254w ago - This MLB 09 The Show update comes courtesy of Designer Aaron Luke via PS Blog today:
Starting with the front-end aspects, the PS3 Create Player system has received some new additions that will allow you to customize even more aspects of your player.
With the new Sounds Of The Show feature, we've been able to support audio customizations that will allow you to pick not only your batter walkup music, but also your reliever entry music and a home run celebration song. In addition to editing custom music, you can also create custom fan chants, cheers, and jeers to assign to your player (or any other player using the Edit Player feature).
The player accessories have also seen upgrades to support a variety of new items including: wrist tape, batting gloves in pockets, glasses, eye black, baggy pants, and stirrup socks for your old schoolers. But the player customization doesn't end with the Create Player process – we've also added in the ability to edit your player any time after creation. You won't be able to edit his position or attributes, but you will have full reign on editing his appearance, accessories, and the all-important player number.
Once you've settled on your player's look, you now have a choice - enter the draft and let your fate be decided by...
255w ago - Gameplay and Animation Senior Producer Chris Gill shows off some of the new and improved A.I. for MLB 09 The Show today as follows:
Realism is THE most important thing to use here on the MLB 09 The Show team. Year in and year out, with a development team that has a wealth of baseball knowledge, not only as fans of the game but development members that have actually played the game at very high levels, we dedicate ourselves to making the most realistic baseball experience possible.
That being said, there were a few things about last year's game that were a bit frustrating and not as realistic as we would have liked. As much as we would like to tackle every idea out there, we strategically have to pick and choose our battles.
This year we decided to work on a little bit of everything, so today I'm going to highlight four of them.
1. CPU Fielder routes to the ball In our quest to make the perfect baseball simulation, balancing the game can be a long difficult task. In order for our batters to reach the correct amount of doubles and triples in our game, we needed a couple things to happen.
The batter needs to get out of the box appropriately, round the bases correctly, and have his true-to-life times...
256w ago - Senior Designer Kolbe Launchbaugh shared some details today that have gone into the Franchise mode enhancements of MLB 09 The Show. To quote:
When we set out this year's plan, one of our goals was to blow out the personnel aspects of the Franchise experience.
Starting with the beginning of spring training, the rosters you will carry into spring will be those of their real-life counterpart, the long awaited 40-man rosters. Now you will have to manage your Spring Training roster a little more carefully to ensure your young players get the looks they need.
Moving on to the regular season, you will now be dealing with many of the various roster-related items all GMs have to deal with. You will be in control of designating players for assignment, waiver transactions, handling Minor League options, and managing your 40-man roster.
Once in June, you will have the Amateur Draft to participate in. Along with drafting players, the Amateur Draft also includes Supplemental picks for those teams that failed to re-sign Type A or Type B free agents in the offseason.
Once your season hits September, your 25-man roster will expand to the full 40-man where you will then have to decide who get's the call and who doesn't. If your Franchise is successful enough to make the...
256w ago - Public Relations Manager Alex Armour shared the following today via PS Blog:
We wanted to follow up our recent announcement of MLB 09 The Show with a note to introduce the newest cover athlete for the game. This year's spokesperson is Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox.
He's the latest star athlete to grace the cover of our MLB franchise following in the footsteps of his teammate David Ortiz as well as recent players such as David Wright of the NY Mets, and Ryan Howard of the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Not only is Pedroia a Gold Glove second baseman and 2008 AL MVP, his work ethic, intensity, and overall game skills make him a perfect fit for our best-selling MLB game.
We're excited to have Pedroia become part of the SCEA baseball family and look forward to his participation in all facets of our campaign. In the meantime, please check out the sweet box art for MLB 09 The Show and we'll check back in with more for you soon.
259w ago - Today Public Relations Manager Alex Armour announced the following news:
MLB 09 The Show is officially announced today, ready to arrive this coming Spring on the PS3, PSP, and PS2. As the market leader in the baseball category, the team did not want to rest on their laurels and churn out a lackluster effort.
For this year, the team is including a number of new features and visual detail to once again bring the best and most realistic sports gaming experience available.
Last year we allowed players to import their own music from the PS3 hard drive so they could listen in game. Now, the team has gone a step further by creating the "My MLB Music" feature. This will allow players to use the in-game music editor to create snipits of music that can be saved and used as customized walk up music for their favorite players.
Additionally, have you ever screamed at your TV at a bad (or good) play when engaged in a sports game? Well now your voice can be heard IN THE GAME by allowing users to record their own fan chants and yells and integrate them seamlessly into the ambient crowd noise. It'll sound like you're really there.
Of course the team is all over the details and as the leading baseball game simulator out there, how could they not? Transitional lighting...