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We have seen a lot of trends over the past few years towards more online friendly modes, with single player modes seemingly seeing less innovation from year to year. It's not a crazy thought, with Online Dynasties in NCAA and Ultimate Team in FIFA spurning dedicated communities around those modes.

However, in all of our polls (including our most recent on the matter), the majority of sports gamers are still playing exclusively single player. So for you, where would you like to see more innovation focused in the coming years: in online or single player modes?

Sound off in the poll by voting to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums!

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# 1 ubernoob @ 04/09/13 09:58 AM
Can't vote from my phone so my vote will have to wait...

Single player by far, but there's a caveat. It doesn't need to be separated. They should put all their focus into perfecting single player dynasties, then the secondary focus should be on translating that into a working online mode.

Gameplay and single player franchise modes should be the foundation of the pyramid.
 
# 2 SHAKYR @ 04/09/13 10:06 AM
Single player(offline). Game developers are trying to force players to be online players but limiting the effort they put in to the single player gameplay experience.
 
# 3 BezO @ 04/09/13 10:37 AM
Assuming single player = offline, single player. But I'm for offline improvements, not necessarily single player. And I don't see why on/offline can't share.
 
# 4 ffaacc03 @ 04/09/13 10:41 AM
What I cant understand is why we cant have every option/feature/slider/customization we have for offline, also for online.

Here is to hope that we finally get this, with the processing power and ram bumps of next generation of consoles.

I do feel like the offline (not necesarily restricted to single player, I play season/association with my bros) portion hasnt received the same "innovation" ... then again, the online portion either, they are just porting stripped down versions of the offline and copying online modes from other franchises, which isnt innovative.

To me, games (softwares) are not progressing as rapidly as hardware does - it seems -, specially sports games, which tend to only do 1 or 2 "innovations" in a consoles cycle (7 years or more) ... then again, sports games unlike other games, are made within a 1 year cycle.

Anyways, looking forward to see the "new" excuses that we will be given come new consoles as there would be little room (we shouldnt give them any) for "old" excuses to presented again.
 
# 5 shogunofharlem3 @ 04/09/13 10:44 AM
I'd like to see a mix. I really loved how NHL 2k10 was the first, that I can recall, to allow coop franchise mode. That was awesome. Took the offline single player and expanded it to multi. Was amazing!

NHL 13 expanded upon that. I'd love to see more offline / online integration and more coop options.
 
# 6 buckeyedawgtribe @ 04/09/13 11:00 AM
game makers hate players that load up a disc and play a season with their team or complete a series 10 missions in a first person shooter..Online is great but it has other goals in mind. To make more money off you. I mean how many game are we gonna to see "broken" shipped out of the box only to have to go online and download a patch. Then when six golf courses or 7 maps gets you addicted they sat hey drop us more money he is some new stuff. All in all I get it but I truly missed the days where I paid a set price for a game. it worked just fine, and was able to played again and again
 
# 7 Lieutenant Dan @ 04/09/13 11:07 AM
1000X yes on focus on single player in sports games.

I like robust online components for FPS and driving. However, and this is just my opinion, I wouldn't mind especially in the case of Madden to see online just disappear.
 
# 8 jmaj315 @ 04/09/13 11:35 AM
ok so i voted online... but the more i think about it i want innovation focused in single player.i want refinement to be focused in online mode.
 
# 9 Majingir @ 04/09/13 11:59 AM
This poll shows just how much people care more about single player than online.

It just sucks how most games only care about online play though. Many times you see patches come out for games, majority are just online fixes and not so much single player stuff.

Most of the time though, peoples only complaints about online are the servers and stuff. For the most part(at least in sports games) I don't think people care as much about some new and innovative idea, they just wanna be able to play the game against other people. This isn't COD or anything, we don't need abunch of extra stuff in the game where buying the game is only worth it, if you're playing majority of your time online.
 
# 10 Cardot @ 04/09/13 12:21 PM
I'll echo the previous comments here. I am an old school offline gamer, and when I play video games I usually want to SHUT OUT the outside world. It is definitely becoming tiresome having the online features shoved in our face. I understand there is a community for it, and glad it there is an option for it. But I just hate how it is becoming fully integrated into games.
 
# 11 kerosene31 @ 04/09/13 12:56 PM
Single player needs a lot of work. SP seems to be secondary to multiplayer in most sports games, yet it seems to be the more popular mode.

AI and franchise modes need a lot of work in most games.
 
