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MLB the show 17 has given us some great graphics and content but it is still far from a perfect game. Below are some ways our team feels that could make MLB The Show 18 even better:
I think that this is the biggest gripe within the community. There seems to be a disconnect with San Diego Studios and the consumers on this topic. This year they introduced a new engine that would make the game “more realistic” with the way the ball travels off the bat. In older games, the bat was a flat surface so the ball would not curve or react like a real ball would. This year they made the ball hitting the bat a round surface so the balls can tail or curve like in a real game. I think that everyone has enjoyed this hitting engine but there are some problems. The biggest one is exit velocity off the bat. I have seen numerous occasions where a ball is perfectly timed with power hitters like Trout with exit velocities that barely reach the low 90’s. There are other occasions where a person will have a just late hit that goes in excess of 120 mph. Another problem I have noticed is jammed hits. While I know that they do happen in real life, I feel like they happen way too often in the game. This makes playing the game unbearable sometimes. All-in-all I do love the new hitting engine but I do think these things need to be addressed. Below are some examples found on Twitter of good timing along with good PCI placement that resulted in an out.
This is one of the things that drives me crazy. When you are looking for a certain card you have to go through every collection to find it. There should be a way to filter what card you are looking just like in the community market. This way you don’t have to spend pointless minutes waiting for all the collections to load. Another idea would to add a card deck, similar to Madden where all of the cards you owned could be found on one page.
This year they have introduced countless missions for the game. Missions are a great way to earn experience points, stubs, and tickets. The only thing that I have a problem with is that there are so many missions that it’s hard to know when you have achieved them without constantly checking. I like the idea of when you achieve a trophy it pops up while you are playing the game. I think that if they added this to missions as well that it would save time of having to check. To expand on this, another idea for the conquest missions is to be able to exchange the player for another player of the same overall. The reason I say this is because this year it felt to me as if almost every team I played had 93 Curtis Granderson, 93 Matt Holliday, and 94 Reggie Jackson. Allowing to exchange these players would make for more diverse lineups throughout the game, which is in the best interest of everyone.
Build Your Own Stadium
This is an idea that was introduced in the MVP series and I think would be a cool addition to the game. Adding this would add another dimension to Diamond Dynasty. The idea would to be able to upgrade your stadium dependent on your XP rating. For example, once you get to the silver tier, you would be able to add a retractable roof, change the outfield grass patterns, change the type of scoreboard, etc. This would add more reason to play the game as well as allowing users to have fun customizing their stadium along with their Diamond Dynasty team.
Tagging and Reactions
The tagging in this game flat out stinks. You can have someone picked off and in a rundown just to have your player miss a tag. There have been numerous occasions where I have someone thrown out just to have the player facing the wrong way for the tag. The reactions are another thing that I think can be improved. When on the base path there are times where I want my runner to go to third on a ground ball to the shortstop but instead they slide back headfirst back into second. Pass balls are another thing that is slow. The catcher/pitcher seem to take their time when they are going for the ball or a tag. I think this is something that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
Platooning players is a real thing. But in Diamond Dynasty, this year it was very hard to do so because of the inability to change lineup based on the pitcher. My suggestion is that you have to create a 25 man roster and then you would be responsible for creating two lineups (vs. left-handers and vs. right-handers). This addition would make for a great change in Diamond Dynasty and it would bring back the value of platoon players.
Year-To-Year logo files
Many players spend lots of time creating their logo’s only to have to remake it the next year. The idea would be able to save your logo’s for MLB The Show 17 and be able to use the in next years game.
Face-Scanning for RTTS and Create-A-Player
NBA 2K has had this feature for awhile now. If the Creat-A-Player were to remain in the game next year, Sony San Diego should add the ability to scan your face. Especially now that RTTS is becoming more of a focus, this would add more depth and create a more “real” feeling when playing RTTS.
Injuries might be one of the most annoying things in the game. I get that injuries happen in real life but I don’t think there is a need for it in Diamond Dynasty. It can ruin a Battle Royale/Event run in an instant. There doesn’t seem to be any positives for having it on so I think it is better to turn them off.
I feel like umpires have a weird strike zone. I think that it is cool that they are using a variable strike zone but I think it needs to be toned down a bit. Check swings are another thing that are confusing. You will have times where a batter swings fully and they call it a ball or barely swings and call it a strike. This may be just because it is online, but I have seen it called like this in RTTS as well.
More Jersey Options
I think that they have done a great job in adding more jerseys to this year’s game but I still think they could add more. I’m a big fan of the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day jerseys that they have every year. Fourth of July also has some pretty cool jerseys as well.
Different Conquest Starting Points
I like the idea of being able to choose wherever you want to start at in Conquest. It gets redundant when you have to start in the same place every time. There is a mission for the Chris Archer rookie card that has you take over a territory that is held by the Tampa Bay Rays. It is hard to get all the way down there before they are wiped off the map.
This is something that isn’t a big deal but it could add another dimension to Diamond Dynasty. In FIFA there are certain players that play well together or give your team a boost for having them on the same team. It would be cool to see 2B/SS who are on the same team get some sort of boost for playing together. I think this could make the game more interesting.
More Classic Stadiums
I think that a lot of people love playing at the classic stadiums instead of the live series stadiums. It would be cool to see some more added to next year’s game that we haven’t seen them make yet.
There are plenty of home run celebrations throughout the game but I haven’t seen any double/triple celebrations. They have done a great job with home runs so it would be cool to see them add more animations for other hits as well.
More Ideas from our Twitter page
Practice mode expansion
International signing in Franchise mode
Textures on DD jerseys (camo)
Online franchise improvements
This post was created by @prosportsfandom and @araymer21 on Twitter.
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