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GameShark: MLB 09: The Show Review

A sports game must, above all else, stay unpredictable. If things start to get stale or if you start losing faith in the design because you've seen everything there is to see then a game can quickly lose its appeal. And that's what makes The Show special. Things happen. You may not see a specific thing for 20 games. Then, you'll see your catcher throw high on a steal attempt, sailing the ball into center field only to have the CF race in and throw a runner out at home who was trying to get greedy. Or it'll be the bottom of the 9th in a tie ball game with the winning run on 3rd base with 1 out and the AI will perform a surprise suicide squeeze.

Or maybe your pinpoint accuracy relief pitcher will take the mound in a tight game and all of a sudden look like a rookie – on this particular day – he just doesn't have it. It's moments like this that give you a tingly feeling every time you fire the game up because you have no idea what's going to happen. And that's the mark of an expertly crafted slice of game design.

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OGharryjoysticks4009d ago

I was in Target yesterday and wanted to buy this. I went to the video game section and there were 2 copies. I did the rest of my shopping and before I left I went back to the video games section to buy a copy but they were sold. I went to a different Target later that night to buy it and I had to wait because there was a guy already waiting for the salesperson and he wound up getting the game too. I'm pretty impressed on how it has sold in front of my face like it has. I wonder if other stores had this happening or was it some random strange happening around me? Anyway, awesome game!