Batter vs pitcher duels can make for some incredibly tense situations, especially when there’s a lot at stake. There’s a real sense of rivalry that hits you wether you’re playing against AI or another player online. The only new feature that doesn’t seem to hold up as well (in my personal opinion, of course) is the new directional hitting system, which in concept allows the player to influence the direction of the pitch in question, which is a cool idea by itself, but in practice it falls flat as you never really get the feeling you’re actually accomplishing something by using the feature.
Franchise mode is of course the big contender that has always been the franchise’s strong point, and MLB15 offers an experience that is just as comprehensive as its predecessors, albeit a bit safe when it comes to changing things up. Mode variation is also a bit stale, providing players with only a small selection of modes. Players are able to continue on from their save from MLB14 from any PlayStation platform and can transfer their progress to either the PSVita to continue their season on the road. This feature remains one of the strongest points of the game, though sometimes save transfers from previous titles can be a bit problematic when it comes to player transfers and retired players, which the game effectively tries to work around in order to create a comprehensive experience.
As history has told us, baseball isn’t for everyone. But for those who have embraced the sport MLB15: The Show offers the essential experience for any baseball fan, providing players with an authentic, well-designed and comprehensive experience that will take fans for a sensational ride.