All I have to say is Nascar Racing. EA could not compete with Papyrus, who every year put out a WAY better product than EA. The reviews for EA’s Nascar were always lower because everyone had “something better to compare it to”. Now that EA has the exclusive license for Nascar, they still haven’t come close to matching what Papyrus did 3 years ago with realism.
Those of you defending EA and saying it’s the NFLPA’s fault need a reality check. EA has been actively trying to corner all aspects of the sports market for years. There are discussions occurring for the NHL and NBA as I speak.
What many of you don’t know, is that EA has been badgering the NFLPA tog et exclusive rights for years. It just happens to be, EA finally wrote a check big enough for them to bite. What people also don’t consider is that just because EA did not buy exclusive rights, DOES NOT MEAN Sega would have. The NFLPA put a ridiculous price on sole licensing. I doubt they would have lowered it to “just get anyone to solely license them”.
NOTE: EA owns exclusive rights to FIFA and PGA as well.
So, I’d suggest you all take a hard look at the Monopolistic tactics EA is employing and see what a terrible long-term affect this will have on our games. With nothing to compare their mediocre offerings of NHL to, and no competition, things will generally stay status quo. I mean, with GOOD competition for their hockey games, EA still puts out a mediocre hockey game. You think it will magically be different if they have ZERO competition? Every year that game becomes less and less of a true sim of hockey - and that’s with excellent competition.
As far as I can see, the majority of you want a REAL football experience. After all, we spend hundreds of hours trying to “fix” the game only to come up short every single year. Nathan from EA says, “Quality will not suffer”. I’m not worried about “quality per say”. I’m worried about finally getting a game that feels like football. Not like Superhero Bloodbowl (yes I’m exaggerating).
Personally I like Madden, but every year I find it exceptionally lacking in feeling like real football. There are games from a DECADE ago that had a better simulation engine than Madden has ever had. So I’d suggest you all seriously consider signing this petition to reverse the decision to corner the market. If we don’t speak up now, this trend will snowball and will leave us with sports gaming products that year after year fail to innovate due to lack of competition (if you don’t believe me look at Nascar, FIFA, and PGA - and the painful crawl of innovation in those titles the last year).
Here’s the link: http://www.petitiononline.com/nfleacon/petition.html
<edited for typos, and to apologize to those that have already seen this on my other forums>