One of Sony’s annual sluggers is a free agent this year. MLB The Show 21, developed and published by Sony’s internal studios, is the first in the series not exclusive to PlayStation. Not only that, but Xbox Game Pass members get it as part of their paid subscription, so the audience for this iconic baseball series is bigger than ever before.
So how well does this year’s entry capture America’s pastime? The critical reaction so far seems mildly enthusiastic. The consensus appears to be that while MLB The Show 21 captures the fundamentals just as well as ever, it’s has lost a few features from prior entries and still hasn’t matched some offered by other high-profile sports franchises. Plus as the first new MLB The Show game on the new generation of hardware, critics don’t seem entirely wowed by the bump in power.
In GameSpot’s MLB The Show 21 review, Richard Wakeling said, “MLB The Show 21 maintains the series’ high bar of excellence once the ball’s in play. Away from the diamond, however, there are a number of missing features and questionable decisions that take some of the shine off an otherwise fantastic game of baseball.”