Anyone else on the fence about preordering?

SDS

For me, it's not whether I will buy the game or not. I always do. It's whether I want to play DD. Like you said, who wants to do the grind all over again. Some like it I guess. Not me. I like to jump on and play, not grind against the cpu for months.
I may just play online rated and/or check out the new online franchise mode.

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Setting aside all the issues at release in the past, there is something exciting about the new season--setting up a new team, going over new content, etc. Playing people with golds and low level diamonds is also a nice break from playing god squads. Overall, the pre-order, for me, is more so an experience than anything else.

I'm going to avoid playing moments out the gate. I wasted a lot of time early in 2019 trying to grind those broken moments.

The other thing to avoid is buying cards and packs out the gate. Most cards are heavily inflated early. I'm just going to grind with whatever pre-order cards I obtain. I might just put together a competitive silver / gold squad and see how far it takes me.

I'm thinking of using the initial stockpile of stubs to put together a good BR team, but we'll see. The other option would be grinding to world series right out the gate, but I don't plan on buying stubs or cards, so that might be hard. Nevertheless, that component of strategy is what makes early MLB the Show so much fun.

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@thinkbluedgr said in Anyone else on the fence about preordering?:

For me, it's not whether I will buy the game or not. I always do. It's whether I want to play DD. Like you said, who wants to do the grind all over again. Some like it I guess. Not me. I like to jump on and play, not grind against the cpu for months.
I may just play online rated and/or check out the new online franchise mode.

Yeah, I did back to back 17 and 18. Taking a year off was refreshing. And 17 and 18 were more grinding than what I heard 19 was. I am ready for 20 though.

SDS

I’d ask a few of your buddies wether they think it’s good gameplay or not. On Day 1 this will be regarded as the greatest game ever. It always is. Plus it doesn’t really matter if the game “starts” out well, it can easily be butchered through complaints as the year rolls on. The current state certainly isn’t the best so your damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

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@mitchhammond24 said in Anyone else on the fence about preordering?:

I’m really on the fence about this. I play mlb because I love baseball and it’s the only video game I’m good at. But rn I just really can’t justify spending $70 on a game when there’s no guarantee of good gameplay. Really feel that I spent too much time on 19 and I don’t wanna repeat that in 20. Anyone else sharing my lack of excitement for mlb 20?

On one hand I want to play and have an elite record (with less games played) but I also just really don’t have a good feeling about gameplay after being excited for the new games for the last 2 years, only to be disappointed with the gameplay at launch

No interest at all.

When I get the itch to play baseball, I'll just throw in '19. Have another conspiracy theory to work on regarding collections but I still need probably at least 750k stubbs so it might be a while. So I will just work on 19 collections while most other people play 20.

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@mitchhammond24 said in Anyone else on the fence about preordering?:

I’m really on the fence about this. I play mlb because I love baseball and it’s the only video game I’m good at. But rn I just really can’t justify spending $70 on a game when there’s no guarantee of good gameplay. Really feel that I spent too much time on 19 and I don’t wanna repeat that in 20. Anyone else sharing my lack of excitement for mlb 20?

On one hand I want to play and have an elite record (with less games played) but I also just really don’t have a good feeling about gameplay after being excited for the new games for the last 2 years, only to be disappointed with the gameplay at launch

If you take that logic about the last 2 and were disappointed, then the lack of that excitement sbolded texthould be good gameplay this year..See the logic?.Hope that made sense.

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I'm also on the fence. I'm skeptical that they fixed the balance between rng and user input as much as they claim to have. However, as much as I complained about last year's game I played it for hours and hours...

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Imo DD has a lot of ppl feeling burnt it’s the same exact thing year after year just woven different. Custom league is going to be a breath of fresh air for many since it’s less time consuming.

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I personally buy every year but if you buy, play the game for 15 to 20 hours and don't like it, don't play it. You basically get the same out of mlb that you would most other titles.

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I just need more info on the Diamond Choice packs and what the XP path will look like before I choose between the 80 dollar game and the 100 dollar game. So far I've only seen a DH card with no stats in a year where I am told defense will matter a lot more. At least when Ortiz was with the Twins he could field the position until Doug Mientkiewicz was ready to take over 1B duties, I have no interest in his 86 OVR Red Sox card.

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Are they going to take directional out of online?
Is RNG not going to be a factor?
Is user input going to factor?
If I smack the pitcher is the ball going to drop beside him and is he going to be able to pick it up and throw out my runner who’s walking to first base?
Are 99’s going to drop routine fly balls?
If there’s a ball hit into the gap, is the runner in front of me going to take a hesitation/mental lapse/I lost my shoe at second base and somehow gets thrown out at third?
Are there going to be these awful mind numbing I’m half asleep one eye open “moments”?
What new specialty junk is going to be added to the marketplace?

