then San Diego Studios has a mode that will get all of those childhood feelings bubbling up to the forefront of your being. New to MLB The Show 18 is Retro Mode, which is a new take on the old style of baseball games from the SNES and Genesis days. The game is played with a traditional overheard camera and pitches are controlled with the D-Pad (or Analog stick if you so choose to not embrace a fully retro vibe). The on-screen text is blocky and the music emulates the synthetic sounds of the SNES and the Genesis. It’s a wonderfully fun game mode that brings back those childhood memories of sitting in front of your old CRT television and challenging your neighborhood friends to see who is the king of the Machado Street hill. While I don’t see the replayability as being terribly high, it’s still a great new game mode for some good time-to-time fun.
For those that enjoy a cooperative game experience where you get a pal and manage your favorite team through various seasons from the comfort of your couch, San Diego Studios offers some excellent means to do so. Couch coop seasons are a feature mysteriously missing from many sports games, but MLB The Show 18 delivers in spades. Players can control the same team, either by playing individual players, or distributing the load of batting, pitching, fielding, and base running among each other. This MLB The Show 18 Stubs
means that you can play as your favorite team, take turns pitching, batting, and high-fiving each other in the living room. While there is room for improvement, MLB The Show 18 is far and beyond ahead of other games in the genre, and I hope other developers will take a page from San Diego Studios’ offering.