# 12 Trick13 @ 04/09/13 01:13 PM
All innovation needs to be focused on the single player experience. However, all that innovation should carry over to online "multi-user" career modes.

Take Madden for illustration purposes.

If EA tweaked the game to play, or based the game play on the single player. It would mean strengthening adaptive AI (which is allegedly in the game but heavily dumbed down to force users to micro manage the game), it would mean spending the time and effort to fix the CPU's horrible roster management issues (draft/FA logic), it would mean making the Superstar players play like Superstars - at least at the upper difficulty levels.

Then you flesh out the game, with more robust options and sliders and multiple layered difficulty settings (game difficulty, scouting difficulty, FA contracts difficulty, salary cap difficulty, etc).

Examples of new sliders that should be in;
Adaptive AI - low end = for short qtrs, tourney style crap we have now
High end = for longer qtrs, CPU AI even on user
controlled teams will take away abused
routes/ plays
QB AWR - rather than relegate us to making CPU QBs more accurate
or less - give us the option to make them more (or less)
AWR

Suggested options for toggle on/off;
Custom playbooks
Change player positions
Auto-Sprint
Auto-kick
Progression, on/off for each attribute & trait
Auto-progression on/off and blended like it is now

Layered difficulty ideas
Game - as it is now
Scouting - Rookie - like M13 CCM,
Pro- never reveals actual numbers but gives A+ thru F-
All-pro -same as pro but prevents DEV reveal
All-Madden - same as AP but also "hides" OVR, INT, DUR,
PHYS - thus forcing you to spend more
without those "indicator" ratings

Salary Cap - have pro reflect actual cap increase schedule AP/AM
would be progressively stingier, rookie more generous

FA signings/re-signings - higher the difficulty the more players will
demand, more likely to walk/decline offers
and as the setting is raised the players will
demand more up front $ (bonus money)

The you allow the community to share files that add to the game experience. IE Custom Gameplans you could upload into your CCM for specific CPU teams, Custom draft classes that are either modified versions of EA pre-made ones or completely new from scratch classes.
Make difficulty settings, sliders and such separate from profiles to enable those to be shared.


Now you build all of that for the single player experience and you just extend that game to online CCM and everybody wins. Online/ tourney guys are fond of telling us "sim heads" to adapt, because they are so good at "stick skills" and what not - well if they are that good they will "adapt" and EA will destroy all previous sales marks by their game and likely by any game in the United States period.
 
# 13 Dwenny @ 04/09/13 01:14 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cardot
I'll echo the previous comments here. I am an old school offline gamer, and when I play video games I usually want to SHUT OUT the outside world. It is definitely becoming tiresome having the online features shoved in our face. I understand there is a community for it, and glad it there is an option for it. But I just hate how it is becoming fully integrated into games.
Exactlly how I feel, well said.
 
# 14 @legendm0de @ 04/09/13 01:40 PM
Glad to see agreement on this in the poll. They should enhance some of the things about online gaming, such as ranking systems and tournaments, filtering types of matches and opponents but until they do things like that I'm not interested in seeing my game packed with a bunch of updates on what I can do online.

No matter how great of an idea they could come up with for online modes, the human element will always make it hard to fully enjoy. Aside from online tournaments and the occasional desire to play another human being, online isn't that essential for sports games. I'd rather see them use their energy to invent and enhance our single player modes.
 
# 15 Cowboy008 @ 04/09/13 04:08 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by BezO
Assuming single player = offline, single player. But I'm for offline improvements, not necessarily single player. And I don't see why on/offline can't share.
I agree with this.
 
# 16 SHAKYR @ 04/09/13 05:17 PM
When I playing sports fighting games like Fight Night you can see it was designed for online and neglected the offline experience all together.
 
# 17 GlennN @ 04/09/13 06:15 PM
This is the easiest time I have ever had answering a poll question on OS! I have no interest in online gaming at all. Offline single player all the way!!
 
# 18 mb625 @ 04/09/13 08:21 PM
Definitely single player. For those of us unwilling to shell out the money for XBox live, it is really frustrating to not be able to fully experience all a game has to offer when all the innovation is geared toward the online modes.
 
# 19 Nature_Boy @ 04/09/13 08:43 PM
For someone like myself who very rarely plays online, I voted for single player.
 
# 20 horrormaster @ 04/09/13 08:53 PM
Single Player

I don't even play games online and haven't played a sports game online since 2005. Maybe if they weren't riddled with cheaters, glitches, money plays, nano blitzes, no-lifers, etc. I would actually try a game online again.
 

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