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Submitted by Scholla 736d ago | opinion piece

Does a sports title ever have a chance to win ‘Game of the Year’?

SchollA from Console ControllUs pronounced control-us writes:
Spike VGA 10 just passed and year after year Us gamers love to see the top games get honored, especially for ‘Game of the Year’. But if you noticed; what’s glaringly missing from this particular category are sports titles which had me thinking…”Does a sport title ever have a chance to win ‘Game of the Year?” Hmmmm…. (PC, PS3, Spike VGA, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360)

Hufandpuf  +   736d ago
Fight Night Champion was probably the best sports game ever created, but it didn't get a lot of recognition.
MariaHelFutura  +   736d ago
Short answer: No
DERKADER  +   736d ago
No with a but.
Yes with an if.
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doctorstrange  +   736d ago
Madden NFL 2004 won the very first VGA GOTY...
guitarded77  +   736d ago
Would a racing game be considered a sports game? I guess not, they have their own genre.
azshorty2003  +   736d ago
@doctorstrange
And after they announced that 5 mins into the show, I turned it off and never watched another VGA. That was a horrible call.
MaxXAttaxX  +   736d ago
Not if they keep releasing the same thing every year.
Updated rosters and menus aren't GOTY material.
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MariaHelFutura  +   736d ago
Dr. Strange
That`s crazy, I didn't know that. NFK2K5 should have won some GOTYs.
rbailey  +   736d ago
I also enjoyed that game alot mainly because they put together an entertaining narrative campaign. I also like the fact that they kept the experience mature rated rather then dull it down to appeal to kids. Indeed one of the finest games in the Fight Night Series imo.
darkride66  +   736d ago
Fifa 12 was nominated for all kinds of Game of the Year awards last year and managed to be one of the only 11 games that hit a metacritic score of 90 or better in 2012. Aside from Canada's game of the year (being Canadian made), I don't think it won any other GOTY awards though.
CoTton_MoUtH  +   736d ago
yea right lol!!!! EA SPORTS trashed that game
PurpHerbison  +   735d ago
When they say, Game of the year... Game of the year to who? How many "real" gamers actually even watch those shows let alone even care about the outcome?
Kur0  +   736d ago
Won't happen unless it's completely revolutionary and life-like. Even then I still don't really see it happening. Fighting games, Racing games, and Sports games are the least likely genres to win.
cogniveritas  +   736d ago
I think THQ did a pretty good job with UFC Undisputed 3. I'd like to see a company like Crytek try an MMA or Street fighting game but with revoutionary graphics and a completely made up but believable cast of characters. And be sure to included a create a fighter mode.
HammadTheBeast  +   735d ago
I wouldn't say life-like. If a company could make a game that isn't based on an "Earth" sport we could make something happen. Quidditch type, or some other random sport from another movie, book or just made up.
rbailey  +   736d ago
Interesting article but I must agree that no sports game will ever be a game of the year contender. Developers can only push sports games so far when they have a general formula to work with. Sure updating player rosters and changing certain gameplay mechanics are great, but in the end that game will still feel like the same game that came out a year ago.

I'll also add that there are far more interesting genres to tackle and thus at the end of the day both consumers and the industry as a whole will always give those awards to the the AAA and/or Indie game developers instead.
GraveLord  +   736d ago
Yes. Call of Duty has won it a few times.
Zha1tan  +   736d ago
No, there just is not enough variety within sports games.
charted  +   736d ago
And there is a lot of variety with the FPS genre? 90% of them are military shooters!!
spicelicka  +   736d ago
and when was the last time a military FPS won GOTY? maybe once in the last 5 years.
animegamingnerd  +   735d ago
yes butter is at least variety in the FPS genre with titles like deus ex and borderlands
Axonometri  +   736d ago
HaHaHa!
I needed a good laugh. "Sports Title... GOTY... "
BanBrother  +   736d ago
They are genuinely great efforts. But No, they do not deserve a GOTY ever.

