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As we enter a new generation, sports games are at a crossroads.

Some games have tried to enhance their services, requiring internet connections to fully function. Other games have dipped even further into realism, with mixed reactions from long time fans. No one has tried a truly enhanced presentation yet, but you have to think that is coming.

When it comes to what will make sports games successful in the next-generation of video games, what is going to be the more important attribute to you: on-field realism, better presentations, better online services, or better offline experiences?

Sound off by voting in the poll to your right on the frontpage or above you in the forums.

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# 1 psyberkayos @ 01/14/14 12:33 PM
I don't see this as only one good answer... I feel like several of these should be equally large priorities, especially both Online and Offline services/features.


It's great to have a pretty looking game, but getting the functions, controls, advertised features and services right should be of the utmost importance.

Albeit nothing will be 100% glitch free, but I definitely want the most complete and glitch-free product possible.
 
# 2 NightmareBooster @ 01/14/14 12:36 PM
Although I casted my vote for On-field Realism, considering I play almost entirely offline (FIFA), offline experiences are a bigger priority for me. FIFA's career mode needs some life breathed into it, and no, the GTN does not count.
 
# 3 GlennN @ 01/14/14 12:43 PM
No interest in online gaming at all, and, as the NHL series in particular has shown, there is a stagnation in developing offline game modes. BeAGM mode in the NHL series is really no different between NHL 10 and NHL 14.
 
# 4 DirtyJerz32 @ 01/14/14 12:48 PM
Gameplay, gameplay, gameplay. Everything else is just gravy.
 
# 5 Majingir @ 01/14/14 12:49 PM
Gameplay for sure.

Sports games can only add gimmicks for so long until people stop caring.

Look at NHL, all the gimmicks they've been adding, has finally caught up with them on NHL14(which has dropped big time in sales compared to all other previous NHL games).

MLB The Show on the other hand, their biggest changes every year always seems to revolve around gameplay, and people love the games.


Companies should be looking at making gameplay as good as possible before looking for all gimmicks. NHL video games barely even have penalties.....how do you have a hockey game without penalties...yet EA has no problem ignoring that and just adding stupid gimmicks every year to cover that fact..
 
# 6 kaletore11 @ 01/14/14 12:50 PM
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Originally Posted by 32
Gameplay, gameplay, gameplay. Everything else is just gravy.
This. If companies realized this, sports gaming would be much better.
 
# 7 TheBleedingRed21 @ 01/14/14 01:03 PM
Gameplay needs to be great first, but presentation make the game that much better.

The online features and offline features (CFM, etc) need to be the exact same and just go all out as deep as they can and keep improving. Instead of adding one feature per year, instill some great features, improve them to the fullest before moving on and forgetting about it.

Online CFM is what makes me get Madden, without it. I will not get it, hate playing CPU, the real fun is with 31 other users.
 
# 8 asu666 @ 01/14/14 01:22 PM
I voted better offline features because a lot of games already play pretty good and it's being forced into an online only experience that seems like the bigger threat right now.
 
# 9 elgreazy1 @ 01/14/14 01:51 PM
A subscription based play system so the gamer no longer needs to purchase an annual game for a glorified roster update and needless (new) game modes.

The game would be required to either be installed to a hard drive (offline) or cloud (online) so there is no physical disc. This frees up a cyclical, build up release and takes opens up a lot of resources. Example, since there is no yearly costs for distribution, those funds could be placed back into development. Since there is no yearly output of the game, time is freed up from fixing bugs for new product so that the core gameplay is addressed frequently. Developers would ideally release patches and/or updates on a consistent basis, since they no longer need to be concerned with a hard yearly development cycle. Emphasis is placed back into gameplay, fixing bugs, and rosters and NOT on gimmicky add-ons, modes, etc. that get scrapped within a year.

Graphics and gloss (all the pretty shiny things) don't need to be pushed any further until the gameplay is fixed. The games are gorgeous as they are. The gameplay and quality of the overall products are downright horrid right now.
 
# 10 SHAKYR @ 01/14/14 03:02 PM
I think better overall representation/features. I voted for better presentation because offline and online fans want the same thing.
 
# 11 JFB123 @ 01/14/14 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by 32
Gameplay, gameplay, gameplay. Everything else is just gravy.
I'm also on board with this. Presentation is nothing without gameplay. A good franchise mode is nothing without gameplay. Online mode is nothing without gameplay.

Gameplay should always be the #1 priority.
 
# 12 Cardot @ 01/14/14 03:57 PM
As an offline guy, I am begining to feel like I am getting squeezed out of the market. I recently picked up M25(CG), and it seems like I am locked out of 75% of the menu options because I don't have Xbox Live Gold. While I don't really don't care about any of these modes, there is an exlutionary vibe that I am not really digging. For everything I have read about NG 2K, it sounds like things will only get worse in the foreseeable future for the offline crowd. So that got my vote.
 
