Each category is scored out of 5 points. The final score is the average of all the category scores added up then divided by the number of categories. Some games might have a different number of categories.
Graphics (5 out of 5)
Call of Duty’s graphics look amazing, even on a 1080p screen (I played on the original PS4 and on an Asus monitor). The character models are impressive in the single-player campaign and there is so much detail on almost all buildings, machines. and guns. In multiplayer, they look great too, just not as good as in the single-player mode. Zombies is creepy as hell but the graphics look fantastic too.
Gameplay (4 out of 5)
The gameplay in single-player was awesome. I thought it was one of the better Call of Duty campaigns I have played. The game makes you do a lot of different kinds of missions (stealthy missions, flying, etc.) which were tedious at times, but…different for a Call of Duty game. The game tries to make you feel like you were a soldier during WWII and most of the time it succeeded. Kudos to them for that. The multiplayer and zombie modes are fan favorites and I think this year’s game nails them both. Yes, the maps are small, but this is a Call of Duty game, so expect that going into it. It is not a Battlefield game.
Narrative (4 out of 5)
You play as William Pierson, a Texas farm boy in the Army’s first infantry division. The game opens up right from D-Day (which was insane!) and you make your way through Europe, defeating Nazis along the way. As mentioned above, the game lets you do various missions so it is not just a run and gun game. The story overall is bland but does have its moments of excellence. The ending is also great, worth the play through. The one thing that this game removes is the ability to regenerate your health automatically. You have to find medkits or use your squadmate if you are in need of health. Your squadmates can also give you grenades and ammo. Additionally, there are squadmates that can spot out enemies for you and call in mortars. You definitely need to rely on your squadmates in this game compared to other Call of Duty games. The campaign takes about 6-7 hours to beat on hardened difficulty, so definitely not a long game. You can spend a few more hours looking for mementos or playing on a harder difficulty to get trophies but other than that, there is no replay value in the campaign in my opinion.
Multiplayer (4 out of 5)
The multiplayer in this Call of Duty is fantastic. I love the feel of how the guns shoot, the movement, and what they did with the divisions. There is also a hangout place called headquarters, where you can walk around, look at contracts, equipment, and test out guns. Now onto the maps. I like most of the maps in the game but I do wish there were some bigger maps and game modes. It has every mode you would think a Call of Duty game would have. The new “War” mode is fun and intense but it is not for everyone. I haven’t come across any issues yet in multiplayer but will update if I do.
So here is the review for MLB The Show 17. As all reviews, I’ll go through 4 categories, presentation/game modes, gameplay, graphics, and single player/online play. At the end, I’ll add the points up and give you a final score and provide you my opinion of the game and if it’s worth $60 or not. Each category will be scored on a scale through 1-10, 10 being the highest. At the end of the review, I’ll add the score up and give you the total and my recommendation for the game
There’re 4 modes in this year’s version, not including online and single player play. Diamond Dynasty, Road To The Show (RTTS), Franchise and the all new Retro Mode. Diamond Dynasty is back and bigger than before. They added new features and ways to play in Diamond Dynasty. RTTS is the best mode in MLB The Show in my opinion and has been improved upon since last year’s version. They included a lot more customizations for your character whether it be your face, hairstyle, or batting stance. Franchise mode is also a fan favorite and one of my go-to game modes. Choosing a team and having full control over it, while winning a world series with “your” team is so satisfying. The new Retro Mode is fun but nothing much to it besides basic controls and memories from old school baseball games. Single player is also fun and even better with friends. My friends who aren’t even baseball fans enjoyed some time in the game. Online play, in the beginning, it was shaky with the server issues but they have recently been fixed and I haven’t encountered a problem since. I even share played the game with a few friends and didn’t encounter a single problem. The graphics held up fine and there weren’t any framerate drops.
Score: 9 out of 10
The Show’s gameplay is good. It is the same as last years and there’re several ways to play if you don’t like using the “R” stick to hit and throw. The buttons are my favorite while having the hitting on dynamic difficulty. The hitting is tough especially in RTTS where your guy might not be all that great at hitting. The minors are easy but if you get called up to the majors with low hitting, be aware, you will struggle. I chose SS and 2B in RTTS. The fielding was excellent and didn’t encounter any glitches or frame rate drops. The slow-motion of the diving and jumping were a bit annoying but nothing that really took away from the gameplay. The commentary is better than last years but very repetitive at times. The music is bland and I always end up turning on Spotify after several minutes of playing.
Score: 8 out of 10
The Show’s graphics are FANTASTIC. I have never seen graphics this good in a sports game, and I have played many, except for NHL. The stadiums look exactly like their real-life counterparts. The lighting and day/night games are great. The players look real and lifelike. I can’t say enough about the graphics in this game. Even the computer-generated players look real and have a sense of realization to them. San Diego Studios did a great job this year with character animations and visuals.
Score: 10 out of 10
Score: 9 out of 10
MLB The Show 17 is worth $60 if you’re a baseball fan or even just a sports fan. Even if you aren’t a sports fan and you have a PS4 you should give it a try. It’s rare it’ll be on sale this soon but if it is, jump on the sale price!