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IGN has posted an article that talks about the State of Sports Games.

Quote:
"2008 was a very good year for sports videogames by and large, as just about every major sports gaming franchise took steps forward and several promising titles were announced for 2009. It truly is a great time to be a fan of sports videogames.

This year gave us a pair of solid Major League Baseball games, although, to be fair, MLB 08: The Show succeeded in stealing the show when it came to the great American pastime. This year's installments of the Madden and Tiger Woods franchises both gained ground. And, both NBA Live and NBA 2K both saw marked improvement this year."

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# 1 Ty @ 12/10/08 08:04 PM
Good read!
 
# 2 KG @ 12/12/08 09:58 AM
Umm, I thought the article was terrible. Outside of the reviews I heard from the Show (never played btw) the majority of sports games were all considered to be weaker than last years (Madden,NCAA, NBA 2K,etc...)
 
# 3 areobee401 @ 12/12/08 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by kgx2thez
Umm, I thought the article was terrible. Outside of the reviews I heard from the Show (never played btw) the majority of sports games were all considered to be weaker than last years (Madden,NCAA, NBA 2K,etc...)
Could not agree more
 
# 4 spit_bubble @ 12/12/08 08:04 PM
Within the second paragraph:

"It truly is a great time to be a fan of sports videogames."



That's basically like government representatives saying the economy is fine.

Meanwhile we have two and a half stale genres (Football, College Basketball, and the half being Baseball), along with a sports genre as a whole that is sputtering along and can't seem to put out a game not in need of a patch.

I realize the gaming press isn't going to come out and say it, so I will: The state of sports games sucks. The industry is pretty much just a bunch of empty promises at this point.
 
# 5 ehh @ 12/14/08 06:33 PM
^^ Yeah, definitely. Talk about a fluff article.

Just because you improve on a crappy product doesn't mean it's not a crappy product anymore - and a majority of sports games are exactly that.
 
# 6 Jgainsey @ 12/14/08 10:49 PM
Madden 09 made 3 appearances in their top ten sports game list... yeah.. ok.
 
# 7 Maynard_G_Krebs @ 01/12/09 01:35 PM
Funny.
 
# 8 griffy97 @ 01/16/09 01:47 AM
I would argue that 2003 was the apex of the sports gaming genre, before all of these ridiculous exclusive licenses watered down the products and offered us less choices. Let's see, in 2003, we - the consumer - could purchase:

Madden NFL 2004
ESPN NFL Football 2k4
NFL Fever 2004
NFL Gameday 2004
NFL Blitz Pro
MVP Baseball 2003
High Heat Baseball 2004
MLB 2004
World Series Baseball 2k3
All-Star Baseball 2004
MLB Slugfest 20-03
Inside Pitch 2003
NBA Live 2004
ESPN NBA Basketball 2k4
NBA Inside Drive 2004
NASCAR Thunder 2004
NASCAR Dirt to Daytona
NASCAR Racing 2003 Season
NHL 2004
ESPN NHL Hockey 2k4
NHL Rivals 2004

and many others I fail to mention.

The IGN article is a joke, and obviously the writer has a short memory. Whether you liked or disliked the above titles (I owned and happened to like most of them), at least we had choice.
 
# 9 madcap08 @ 01/16/09 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by aggro77
Before exclusive licenses there were many titles to choose from and we all could find a title that catered to our niche, be it hard core sim, arcade, casual gamer, whatever. Now we have companies with exclusive licenses trying to make a game that is all things to all people and that just isn't working out.
Agreed. Most of them are arcade games with sim-like tendencies. The problem is that the shoot 'em up crowd doesn't have the attention span for a true sim.

NFL Head Coach was a neat idea. I actually bought the first one sight unseen. I returned it shortly after I'd won my fifth consecutive Super Bowl in as many season with the Detroit Lions.

So much for realism.
 
# 10 DJ @ 01/18/09 12:21 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by griffy97
I would argue that 2003 was the apex of the sports gaming genre, before all of these ridiculous exclusive licenses watered down the products and offered us less choices. Let's see, in 2003, we - the consumer - could purchase:

Madden NFL 2004
ESPN NFL Football 2k4
NFL Fever 2004
NFL Gameday 2004
NFL Blitz Pro
MVP Baseball 2003
High Heat Baseball 2004
MLB 2004
World Series Baseball 2k3
All-Star Baseball 2004
MLB Slugfest 20-03
Inside Pitch 2003
NBA Live 2004
ESPN NBA Basketball 2k4
NBA Inside Drive 2004
NASCAR Thunder 2004
NASCAR Dirt to Daytona
NASCAR Racing 2003 Season
NHL 2004
ESPN NHL Hockey 2k4
NHL Rivals 2004

and many others I fail to mention.

