The arrival of a new console generation makes it that much more exciting for sports fans who are again waiting for their yearly installment. I still remember picking up my Playstation 2 wondering how my new NHL and FIFA would look with brand new graphics. Unfortunately, NHL isn't part of the PS4 launch lineup this time, but that doesn't mean that the selection of sports games isn't exciting. Here, we're going to look at the cream of the crop and those games that we consider to be worth your time as soon as you put your hands on your PS4.
The FIFA franchise has made great leaps during the last couple of years. What seemed like a boring defensive-fest around FIFA 08 turned into a very interesting game with better collisions, ball reactions and shot mechanics. I personally appreciated the shift that went on from about FIFA 11 and onwards. FIFA is back with features like Pure Shot that give a more realistic feel and glide to your shots, and Protect The Ball which allows you to keep a tighter control on ball possession. It has now been announced that on September 10th, the FIFA demo will release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC for all to try, so we will be able to get a taste of the PS4 version through the current-generation demo version. Are you ready for the new season?
Madden NFL 25
Madden NFL 25 was just released on the current-generation platforms and some reviews are already in such as on IGN. Most reviews are positive, so it’s a very safe pick for best sports game when the PS4 releases. Great menus, better running and tackling, more possibilities when running, and a vast owner mode are what makes Madden NFL 25 the best football game yet on the current generation, and you know that all those improvements will be turned up a notch for the PS4 version. Of course, we’re barely talking about graphics in these reviews for the current generation sport games, but the PS4 version is likely to gain much more points in that category, which could bring it to a 9 to 10 review scores if some more efforts were really done for the next generation. IGN rated it a 8.5, which is pretty fair considering that most of the major improvements and makeovers came last year.
While we could give an honorable mention to NBA Live 14 in terms of sports game hype for the PS4, I think it’s pretty fair to say that NBA 2K14 will keep the basketball crown this year. The NBA Live series simply has too much catch-up to do and it would be surprising to see a really polished game on its comeback year. By coming back on the first year of this generation though, we could see some real competition in the upcoming years. NBA 2K14 has all the features we wanted to get this year, including the Crew Mode which was recently announced to be making a return. Take a look below and see how excited the players were when they tried out the Crew Mode at the 2K studios!
What else is coming out on PS4 in terms of sports game? There’s NBA Live 14 that we mentioned, and then there’s EA Sports UFC, which is more of a first go for EA as well, so we’ll have to wait to validate the quality of those two. Of course, there are the multiples racers coming out that could also be counted as sports: Need for Speed Rivals, DriveClub and The Crew.
There’s no doubt that it will be hard to determine the best sport game between FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and NBA 2K14, but if I had to put my money on one, it would certainly be FIFA 14. EA has been flawless with their FIFA games for the last few years. So, in conclusion, I’m happy that the “generation transfer buzz” is back. As a sports gamer, it’s been more about competition than immersion for me during the last couple of years, so I’m looking forward to feeling once again like I’m entering a real stadium.
Article by - Marc-André Messier
Insert Date: 08/24/2013