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The next-generation of console gaming is just under two months away. With the new generation of sports games arriving at the same time, we felt it prudent to ask about your expectations for the new sports games.

Sound off by picking one of the options in the poll to your right on the frontpage and above you in the forums. Also, let us know more about what you are expecting from next-gen sports games!

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# 1 ratedmoney @ 09/20/13 12:53 PM
I expect them to be much better in every way possible. If thats not the case then these companies have failed us consumers.
 
# 2 KungPaow @ 09/20/13 01:06 PM
I'm expecting a similar experience to now, just prettier, because I am not getting the console early, I'll wait a couple of years, but I don't think they'll make it COMPLETELY new, Xbox and PS have done a lot in these past 8 years.
 
# 3 juicey79 @ 09/20/13 01:32 PM
I expect the games to look prettier in the presentation expect immediately.
I expect the games to play much better and become more complete at a quicker pace than current gen.
I expect the game by the end of the next gen cycle that the games nearly resembles real life 2/3 years before the next gens phase out. (at least for sports games)
 
# 4 Lieutenant Dan @ 09/20/13 01:52 PM
I want the first choice.

I expect the second choice.

I think as long as EA in particular continues it's current short dev cycle for each major sports title, we will not be blown away. Impressed, hopefully, but don't think we'll be overwhelmed.
 
# 5 NightmareBooster @ 09/20/13 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Lieutenant Dan
I want the first choice.

I expect the second choice.

I think as long as EA in particular continues it's current short dev cycle for each major sports title, we will not be blown away. Impressed, hopefully, but don't think we'll be overwhelmed.
I totally agree. What stands out to me is what you said about short dev cycles. Right now GTA V is blowing people away with how big and persistent the game world is (me included). What's important to note is that it was in development for years. YEEEEEARS! I mostly play soccer games but I think and both Konami and EA would greatly benefit from even an additional 6 months of dev time. For example, I think FIFA 13 was good enough to hold it's own until Jan or Feb 2014, at which point EA releases a game that they had more time to work on, which should be able viable just as long or even longer.
 
# 6 SHAKYR @ 09/20/13 03:07 PM
There shouldn't be any excuses for us not to get an overall better game from companies Sony and Microsoft let these companies have a say in how they wanted the new systems to function with their games.
Now, we can't blame the systems, which we never should have. Everything is solely on the companies who make these sports games.
 
# 7 stillfeelme @ 09/20/13 03:54 PM
Expectations are high. Hardware is on another level so I expect visually to be blown away but after that I think it will be how well the AI to user interaction has reached. I also expect unpredictable games where you just don't know what will happen play to play possesion to possesion. All new level of immersion not just visually, I am talking arena/crowd reaction sounds presentation and commentary etc. I should feel as if I am in the arena and the tension should build and explode for the right occassion. I am expecting a "learning AI" as a standard to get the human coach like a chess match. Even the modes like CAP should be deeper off the court and visually better. Then couple this with better online capability and we should see things online from a multi-player perspective and perhaps spectating that we haven't seen before.
 
# 8 Radja @ 09/20/13 03:54 PM
overall, i just expect it to follow the course of the last gen. certain companies are going to push the envelope and make it work. others will incrementally improve and by 2019, everyone will say this is the game we should have gotten in 2013.

i am not excited much by the new consoles. i am waiting to see how it shakes out. i have a backlog of games that will keep me busy until 2015 anyhow.
 
# 9 Money99 @ 09/20/13 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by SHAKYR
There shouldn't be any excuses for us not to get an overall better game from companies Sony and Microsoft let these companies have a say in how they wanted the new systems to function with their games.
Now, we can't blame the systems, which we never should have. Everything is solely on the companies who make these sports games.
Agreed. If a game as large and ambitious as GTAV can survive on current gen, there's no excuse for some of the weak efforts we've seen from some of the current sports games.
With next-gen, those excuses are gone.
The hardware will take the developers as far as their imaginations and skills allow them.
It's all on them now. No more boundaries.
 
# 10 Lieutenant Dan @ 09/20/13 04:41 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Money99
The hardware will take the developers as far as their imaginations and skills allow them.
It's all on them now. No more boundaries.
While the hardware should open up possibilities, there will still be boundaries on budget and deadlines that can affect how much work actually gets done and how much innovation there is (I'm saying that this goes for yearly sports titles in particular).

In a more general sense for, say, a new GTA title, Halo, Gears, God of War, etc, what you are saying is much more applicable and I think we will see some mindblowing **** on the new systems in that regard.
 
