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Best sports video game franchise: 'Madden NFL' or 'NBA 2K'

Ever since coin-op arcades, Americans have been obsessed with sports games and now we want you to pick the best one. In the final round of our bracket, we have "Madden NFL" and "NBA 2K." The "Madden NFL" series has generated over $4 billion in revenue with its consistently smooth gameplay. The "NBA 2K" series has separated itself as the most in-depth NBA simulator on the market, with some of the best game modes. But which game is better? 🏈 🏀 🎮

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Best sports video game franchise: 'Madden NFL' or 'NBA 2K'
#TeamMaddenNFL
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamNBA2K
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Best sports video game franchise: 'Madden NFL' or 'NBA 2K'
#TeamMaddenNFL
#TeamNBA2K

Sports video games have become a part of sports as much as the players themselves. While not everyone can hit the genetic lottery, people can still live out their dreams of being professional athletes on a console. For many, the video games are more important than the sport itself, providing a community of competitors and friends who can play together.

While there are many options to satisfy fans' sports video game cravings, there are four franchises that have separated themselves from the rest. We at the Tylt loves these games, and want to find out which one is the best. "Madden NFL" rolled over "FIFA" in the first round of the bracket. In the other matchup, "NBA 2K" destroyed "MLB The Show" to the reach the finals. Vote for your favorite sports video game franchise below!

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#TeamMaddenNFL

There have been other football video games before it, but no one has built a franchise quite like "Madden NFL". The signature NFL video game by EA Sports was one of the first sports games where people actually lined up to buy it. 

According to CNN, as of 2013, the franchise has sold more than 100 million copies of the game, generating more than $4 billion. After licensing the NFL players and stadiums, "Madden NFL" has been the go-to NFL simulator for millions of fans.

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One of the best features of "Madden NFL" is the Franchise Mode. Players are not only given the opportunity to play the game as their favorite players, they get to run a team by controlling contracts, concession prices, and stadium amenities just like a real-life NFL owner. While the visuals and gameplay have evolved and wowed fans, the Franchise Mode has remained the signature feature of the game.

#TeamNBA2K

The "NBA 2K" series was far from the first basketball simulation franchise, but it established itself as the best with the epic presentation and great overall gameplay fans have ever seen. That consistent quality is why "NBA 2K" is one of the best-selling NBA video game series of all time, and the official eSport basketball game. According to GameSpot, over 68 million units have been sold worldwide.

Even players have attached themselves to the franchise, anxiously waiting for their rating in the game. That's when "NBA 2K" became more than just a video game.

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The MyCareer mode in "NBA 2K" is one of the most cinematic in the entire genre. Cutscenes accompany the choices your player makes, and how they play. It adds an extra dimension to an already entertaining mode of building your player up from a scrub to a star.

FINAL RESULTS
Sports
Best sports video game franchise: 'Madden NFL' or 'NBA 2K'
#TeamMaddenNFL
A festive crown for the winner
#TeamNBA2K