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MLB 15 The Show is surely well on its way to being delivered to gamers next Spring, but that doesn’t mean we can’t add our own input on what we’d like to see in next year’s game.

In many cases, MLB 14 The Show was a pretty well executed game with a few notable flaws that held it back from true greatness. The shortlist of fixes for next year seem obvious, but there are also several gameplay issues we would love to see tidied up before next spring.

Here’s what we’d like to see fixed heading into next year:
  1. Online Play - Because this just has to work next year doesn’t it? This year was closer than ever, but it still wasn’t a great experience by any means.
  2. Commentary - The current commentary team isn’t bad, just stale — and their lines are repeating a bit too often for our tastes. Replacing the current guys is one option, having them add a lot more lines is another one.
  3. Better Management In Franchise Mode - The franchise mode is great, but there are a few items missing I really wish were there. Depth charts is one, but also better feedback on what you are doing as you do it. The experience is fine if you are a baseball savvy guy, but if you don’t know much about how the roster rules work in baseball you will almost certainly be lost guaranteed.
  4. More accuracy in stadiums, jerseys, etc. - The Show on PS3 was always above and beyond on the little things. Nowadays, it seems to be right with the rest of the pack on many of those little things, so another leap in attention to detail would be amazing.
  5. All of those gameplay enhancements - You can list what you’d love to see in the comments. Things like even more fielding animations, more hit variety, etc. These are all no brainers and should be in each new game, but it doesn’t hurt to demand it.
  6. Bonus: Create-A-Stadium. Seriously, I’m a ballpark junkie and I know I’m not the only one. Giving users the ability to create custom stadiums, especially with enough options to recreate many past great ballparks (or build a new ballpark for your franchise) would be an amazing addition we’ve not really ever seen in a baseball game.
What do you want to see in MLB 15 The Show?

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# 41 saintloue28 @ 11/06/14 07:45 PM
CREATE A TEAM!!!!! Build is already in place.(Diamond Dynasty)
 
# 42 markprior22 @ 11/06/14 07:59 PM
Put major efforts into offline franchise. Was so disappointing this year that all the franchise work went into online. We were then told we could just play solo online franchises. However, when you do that you find that AI teams keep starting the same pitchers over and over. Really sad that it wasn't fixed this year.
 
# 43 jethrotull @ 11/06/14 09:16 PM
Three major items.

1.). Edit leagues in franchise and season mode. So if I only want 28 or 26 teams I can edit divisions and leagues also playoffs. Think circa 1987

2.). Export team rosters so when I finish this 1987 set I can then export the teams to another roster next year. I don't care if I have to fix some of the appearances just keep the ratings

3.) create a stadium let us toy with making stadiums of yesteryear include wall depth and height along with other things like flag poles and different stadium lighting


You do this and you have a 10 out 10 from me
 
# 44 BravesBoy @ 11/06/14 09:28 PM
-Expansion, expansion, expansion mode!! Similar to the all-star baseball series but not like the current diamond dynasty point based/remaining games count way, Could be like a create-a-team mode but without the ability to load up your roster. Filling with generated players or selecting players based on an expansion team draft..Remove the online based aspect of it. I want it to be an offline mode like franchise but I'm sure there are aspects that could be tied into online.

-Options during mound visits. Able to choose strategy, stamina ect.

-Remake catchers gear and animations.
 
# 45 zello144 @ 11/06/14 09:57 PM
I mainly play RTTS so most of my suggestions are for RTTS sorry for the long list

1.Single A in RTTS after the Draft irl players start in single A or in rookie not straight into AA. Also improve the draft presentation. Also if we decide not to sign show it the next year I don't want it to be stuck in 2014. If it's going to be long why not make it like the real life draft with the presentation on the MLB network would really make it worth waiting through all those picks. With fake bios and backstories for the generated rookies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCGvlNOlyCc
Either that or speed it up

2. In RTTS make it easier to get traded give us a system similar to the NBA 2k series where we pick 3 teams and the GM will make a decision based on the best offer. Instead of getting traded to a random team.

3.Improve free agency in free agency let us negotiate with any team instead of waiting for offers. We should still receive offers but we should also open up negotiations with other teams. The teams that give you offers will offer more money. This should be added in because sometimes you want to play for a particular team but they don't make you an offer so you have to wait until spring training and try out for a team even though you are a Star.