# 11 LingeringRegime @ 09/20/13 04:59 PM
I expect to be blown away by:

The Physics.
The AI
The Randomness
The Crowd Interaction
The Commentary
The Pre Game, Halftime, and Post Game Shows

No excuses anymore.
 
# 12 jaateloauto @ 09/20/13 06:50 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Money99
Agreed. If a game as large and ambitious as GTAV can survive on current gen, there's no excuse for some of the weak efforts we've seen from some of the current sports games.
With next-gen, those excuses are gone.
The hardware will take the developers as far as their imaginations and skills allow them.
It's all on them now. No more boundaries.
I would say GTA V is severely hampered by the technical limitations of the old hardware. Terrible framerate, resolution, awful pop-ins, bad textures, no AA, etc.

However it's all on the visual side. The AI wouldn't be any better on next-gen nor would any other feature besides the visuals. The reason you should be hoping to see any improvement in gameplay or AI in sports games is because hopefully they've been working on the next gen version with a bigger team than normal and for longer than the one year dev cycle. Not because the hardware is better.
 
# 13 Unlucky 13 @ 09/20/13 09:11 PM
I expect very little from sports games. As the rest of the gaming industry has moved to gradually and progressively improve quality since the start of this current generation, sports games are just now catching up to features that were in existance in 2005 on the previous generation.

A game like Uncharted or Mass Effect makes a similar game on the PS2 look and feel almost comical by comparison. Can you say the same for Madden or NCAA? Hardly.
 
# 14 bxphenom7 @ 09/21/13 01:52 PM
I want the games to be better in every way but I expect the second choice. I'm more excited for the gen after next-gen. I feel like next-gen is the gen before the next great era for gaming. The hardware is great right now but the gen after next-gen is when I really feel we'll get the most out of games.
 
# 15 JustAnotherGamer @ 09/21/13 04:13 PM
Man you guys are like Charlie Brown - believing them when they say They swear, I won't pull the football this time.

Things will be the same, just cost more. Tons of bugs and glitches will remain.
 
# 16 Armor and Sword @ 09/21/13 04:39 PM
The second choice is what I initially expect.

It's why I will wait till next X-Mas 2014 to go next gen.

I think going into 2015 the games will go to a far better level after the Devs fully get into a wheel house with the new power at their disposal.

Looking forward to that.

PS4 all the way of course.
 
# 17 ven0m43 @ 09/22/13 01:40 AM
For EA games "I'm expecting a similar experience to now, just prettier." But for the other companies "I expect things to be better, but don't expect to be blown away."
 
# 18 saifasava @ 09/22/13 06:05 AM
Sport Games should bring something more than super graphic. I hope they will more compatible in multilayer mode online PvP. I also would like to play a MMA MMORPG game with great gameplay and online competition.
 
# 19 tsp120 @ 09/23/13 10:30 AM
I anticipate this being a very disappointing generation for sports games, at least for a gamer like myself who prefers a strong AI over visuals and features.

The most noticeable difference I think we will see will be visually, as I believe that is where the extra power of these consoles will be spent. But even this may not be as dramatic as with previous new generations. Instead of trying to put my reasoning for that in words, I'll post this which I've seen on this site before:




As a result of that, what I expect to see is much livelier stadium environments. Player models may improve slightly, but the off-the-field visuals might get much better.

The previous generation of consoles had more than enough power to create smart, bug-free AI. The reason we didn't get it was because the developers couldn't pull it off. And I don't say that as an insult to the developers. It's a very difficult thing to do. And given their short life cycle and high demands by us gamers, it simply doesn't happen. And I don't see any reason this new generation will change that.

As was stated earlier, if they could lengthen the life cycle of these games I think we would get a much better experience. But doing that certainly doesn't fit in the business model of companies like EA.
 
# 20 Lieutenant Dan @ 09/23/13 10:40 AM
Even giving the dev team the benefit of the doubt that improving AI in their sports game is very important to them, the suits will come in to play:

Suits: So, how's Madden looking?

Devs: It's going well, we are VERY excited about some progress that's being made in the WR/DB interaction AI and...

Suits: Great! But what about those new features? How are THEY coming along? And the online code?

Devs: (sigh) We'll need to give up some manpower on the AI to get those other things in, but...

Suits: Then do it. We need our back of the box bullet points! If there's time for the AI stuff after you're solid on those, then fine.


A bit cynical, but I've seen enough business practices in general in my time to understand the politics.
 

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