# 13 UH53 @ 01/14/14 04:18 PM
Why not everything? We've gone through one console generation assuming that a lot of these things would be in play now. I would much rather have waited for a Madden 15 or 16 even for them to maximize the game potential of the next gen consoles than to get a ported version of Madden 25. I waited to get this game thinking that this would be the next gen game that they were touting in E3 and I was highly disappointed. I wish EA would stop being greedy, take their time and develop a game that we should've had by now. Madden 15 better be a serious step up and the consuming public shouldn't have to deal with less!
 
# 14 dickey1331 @ 01/14/14 05:10 PM
It pleases me that online is last in the poll. If sports games start to only focus on online portions of the game then Im done.
 
# 15 Majingir @ 01/14/14 05:42 PM
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Originally Posted by dickey1331
It pleases me that online is last in the poll. If sports games start to only focus on online portions of the game then Im done.
Someone needs to make these companies more aware of stuff like this.

http://www.operationsports.com/forum...ine-gamer.html

Look how many people care about OFFLINE over online. If only these companies could see just how many people care mostly about offline over online. Sports games aren't call of duty or anything like that, majority of the game experience shouldn't be all about online play.
 
# 16 Dolphins88 @ 01/14/14 05:56 PM
Gameplay, gameplay, and more gameplay. Of course presentation needs to immerse the gamer. Nba2k14 on ng nailed this and I'm sure the show14 on ng will too. I think developers become lazy and cut corners and add in fluff or so called new features to sell it. Prime example nhl14 and madden25. We need competition in these sports to make it that much better.
 
# 17 AntiBandwagoner @ 01/14/14 06:47 PM
The overwhelming response is gameplay, which is why I question the hate for 2k14 on next-gen because the gameplay itself is fantastic.
 
# 18 SHAKYR @ 01/14/14 07:45 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Majingir
Someone needs to make these companies more aware of stuff like this.

http://www.operationsports.com/forum...ine-gamer.html

Look how many people care about OFFLINE over online. If only these companies could see just how many people care mostly about offline over online. Sports games aren't call of duty or anything like that, majority of the game experience shouldn't be all about online play.
I totally agree. I did surveys and proved it to some producers. It' seems like they are fixed on force feeding offline fans online by dumming it down.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dolphins88
Gameplay, gameplay, and more gameplay. Of course presentation needs to immerse the gamer. Nba2k14 on ng nailed this and I'm sure the show14 on ng will too. I think developers become lazy and cut corners and add in fluff or so called new features to sell it. Prime example nhl14 and madden25. We need competition in these sports to make it that much better.
I couldn't agree more.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AntiBandwagoner
The overwhelming response is gameplay, which is why I question the hate for 2k14 on next-gen because the gameplay itself is fantastic.
2K rubbing fans the wrong way by taking away features, options, and overall offline experience.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Green River
I don't think developers are lazy. As resources grow, so does the complexity of making games. Some developers are better than others, but it is unnecessary to call them lazy.

Now, some developers have less money to spend, so corners have to be cut. But that's not laziness.
I wouldn't call them lazy. They just have tunnel vision and they do what they want; forcing fans to accept their vision. I have talked to quite a few producers and they seem fixed on the whole sim/arcade hybrid mind frame.
 
# 19 barimanlhs @ 01/14/14 08:49 PM
One thing I wish is for companies to focus on what works for a game and not change something successful in the following game. It seemed like Madden had a new thing for every game but that groundbreaking addition was either absent or underused the following year. 2k seems to change the control scheme on a yearly basis, and while hitting the mark more often than not, it isnt always fun having to relearn a game again and again and again. .

Aside from the obvious gameplay focus, I hope they shy away from the always online aspect, or the tact on offline/single player. When I play a game I want it to be an accurate depiction of the sport it is trying to replicate but it still has to be fun. User control is essential though
 
# 20 DropkickCleary @ 01/14/14 09:32 PM
Well, for Madden, I think some serious work needs to go into CFM... it's the right idea, poor execution. Just not enough attention to detail.

Then gameplay... Christ, 1 step forward, 2 steps back. I want to go back to M12, it's overall a better game, but between the piss poor presentation (M25 isn't *great*, but it's world's better than M12) and the "swerve" running, I can't.

I love M25's locomotion, hate... hate... HATE the way the linebackers don't react to the run for ****... and of course, they take away the run defense reaction time slider so there's nothing that can be done about it.

I dunno, I feel like I'm gonna have to stick with FOF for my football fix at this point.
 

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