4. As a RP in RTTS let me warmup in the bullpen before entering a game. Also let us call timeout and speak to the catcher and ask to be pulled from the game or stay in the game. This helps when the manager leaves you in there for a long time and your pitcher has no energy.

5. Batting cages something similar to shootaround or the practice facility in NBA 2k that you can access at anytime. If you change your batting stance you can come here to test it out and it also helps newer players get used to hitting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-iRAxlSGxk

6. Improve being a catcher in RTTS. I remember playing as a catcher for the first time in 14 and not having a clue on what I'm supposed to do. Let me look over to the manager and he picks out a few locations for you. Have the pitcher decline my signals sometimes maybe add some type of chemistry or trust that improves over time. Also let me call timeout and have a meeting with the pitcher on the mound.

7. Make the money in RTTS worth something. Maybe we can buy drills for our player, try out a new training program that may decrease the effects of aging, special trainers in the offseason. Add in something that makes taking those multimillion dollar contracts worth it.

8. Press conferences/Interviews when we reach The show. This isn't the minors anymore in the majors the crowds are bigger you are playing in large cities now not small towns, your now staying at classy expensive hotels and now ride the teams private jet not the bus, you get more attention all the cameras are on you now. The press conferences/interviews only appear if we win Player of the game, Playoffs, All star game MVP, When we get traded to/ sign with a new team showing our player wearing the new uniform, when we win Awards etc. If I'm a superstar in the league I want to be treated like one. Give me the attention, the controversy, the scandals etc. Let me live the life.

9. This may not happen but I would like to be able to retire my player and become a manager. This would keep us playing instead of the game gathering dust somewhere.

10. Last game environment let me go out like Mariano
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUTirIk75vg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG_Gtp5DUls

MISC Stuff
When we win a championship show the banner going up Also show the celebration in the clubhouse
Let me exit the Green monster like Manny (Please!!!!)
http://youtu.be/ZQjTXct8e3k?t=2m6s
In RTTS Make every team different if I choose to play in a bigger market like New York I will have higher expectations and more pressure to help the team make the playoffs every year. If I choose to play in Tampa I will have less pressure on me. Also I might become popular and well known If I play on a bigger market than a smaller one.
 
# 46 RedMeansGo2006 @ 11/06/14 11:10 PM
Boy oh boy, do I have so many wishes:
-Customizable Leagues and Divisions
-Customizable Schedules
-Custom Playoff Formats
-Classic Franchise, start a franchise in any year dating back to 1901 and have all the classic teams, stadiums, and minor-league affiliates. The player acts as the commissioner as well and controls when teams are renamed, added, or moved, when divisions are added,
-Increasing the "mix and match" jersey selection to include what batting helmet, undershirt color, belt color, sock color, and cleat color the team wears.
-Create-a-stadium
-Create-a-player in Franchise Mode
-A "throwback vault" (as in post every single jersey that has ever been worn by a Major League Baseball team) throwback online and let the player can download the throwbacks they want)
-A jersey creator. I've come up with a bunch of designs for so many teams and would love to be able to put them into the game.
-I want to be able to display throwback and custom logos and jerseys on player cards in franchise mode.
-Being able to turn off the wildcard "play-in" game (I don't know if this is already in there. I don't like the play-in game)
-More Minor Leagues: High-A, Low-A, Short-season A, Advanced Rookie A, Rookie A, and even the AZL, GCL, DSL, and VSL.
-Being able to have more "set" line-ups so that, if you're simming, and the computer decides that a player needs a day off, it chooses a line-up that doesn't have that player in it
-Stadium select be available in franchise mode
-Being able to simulate individual at-bats in a game.
-Being able to use special characters (apostrophes, dashes, letters with accent marks) and spaces in create-a-player and have lower case letters show up.
-I haven't bought the game since MLB 09 on PS2, so maybe this has been fixed, but on that game if I put a player on the 15-or-60-day DL, I had to put him back on the DL if his 15 or 60 days were done and he was still hurt. I would like to be able to just keep him on the DL until he's recovered.
-The return of "Sounds of the Show"
-I'd love to have the option of having home-field advantage in the World Series be determined by record.
 
