Believe it or not, this was the last baseball game I bought and it was the second game in the MLB series that was not produced by 989 sports. Sony handled everything with this game and they did not disappoint.
David Wright of the New York Mets made the cover of this game and let’s just say they did this game the right way (pun intended).
You can choose to use classic controls or the new controls for base running, pitching, and hitting. You can easily trade players during a season mode without having to have the other team approve of it and best of all you can edit your players!
They finally decided to put the edit feature in. If a player gets traded you can edit their uniform number and position, a feature that was not included on any past edition of MLB. It was one thing that annoyed me for years and years.
For example, I had to trade David Justice to the Yankees from the Braves in MLB 2001. I couldn’t edit his number so he wore 23 on the Yanks, the same number he wore on the Braves.
Don Mattingly’s number was 23! Justice wore 28! So thankfully they put that option into the game because it was something that simply needed to be done.
Along with the editing feature, MLB ‘07 The Show offered a new “road to the show” mini-game. You can play as a minor leaguer and work your way up to the majors in what was an innovative and brilliant concept. I’m not sure if it was also offered in the 2006 version of The Show, but if it was, than it was a good idea to continue it.
In terms of cheats, there are only two that come to mind. First, you can unlock the Golden and Silver Era teams, consisting of classic legendary players from the past. The Golden Era team owns players like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Satchel Paige, Ty Cobb, and Rogers Hornsby.
The Silver Era team is made of more contemporary players like Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Joe Morgan, and Don Drysdale. To have these teams available in the game was a great idea. There’s nothing like playing with your favorite team and going up against a group of legends.
To go along with the renowned players are classic stadiums, the second cheat. Type in the code and you can play at the Polo Grounds, Forbes Field, and a number of other old-time ballparks. It really is a great code to include in the game. If you want to take a break from your season, wind down and play an exhibition or Home Run Derby at one of the old-time Stadiums.
Really the only gripe I have against the game is the create-a-player mode. You can create a player using the eye-toy, which is a neat feature if you want to create yourself, but you are only allowed a certain number of players to create.
I tried to create some of the players left out of the game and after awhile a message popped up telling me “You cannot create anymore players.”
You’d think the amount of players you can create would be unlimited. Well, think again.
All in all, this is a great game and my favorite of the newer versions. Of course the ’08 and ’09 versions are out and maybe when I get the time I will pick up the latest edition of MLB The Show, which obviously is ‘10. But keep in mind, MLB The Show is basically the same game re-released every year, just with updated rosters.
However, I am curious to see how they made the new Yankee Stadium, so I will eventually buy ’10 and see if it lives up to my expectations.