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Submitted by DBrunner 709d ago | opinion piece

Four sports franchises that need to die

Sports games that have outlived their playability (FIFA World Cup 2010, GameCube, Madden 13, NBA Live 13, PC, PS2, PS3, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360)

EVILDEAD360  +   709d ago
So wait..EVERY major video game sports franchise needs to die?

Wrong hobby..knitting sounds more your speed..

Don't like sports games then don't buy em' (which I'm sure you NEVER did)..but to pretend they ALL need to die is IMO idiotic.

Evil
Hicken  +   709d ago
Only Tiger Woods and Madden are "major" on the list.

Live hasn't even been out for a while, and has been replaced by the 2K series(not listed), as the premier basketball game.

The World Cup series is different from the FIFA series. They're arguing for an end to the former, not the latter. Interestingly enough, however, their complaint applies more to the standard FIFA title than to the World Cup games.

There are no baseball games mentioned at all, no racing games(F1 or NASCAR), and only one of the soccer/basketball franchises is mentioned(PES and 2K are left out, respectively).

I'm not agreeing that any of the mentioned franchises should "die," but instead of EVERY franchise, it's less than half.
bostoner  +   709d ago
I agree. Though this article, like evildead said, makes the writer sound like he doesn't play any of these games. I do agree that madden needs to die. Not for the nonsense written in the article. Not because its a horrible game (it isn't) or its redundant (which most annually released sports games are), Simply because they hold a monopoly on football. Which I thought were illegal. It needs to die so more companies can compete for top football game. Company competition will only help the games get better for the consumers. That's all I want, better games.
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   709d ago
***I do agree that madden needs to die. Not for the nonsense written in the article. Not because its a horrible game (it isn't) or its redundant (which most annually released sports games are), Simply because they hold a monopoly on football. Which I thought were illegal. It needs to die so more companies can compete for top football game. Company competition will only help the games get better for the consumers."***

If competition is what you want then why do you want Madden to die? What needs to die is the exclusive license. That will allow competitors along with Madden to duke it out for the top football spot. It won't long before Madden goes the way of Live if that were to happen though. If madden dies I want it to be because it's competitor(s) out did them.
farhad2k8  +   709d ago
I think the World Cup and Euro versions of FIFA are finished, Euro 2012 came as DLC, and I bet they're planning to do that with every installment of FIFA now.
math  +   709d ago
This is a very thoughtful analysis.

"Regardless it is still a game that lets players choose a football team and play against the other teams. Granted there have been teams added and closed out over the years and the team players are traded to other teams, the game really isn’t any different."
Steadyhndz  +   709d ago
These franchises certainly don't need to "die".

Your probably upset with these games because their yearly hits...and here's why. It's just a tradition..nothing else. America has accustomed itself to have a new game every year for sports. Updating players, teams, and playstyles...it's all become the same game every year, but for the players of these games it's actually a new experience everytime.

So to think they need to die...I think your just mad that their selling...kind of like hating on Justin Bieber because he sells out like no other..hahaha
xJumpManx  +   709d ago
I do I hate Justin Bieber when his balls drop his voice will change and hopefully we will never have to hear his music again.
DC1980  +   709d ago
NBA Live definately needs to go away
RJ2000  +   709d ago
Did anyone read this article? My god that would have received an F in a 5th grade english class...

Here is the Madden portion for those too lazy to click the link:

"Madden NFL – For those who are football fans, this series has been around since 1988 and changed names slightly along the way. Regardless it is still a game that lets players choose a football team and play against the other teams. Granted there have been teams added and closed out over the years and the team players are traded to other teams, the game really isn’t any different. It’s time to find a new football game, maybe one that includes college teams or allows the gamer to create their own fictitious team."
FCOLitsjustagame  +   709d ago
"Tiger Woods PGA Tour – Here is the golf fans game and another one that went through a name change when Tiger Woods became THE name in golf. How exciting can golf be where you need a new game every year? Truthfully they need to let it rest for a bit and then come back so that perhaps they will gain new fans"

So the despite the title the theme seemed to be not so much "die" as rest or be updated in some massive way.

I singled the Tiger Woods game out, because I do think at this point they might as well go ahead and give it a name change and not focus so much on Tiger. Especially not as much as they did in this year addition.
BlackFalcon  +   709d ago
Very poor article where the author didn't even bother to do research.

"FIFA World Cup....Find a new way to give us a soccer game so we can get excited again about playing."

If the author is talking about just the World Cup iteration, that's not annual, but every 4 years, so I don't know if her complaints hold any weight on that.