# 47 LastActionHero @ 11/07/14 03:25 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by radney
I know these things don't mean anything towards gameplay but I would like to see the different times of day. From early afternoon starts at 1 would be bright and fade towards late afternoon. The late afternoon starts at 4 with the lights starting to come on mid way through the game into early evening. And the night games fading into complete night sky. In this department is where the 2K Series shined.



I would also like to see changing weather during games where it could be overcast at the start and clear up to be sunny by game's end or vice versa. Wind blowing light or harder or maybe changing directions like it would before rain.



Also the infield dirt changes to being dry or damp along with the foul line and batter's box chalk lines fades out as players slide across the plate. Little subtle things like that can bring a game to a completely whole different level.

This! .
 
# 48 mlblover15 @ 11/07/14 09:30 AM
1. ASB 2005 style who's hot and not list

2. ASB 2005 style expansion mode

3. Team Vs. Team stats

4. trade finder - i put in a player that i am seeking from a team and the cpu tells me what if anything it would take to get that player or players and if i put a player on my team into it (which might work better) i can find out what players throughout the game i could get for them.

i really don't like the work that is involved in the trade system it is now.. we should find out what we can get by just putting a player into the trade thing and be able to go through the teams and find out as we scroll through each team players will pop up of who they will give up for each player.. in whatever combination.

5. individual batter vs pitcher stats

6. individual pitcher vs batter stats

7. Pitcher Vs team stats

8. Kids in the outfield during the HRD shagging fly balls

9. 4th of July uniforms for every team

10. individual team uniforms for all star game

11. more trades proposed to user teams by CPU (have had none to date this year and never have actually with or without players on the block)

12. ball boys and girls giving the ball to fans when they get the balls.

13. no matter if a game lasts 9 or 90 innings please give us the post game line score after game is over. the one that is there after a 9 inning game. (i use it in my updates)

14. Anything and everything that mirrors a real broadcast in every way possible... keep it coming ... i want to never know whether im playing a game or watching a real broadcast...
 
# 49 aparks87 @ 11/07/14 10:47 AM
Here's my wish list.

- Fix the franchise/season custom roster glitch. If i SIM spring training, i dont want to go back and fix every teams 40 man roster when they were correct at the start of spring training =(

- Retractable roofs

- more variations in player models

- face scans

- SOUNDS OF THE SHOW (Pleaseeee keep them in the game)

- Need some sort of presentation overhaul or upgrade. Perhaps integrate MLB Network or ESPN Baseball Tonight?

- a variety of ways umpires can "blow calls" and work in the ability to challenge them.

- Diamond Dynasty Upgrades. I think every now and then it would be cool to get a variation or "chase card" of an MLB player in a pack where you can use them longer than 10 games. Or even add contract cards to Dynasty and MLB players. Also, it would be cool to have injuries and a DL spot(s) for your team. That way, the cards i have saved/collected have a more of a purpose. Finally, a season mode for offline DD players. I love the Extra Innings aspect for offline DD players to play other DD teams, but an alternate option such as a mini 10-game season or something would be nice.

BONUS - Create a Stadium
 
# 50 Armor and Sword @ 11/07/14 11:22 AM
1. MLB Network presentation integration. Quick Pitch in season, Hot Stove in the off season. I want to feel more immersed via audio/video presentation ala 2k basketball. Newspaper or Twitter feed is cool too like Madden and 2K basektball. More dynamic in-season commentary.

2. Further evolution of Quick Counts - Quick Counts was the greatest thing added to MLB 14. For me it was a god send as I do not have the time like I used to to play multiple seasons. Now I can with quick counts and year to year franchise saves. I would like to see 1-0 counts so I can lay a bunt down without a strike on me. Just a little thing but important.

3. Historical stats for every player and the player card to be better. Also in-game historical average against particular player, etc. 2K baseball did a great job in that department. I would love to see The Show amp up the in-game statistical presentation and also make it dynamic to the season.

4. Post-Season presentation - in game as well as out of the game in the meus with post season wrap up shows, highlights from other post season games. In-Game they have made strides with crowd reaction etc but I want more electricity and dynamic crowd reactions in tight games. Also season stats to still be shown as well as current post season stats in batter walk-ups and pitcher stats.


