But how can you claim to be excited about a game that you 100% knew was coming (because it literally comes every year) based on a franchise that is certainly good but only making iterative improvements on the same thing over and over again? I'm sure the new mode will be cool, but how is a minor change/addition the same as, say, a whole new IP like Splatoon with gameplay unlike anything seen before?
Almost all sports games are virtually identical to their past iterations. Make a few tweaks, add a few tackle animations, push a marginally different mode...but then still have 95% of the actual gameplay identical to last year's model. At least racing games have new tracks and fighting games have new characters and open worlds have new maps to explore. A sports game will always have players faffing about with a ball on the same playing field doing nearly identical things ad nauseum.
Final Fantasy's Blitzball had more variety to it than any football/basketball games. Sure, it was nowhere near as refined, but it was more interesting because it at least had some variety to it.
My point is, I can't fathom how someone could be excited for 'sports ball 2018' when it's 90% the same game as 'sports ball 2017'. I get that it has that feeling like it's an excuse to return to an old favorite if you're into that, but to be super excited for it when it's basically the same thing? I just don't get that.
All I get from these EA sports announcements is 'yep, it's another sports game, but this time it's slightly better'.
When the internet is throwing a fit over Dark Souls Remastered just being Dark Souls with some performance tweaks and better online, it strikes me as odd to hear similar people buying the same football game once a year for a decade straight.
Because season 3 of The Journey, the addition of the Champions League/Europa League (technically they were already in the career mode with fake names, but it will be cool to have them in their own mode, especially since it's been a few years since I even touched the career mode), and hopefully the addition of new icons. Those are reasons to hype it!
And as much as I love Blitzball, that no way had more variety than FIFA. Not in match, and certainly not out of match. For one thing, the AI in FIFA has some variety and isn't completely brain-dead like the Blitzball AI