MLB 13 The Show: Postseason Mode Is Brilliant New Addition to Game

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2013

Screenshot via MLB 13 The Show "Postseason Mode" Trailer
Screenshot via MLB 13 The Show "Postseason Mode" Trailer

If you're anything like me, patience can sometimes be an issue when playing MLB The Show over the course of a full season. Sure, I want to battle for the postseason, setting my lineup for every game, playing pitching matchups with my bullpen and building my roster through trades and scouting.

But sometimes, I don't feel like grinding. Sometimes, I just want to be able into step in the excitement of October baseball and do battle for the World Series with my own custom team.

And in MLB 13 The Show, I'll be able to do just that.

The best baseball game around has gotten better this year, adding the new "Postseason Mode" feature. Check it out.

I love this option. While hardcore fans are going to always jump into seasons and "Franchise Mode" or "Road to the Show"—I still don't think there is anything more fun than being a pitcher in RTTS, starting in the minors and building up your character RPG-style—jumping directly into the postseason will surely be a lot of fun for players.

You can tinker with the new postseason structure. You'll get to see new crowd animations and a different level of excitement in each game. You could easily set up a tournament structure with a bunch of friends.  

C'mon, what is better than playoff baseball?

I'm not going to lie, I've done "Franchise Mode" seasons where I've simply simmed throughout the season, playing general manager and only playing down the stretch of the season and in the postseason. And I'll probably do that for this year's version of the game, too.

What can I say—I'm the sort of person who loves the doing a fantasy draft and selecting my team as much as I do actually playing the games after. 

But hey, now if I need my playoff fix during a season grind, I can just flip on this feature. I can actually put my Philadelphia Phillies into the playoffs. I could control the Chicago Cubs and make them lose, just to keep the whole curse thing alive.

The possibilities are endless. Obviously, I'm pretty excited for this feature.

It's not the most revolutionary thing the series has ever done, but I'm all for additions that give the user even more options. None of us play sports games exactly the same or for the same reason, so a multitude of options are the key to keeping a sports series fresh when it has to release a new game every year.

Once again, The Show has added a positive feature to its already solid game. 


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