Arguably the best time to play an annually released sports game is at the end of a console generation. Because at that point, if things have gone well (and they have for MLB The Show), the development team has the game looking and playing well already and can focus on sanding the edges. That is my first impression of MLB The Show 20. Gameplay designer Ramone Russell made the first of his annual trips to IGN to show off the latest version of the long-running PlayStation baseball sim, which will soon be coming to Xbox and Nintendo Switch as well.
In the video above, Russell walks me through some of those key tweaks the Sony San Diego development team is making to this year’s game, including rare “perfect/perfect” throws and hits. Below you can see our review of last year’s (excellent) edition:
MLB The Show 20 will be released on March 17 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. We’ll have more preview coverage prior to the launch, so keep checking back!
Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Executive Editor of Previews and resident Arizona Diamondbacks fan. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, catch him on Unlocked, and drop-ship him Taylor Ham sandwiches from New Jersey whenever possible.