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It has become MTX and GaaS land in this department, such is the results of an almost total monopoly and greedious mindset in this decade. Now, it doesn't mean we ain't getting sports games from other compagny anymore (I mean there was Tennis World Tour and Pro Evolution Soccer not so long ago) and Nintendo could easily take the slug from the arcade style sport games with it's multiple series (Golf,Baseball,Strikers,Aces,etc ...).

BTW, official olympic games do count so there's also the M&S I could include into that.

Overall, it just ain't at it's peak anymore and whatever's left is mostly into the hands of one of the mst greedy compagny this planet has seen.



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MTX aside games like FIFA and 2K are honestly pretty great.



Ka-pi96 said:
Shitty developers couldn't compete with the masterpieces that EA put out every year. It's as simple as that.



Arcade Sports titles are looked down upon from "true" fans of the sport, who wants the "real" players and the "real" rules. It's a similar situation to arcade racers vs racing simulations.

I, for once, very much prefer arcade sports titles. No Fifa came ever close to replicate to mindless fun of Nintendo World Cup, for instance, no matter how advanced modern Fifas get. Or Mario Strikers: Charged, for that matter. And can't come close to their badassery. Just look at the intro for Mario strikers Charged:

Wouldn't be much out of place in the Mad Max universe.

It's sad that apart from Nintendo, almost no-one is making arcade sports games anymore. Mario & Sonic, some Mario Sports spinoffs, and that's about it.



Bofferbrauer2 said:

Arcade Sports titles are looked down upon from "true" fans of the sport, who wants the "real" players and the "real" rules. It's a similar situation to arcade racers vs racing simulations.

I, for once, very much prefer arcade sports titles. No Fifa came ever close to replicate to mindless fun of Nintendo World Cup, for instance, no matter how advanced modern Fifas get. Or Mario Strikers: Charged, for that matter. And can't come close to their badassery. Just look at the intro for Mario strikers Charged:

It's honestly nothing like arcade racers vs. racing simulators, because arcade racers are insanely popular and not really looked upon by anyone. Well, at least Mario Kart, but well, that's basically the whole genre right there.

And honestly, this is the best arcade football game out there:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Eu2eeCKnPw



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mZuzek said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:

Arcade Sports titles are looked down upon from "true" fans of the sport, who wants the "real" players and the "real" rules. It's a similar situation to arcade racers vs racing simulations.

I, for once, very much prefer arcade sports titles. No Fifa came ever close to replicate to mindless fun of Nintendo World Cup, for instance, no matter how advanced modern Fifas get. Or Mario Strikers: Charged, for that matter. And can't come close to their badassery. Just look at the intro for Mario strikers Charged:

It's honestly nothing like arcade racers vs. racing simulators, because arcade racers are insanely popular and not really looked upon by anyone. Well, at least Mario Kart, but well, that's basically the whole genre right there.

What I meant is how afflictionados from the simulation side typically sneer at the more arcadey counterparts, which is true in sports just like in racing games. Doesn't mean that arcade versions can't be popular, just that it's often not with the same people.

Rocket League is so much different to normal Football (I refuse to call it an atrocity like soccer. Sorry, Americans, but that's football!) that I can't even count it as an arcade version and put it straight up into a different sport section.



You're not wrong, an online games as service type model does seem more suitable for these titles than releasing a new $60 title every year.

However it would be a risk, can they make as much money from Fifa if they do this? Fifa 19 sold 20m as of February 2019. That's $1-1.2 Billion. Plus they already make money on microtransactions with ultimate team on top of that.

I'm not sure Fifa as one continuous product could come near that level of income in a year.



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The problem with most sports games is that branding becoming so important to sell a game. If a soccer game came out with thrice as content and quality as FIFA for half the price, it would still go down in flames because FIFA has the exclusive license to practically all sport clubs and players. Unless that changes, they could do whatever they want and people will still buy them.



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The only sports games that i used to buy every year were the NHL games. I don't even buy those anymore.



Barkley said:

You're not wrong, an online games as service type model does seem more suitable for these titles than releasing a new $60 title every year.

However it would be a risk, can they make as much money from Fifa if they do this? Fifa 19 sold 20m as of February 2019. That's $1-1.2 Billion. Plus they already make money on microtransactions with ultimate team on top of that.

I'm not sure Fifa as one continuous product could come near that level of income in a year.

Pretty much half the income for EA is from Fifa, and most of that is FUT. I would need to dig in my old posts to get the exact quote, but they said in an investor's meeting that Fifa makes more than half of the digital income of EA.

In other words, EA is earning way more through FUT than they do through game sales.

Darwinianevolution said:
The problem with most sports games is that branding becoming so important to sell a game. If a soccer game came out with thrice as content and quality as FIFA for half the price, it would still go down in flames because FIFA has the exclusive license to practically all sport clubs and players. Unless that changes, they could do whatever they want and people will still buy them.

Well, wasn't it in the news lately that they lost the licenses for some clubs to PES, including their players? That's the real battle and concern for EA, as without them, they can't have as many players in their cards to casino to players.

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