The IGN article is a joke, and obviously the writer has a short memory. Whether you liked or disliked the above titles (I owned and happened to like most of them), at least we had choice.
Man, does it make me sad to see this list. We really did have it made back then as consumers. If you didn't like one title, there were 3-4 others to choose from for that particular sport. Unfortunately, we'll likely never see those days again.
 
# 11 ChicagoSparty @ 01/19/09 10:43 AM
What a terrible article. Did IGN actually write that or did EA send it to them and have them publish it? It reminds me of one of those fake articles you see in magazines that is really an advertisement.
 
# 12 Herky @ 01/19/09 07:01 PM
Next gen has largely been a disaster for sports games outside MLB The Show and College Hoops 2K8.

Madden 09 and NCAA 09 were improved, but both have their flaws.
 
# 13 madcap08 @ 01/19/09 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by VikingFan4Ever
Next gen has largely been a disaster for sports games outside MLB The Show and College Hoops 2K8.
I was going to mention The Show. You beat me to it.

I'm really looking forward to '09.
 
# 14 PAPERNUT @ 01/19/09 11:44 PM
I agree with the part about most titles taking a step forward this year. That is because they have been such disasters anything is an improvement although most still fall way short. IGN is as big a joke as ever. Without The Show, my sports gaming days would be over.
 
# 15 boomhauertjs @ 01/20/09 01:24 PM
"This year gave us a pair of solid Major League Baseball games"

What other game besides The Show? Is he talking about Power Pros because he can't be talking about MLB 2k8?
 
# 16 madcap08 @ 01/20/09 03:05 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by boomhauertjs
"This year gave us a pair of solid Major League Baseball games"

What other game besides The Show? Is he talking about Power Pros because he can't be talking about MLB 2k8?
LOL. Yeah. I think it is 2K8, probably by default.
 
# 17 DaveDQ @ 01/20/09 04:00 PM
You have two things that have changed, 1)the consumer now expects more and 2)the developer can now patch mistakes in development. Somewhere along the line (blame it on the maturity of the consumer), people began to desire more realism and authenticity. Companies started to tout realism and the consumer began to call them on it. Along the way, games were getting put out that weren't truly representing the claims of the developers. Internet communities grew and started to hold such things responsible. Then came the patch, which in my opinion works but is leaned on too often.

With that, I think we have had one of the worst seasons of gaming ever. Not one title has lived up to its promises, whether it be franchise, online component or actual gameplay. We're paying more, the 80's and 90's gamer has grown up and wants something that best represents the respective sport, and that pressures the developer to produce. That's simply not happening on all facets.
 
# 18 ehh @ 01/20/09 04:08 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by griffy97
I would argue that 2003 was the apex of the sports gaming genre, before all of these ridiculous exclusive licenses watered down the products and offered us less choices.
It's funny thinking back in time now that you mentioned it, 2003 was the last year that I was completely obsessed with a sports game year round.

- MLB 2K3 was the one and only time I completed all 162 games plus the post season.
- My college roommate and I had a 10+ year dynasty in NCAA Football, 5+ in Madden.
- College Hoops debuted this year and we played it non-stop (can't remember if this had multi-user legacies or not), played it much more than NBA2K3

I remember we'd always reserve the Fall semester for our NCAA Football dynasty and the Spring would be for Madden until the baseball games came out.

Ah, those were the days.
 
# 19 madcap08 @ 01/21/09 01:12 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaveDQ
With that, I think we have had one of the worst seasons of gaming ever. Not one title has lived up to its promises, whether it be franchise, online component or actual gameplay. We're paying more, the 80's and 90's gamer has grown up and wants something that best represents the respective sport, and that pressures the developer to produce. That's simply not happening on all facets.
That's true in a lot of cases.

The Show comes pretty close, in my experience.
 
# 20 knighthawksfan @ 01/21/09 09:08 PM
I think that this year sports games were pretty good, since we had online leagues starting with ncaa fb 09 then online leagues with madden 09 then we had online leagues with nba live 09, nhl 09 had the best online experience I have ever seen in a long time since like dreamcast. So for anyone saying that this year sports titles suck have never played nhl 09. So until ya'll do please choose your words carefully. The sports titles are getting better every year. If u look at all the sports games since 360 launch they have improve really well. So stop hating on EA sports because before all these other companies came out with sports titles. It was all about Ea sports and that is the way it should be.
 

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