The Smart Tutorial system is a new feature that will display needed information, and ONLY needed information based on how you are playing the game without interrupting the game. For example, if you are using the pitch meter for the first time (or not the first time and you are just really bad at it), and you are not properly stopping the meter anywhere close to the accuracy line, the system will recognize your failed attempts and give you a quick message at the bottom of the screen, as the game continues, explaining how and where you want to stop the meter. In total there are over 120 different tutorials that could kick off depending on how you play. And if you see them all, that would be both very impressive and very sad.
Furthermore, if you are playing in our new Beginner Mode, you will see extra tutorials that specifically show you how to do some of the things that are under computer control in this mode. So for example, if the ball is hit at the shortstop and he makes the throw to first base, a tutorial will pop up telling you how to make that throw. These types are tutorials are specific to Beginner Mode to help the new user get an understanding of the simple but very important controls of the game.
The reason we went with the Smart Tutorial method is because the last thing you want to do is be bothered by a bunch of alerts about things that you already know. So if you are a veteran player or are just naturally awesome at our game, it is entirely possible that you won’t see more than a couple of them. Another feature of this system is that it knows that once you have seen a tutorial and made adjustments to do things correctly, you will not see that tutorial again. Ever. With the possible exception of you forgetting what you had learned and start making mistakes again, in which case, you will see it show up again. These tutorials do not just cover game controls, they also cover useful features and strategy. If the game feels you are relying too heavily on one pitch, or maybe you are using very predictable pitch patterns, the Smart Tutorial system will tell you that maybe you should mix it up a little. These Smart Tutorials exist for all areas of the game. Pitching, batting, fielding, base running, RTTS –specific, etc. If you don’t need them, great. But if you do, they will help you become a better and smarter MLB the Show player. That is it for now. Thanks for reading and we will back soon with another blog from MLB 13 the Show.