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It seems as if social, connected experiences are what gaming is about right now. Companies are striving to figure out what balance works best for their consumers and fans, but many of those same customers and fans are simply asking why they haven't been asked what they want.

More connected experiences can be pretty cool. SSX was a game we reviewed highly that delivered an amazing offline/online combination experience, and there were few hiccups. On the other hand, Driveclub had a similar premise but with less than spectacular results.

What do you want in your sports games going forward? Do you want more connectedness? Less? More say-so in how, when, and why your games connect to the big server in the sky?

Sound off by voting in our poll and leaving a comment below!

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# 1 CaseIH @ 10/27/14 05:35 PM
No games should require you to be connected to get the full effect of what the game has to offer. Not everyone has internet or a good one atleast, and not everyone wants to play online. Personally I have a solid connection but have no desire what so ever to play online. Some of us are old gamers that just want to relax by enjoying a games franchise mode and nothing more.
 
# 2 DblocW @ 10/27/14 05:39 PM
Yea some of us want to play online with our friends etc....but at the same time it should NOT affect the offline portion Of the game. So the experience should be on point for both..imo
 
# 3 ryan4889 @ 10/27/14 05:51 PM
I could not agree more Case. Way too time by devs spent on online when most of us play with our friends or single player story mode. Last night only 1,500 people playing UFC on a weekend. They have put all their patch time fixing online components when the offline is broke and lacks any single player modes. Was SO extremely let down when it dropped as is and nothing done so far to add modes ala NHL or just improving the single player experience. The only time I personally play online is if I feel like a night of Call of Duty.
 
# 4 thesportsguru11 @ 10/27/14 05:52 PM
About 7-8 months ago I would've answered full online integration.

I'm realizing 7-8 months later that companies like EA might be going too far with online. I've really started playing franchise modes and Road to Glory/Career modes more often, which is what I've grown up playing on the PS2. I wish I could see a franchise mode like what I saw on Madden 09 show up offline only in a future Madden game.

With that said, online features should be available for those who want it, but there should be an equal balance between offline and online.
 
# 5 iory_yagamy @ 10/27/14 06:03 PM
I just want to sit on my couch and play without worring what the hell my friends are doing in the game and don't worry if I have to be online to get virtual currency or unblockables
 
# 6 Number999 @ 10/27/14 06:10 PM
As someone with horrendous internet, please offline entirely if it isn't something like MyTeam.
 
# 7 champsbasketball @ 10/27/14 06:26 PM
my career and my league should only be in offline mode it shouldn't require you to have to use the virtual currency those are two offline modes you should Enjoy by yourself when everything's online it ruins the whole game. use money offline and use virtual currency online.
 
# 8 Fidel1978 @ 10/27/14 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by iory_yagamy
I just want to sit on my couch and play without worring what the hell my friends are doing in the game and don't worry if I have to be online to get virtual currency or unblockables
Totally agree... I just wanna play MYGM mode and edit my custon rosters as did in ps3... I really donīt care about online modes
 
# 9 CM Hooe @ 10/27/14 08:26 PM
Depends entirely on the design of the game.

For example, it's not a sports game, but Titanfall has no offline single player component. It was never a factor in the design of the game. But Respawn built a game which, while not necessarily with the most longevity in the world, is the most fun game I've ever played (with respect to second-to-second gameplay).

To that end, I think a sports game designed solely around online play could work. However, it has to be designed specifically around that and be up-front about that. There's no sports game franchise out there like this; each game out there has some sort of dedicated single-player component beyond simple one-off games. As such, it's expectation that these game franchises continue to support some sort of involved game play without internet access and barring an obvious shift in philosophy I expect these games to continue to have functioning and deep offline gameplay modes.
 
# 10 MarkcusD @ 10/27/14 08:37 PM
SP should not require a connection period.
 
# 11 DiscountCleric @ 10/27/14 08:56 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkcusD
SP should not require a connection period.
100% agreed. I should never be at the mercy of an online server to play a mode that affects literally no one else's experience.
 
# 12 Bornindamecca @ 10/27/14 09:42 PM
All single player modes should be 100% offline.
 
# 13 BBallcoach @ 10/27/14 10:13 PM
Single player should be offline, unless they have some sort of ranking system for leaderboards or something, but just make that a small option to check and not effect the single player experience.
 
# 14 ricanbxbomba @ 10/27/14 10:53 PM


2K's reason for VC and always being connected.

The pic is from NBA 2k11's BlackTop mode (Xbox 360). I'm #85. 6'9" in the game.

The hacks I've seen in that game was sad and ridiculous.
 
# 15 Shadojoker @ 10/27/14 11:51 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by CaseIH
No games should require you to be connected to get the full effect of what the game has to offer. Not everyone has internet or a good one atleast, and not everyone wants to play online. Personally I have a solid connection but have no desire what so ever to play online. Some of us are old gamers that just want to relax by enjoying a games franchise mode and nothing more.
QFT..Amen brother. .
 
# 16 milesizdead @ 10/28/14 05:46 AM
For years now I've said that EA should sell online game modes separately as digital downloads. At least in NHL fan base, people are pretty evenly split between offline and online players, and most people only play one or the other.

Offline modes on a disc, online modes as digital downloads.

I would only need to buy EASHL, GMC and VS, all other modes are useless to me.
 
# 17 gameface1324 @ 10/28/14 09:16 AM
Not saying all games should go 100% online obviously, but the backlash when a game decides to do so is comical.

You can always CHOOSE not to buy the game... gamers are so entitled. How dare you make a game that I cant play because my internet isnt very good!
 
# 18 GlennN @ 10/28/14 09:26 AM
I am a casual gamer with limited playing time. I only play offline and just like to lose myself in my sporting universe for a break while gaming. I have no desire whatsoever to play online, so having an online requirement is just a hassle for me.
 
# 19 brandon27 @ 10/28/14 10:20 AM
I'd prefer no online requirement at all. Give me a good CPU AI to play against, and a good single player experience in whatever type game it is and I'm happy. Then give me a good offline co-op mode to play head to head against others, physically in the same space as me.
 

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