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@jmcdonald1817 said in Anyone else on the fence about preordering?:

Are they going to take directional out of online?
Is RNG not going to be a factor?
Is user input going to factor?
If I smack the pitcher is the ball going to drop beside him and is he going to be able to pick it up and throw out my runner who’s walking to first base?
Are 99’s going to drop routine fly balls?
If there’s a ball hit into the gap, is the runner in front of me going to take a hesitation/mental lapse/I lost my shoe at second base and somehow gets thrown out at third?
Are there going to be these awful mind numbing I’m half asleep one eye open “moments”?
What new specialty junk is going to be added to the marketplace?

You should already know the answer to all of these, and it will be the answer you don't want.

You know directional will be in, you know RNG is there and the trend has been more. Input has always mattered, it just seems to matter less each year, this line drive to the pitcher for an out has been an issue for more than 5 years, I see no chance it is fixed, you know that no player is perfect so they will force errors to occur no matter how good the player is, and your last 3 who knows.

SDS

I'm on the fence until I see more RTTS notes. It's my favorite mode, but I am hoping for bigger updates for that this season.

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@jmcdonald1817 said in Anyone else on the fence about preordering?:

Are they going to take directional out of online?
Is RNG not going to be a factor?
Is user input going to factor?
If I smack the pitcher is the ball going to drop beside him and is he going to be able to pick it up and throw out my runner who’s walking to first base?
Are 99’s going to drop routine fly balls?
If there’s a ball hit into the gap, is the runner in front of me going to take a hesitation/mental lapse/I lost my shoe at second base and somehow gets thrown out at third?
Are there going to be these awful mind numbing I’m half asleep one eye open “moments”?
What new specialty junk is going to be added to the marketplace?

Are they going to take directional out of online? No
Is RNG not going to be a factor? No chance
Is user input going to factor? More will depend on the score
If I smack the pitcher is the ball going to drop beside him and is he going to be able to pick it up and throw out my runner who’s walking to first base? Yes, if you are in the lead. If behind, the ball will bounce and player will be safe at 1st.
Are 99’s going to drop routine fly balls? See prior answer. All part of the Little Billy code that isn't going anywhere.
If there’s a ball hit into the gap, is the runner in front of me going to take a hesitation/mental lapse/I lost my shoe at second base and somehow gets thrown out at third? Again, all depends on score and part of the Little Billy code.
Are there going to be these awful mind numbing I’m half asleep one eye open “moments”? Doubt if moments are in the game but not sure.
What new specialty junk is going to be added to the marketplace? As long as it isn't souvenirs, you should be good.

SDS

Just because a player is in the lead doesn’t mean they have to force errors especially on a 99 card. Are there errors in baseball? Yes. But come on this is a video game stop penalizing a person.

Lastly, sds knows that everyone has complained about late hits being great. We all know their part of the game, ok. But take it out of the announcers mouth, it’s a slap in the face. We complain so they implement it to an announcement in game when a late hit is produced. Just stop it already..

SDS

definitely preordering... hopefully Thursday... my only issue is if I'm getting 15th Anniversary Edition or Digital Deluxe since I don't have the flexibility I had in years past where I was able to get both... last year I preordered both but never went forward with picking up the "Go Yard!" Edition from GameStop... with my internet situation being shaky I might just opt for 15th Anniversary Edition and as long as GameStop doesn't botch this year like they did two years ago I'll go pick it up on the 12th and hopefully enjoy a 4-day weekend of playing this game to my hearts content... but we'll see if that plan comes to fruition.

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Man every year the game play is awesome online for the first couple weeks. I get all hyped spend money etc.. Then the patches come, they [censored] the game up intentionally and we get back to user input not meaning [censored]. It happens every year. I will not be buying this game period until I'm certain they actually listened this year to the fact user input SHOULD MATTER!

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I think I’m gonna pull the trigger and get the $70 version. I’ve been thinking about it a lot, and Ik I’m probably gonna want to try 20 out for myself at some point, so I may as well just get it and try it out right away. Also, this league mode with customizable sliders really has me excited for 20. Even if rs plays like [censored], customizable sliders will fix a lot of the problems with exit velos and lineouts

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Waiting is a no-brainer for me. Just on principle, I'm not giving SDS a 40% premium to play at release so there's no real incentive to pre-order.

Also get 4 days worth of reviews to find out if they actually made any changes to hitting outside the PCI visualization and enhanced feedback. Even though I also know they will likely wipe out rewarding input in the first few patches regardless.

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@MickDrenalenSwag said in Anyone else on the fence about preordering?:

Man every year the game play is awesome online for the first couple weeks. I get all hyped spend money etc.. Then the patches come, they [censored] the game up intentionally and we get back to user input not meaning [censored]. It happens every year. I will not be buying this game period until I'm certain they actually listened this year to the fact user input SHOULD MATTER!

Preach. Just long enough to sucker in folks on the fence but not long enough for the whales to get discouraged and stop opening their wallet. Like clockwork.