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MLB The Show 22: The New Features Inside Baseball’s Killer App

Cover star Shohei Ohtani rings in Tuesday’s arrival of MLB The Show 22 on gaming consoles worldwide. Here’s what fans need to know about this year’s features.

It’s the Tuesday before Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, which means T-Mobile users get MLB.TV for free (this is not a sponsored post as of this writing) and MLB The Show 22 is now available on your favorite gaming console.

Or, shall we say, MLB The Shohei.

Image courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment

The Los Angeles Angels’ do-it-all, two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani graces the cover of San Diego Studios and Sony Interactive’s latest best-selling title available today on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.

MLB The Show 21 was the No. 9 best-selling video game of 2021, and ranked No. 2 in the sports category behind Madden NFL 22.

MLB The Show 22 screenshot PlayStation 5 (courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment)

This year’s version of the game comes with a bevy of new features, including:

  • You can now create multiple players in Road To The Show, with increased flexibility in crafting and creating your pitcher repertoire, improved variety and mission progression through Ballplayer Programs and new challenges and rewards including custom swings depending on a hitter’s game situation.
  • An improved gameplay difficulty spectrum, with Amateur and Minors added for beginner players.
  • Fielding practice has been added to improve your defensive skills.
  • There’s a new 101 video series called Learn The Show, which includes videos dropping each weekday in April on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube or on the game’s official website.
  • An improved Dynamic Perfect Accuracy Region for pitching, allowing players to better pinpoint pitches within the strike zone.
MLB The Show 22 screenshot from Xbox Series X (courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment)
  • Faces of the Franchise returns with at least one 90 overall player repping each team in Diamond Dynasty, with 12 of the 30 bosses unlockable by playing moments or missions.
  • Live content will include rotating programs every few weeks for new boss rewards, unlockable animations and audio items, and new roster updates based on IRL player performances.
  • New modes and mini-seasons provide variety against CPU in Diamond Dynasty mode.
  • Diamond Dynasty has more than 150 new legends available to play with and against, including Randy Johnson, Ryan Howard, and Kirk Gibson.
  • Cross-play allows players to compete against each other on PlayStation, Xbox, and now Nintendo Switch by linking your console to an account on TheShow.com.

No more waiting. It’s springtime. Grab your lumber. It’s time to touch ’em all one more time.

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