Tonight I had had a chance to play a single game of MLB: The Show 18 against a friend of mine, and it made me realize how great that game could be… if every game was played against a person in the same room.
The matchup was the Brewers against the Cubs and it was a wonderful game that ended with Ryan Braun hitting a walk-off inside-the-park home-run in the bottom of the 9th when the Cubs center fielder misplayed a ball to the outfield to allow Milwaukee to win 5 to 4.
What kept striking me throughout was the fact that the game isn’t nearly as much fun when you are playing against a person who you can’t razz or harass when they make a mistake. I’m a 43-year old man and I’m not going to jump up and mock someone when I make a good play, but it is a much better experience when you can actually enjoy a good play (or mock a bad one) when you’re in the same room as someone.
One of the best moments of the night happened when the person that I was playing against was making a pitching change. Instinctively I turned away from the screen to prevent myself from what he was doing. Old sports game habits die hard, it would seem.