A lack of competition is bad for sports games

2K’s cancellation of its MLB series leaves The Show with no rival, which isn’t a good thing, as history shows.

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Stringerbell1592d ago

Imo Fifa was superior to PES from 08-10. But PES has really upped the ante since then. Lets be honest though Fifa sells loads more becasue EA has all those licensees snatched up and Konmai cant touch them. Try selling your football game in Germany when you aren't allowed the rights to the Bundesliga. Or in England when you cant call it Liverpool but rather Merseyside Red and the team dons a fake kit?

On the flip side in countries where PES has rights to said league ie Brasil, Japan, Argentina, Chile - sales are much closer or PES outsells Fifa. While the PES community creates option files that can rectify missing kits and teams I dont blame people for choosing Fifa if they want those licenses in box. However to look at the two games and say well one is a masterpiece and the other is just meh ignoring the advances its made is completely false. That seems to be the narrative when comparing the two games.

PeaSFor1592d ago

"The Show with no rival, which isn’t a good thing"

well, it's not like The Show was already raping all the other baseball games anyway.....

JetsFool35001592d ago

Exactly the show is probably the only sports game that doesnt need competition because its been smashing 2k since '09 There's a reason its the best rated sports franchise

Hyper_Tension1401592d ago (Edited 1592d ago )

What about NBA Live that had a rival and it just got worse and worse every time. Maybe some games dont need competition, they could just challenge themselfs to make it better than last years.

JetsFool35001592d ago

@hyper its harder for basketball because its so many things going on at once baseball is essentially pitch hit catch throw its not that hard to perfect that

NYC_Gamer1592d ago

I'm missing out on NFL games due to EA having the exclusive license

Brasi19891592d ago (Edited 1592d ago )

I agree. Madden has been horrible since the NFL exclusivity license came out. (Not that it was great before) I miss the 2K NFL games.

wsoutlaw871592d ago

I agree. I dont think the problem here is competition. Mlb 2k backed out because the show was that good. If the show starts to suck, someone will swoop in and try to take over. The potential for competition is still there. With madden they paid to get rid of competion which is different. Madden was the worse game. This has to suck for baseball fans on xbox though.

kalkano1592d ago

I haven't bought a Madden game since '12. It just doesn't work for me. I really feel that the exclusive deal is hurting the NFL, more than they realize.

I really hope the same doesn't happen to The Show. I'm hoping that the fact that they're 1st party will help, since this game sells consoles.

Robdeagle1592d ago

I haven't bought Madden since NFL 2K was $20 on original Xbox. Updated rosters and a few new tackles animations isn't enough for me. It's been the same game since then because NFL 2K was such a threat EA had to block anyone from using the NFLs licenses.

I want NFL 2K back.

EA is very good at making the same game over and over. Now maybe they will realize it with MLB and NBA Live because I bet they won't make another Live next year either just like last year.

Will EA win the award for worst company again 3 years in a row? Only time will tell.

maniacmayhem1592d ago

We all saw this with Madden! Still a good game but absolutely no real reason to buy it every year with the exception of an updated roster and stats.

Which could be done via a patch if EA wanted to!!!

SpiralTear1592d ago

MLB: The Show is routinely good quality, but with no competition, the developers can slack off. It happened with Madden; once it was the only American football game available, the developers had no one to one-up. Competition drives improvement, as companies are always trying to be better than each other, with consumers reaping the benefits.

Fans had to settle with Madden; there was no other option. Hopefully, The Show doesn't go down that road, but if it does, I wouldn't be surprised.

kalkano1592d ago

"Fans had to settle with Madden"

You're forgetting the option, "Don't buy ANY football game. Just keep playing an old one, which is better than the new ones."

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