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MLB The Show 21

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Total Reviews: 42

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VSG Recommendation: Play It
Critics Consensus: MLB The Show 21 is not the next-gen leap we were hoping for, but it’s another incremental step for the series, and an important one. The Show remains the best baseball sim available, and hardcore fans and Xbox owners who haven’t yet experienced the franchise will find plenty of fun.
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Critics Consensus

# Reviews: 42

MLB The Show 21 is not the next-gen leap we were hoping for, but it's another incremental step for the series, and an important one. The Show remains the best baseball sim available, and hardcore fans and Xbox owners who haven't yet experienced the franchise will find plenty of fun.

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Critic Reviews for MLB The Show 21

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42

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54% of scored reviews fell within the range of 80 to 86 / 100

High Score - 90/100
90%
Average Score - 78/100
78%
Low Score - 68/100
68%
7/10
Richard Wakeling (GameSpot)

MLB The Show 21 maintains the series’ continued excellence on the diamond, but missing features and uneven additions hold it back.

April 20, 2021 |

A solid home-run hitter, but not the baseball revolution we were hoping for on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

April 21, 2021 |
4/5 stars
Matt Paprocki (GamesRadar+)
7/10
Sammy Barker (Push Square)

MLB The Show 21 swings-and-misses in a few areas, with the well-intentioned Ballplayer system diminishing Road to the Show. Despite being stingier, though, Diamond Dynasty is still the best card collecting mode available, and the series’ tried and trusted gameplay has been further enhanced with the addition of Pinpoint Pitching and new fielding animations. Sony San Diego hasn’t quite hit a home run this year, but this is a strong lead-off double for baseball on PS5.

April 21, 2021 |

Richard Wakeling (GameSpot)

7/10 - (Read Review)

MLB The Show 21 maintains the series’ continued excellence on the diamond, but missing features and uneven additions hold it back.

Matt Paprocki (GamesRadar+)

4/5 stars - (Read Review)

A solid home-run hitter, but not the baseball revolution we were hoping for on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Sammy Barker (Push Square)

7/10 - (Read Review)

MLB The Show 21 swings-and-misses in a few areas, with the well-intentioned Ballplayer system diminishing Road to the Show. Despite being stingier, though, Diamond Dynasty is still the best card collecting mode available, and the series’ tried and trusted gameplay has been further enhanced with the addition of Pinpoint Pitching and new fielding animations. Sony San Diego hasn’t quite hit a home run this year, but this is a strong lead-off double for baseball on PS5.

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Best Sports/Racing Game

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Experience faster, deeper and more intense moment-to-moment match action on the field, with a variety of game modes for all you rookie players and returning seasoned vets. Lead your Ballplayer to Road to the Show and Diamond Dynasty glory as a two-way star. Enjoy updates to Franchise and March to October modes which empower you to better make decisions for the future of your club. Face your friends with cross-platform play. Play as all-new Legends.

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