For anyone who has played the MLB: The Show in its “09″ or “10″ iterations and turned off the commentary before their first seventh-inning stretch, you’re not missing out if you never let MLB 11′s voice work see the light of day either. With yet another year, the series’ commentary was plagued by issues of repetitiveness and flatness, and the overall broadcast presentation seemed somewhat lackluster. As detailed on the official PlayStation Blog, the development team at SCEA is attempting to target those areas in the upcoming MLB 12: The Show.
MLB: The Show’s community manager, Ramone Russell, sat down for an interview with the blog and said that gamers’ pervading complaints about commentary and presentation made it the “number one focus” this year. In terms of announcing, he described how the team is attempting to bring more “season specific commentary” to the table and have the announcers frequently delve in to conversation. “The commentators are going to talk about the MVP race, the Cy Young race, the series that you played in two days before, explains Ramone. “They’re going to talk about how your pitcher is having an awful year because he’s 5 and 15.”
To enhance the broadcast experience, MLB 12 will debut a feature called True Broadcast Presentation, which is designed to emulate signature patterns real life telecasts like camera cuts to, as Russell phrases it, “blur the lines” between reality and the video game. “When a batter strikes out,” he says, “the camera will cut and you will see his face, his anger.”
In the full posting, Russel also outlines new ball physics, uses for the PlayStation Move, a classified new online mode, and possible uses for the PlayStation Vita version of the game.
While many other sports games would likely envy having commentary and and broadcast as their number one complaints, it’s still nice to see that the overall trend in sports gaming is to strive to recreate the real life broadcasts. After all, the fan experience is increasingly taking the form of a television or computer screen, and even the best gameplay or graphics won’t distract from poor announcing.
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