This game is amazing. If you are like me, I always play on the hardest level(HOF) & you can be intimidated by the speed & reaction time necessary. What do you expect though? You try hitting a real baseball pitched at 99 mph! If you can't hit anything, put it on All Star level. Pitching should be changed to METER & hitting should be set to timing & location. The stadiums & game feels like you are live at the ballpark! Lets play ball!!!
In my humble opinion, this is the best sports game I've ever played, hands down. It's not just the best baseball game, which it definitely is without a doubt, it's also the best sports game by a mile. NBA2k12 is buggy trash, Madden 12 is average but could be much better, NHL12 is a great game, and MLB2k12 is OK but not anywhere even close to The Show 12. I play this game religiously and I've owned every Show since 2007 and this is the best one hands down.
It feels like you're playing with actual human beings. I create-a-player and make myself and put myself on my favorite team to play in Franchise mode and it says my full name when I come to bat, I have my own custom music that plays when I step up to the plate, and I feel like I'm stepping up to the plate at Fenway in real life. It's absolutely incredible. I wouldn't even suggest renting this game, I would suggest buying it if you're even a minor fan of baseball. I'm just at a loss for words as to how much I love this game and how realistic it is.