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As next-gen consoles near, you are hearing companies throw around buzzwords such as greater detail within the graphics, better animations, better AI, etc.

What aspect of next-gen games are you most excited about the potential for improvement?

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

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# 1 Dalsanto0026 @ 10/07/13 11:53 AM
Graphics.

I don't expect gameplay to be all that different from current gen to be honest.
 
# 2 HakeemOlajuwon @ 10/07/13 11:58 AM
 
# 3 statum71 @ 10/07/13 12:06 PM
All really. But for me mostly presentation.

There's no excuse now why we can't have better pre-games, halftime shows, intelligent and less repetitive commentary, dynamic sidelines, smarter crowds, better in-season stat banners, and all the little things that make the games feel "alive."

I know next-gen doesn't guarantee these things. But at least now developers have the room. No excuses.
 
# 4 hesko @ 10/07/13 12:27 PM
i agree statum71, it doesn't guarantee things, but if the next gen consoles have more power, then i am interested to see how far they can push it. i do expect to see more consistent natural movement and games of any genre feeling like im more immersed in a digital world than ever before.
 
# 5 DirtyJerz32 @ 10/07/13 12:38 PM
Should've had a option for "all of the above"
 
# 6 juicey79 @ 10/07/13 12:49 PM
Better immersion, and a more organic tv style presentation...ultimately I want the tv experience
The graphics and should be the best yet...let's take the next step to realism
 
# 7 sydrogerdavid @ 10/07/13 12:59 PM
I just want the most accurate representation of Busch Stadium as possible.
 
# 8 grodbetatted @ 10/07/13 01:50 PM
Graphics. Control of players has to be more present being that next gen is sooo much stronger than current gen
 
# 9 HenryClay1844 @ 10/07/13 02:12 PM
As of now, I'm not really very excited. Lack of competition, which limits the need to innovate and grow, has really hurt games on this gen and I think it's going to get worse. EA is more concerned with the money-making gimmick that is ultimate team to add many other features which are only added costs. I'm sure they think why spend money on cut-scenes that people will skip? Why add to the depth and realism of a game, if a kid won't have the patience to learn the intricacies of a sport? They are more concerned with selling sports games to people who don't normally play them, as opposed to the ones who only play a few sports games.
 
# 10 GlennN @ 10/07/13 02:56 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by HenryClay1844
As of now, I'm not really very excited. Lack of competition, which limits the need to innovate and grow, has really hurt games on this gen and I think it's going to get worse. EA is more concerned with the money-making gimmick that is ultimate team to add many other features which are only added costs. I'm sure they think why spend money on cut-scenes that people will skip? Why add to the depth and realism of a game, if a kid won't have the patience to learn the intricacies of a sport? They are more concerned with selling sports games to people who don't normally play them, as opposed to the ones who only play a few sports games.
I agree completely. I am not excited about next-gen at all. I have no current plans to upgrade (until the game companies give me a reason). Arguably, the best football game on the 360 is still NFL 2k5, leftover from the Xbox generation. Just because a game is prettier, as I expect the next-gen games will be, doesn't mean they will be better or more fun. Frankly, I have doubts they will be anything but prettier.
 
# 11 dlxsf18 @ 10/07/13 02:58 PM
As a fan of EA hockey, I'm really hoping the developers take this transition year to focus on presentation. The gameplay is great and getting better, but I feel it's unfair to expect another groundbreaking innovation like the skill stick or TPS for NHL 15. And even though there are two different teams working on gameplay and visuals, what I'm saying I'd like for more resources to be put towards things like arena and crowd atmosphere, celebrations and cutscenes, equipment details, player faces (!!!), etc.

Overall sports gaming should be at an all time high around this time next year
 
# 12 venga @ 10/07/13 04:27 PM
What Aspect of Next-Gen Excites Me Most ?..

Harden's forehead sweating, and skin render in your screen above.
 
# 13 Majingir @ 10/07/13 04:28 PM
Surprised so many people said graphics, when it seems like many games today only really get bashed for something like gameplay or presentation(especially sports games where people often complain about same commentators for ___ years and the constant gameplay issues(where the developers often just reply by saying "We don't have anymore space in the game to do ___")
 
# 14 Cowboy008 @ 10/07/13 04:33 PM
How come we don't have a option for all of the above lol. If I had to pick just one it would have to be better AI if the cpu plays smarter it makes the game that much better.
 
# 15 malky @ 10/07/13 05:00 PM
I think most of us agree, PRESENTATION AND COMMENTARY have to step it up this time. It's a shame that NFL 2K5 still have most games beat on those two aspects. I was CONVINCED that this would be no problem to blow NFL 2K5 out the water with the 360 and the PS3, yet I'm still waiting for next gen type of presentation and commentary. I won't be fooled this time around, I'll be patient and wait for you guys to tell me the presentation is ground breaking before I drop down the cash.
 
# 16 quehouston @ 10/07/13 05:21 PM
GAMEPLAY.

I want an organic experience. I want players to react realistically be based on size and momentum. I feel like real time physics should be a standard in all next gen sports games.
 
# 17 jarvis1104 @ 10/07/13 07:12 PM
Graphics, presentation, and AI. In madden I want to see a physics engine that looks consistently smooth.
 
# 18 pabryant @ 10/07/13 07:24 PM
Game content/depth. I know all the next gen games will have all the shiny graphics and it shouldn't be a far throw for them to improve presentation, however, I am looking for depth in sports games more than anything. I do not see any reason that any sports games would not have depth that rivals College Hoops 2k8 or Head Coach 09 or better in the upcoming next gen era. Content is really what we crave as gamers.
 
# 19 eaterofworlds888 @ 10/07/13 08:54 PM
Better A.I for me. I don't know why people are so excited about graphics. Personally I'd be fine playing with current-gen graphics the rest of my life. A.I is and will remain the most important aspect of sports gaming to me. Presentation being second.
 
# 20 bakan723 @ 10/07/13 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by pabryant
Game content/depth


Haha. This is AAA/mainstream gaming we're talking about here, right ?

I thought things like this and gameplay would be improved/expanded on when we went to a new gen last time, but we actually regressed because it's all about appealing to the masses with those fancy graphics and gimmicks $$$$$$$$$$$

Only thing I'm looking forward to, in terms of games, is the return of the CRPG, thanks to kickstarter.
 

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