It is a given that graphical fidelity has improved over the years, but how about fidelity to the truth of the game? Sports games now let you simulate entire careers, playing as a team, a coach, or a player, taking part in all of the same mundane and frustrating trials that show up in Twitter and SportsCenter tirades (we talkin bout practice!)
Embracing Online Play
As sports games began to use the online capability of consoles, the image of the headset-wearing, controller-clenching alpha-male became commonplace (see: Madden 2003’s introduction of online play.) Even if it’s not always seen in the best light, the image has at least put an end to the idea that only socially awkward nerds play games with internet people. Sports game developers have recognized the inherent desire among regular people to play with strangers, and more importantly, to defeat strangers and tell them all about it over a headset.
Those are the most significant things that we found about new sports titles. Do you have have a favorite change that you look forward to each year? Let us know in the comments.
[Top graphic courtesy of EA Sports]
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