'MLB The Show 17'
The annual releases of sports games are always about incremental improvements – well, hopefully they're improvements – as well as modifications that emphasize current fashions in the state of the game and bring in new players. MLB The Show 17 has all that, presented in a generous variety of modes: Road to the Show is the story mode, told in the style of a documentary, Retro mode pixelates the graphics and removes the stats and management level for a nostalgia trip to enjoy with friends, Franchise mode is there for micro-managing and Quick Manage mode for jumping in and out. A smart system called Critical Situations highlights the most important parts of the season so you can get right into them, and since a baseball season is 162 games long that's a valuable thing. On the field where it counts the big improvement is the addition of “quirks”, which give players descriptors like Bunt Master, Illusionist, or Thief that make players sound like adventurers from a fantasy RPG and turns MLB The Show 17 into a game where skills are more important than hit-rate percentages.