Sony's highly acclaimed baseball sim, developed by SCE Studios San Diego, returns for the 2014 Major League Baseball season. This marks the series' debut on PlayStation 4.
New to The Show
A new mode for MLB 14: The Show (not available on PS Vita), Online Franchise allows players to play the franchise mode with other players. The MLB: The Show series has already offered an Online League option in the past, but the new Online Franchise mode includes scouting prospects, trades (including Minor League players), drafting players, contract renewals, and free agent signings. A league members can scout prospects throughout the year, then assign their draft picks to any of the three tiers of minor league teams in their franchise.
League options include:
- Schedule Types
- Designated Hitter Preference
- Realigning Divisions
- Custom Rosters
- Playoff Round Lengths
- Total Games in Season
In addition to save files working across all three platforms, starting with MLB 14, saves will transfer into future installments of the game. For example, a Road to the Show player's progress through the minors and into the majors in MLB 14 will be able to continue into MLB 15 without having to start over.
An expanded in-game currency system that is earned as players progress through the game. In past iterations of The Show, Road To The Show training points and other micro-transactions were made directly through the PSN store.
Allows players to play as only one specific player during any game mode similar to Road To The Show with that player being the center of control for the user.
In an effort to speed up the process of playing a full game, Quick Counts offer players generated pitch counts that intend to allow for full nine inning games to be finished in under thirty minutes. Quick Counts should not compromise the outcome of realistic statistics, although some counts will not occur as to further speed up the gameplay (0-0,1-0, 2-0). All other pitch counts are possible with Quick Counts on.
Similar to other video game franchises, MLB 14: The Show introduces a new tendency tracking profile to its 2014 release. The tracked profile can be viewed by anyone and offer a quick scouting report of the human player. The profile can also be subbed in place of the human player in offline games in modes such as Diamond Dynasty and Online Franchise when head-to-head match-ups are not possible.
MLB 14: The Show was first revealed during the 2013 Players Choice Awards on the MLB Network. To coincide with the awards show, this marked the first time that the cover athlete was chosen by the players themselves. Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers was chosen as the cover athlete and announced by Andrew McCutchen (cover athlete for MLB 13: The Show). In Canada, the game's cover features Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays.