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Sports video games appear to be at a crossroads when it comes to what direction they are heading. At the same time, you get the feeling developers are wanting more connected and online based experiences -- but you also get the feeling the single player experience is still important to many.

Every time we run a poll on where players spend their time, a vast majority still say single-player offline modes take up the bulk of their gaming time.

Every time.

In your opinion, should sports game developers focus more on improving online or single-player experiences in the next few years?

Vote in our poll and leave your comments on where you would like to see sports games generally go in the coming years...

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# 1 SHAKYR @ 06/19/14 12:15 PM
Definitely single player modes! Their depth and realism will push sells more in the right direction.
 
# 2 KOACHK @ 06/19/14 12:18 PM
Online modes that encourage more head-to-head play. Sports games are about competition, and in this day and age of social networks, etc, we should be given more robust options to play head to head games online.
 
# 3 onac22 @ 06/19/14 12:29 PM
The future of sports gaming should be as far away as possible from EA sports and their monopoly on sports gaming in general. The lack of cometition between devs is why I have already traded in my ps4 and no longer want to wast my time on these games. Thanks to EA UFC I have seen the light EA will never fix single player and they will always slant toward whatever downloadable content they can charge for. EA has ruined all the fun that gaming used to be. Farewell this was my last post as I no longer own a system. My recommendation is quit giving these corporations your money they really don't care and only criticize those who voice their opinions.
 
# 4 Moose Factory @ 06/19/14 12:48 PM
The problem is when the servers go down and then you start to realize how shallow the offline single player offerings are. Which is what happened yesterday with EA's servers and instead of playing the game they've forced me into playing, FIFA World Cup FUT mode on Xbox One, I chose to play another game instead that supported offline mode. Hint: it wasn't an EA Game.
 
# 5 Cusefan @ 06/19/14 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by onac22
The future of sports gaming should be as far away as possible from EA sports and their monopoly on sports gaming in general. The lack of cometition between devs is why I have already traded in my ps4 and no longer want to wast my time on these games. Thanks to EA UFC I have seen the light EA will never fix single player and they will always slant toward whatever downloadable content they can charge for. EA has ruined all the fun that gaming used to be. Farewell this was my last post as I no longer own a system. My recommendation is quit giving these corporations your money they really don't care and only criticize those who voice their opinions.

You will be missed.

For me it's single player, for as long as there have been sports video games, there have been exploits. Every single sports game have/had them so I usually stick with single player and stay within the confines of reality. When I was younger I wanted to play online and be the best, now I'm just looking to find a game that makes me forget about reality for a hour.
 
# 6 bluesfan13 @ 06/19/14 01:01 PM
I play both types, but slant towards offline play so I feel that's where the focus should be. That being said, I also still play a lot of couch multiplayer and hope that all of the next year's games include tournament modes. Also, I know it's probably not coming back, but having the ability to play 2v2 online with multiple players on a single system would be great.
 
# 7 NUH_UHHHHHHHHHHH @ 06/19/14 01:01 PM
Tough question. really it depends on the sport.
I can see that it starts with single player gameplay.
But online modes gives the game longevity.
Street Fighter is an example of great single player mode, but online keeps it striving for years n years
 
# 8 ghettofocker @ 06/19/14 01:15 PM
In a sense.....both. But offline should get more attention. When servers go down or someones connection isn't all that great it leaves you with the offline only. If it's not good then your stuck. Plus I get tired off all the douches online. I would rather play sports games with a buddy in the room. Not online.
 
# 9 garyjr33 @ 06/19/14 01:29 PM
single player franchise!!!! MLB RTTS and NBA my career are really good as well. I wish the NHL one would get on the same level in terms of immersion.
 
# 10 NUH_UHHHHHHHHHHH @ 06/19/14 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by garyjr33
single player franchise!!!! MLB RTTS and NBA my career are really good as well. I wish the NHL one would get on the same level in terms of immersion.
well NHL is by EA, so you'll get shiny menus but poor to none single player career mode.
 
# 11 BezO @ 06/19/14 01:38 PM
From these choices, single player, but...

This pole doesn't include offline Multi-player, which I play a good amount of. Not as much as the years go bye, but me & the fellas still visit each other & get games in. But I am an offline gamer exclusively.

Everything done for online gamers should be available for offline gamers. And vice versa, except single player modes.
 
# 12 GlennN @ 06/19/14 01:45 PM
If I wanted to interact with other people, I would do that instead of playing videogames. Videogames, for me, are a world I can escape to, where it is MY universe. I have no interest at all in online gaming.
 
# 13 huntt26 @ 06/19/14 01:47 PM
I voted single-player. Online is great if you get a group of people together that are not cheesers. But the online community is full of people that just look for exploits and play the games like they are at an arcade. In single player, I play how I want to play and expect/want the computer A/I to be as realistic as possible.
 
# 14 Cowboy008 @ 06/19/14 01:56 PM
Since I usually just play single-player I'm going to go with that.
 
# 15 bxphenom7 @ 06/19/14 02:05 PM
Easily single player. As someone said above, it has to be about pushing the limits to obtain realism and depth as much as possible. Online stuff comes after.
 
# 16 victorkingchamp @ 06/19/14 02:36 PM
Mostly offline for me. The online always feels like a shallow version of the single player experience with sports games. I'm a presentation junkie and that aspect is usually lacking in online play.

The only sports games I enjoy playing online are combat sports(mma/boxing) and racing games because those games are intense from start to finish. I find games with a quarter or period structure(NFL, NBA, NHL) to be really boring online because I feel "trapped in the elevator" for too long with my opponent.

I like to be immersed in the overall story of my offline franchise mode. For example in MLB The Show I might rest certain players when I have a really important divisional series coming up. I enjoy the bigger picture and the way my team evolves throughout the season. I like to play at my own pace and take in the presentation and atmosphere. Online feels too rushed and shallow of an experience for me most of the time.

When I just want online competition I play Street Fighter. It's quick, intense, and has the depth that I desire without sacrificing any of the experience.
 
# 17 statum71 @ 06/19/14 04:13 PM
I'm glad they have online play for people that are interested.


But its offline season mode for me. With every single sports title. That's all I'm interested in.
 
# 18 spidertour02 @ 06/19/14 04:32 PM
Single-player for me. I've never had a good experience playing sports games online -- almost every person I encounter is a cheesing a-hole that is more interested in barraging me with racial slurs than actually trying to have a good time.
 
# 19 quehouston @ 06/19/14 05:16 PM
The sim in me says single player modes. Nothing is more satisfying than a realistic, deep, strategic career mode that really makes you work to build your team.

But thinking rationally...

Online modes is probably where the need to focus most of their attention. Thats the direction that gaming is moving in. A good online experience with depth and balance would be enough for me. Still waiting on a sports game to give us that experience though...
 
# 20 montesixpac @ 06/19/14 05:23 PM
I did vote offline single player, but really my favorite is an online mode where a few friends and I can all pick our teams and play a franchise/dynasty or whatever.

The one place that I would love sports games to go is to make online multiplayer modes in which you can play on the same team. My brother and I play as much offline multiplayer seasons as we can in NBA 2K, but it would be amazing if I didn't always have to go to his place to play it. We would play the crap out of online multiplayer seasons on the same team if we could.
 

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