Take me out to the ball game
Baseball doesn't get any bigger than MLB 13 The Show on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. Pitching you into a glossy, realistic TV broadcast presentation, MLB 13 The Show impresses straight off the bat. Players and teams from the real world of Major League Baseball are all warming up to play just for you, complete with their individual batting and pitching styles.
So if you're a fan of America's favourite pastime, you'll easily pick out Johnny Cueto's distinctive wind-up and the overhead slugging style of Jose Bautista.
Even if you're not familiar with this exciting, passionate sport, there's plenty here to get you into the swing of things. The tutorial system gives you comprehensive instructions on how to play, strategies and a guide to key baseball terminology. You'll get advice on how to pitch against strong batters, how to bat against tricky pitchers and how to perform well in other aspects of the game such as fielding and stealing bases.
The slick commentary team also delivers seamless play-by-plays of the on-screen action. Listen to their wise words and you can improve your game by reacting to their experienced observations. Be sure to create a highlight reel from your game as well to help pick out your weak points.
You're in the majors, now
It's time to step onto the big baseball stage - and you're the star attraction. MLB 13 The Show on PlayStation 3 makes you the ace of Major League Baseball, where you can experience all the highs of the hard-hitting sport.
From the world-famous New York Yankees to the high-flying San Francisco Giants, you can choose from 30 teams to go for glory. And there are plenty of competitions for you to slide into the field, from the detailed full season of the Franchise mode to the vital training games of the Mini-modes. Feel like starting from the ground up? Then create your own player in Road to the Show and take him up through the minor leagues into the superstar spotlight.
Choose a lower difficulty setting to help simplify the controls and ease you into the game, making batting and pitching a breeze. Want to give yourself a bit of a workout while you play, or maybe warm up for a real life game? Grab a PlayStation Eye camera and PlayStation Move motion controller to strike out the best with your throwing arm and add some style to your swing.
Baseball is a sport of psychology and MLB 13 The Show captures that element firmly in its mitt. There are plenty of tools to help you master your timing, guesswork and psyching out your opponent. Monitor your wireless controller's vibration to make sure your pitching stays under control and you'll be on your way to becoming a Hall of Famer in no time.
Grab some mates and batter up - MLB 13 The Show hits a breathtaking home run when it comes to entertaining multiplayer modes. Warm up first with some batting and pitching drills, before entering the Road to the Show, to create your own player and work your way up from the minor leagues.
Still not quite ready to join a big stakes game with your friends? Then enter the Home Run Derby, which lets you and up to seven buddies compete to see who can slam the ball over the fence the most. With online Cross-Play you can take on all comers at the same time on both PS3 and PS Vita.
When you want to enter a larger contest of skills and wits, you can customise your own League for up to 29 players and battle it out for a shot at the World Series. Take advantage of The Show Live for exhibition matches which download game match-up and roster feeds from MLB.com, to ensure you stay up to date with the latest goings on in the world of baseball.
You can go even bigger with the massive Diamond Dynasty 2.0 mode on PS3, which challenges you to design your own dream teams from scratch, train the players, go online and begin on your path to total sports domination across the globe. The world is waiting, slugger... time to take your shot at glory.