August and September is a sports lover and video gamers dream. Where the NFL, NHL, and soccer fans from around the globe get to watch their favorite teams in HD and then step into the of those teams when they switch their television settings over to Input 2.
As the years go by my time to play video games is becoming more precious. Whereas I used to buy every Fifa, Madden & NHL title that EA released and play all them until all hours of the night, this year I’m thinking it would be smart if I only focus on buying and mastering one game. And the lucky girl is (ed.note: Oh, the suspense!)…FIFA ’13! Playing Madden ’13 helped make my decision very easy. Not that Madden 13 was bad, far from it. The graphics were crisp, gameplay was smooth and the commentary by Jim Nance and Phil Simms was actually not zombiefied. It’s just that…it was so boring. I felt more and more like I was going through the motions of the game play instead of actually getting invested in wanting to win and improve my game. I understand that this years Madden changed a lot of its focus to Connected Careers and online game play, but I just don’t think that’s enough to keep my interest, especially when the thing that I have become addicted to more than anything is the FIFAs Ultimate Team (FUT) game mode.
Yesterday at Gamescon, EA announced a plethora of new features in FUT including single player seasons, Team of the Week Challenges, and many more. Check out NowGamer for the full list. The one thing I’ve always wanted in FUT is for player’s careers to expire after a certain number of games played. I feel this would be beneficial to people that don’t spend money to get packs and it make games that are played between humans much more even. Once someone gets Lionel Messi, that person is going to use him until the cows come home or he gets erased from The Matrix. But limit the number of games he can play and using him becomes much more strategic. Younger players, such as Messi and Ozil get 100 games or so while older players, such as Drogba and Di Natale, get 30 or so. Playing with those older would make the games much more exciting you want to end their career on an absolute high note. NHL Ultimate Team introduced this feature a few years ago and it always something that has stuck with me.
My time with the Madden and NHL franchise has been wonderful, (don’t even get me started on MLB The Show) but the time for me to focus on one sport that I can try to master and dominate has come. Unpredictable is the key word, and if the USA’s victory in Mexico last was something to go on, it certainly was….unpredictable.