With a new console generation set to begin in just a few months, sports video game fans everywhere are beginning the process of planning for how to handle this year’s Next-Generation Transition. Today at Under The Code, we gather for a Roundtable to answer some of the bigger questions that will be facing sports gaming fans as we get closer and closer to the start of this new console generation.
1. With the releases of the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 largely expected to occur in November 2013, sports video gamers are facing the possibility of a double- or triple-dip in purchases between Madden NFL 25 on current and next-gen consoles, FIFA 14 on current and next-gen consoles, NBA 2K14 on current and next-gen consoles, and the release of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (unofficial title) expected to occur on both current and next-gen consoles in early 2014. What’s your current plan for sports video gaming on these cross-generation titles? Will you be picking up the games on both generations, only opting for current-gen titles this year, or only going with next-generation titles? What is influencing this decision?
Buckeye: It’s a tough decision really. At this point the only title I will get on both generation consoles will be Madden NFL 25. The rest of the games will be next gen only. I personally would rather wait for next gen on all sports titles since next gen should be better than current gen right?!? As for Madden, I had the privilege of working on/testing current gen so I kind of look at that as my 3rd child. It would be hard not to pick up a game I have had input on making it better.
CRBUKE: Ultimate Team on both Madden and FIFA is where I spend most of my time, so I could not make my decision until we got an answer from EA on how Ultimate Team from current to next gen would be handled.
Now that we have the answers on how Ultimate Team will work moving to next gen, my current thought is to stick with current gen Madden NFL 25 on Xbox 360 because the CFM I have been in for years is going to start there.
I may actually move to PS3 for FIFA 14 because if I do decide to get a next gen console on launch it is definitely going to be the PS4 at this point, and I will be able to bring everything from my Ultimate Team to the PS4.
NatureBoy: As a diehard football fan, I plan to pick up Madden NFL 25 on the Xbox 360 and PS4. As far as the other titles, I have a wait and see approach with money being the deciding factor in my decision.
Paakaa10: When it comes to these games which will be releasing on both current and next-generation consoles, it really is a conundrum. Madden NFL 25’s current-gen release date places it right at the start of the NFL regular season, and that’s when the anticipation and interest reach a fever pitch; it’s hard to imagine getting into September without having a copy of Madden NFL in your console. That being said, my “hype level” for current-gen Madden NFL 25 isn’t as high as it is for the next-gen version; I feel like I’ll be playing current-gen mostly to pass the time until I get a PS4 and move on.
With FIFA 14, I am more uncertain; I haven’t heard or seen enough about FIFA 14 on either console generation to be burned out on current-gen or overly excited about next-gen. As the summer wears on, more information might come out to push me in a new direction, but at present it seems as though this might be a “purchase both” situation as well. With the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil title likely not due out until April 2014 at the earliest, it will be an easy decision to purchase solely on next-gen.
When it comes to basketball, it’s one sport I haven’t played a lot of in video gaming; I haven’t played a full retail release of either NBA 2K or NBA LIVE since the start of the current console generation. The beginning of a new console generation can be a good time to start picking up new games, however, so I’ll be watching each title closely as we get closer to next-gen launch.
ThatSportsGamer: As of right now, Madden NFL 25 on Xbox 360, FIFA 14 on PS3, then trade it in when PS4 launches, and NBA 2K14 straight up on PS4. Madden stays on current gen due to the franchise I’m in, FIFA I’m happy with going cross gen due to the stuff they are doing with Ultimate Team, and NBA on PS4 because I’m ready to start fresh on that series.
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