MLB 12 – The Show: Baseball’s Scariest Play Highlighted
Whenever gamers think of scary games or adrenaline pumping gaming experiences involving lots of flesh ripping, blood spattering, assorted bones cracking and splintering, or general violent mayhem, they normally think of RPG titles or first-person shooters. Those genres put you up close and personal in the battle between projectiles, metal, or other speeding or extremely sharp objects and human flesh and bone. Here’s a hint: the latter usually loses. One thing is sure though, players don’t often equate scary plays with baseball simulation games.
But as you can tell from the video below, it can get quite hairy out on the pitcher’s mound or baseball diamond. Why? What appears to be the nifty small innocent emblem of America’s pastime to you can actually turn into a 100-mile-per-hour death projectile when pitched right at you under the wrong circumstances. A line drive hit right down the middle killed Mike Coolbaugh, a first base coach It has either maimed or severely limited the careers of some promising players. It can get rough out on the diamond. Behind the warm summer smiles, the glistening sunshine off the sauerkraut and mustard on your hotdog, and stadium waves, lurks the ever present danger of a cannon shot baseball smashing through skin, muscle, and bone. MLB 12 The Show shows how things can go wrong. While they can be credited by showing a high level of realism, the realism doesn’t end with a player taking one for the team.
Realism also involves the reaction of other players and a change in the commentary. The realism needs to be ramped up a bit. Someone nearly died on the field. At the very least you’d expect is the manager and team mates rushing to see if the player is okay.