full definitely limits my ability to get more games in, but I can't help it.

Also, surprised no one made comment on my video above. I still click on it and get a good laugh. When I played college ball, we had someone take a shot like that and had to have his jaw wired shut.

Back to the game....has anyone found a way to reasonably earn stubs? I love playing Dynasty, but could really use some stubs to buy some packs for a chance at a decent starter.

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Quote from: Xmann on April 28, 2015, 03:08:00 PM

I just can't do the quick count. I'm a baseball purist and I want control of everything possible. Playing games in full definitely limits my ability to get more games in, but I can't help it.

Also, surprised no one made comment on my video above. I still click on it and get a good laugh. When I played college ball, we had someone take a shot like that and had to have his jaw wired shut.

Back to the game....has anyone found a way to reasonably earn stubs? I love playing Dynasty, but could really use some stubs to buy some packs for a chance at a decent starter.

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Iím with you on the purist thing but nowadays... itís just not feasible anymore.  Iím sitting at 3-1 and have not played in a few days.  My fiancť is studying for her finals in the room with my PS4.   eek

LOL at that video!  I somehow missed that.  Sorry.  It almost looked like it went off his glove which was near his face.  But hitting his face is funnier.  Actually, I was distracted by that jumbo jet in the background.  It looked like it was struggling.  Lol!
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« Reply #25 on: April 29, 2015, 12:21:40 AM »

Quote from: JayDee on April 28, 2015, 02:28:17 PM

Quote from: Starshift on April 28, 2015, 12:55:05 AM

Any of you guys playing with quick counts on?  I am and I do like it because I can get through games quicker but it seems that my pitchers pitch count hits the 90ís by the 5th-6th inning.  Just wondering.

I'm using quick counts and I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love it because with two young kids my gaming time is extremely limited and I can get through a couple of games in an hour with quick counts on. It also does a reasonably good job of mixing things up so I'm forced to deal with a variety of hitter's counts or pitcher's counts, etc.

I also don't like it because it sometimes puts me in situations where it's hard to succeed. Bases loaded, 2 out, and my next hitter starts at 3-2. That sucks. Bases loaded, 2 out, and my pitcher starts the next batter off at 3-0. That's tough, too. But the worst is if I'm down by a run late and get a speedster on first and my next batter starts with two strikes thereby preventing me from bunting him to scoring position. In general, I hit worse with quick counts because otherwise I would always take the first pitch and get my "eye" in early in the count to get a feel for the timing and try work a hitters count. Can't really work the count very well in quick counts. The flip side is that pitching can be easier because you can be stuck in a bad situation but have the next batter start out with two strikes, so you're one pitch away from getting out of a jam. But these less than ideal situations aren't that common so I just deal with them because the positives outweigh the negatives for my particular gaming situation. Without quick counts I would get through maybe three weeks of a season before the next version of the game came out.

I didnít even think about the bunt thing!  Nice one.  I laughed at your three weeks before the next version comes out.  Thatís me exactly!
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