If it's all the FIFA lines, they do have different modes in the game, such as playing as only one player through a career and a card-trading system to build your ultimate team.

"Madden NFL.... It’s time to find a new football game, maybe one that includes college teams or allows the gamer to create their own fictitious team."

See: NCAA Football series, and you can create your own fictitious school/team in that one.

I found it glaringly ironic that the author complains about series that need a break/rest because they basically punch out the same game each year with minor differences, and then her reason for each series listed is the same with minor re-wording.
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DBrunner  +   709d ago
I did do research and what I found is that the FIFA line is soccer and most of listed as World Cup. Perhaps I looked in the wrong places but I did look first.
iWishTifaWasReal  +   709d ago
FIFA World Cup should just be a DLC every 4 years for FIFA series.

i really don't get people who bought FIFA 10 then bought FIFA 2010 World Cup. They got ripped off.
ZeroX9876  +   709d ago
As a Canadian, I'm happy to see that EA is pushing NHL 13 like every yearly title since 08. There's been a lot of improvement on NHL and this year iteration is no exception. But I gotta admit that Madden need some improvements. The same formula has been used for a couple of years now and the roster change is not enough for me to buy the new one.
NCAA, for my opinion, is better than madden.
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FCOLitsjustagame  +   709d ago
I was going to jump on him for NHL but it actually didn't make his "die" list.
lifesanrpg  +   709d ago
They don't need to die...EA just needs to figure out how to make them better.
sriki007  +   709d ago
pga is the most boring series ever.
sublIME2s  +   709d ago
Nothing needs to die...really. They just have to rebuild some franchises. NBA Live needs to bounce back from their horrible performance with NBA Elite 11. Mike Wang left EA, after that...they pretty much ruined the game. 2k needs competition otherwise they will probably become lazy, and I noticed that in NBA 2k12 this year. Too much mistakes shouldn't be there. From speed issues to fastbreak problems. I can only talk about basketball really. But NBA Live needs to come back, i don't care if they struggle this year, 2k needs competition. The market needs competition!
crazytoledo  +   709d ago
Fast break issues have been in NBA 2K for awhile now. Nothing irritates me more than a two on one fast break constantly failing because your other guard/forward will ALLOWS run to the three point line instead of to the basket with you...
Straightupbeastly  +   709d ago
Didn't NBA live already go away?

FIFA and NHL games are far snd out EAs most fun and in depth sports games. I find madden boring, tiger was good years ago. NHL and soccer as sports allow you to express yourself more as a player
DBrunner  +   709d ago
There is an NBA Live 13 scheduled to release in 2013.
crazytoledo  +   709d ago
Still, you said a series needs to die that hasn't put out a game since 2009...
Corepred4  +   709d ago
I don't really play any sports game lately other than FIFA but I think having an 'Ultimate Team' like mode on Madden and pretty much all sports game would be fantastic!!

For those unfamiliar with FIFA Ultimate Team; you pretty much either buy packs and build a team with the random players you get in those packs. Some are good, some great, some rare, some shitty! OR you go to the auction and bid on players to your specific liking (nationality, formation, league, etc) I would love to be able to build my own football team! *drooling*
xJumpManx  +   709d ago
Why do people who dislike sports always say Madden needs to die. I think Pokemon is the gayest thing to happen since Perez Hilton but I could care less if they make them or not. If you do not like Madden do not buy it but stop bytching about a game that is tops in sales yearly.
RockmanII7  +   709d ago
I don't think anyone would complain about Fifa World Cup, Tiger Woods, or NBA Live, but Madden is far to popular to be cut off. Madden, NBA 2K, NHL, Fifa, and MLB The Show are the best game for their respected sport so they need to stay until a competitor dethrones it.
El_Jibarit0_PR  +   709d ago
Author is female. Nuff said.
DBrunner  +   709d ago
Being female has nothing to do with it. I DO actually like sports games but there comes a time when a series has gone so far that seeing a new one every year, two years, etc is just ridiculous.
timothylittle  +   709d ago
What are you talking about? So you don't think EA Sports should keep making sports games every year simply because you think it is "ridiculous"? I like how you totally ignore the popularity and sales of these games.
GamerEuphoria  +   709d ago
Find a new way to give you a soccer game? World cup games come out every four years....FOUR YEARS. Hardly a constant stream of them is there? also Fifa street. Research is key.
timothylittle  +   709d ago
"It’s time to find a new football game, maybe one that includes college teams or allows the gamer to create their own fictitious team."

You obviously have no idea what you're talking about, do you?

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