STAFF REVIEW of MLB The Show 24 (Xbox One)

Monday, May 20, 2024.
by Heather Webster

MLB The Show 24 Box art MLB The Show 24: A Grand Slam of Baseball Gaming Continues. The MLB The Show series has been a beloved tradition for gamers since 1997, consistently delivering a home run experience year after year. With the latest installment, MLB The Show 24, hitting the virtual diamond, fans can once again step up to the plate and immerse themselves in the world of America’s favorite pastime. Let’s dive into the dugout and explore what makes this edition a true MVP.

In my last gaming experience, my player’s performance was subpar. I kept getting traded and demoted from the majors due to my inability to make the right plays, hit the ball, or catch it. Perhaps I was just terrible? However, I believe the game has undergone significant improvements, making it far more enjoyable for me this year. Previously I had the opportunity to play and review MLB The Show 22, which I rated at 90%. This year, I’ve noticed substantial gameplay enhancements. Whether officially listed as features or not, this edition feels smoother and more customizable, making it significantly more enjoyable than my previous innings.

Celebrating the Negro Leagues: A Historic Journey. This year’s edition pays homage to the Negro Leagues, narrated by NLBM President Bob Kendrick. As players, we get a chance to explore and learn more about this vital chapter in baseball history. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s impact on African American baseball and social advancement is celebrated through missions that recreate iconic moments from legendary players like Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson. It’s a powerful tribute that adds depth and context to the game, reminding us of the resilience and talent of those who played in the shadows of segregation.

Derek Jeter’s Legacy Lives On. The main storyline in MLB The Show 24 revolves around the iconic Derek Jeter. Spending his entire 20-year career with the New York Yankees, Jeter left an indelible mark on the sport. As a five-time World Series champion, he epitomized excellence on the field. Relive his legendary moments, the clutch plays, the game-winning hits, and the unforgettable plays that defined his legacy. From the Yankees’ 1996 World Series victory to other pivotal moments, Jeter’s journey is now yours to experience.

Also for the first time, Road to the Show introduces female characters, allowing players to create their own stories and evolve throughout their careers.

Total Team Control: From the Bullpen to the Batter’s Box. MLB The Show 24 excels at putting you in control of an entire team. Whether you’re managing one of the 30 teams in various game modes or stepping onto the field as a player, the options are vast. Choose your team, decide between a single game, a full season, or even a multi-season franchise. The depth of team management mirrors the real major leagues, making every decision count. Remember, the Road to the Show focuses on your journey, excluding team control.

Challenge Modes and Coveted Prizes. While mastering the game’s core mechanics, don’t forget the thrill of the challenge modes. Home Run Derby and the Challenge of the Week offer exciting opportunities to showcase your skills. Even if you’re not yet a top-ten contender, the prizes from items, equipment, balls and other exclusive rewards await those who rise to the occasion. It’s a fun way to test your abilities and compete against other players while aiming for the big leagues.

Animation and Logic Refinements. The development team has left no base untouched, introducing approximately 400 animation and logic improvements. Seamlessness is the name of the game, from off-the-wall plays to high-pressure rundowns and double plays. Pin-point pitching also gets an upgrade, with four new gestures to master. While some players may prefer different pitching styles, these refinements ensure a smoother and more realistic gameplay experience for everyone. So step up, wind up, and deliver that perfect pitch.

Overall, MLB The Show 24 has done a great job of continuing to bring a legacy of excellence, celebrating history, player immersion, team control, and thrilling challenges. Whether you’re a seasoned slugger or a rookie at the plate, MLB The Show 24 knocks it out of the park. Batter up!

**MLB The Show 24 was provided by the publisher and reviewed on an Xbox Series S**

Overall: 9.5 / 10
Gameplay: 9.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.5 / 10
Sound: 10.0 / 10


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