Can't wait till March!
 
# 51 Mike Lowe @ 11/07/14 11:35 AM
Been playing the Show forever, and my requests are in my signature.
 
# 52 Phil Parent @ 11/07/14 12:04 PM
From the point of view of an historical modder...

- Coach edits (Appearence and name, helps with immersion to not potentially have Ryne Sandberg coach Ryne Sandberg.)

- Create A Team, including the ability to use the IP of former MLB teams (Expos) and the ability to replace current teams in Franchise mode.

- Create A Draft Class: I'm aware that draft classes are produced by the game dynamically for the draft, and aren't preset. However, it would be an interesting feature to let us insert customized players amongst the players to be drafted and also, after having done that, imposing a cap on the potential of the players that are dynamically produced by the game so that the customized players are better than them and that dynamically produced guys end up being depth filler. Include an option for players to enter the game world a certain year without going through the draft for international players. Don't cap the number of customized players allowed.

The way I see it, draft classes would be created as an exportable and vault-able file. Then during Franchise mode, when a season starts, you get the option to import your custom players to the draft, with the game filling in the rest of the draft with dynamically produced guys, if there aren't enough custom guys to fill the whole draft. Then you can scout them and draft them.

This way, somebody playing my 1994 mod, for exemple, could import the 1994 class in Season 1 of franchise, the 1995 class in Season 2, etc. Data integrity and historical continuity would be maintained over time. This is a huge, huge thing. And it creates a new category of User Created Content.

Personally, this means more work for me, because not only would I have to create draft classes, 20 of them, and I would, but also because I'd need to remove 94/some 95/some 96 draftees from my current file so that there wouldn't be duplicates. But, I'll say as a modder that if this would be in, it would be used. I'm sure others will agree.

- Historical rules, divisions & scheduling, including settings to have less than 30 teams in a Franchise mode, no Interleague play, no replays...

- Ability to set alternate uniforms as Default ones and ability to limit what uniforms the CPU will use in Franchise mode, once again, helps with immersion in an historical setting.

- Salary, contract lenght, years of service editing for default and or created players.

- Maintain ALL current editing capabilities including the brilliant import/export mechanic.

- And, pipe dream, ability to edit last season / career total stats so that players in historical mods don't start at zero
 
# 53 redsox4evur @ 11/07/14 12:48 PM
I'm with the poster above on the draft class issue. I think it would be great if we got the ability to create draft classes in the 2K series. I, for one, would gladly help people in creating realistic fantasy draft classes for people to use. Also, this would be helpful because it could also add more realism to the game with guys creating the next season's real draft class. Also to be honest the SCEA generated classes are a little to non-realistic like most computer generated classes. Also another I would like to see implemented is something along the lines of the draft class strength meter that 2K implemented in 15 for the PS4 and X1, also a trade slider that could help make trading more realistic. For example if the slider is at 100 most trades will go through and a lot will be made and at 0 it is very difficult to trade and maybe one or 2 will be made during the season.
 
# 54 KennyJ1976 @ 11/07/14 02:16 PM
How about The Show Live actually working like a true up to date live game instead of like an exhibition game with live, sometimes not accurate stats. Have graphics displaying live division races and have the announcers mention previous and upcoming games.Have them also mention if batters and pitchers are on real life hot and cold streaks. To put it simple, have the commentary like you're playing a game in season or franchise mode instead of exhibition mode. Finally I know this will probably never happen, but how about a $1,000,000 no hit challenge, even though it's virtually impossible to throw no hitters in this game. Give gamers, new and old to the franchise, more incentive to go out and buy the game.
 
# 55 ajs41072 @ 11/07/14 04:29 PM
A mode like OTP where 18 players are all human controlled.
 
# 56 Chikiboy @ 11/07/14 04:53 PM
Outside of some general Items like improved Presentation, improved Player models, animations, hit variety, etc (all of which should go without saying) a couple of main items I'd like to see improved are:

1. Dynamic Rosters - The NBA 2K15 team is doing an incredible job with this right now. Each day they are updating the rosters and are not just limiting to player ratings. They are updating uniform edits, player equipment, etc. Largely based on community feedback. This would be awesome for The Show.

