Continuing their quest to get everyone sufficiently hyped for the release of MLB The Show 18 on March 27th, SIE San Diego Studio used the latest edition of Gamestop Mondays yesterday to focus on the improved commentary and presentation in this year’s game.
This includes the addition of analyst Mark DeRosa to the broadcast booth and a bunch of refinements designed to have the game look and sound more like an actual TV broadcast than ever.
As the team adds veteran ballplayer and MLB Network regular DeRosa to help provide color commentary alongside the returning Dan Plesac and play-by-play announcer Matt Vasgersian, it also means saying goodbye to the departing Harold Reynolds after just one season in front of the microphone. With the new crew having had the opportunity to apparently record much of their commentary together, the video promises a more organic back-and-forth between the trio and more in-depth analysis that will even take into account how the team has fared of late if you’re playing in franchise mode.
On the presentation side of things, you can expect to see a revamped replay system that is only teased in the video, but it appears to involve dynamic full-speed replays complete with 3-D ball trails that will change color based on the speed of the hit. There’s also been an emphasis on accurately reflecting the ever-changing atmosphere of ballparks. This manifests itself in a collection of new fan animations and attendance that will realistically change based on things like time of the year, current match-up and will even see fans leaving early to beat traffic in a lopsided game.
Check out the newest video for yourself below and have a look at what’s on tap for MLB The Show 18.