MLB 11 The Show Co-op Mode Detailed: Demo Available Now!

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MLB 11 The Show Co-op Mode Detailed: Demo Available Now!

MLB 11 The Show: Co-op Play

Before I introduce MLB 11 The Show’s new co-op mode, I want to remind everyone that the MLB 11 The Show demo is now available for download on the PlayStation Store! Play four innings in beautiful AT&T Park in this World Series rematch as the San Francisco Giants take on the Texas Rangers. I hope you enjoy.

Now on to co-op! For those of you that follow us closely, you know that we spend a lot of time reading feedback from all of our fans out there. One of the features that many of you have been pushing for is the desire to play The Show with someone as a teammate, instead of just as an opponent. So, this year we created a co-op mode that gives you and a buddy the ability to play on the same team against the CPU, against 1 player, or against 2 other players.

MLB 11 The Show: Co-op Play


Here’s how it works…you’re able to customize who will be responsible for the different offensive and defensive areas of the game. When you’re at bat, you can choose to allow one person to do all of the batting or choose to alternate batters. The base running works in the opposite way so if you’re batting, your teammate will be responsible for the base running allowing you to work together for sacrifices and hit and runs. I promise you, if you’re playing a 2v2 co-op offline, you’ll start to develop hand signals with your teammate for these situations. I know, that sounds ridiculous, but it’s going to happen.

When you’re in the field, there are four different controllable areas—pitcher, catcher, infield, and outfield. Again, you have the ability to customize who is responsible for different areas. The pitcher, like the batter, can alternate between the teammates (per inning).

MLB 11 The Show: Co-op Play

To help avoid the confusion of who is doing what, we created some graphics that use your player’s color to indicate what responsibilities you have at any given moment. You’ll see the description as you load into a co-op game, and the dynamic icons will drop down from the scorebar at the beginning of each at bat.

Co-op is also available online allowing two systems and four players maximum (two users per team) to play a head-to-head game. The PlayStation Network user logged in will receive the game stats and points on their profile. The other user is their copilot, so to speak. Users can also play an unranked co-op game—two users, on two different systems, on the same team, versus the CPU.

Now, typically when you think of sports video games, you think of the competitiveness (and trash talking) that comes with trying to beat down your buddy, humiliating him, and making him cry, which is always fun. With that said, the first reaction to playing as a teammate might be that you would lose some of that enjoyment, at least that was always my impression. Boy was I wrong. While playing with another member of the team here in San Diego, by the second inning into our first game you started hearing…”You are killing me,” “I’m going to have to do all of this myself, aren’t I?,” “Man, you’re awful,” etc…(quotes edited and censored of course). Co-op brings a whole new way to enjoy MLB 11 The Show so we hope you have as much fun with it as we do, and that you don’t lose too many friends from the experience. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to pre-order your copy MLB 11 The Show on PS3 to get 30 days FREE MLB.TV! We were able to get a few test codes to check out last year’s games and this really is a cool app. Follow your favorite team home or away on your PS3 with MLB.TV.

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  • OK first off I wasn’t criticizing the gameplay I was criticizing the lack of a legitimate co-op even though the article states that Sony has been listening to their fans. You keep repeating how can they make baseball play different than baseball

    Secondly, how about some actual innovations? 2P+ co-op a staple in ASB 2001; NCAA MVP ’06, PSone Maddens, DC NFL 2K’s and NBA 2K’s the list goes on and on.

    How about if you can’t install a legitimate co-op than allow players to FF to specific AB’s so they can circumvent batting for pitchers or other players if they just want to play w/ their friends? They’ve had the same FF options for years now.

    How about ratcheted up competition and atmosphere in the playoffs? Or the option to go back and play classic career mode?

    As far as gameplay how about the fact that the CPU barrels everything no matter if you’re painting corners or not? Check their contact sometime buddy and see how they pull low and outside nose to toes breaking balls.

    As long as they have people like you who praise new commentary and weather as legitimate upgrades then they don’t need to tweak their formula or add anything at all.