2. Spring Training - As great as The Show is, it is still hard to believe we've yet to see a baseball game without a true Spring Training mode. Putting a feature like this in the game (similar to PostSeason mode) with authentic Spring Training ballparks (Legends Field, Jet Blue Park, Camelback Ranch, etc) would be awesome. it's a great way to allow for players to play prior to a regular season but would also offer up some great replayability following the World Series (for those that just want to get in their baseball fix prior to the new version of the Show releasing).

3. Uniforms - All arguments about the Style Guide aside, it seems that we are at a point where just all the uniforms in the style guide could be included, not just handpicked ones. And if that is a problem, just allow for Custom ones to be created by users based on the team colors.

4. New equipment - Would like to see some of the updated equipment in the game that is currently used by players (ie: full, small and half leg guards).

5. Lastly, I think we all LOVED the new lighting system in MLB The Show 14. I'm hoping all of the ballparks will get the proper lighting treatment like AT&T Park. At the very least, no more dark outfields and someone please turn on the lights in the city of Pittsburgh! (that backdrop was depressing to look at in the game).
 
# 57 Buckwheat @ 11/07/14 05:23 PM
How bout putting it on Xbox one, PLEASE!
 
# 58 Kalkano @ 11/07/14 09:03 PM
There's quite a few things I could ask for. But, until we get Sounds of the Show back, there's no chance of me "upgrading".
 
# 59 Nero84 @ 11/07/14 09:55 PM
Better animations and smother frame rate. When I see what Konami has done with a PS3 game in PYS, I feel the Show could be doing a lot better in this regard on PS4.
 
# 60 RedMeansGo2006 @ 11/07/14 10:56 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Parent
From the point of view of an historical modder...

- Coach edits (Appearence and name, helps with immersion to not potentially have Ryne Sandberg coach Ryne Sandberg.)

- Create A Team, including the ability to use the IP of former MLB teams (Expos) and the ability to replace current teams in Franchise mode.

- Create A Draft Class: I'm aware that draft classes are produced by the game dynamically for the draft, and aren't preset. However, it would be an interesting feature to let us insert customized players amongst the players to be drafted and also, after having done that, imposing a cap on the potential of the players that are dynamically produced by the game so that the customized players are better than them and that dynamically produced guys end up being depth filler. Include an option for players to enter the game world a certain year without going through the draft for international players. Don't cap the number of customized players allowed.

The way I see it, draft classes would be created as an exportable and vault-able file. Then during Franchise mode, when a season starts, you get the option to import your custom players to the draft, with the game filling in the rest of the draft with dynamically produced guys, if there aren't enough custom guys to fill the whole draft. Then you can scout them and draft them.

This way, somebody playing my 1994 mod, for exemple, could import the 1994 class in Season 1 of franchise, the 1995 class in Season 2, etc. Data integrity and historical continuity would be maintained over time. This is a huge, huge thing. And it creates a new category of User Created Content.

Personally, this means more work for me, because not only would I have to create draft classes, 20 of them, and I would, but also because I'd need to remove 94/some 95/some 96 draftees from my current file so that there wouldn't be duplicates. But, I'll say as a modder that if this would be in, it would be used. I'm sure others will agree.

- Historical rules, divisions & scheduling, including settings to have less than 30 teams in a Franchise mode, no Interleague play, no replays...

- Ability to set alternate uniforms as Default ones and ability to limit what uniforms the CPU will use in Franchise mode, once again, helps with immersion in an historical setting.

- Salary, contract lenght, years of service editing for default and or created players.

- Maintain ALL current editing capabilities including the brilliant import/export mechanic.

- And, pipe dream, ability to edit last season / career total stats so that players in historical mods don't start at zero
This is probably the one thing I want to see most of all in the game. I'd like to add a few things that I mentioned in my old post: I'd like to bring back old stadiums an minor-league affiliates as well. I want to have the option of bringing back the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (best minor-league team name ever if you ask me )as my AAA team in a Phillies dynasty if I begin in 2006 or earlier, or even bring it back now. And the calender year needs to say the year you start in. I start a franchise mode in 1995, it should say 1995. I'd like to be able to set default logos as well.
 


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