The Show 16 on PS4 an absolute diamond

By Cameron McMillan

Diamond Dynasty and Battle Royale are new online features and bring a Risk-like strategy to the game.
Diamond Dynasty and Battle Royale are new online features and bring a Risk-like strategy to the game.

My hands are sweaty.

The ground announcer at Coors Field, the Colorado Rockies' home ground, introduces me and I stand at home plate for my first ever bat in the major leagues.

It's taken me many hours of playing time and more than a year to get to this point. And I strike out. But I made it. I finally made it.

The latest installment of the MLB: The Show franchise easily strengthens its reputation as one of the best sporting games around. The game play and graphics are near flawless and it doesn't take too long to learn the mechanics before you're hitting your first home run or striking out a side.

Diamond Dynasty and Battle Royale are new online features and bring a Risk-like strategy to the game, where you face off against other fans in short matches and gain territories across the US.

It's not exactly in the rules of baseball but the additions will be welcomed by younger players. For me though, it's all about building up the career of one player and becoming a great of the game.

Thankfully the ability to continue your career from The Show 15 is a saviour. I picked up from where I left off in the league below the majors, plying my trade for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

It wasn't long before I was in the majors, getting over my nerves and hitting my first home run in "the bigs".

From playing a quick game, controlling the likes of the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs or the New York Mets, or just being one player and taking them from college graduate to MLB legend - MLB: The Show really does have every base covered.

- TimeOut

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