  • The CPU does not barrel everything regardless if your painting corners or not, thats a flat out lie. This is not 2k baseball, maybe you got the 2 mixed up? PS: If you knew baseball, you would know there is more to pitching the just painting corners.Lie to prove a point is pathetic. I played a full season on hall of fame with the jays, not a good pitching staff by any means, I led the majors in pitching. Get your game up kid.

    Playoff atmosphere is already ratcheted up big time, did you even play the game?

    Have you played coop in mlb 11? Nope, flat out BS. Online coop is proper coop, and what most want, because you want something no one else does doesnt mean squat. 99% of people who play coop will do it online.

    Coop, new controls, redone ai, gameplay tweaks, more online features, 3d, move, is a lot in a small amount of time sports developers have. Are major updates.

    Again, you keep ignoring my points and act like the best sports series around is bad because of 1 feature most people love, you don’t like?

  • On top of this, no one has played the game, there are many other updates improvements, Again, name one game that releases yearly that changes a lot every year, sports games dont have luxury of long dev time. Have you played 11?

    how do you know what 11 is like? You have not played it, many more updates will be announced closer to launch.

  • No they won’t. What updates? You’re the one who’s either lying or delusional (btw, this is how you spell it). You think that they have features they are yet to reveal? Wow how naive.

    They absolutely barrel everything, what a joke, and I don’t even care about that part that much, like I said the gameplay is fine; and I admit it is a good game; but it was a good game in ’08 and it’s essentially the same now. Oh and playoff atmosphere is not more intense, I don’t know if you work for Sony or what but that’s completely off.

    It’s taken SCEA over a decade to implement any type of co-op even though it was in ASB 2001 released in March ’01.

    Move is only for HR Derby btw chief. Gameplay tweaks is extremely vague as is redone AI.

    I get it you love SCEA games, hence the stupid Sackboy icon, but you are a complete chump in the sense that you swallow up everything that they write.

  • Oh btw bro, looks like your beloved Operation Sports doesn’t think that this game is any different than last years either.

    http://www.operationsports.com/features/1233/os-staff-roundtable-mlb-11-the-show-demo-impressions/

  • I HOPE NEXT YEAR ON MLB12 THE SHOW THEY INCLUDE A NEW COMMENTARY FEATURE LIKE SPANISH SINCE BASEBALL IS A WORLDWIDE SPORT ALSO THATS WHAT EASPORTS AND KONAMI DOES FOR ALL THIER SOCCER GAMES.

  • I´ll be a DEMO with Move?

  • SEEMS NO ONE CARE’S BOUT WAT I WRITE FOR #56 AND #17 MLB11/12 EVEN THE DESIGNERS #56 FOR MLB11 THE SHOW DEMO NOW AVAILABLE AND #17 FOR MLB11 THE SHOW NEW PERFORMANCE EVALUATOR

    IT SEEMS THE GAME DESIGNERS ARE NOT INTERESTED IN PUTTING SPANISH COMMENTARY FOR NEXT YEAR’S EDITION SINCE BASEBALL IS A WORLDWIDE SPORT.

  • Well I have to say I am disappointed in the demo. The game is great, but it’s the same game. The controls are nice, but once mastered, well the game feels exactly the same.

    And is it just me, or do the graphics seem a bit flatter? Less livelier?

    The commentary is the same and gets boring. It would have been nice to resuse the old commentary, and add new color commentary just to spice it up more.

    New animations would be nice. I’m rather tired of watching the same person fall out of the stands everytime I ground a ball to left.

    And the fact that I can’t import my RTTS player from ’10 to ’11 is simply wrong. It makes no sense and it actually keeps me from wanting to get ’11 as I concentrate on that aspect of the game.

  • The Show needs an Ultimate Team feature like in Madden! Opening backs, collecting cards… that’s what baseball was all about when I was a kid.

    I realize this feedback is a bit out of place here, but I have no idea where to go, and I was in the area. haha

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