Aaron Luke, designer of the PlayStation baseball game MLB 09 The Show, revealed a lot about enhancements to this year's version of The Show on the PlayStation blog. Overall, the changes are aimed at customization and personalizing your fake-baseball experience.
Gameplay was tweaked to give you more control over the amount of fielding you do; how much of your teammates' hitting you get to watch; and what type of base-running opportunities you'd like to be involved in. The Create-a-Player feature has been jacked up with the addition of new accessories and the ability to edit your player's look any time after creation.
I'm most interested in the PS3 Sound of the Game feature which sounds awesome. It allows for creating your own chants, cheers and batter walk-up music, then assigning it to specific events in the game. So if you hate Florida Marlins' second baseman Dan Uggla with the burning passion of a thousand white-hot suns (and believe me, I do), you can have him met with a chorus of customs catcalls and boos every time he walks on the field. Also, there are many Major League pitchers who are actually belly-itchers. Let them know!
Anyway, the lists of changes is in-depth and comprehensive, just the kind of detail-oriented material hardcore baseball fans crave. Check it out on the PlayStation blog. MLB 09 The Show is scheduled for release on March 3 on the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP.
Do you play any baseball video games? Or are you more like G4's Frank Meyer who is honestly surprised that anyone still plays actual baseball, let alone a digital version!