That's like asking if I invent a stick that scratches and massages my ass at the same time, should I be put in the same category as Thomas Edison?
(actaully, come to think of it that would be a nice thing to have.....)
Axonometri  +   735d ago
I was laughing at the industry. If a game is not a Call of Poopy type title... it stands very very little chance of being a game of the year. No doubt, there have been good sports titles. The current state of the industry gives Call of Duty Vita game a better shot at being labeled GOTY then almost anything else. Although, I am happy to see most knock that game for its downfalls.
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Riderz1337  +   736d ago
No because they aren't created from the ground up. What I mean by that is that the inspiration for a sports games comes from the sport that a developer is trying to replicate, whereas a game like Uncharted 2 or Bioshock creates a totally different world that you have never seen in real life. I'm not sure if I am explaining it correctly but in short, it takes more imagination to create something that isn't a sports game.
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TopDudeMan  +   736d ago
Yeah, it's the same reason why train and flight sims don't get GOTY. They're trying to make it as much like real trains or planes as possible, but don't really do much that breaks barriers.
TopDudeMan  +   736d ago
To me, game of the year is something given to the truly great games. Maybe to "Joe normal" sports titles are just that, but my game of the year is usually a new IP.
MastaPiff  +   736d ago
No, not with less than 11 month development cycles...

I think maybe a"fringe" (airquotes read: less mainstream) sport like the Skate. series or maybe a BMX or motorcross game could possibly but so often the dev's don't nail down what ppl find more exciting in a sports game. That and the current trend where dev's will only spend big money on sports sims...
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League_of_Draven  +   736d ago
It depends on if Naughty Dog feels like making a sports game.
Belking  +   736d ago
Or Rockstar or 343.
BanBrother  +   736d ago
Lol Rockstar tabble tennis sucked a$$!!
chasegarcia  +   736d ago
not with all the crappy rap music or a year on the title.
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spicelicka  +   736d ago
wtf?
PS4isKing_82  +   736d ago
If any sports game has a chance at that, the only one I can see realistically doing it is MLB the show from Sony. Madden and FIFA have gone way down in quality lately. Unless of course were talking about a more arcade or action based sports game like blitz or something over the top from EA sports BIG.
Belking  +   736d ago
The show is just another good sports game that nobody plays. Visual concepts made the best sports game ever in NFL2k5 and they still make the best NBA game. No one can touch their presentations. Not EA, Konami, nor sony.
PS4isKing_82  +   736d ago
i used to love the visual concepts sport games on dreamcast where they started the 2k games. me and my brother would play them for hours.
yewles1  +   736d ago
Someone didn't watch the first VGA's...
Scholla  +   736d ago
Well then you can add an "again" to the article (my bad)even though the first one I wouldn't really count cause they were just finding their way Madden was at its peak and nominations were like 9 games deep back then things have changed since 10 years ago. No sports title has won or been nominated since. So the question is still valid albeit needs to be rephrased.

Also Games are getting way more sophisticated so its a tough road going forward either way.

On a side note how does Madden 2004 get game of the year but not best sports game? lmbooo
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smashman98  +   736d ago
Way to not do ur research article guy
Zechs34  +   736d ago
Nba 2K11 or Fifa 12 would be my picks if so
GARBAGE LICKER  +   736d ago
something like Mario Golf for the gameboy color was just on consoles, with a story and lots of different types of gameplay
TiberusX87  +   736d ago
Yes, Madden NFL 2004 won in 2003. The first VGA's.
NoobJobz  +   735d ago
Yep madden series used to be pretty dang good. This gen of maddens has been mediocre. Hopefully madden gets good again next gen. ( and maybe some 2k football)
black911  +   736d ago
Nomination should be good enough. (For Any Game)
Hydralysk  +   735d ago
It's dependant on how you view sports games. As representatives of actual real world sports like soccer or hockey? No.

On the other hand, if you created a sports game about a fictional sports, like Rollerball for instance, then if it's well made I think they'd be able to stand a chance.
NoobJobz  +   735d ago
Like someone said above, it's not likely since they come out with a new one every year. They don't have enough time to make a GoTY. Now hopefully they have been able to work on the next gen system games for a year or two now and maybe by the time it releases around Holiday 13 we may have some great sports games.
UnholyLight  +   735d ago
Personally I don't feel like a sports game could ever be a GOTY. Just doesn't really make sense in my mind
ForgottenProphecy  +   735d ago
When a game is released yearly, it's hard to do something mind blowing and just flat out amazing. So no.
Shnazzyone  +   735d ago
Of course not. When a game's gameplay is set in stone that means there is very little room for innovation. Of course sports fans will love it. But just sports gaming fans are not a universal demographic. One thing common in games of the year is typically a level of universal appeal and innovation in gaming. Both categories that sports based games are immediately handicapped in.
animegamingnerd  +   735d ago
who ever decided that madden 2003 deserved GOTY should look at this

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