Best sports video game franchise: 'Madden NFL' or 'FIFA'? | The Tylt
Best sports video game franchise: 'Madden NFL' or 'FIFA'?
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. Vote for your favorite sports video game franchise below!
There have been other football games before it, but no one has built a franchise quite like Madden NFL. Madden NFL 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.
One of the outstanding features of Madden NFL is the Franchise Mode. Players are not only given the opportunity to play the game as their favorite player-created or real-life team, they get to control 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.
Soccer is an international game, so it's not surprising one of the most popular video game franchises centers around the sport. According to Electronic Arts, as of 2011, FIFA has been sold in 51 different countries in 18 unique languages. According to GameSpot, FIFA 12 was purportedly the fastest selling game ever, with 3.2 million units sold, and $186 million in revenue generated in the first week of release. Those numbers speak to the consistent quality of FIFA, and ability to put out an entertaining product.
While the smooth gameplay is a staple of FIFA, the career mode is what really separates the game from the pack. Players can create their own athlete, and navigate the perilous journey of a footballer. Whether it's signing a huge deal, or being selected for the international team, you can control every aspect of your player's life on the team. You can also choose to be a manager where you can make decisions on personnel.
Every soccer fan thinks they can run a team better than the executives in charge. FIFA gives them a chance to prove it.