In the grand scheme of things, I generally feel like sports games get a bit of a bad rap. Maybe it’s a false dichotomy of the geeks versus jocks. Do people think that sports games are inherently bone-headed? In my mind sports games are such an interesting fusion of ideas. It’s a game genre where skill, strategy, and luck meet. Any play is only as good as the plan behind it and the ability to execute it. But there is a lot of chaos that ensures that luck is an integral part. So in this spirit, let’s talk baseball with MLB: The Show 20.
Let’s just get this out of the way, I am not a super frequent player of The Show. Like so many other sports games, MLB: The Show is an annual sequel. Each to there own but I have very rarely bought into consecutive sports sequels. I really can’t say I follow the zealotry that leads one to buy these strikingly similar games on repeat. In other words, for the super fans out there, I can’t speak to the specific intricate improvements. Instead I review The Show 20 as one who has previously only dipped into the baseball genre and this franchise.