The yearly sports iterations account for some of the biggest releases in the gaming industry. 2014 saw a greater number of nominations thanks to PES’ debut on new-generation consoles and the FIFA World Cup taking place in the summer. Of course, each of us each have our own favourite sport so as you can expect there were a breadth of different titles picking up a number of votes here and there. However, there was one clear winner which blew away the rest of the competition.
Coming home(run) in third place this year was MLB 14: The Show. Baseball isn’t what you consider a mainstream sport here, however, MLB 14 was able to make the sport easy to pick-up and enjoy. Baseball fans can still expect an authentic experience from the game, but if you’re looking for something new to try out look no further than MLB 14: The Show.
Taking second spot was NBA 2K15, which has a rather big fan base on these shores. 2K have really gone out of their way with NBA 2K15, bringing a host of improvements and new features. Player animations are smoother and the overall presentation much sharper. MyCareer has had a somewhat revamp, making it one of the best career modes you will find in any sports title, with 2K TV also being a nice addition. The same can’t be said of NBA’s face-scanning feature though, its hit and miss implementation making for some terrifying albeit hilarious results.
To no surprise FIFA 15 took home the title this year. It is simply the best game at representing football. It wasn’t quite the revolutionary jump players were expecting but it did bring a number of improvements. Player animations were more realistic, especially those of the goalkeepers, and general aspects of play seemed to require more skill – noticeably shooting and defensive tackling. For all football fans it is a must have, and it will be sometime before FIFA is knocked off it’s pedestal.
FIFA 15 is TheSixthAxis’ Sports Game of the Year 2014.