The Show’s visuals come closer than any other sports game to replicating the real thing. Too often, photorealistic visuals can be a mask to gameplay problems hiding beneath the surface. But amazingly, The Show’s beauty is more than skin deep, and instead reflects the nearly flawless level of depth and realism you’ll experience when you pick up the controller. If you watch baseball with any regularity, The Show will feel real to you. On the mound, you have to be smart about the way you approach each batter, mixing up pitch selection and location. From an offensive standpoint, the game rewards patience at the plate and will eat you alive if you don’t have the discipline to lay off borderline pitches. For example, on the experienced setting the computer is relatively unpredictable; it may try to make you chase on an 0-and-2 count, or it may try to lay one on the black. The Vita version doesn’t boast the level of detail present in the PS3 version—which is to be expected—but if you have both systems and get both versions of the game, you’ll be able to save your season on the cloud to continue on either device. It ain’t cheap, but if you’re a die-hard baseball junkie, this is a very cool feature and would justify the double purchase.