Remember the good ol’ days when sports games involved cartoonish looking characters? I remember the old Sega games where the ball was bigger than the head of a football player and there was one single animation when you scored a goal. Also, it was really fun to jump as high in the air and do a cross-court windmill dunk and lighting the hoop on fire.
Back in the day when we didn’t have high-grade technology those zany additions were what made games fun. However, today’s gamers are all about realism.
As with movies, where all we get now are gritty reboots of old classic stuff, the gaming industry has taken the same swing. Nobody wants to see a cartoonish looking character that carries a gun bigger than him. People want their games to be grounded in reality.
This idea stems from, firstly, because people want to experience something in video games that they can’t in real life, and secondly, the technology is there so why not use it.
Action and adventure video games have already taken this turn. Next up are sports video games.
How Good are Modern Sports Games?
Since everybody game developer is aiming for realism, sports games are becoming immensely difficult to play. Casual gamers who are used to picking up a joystick and just spending quality time with their friends playing a game against each other are not going to enjoy realistic gameplay.
Modern football and basketball games require added skill if you want to perform the moves that the best players are intended to do. You have to have to possess skills and you can’t button-mash your way through a game like you would in the past.
Luckily, developers have adapted the game so noobs as well as pros can enjoy playing them. If you possess the knowledge and the skills to perform power moves, you are welcome to do it. But if you just want to beat your best friend in a game of hoops, there is that option for you.
The Graphics are Breathtaking
What we can all agree is that modern sports video games look a lot better. Each player resembles the ones in the real world. They even added their specific moves and mannerisms that players usually do. The creators of modern video games do have an eye for detail and they are not afraid to use it.
That said, we really do think that the visuals that modern video games have are an advantage. If we take away the gameplay for a second and only concentrate on the visuals, the modern ones certainly take advantage.
Visual technology has developed in such a way that it enables us to create almost everything that we want. So why not use it if it’s there.
As things stand with modern sports games, games are divided into ones that like the gameplay and the ones that like how it looks. Modern gaming is left to a decision between visuals vs gameplay.
Many will enjoy playing sports video games. No matter what the general niche is, a game is going to find its audience. There is no room for failure. Developers are smart and are adapting the games for both sides to be happy.
Games are going to continue to evolve and we will get more realistic ones in the future.