MLB 13 The Show: Added Features Video Game Fans Can't Wait to Use

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2013

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18:  The likeness of Kristin Chenoweth is seen on the video screen as she performs the National Anthem and the Yankees and Texas Rangers stand on the foul lines prior to playing  Game Three of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 18, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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If you don’t have a Playstation console, go get one before MLB 13 The Show hits the shelves of the local video game store because this game is just that great.

Baseball video games have been met with frequent criticism over the years, but The Show has given the sport a franchise to hang its hat on, and the 2013 version is the best yet.

All of the following new and improved features will have gamers ecstatic about the new release, but be careful, this game is highly addictive!

For a full rundown on new features or a full game preview, check out featured columnist Brian Mazique’s insider articles.


Release Date: March 5

Publisher: Sony

Platforms: PS3 & PS Vita


Cross Platform Online Home Run Derby (PS3 & PS Vita)

This isn’t Nintendo 64 anymore, folks.

The online world of gaming is an amazing addition to the video game business, but Playstation has gone all in with the PS Vita design and has even made the online Home Run Derby available to anyone with a PS3 or the PS Vita.

That kind of cross-platform community helps improve the franchise’s online clout, and builds the franchise as an innovator in online gaming.

Thanks to the innovations in this game, fans of The Show will have plenty of fun playing the Home Run Derby mode with friends across the world on different platforms. Oh, technology!


New Push/Pull Hitting Trajectories Engine

Game developers are always seeking the most realistic game experiences, and for the 2013 edition of The Show, the addition of the new push/pull hitting trajectory engine will make this one of the top games of the year.

The reason we see three infielders slide to one side of the field for stars like Ryan Howard or Mark Teixeira is because the defenders know the player’s tendency to hit the ball to the right side of the field.

The Show has that covered now.

With the new hitting trajectory engine, defenses will adjust to players that either pull or push the ball on a consistent basis, and the pitching will also be able to utilize this information and either pitch away from or right at contact.


New Scouting and Training System in Franchise Mode

So, you think you’re the next Billy Beane, huh? Prove it!

The best feature in the 2013 edition of The Show is the new and improved scouting and training system in franchise mode.

This game enhancement is designed for a very niche audience—those that love the inner workings of a baseball franchise’s front office and love doing the dirty work in training—but it is a great way to make the gamer feel as if they are truly building a franchise.

From new position-specific drills to techniques for finding great players throughout the drafting process, if you love franchise mode and want to really feel in control of a real-life MLB organization, The Show has you covered.