End of Year Community Awards: Best New Feature of 2013

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Posted December 16th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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With 2013 coming to a close it’s time to begin looking back on the developments that have taken place and awarding the various efforts in sports gaming. To start will be the first of the Community Awards. You can check out the winners from previous years here.

The categories to look forward to are Community Sports Game of the Year, Best Gameplay, Best Online Play, Best Presentation, Best Franchise Mode, Best Career Mode, Best Mobile Sports Game, and Most Disappointing Game. Kicking it off today is the award for Best New Feature.

Winners will be revealed all at once in early January. Continue on to read over the three eligible standout features from the array of sports games this year, vote in the poll, and leave any additional thoughts in the comments! 

MyCareer (Next-Gen NBA 2K14)
While certainly far from perfect – considering the scripted nature that often still penalizes strong efforts, the cliched events, awkward interactions, bad voice acting, and instances of crashing for many – MyCareer mode on the Xbox One and PS4 NBA 2K14 crafted a story that built emotional ties to the player, their progression, and their success. It took the traditional Career mode to the next level by doing so and having fresh experiences on a yearly basis would prove to be incredibly compelling going forward.

Postseason Mode (MLB 13: The Show)
An excellent representation of the MLB Playoffs thanks to great presentation and ratcheted up atmosphere that made the games stand out from all the others. Postseason mode was especially appealing for those people who lacked the necessary time or desire to invest within Franchise mode but desired playing games that felt as though they had meaning.

Ultimate Team (NCAA Football 14)
The biggest surprise of the year might be how good Ultimate Team was after being introduced in a product that didn’t seem to be a natural fit for it. Conceptually it turned out to be arguably more intriguing than the pro versions with a deep roster of former players with different versions of them based on the year the card represented. A lot could be learned about players by examining them through the mode. A tedious interface while lacking some of the usual Ultimate Team functions and poor looking likenesses held it back somewhat however.

  • ace

    I cant even play mycareer because of the crashing. So Im giving my vote to MLB

  • PPerfect_CJ

    2K next gen? Come on, Bryan. Lol! There’s no WAY this should be considered.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      I hear ya…but in terms of being innovative and a new experience I thought it deserved to be in the discussion. I know there are many reasons why people would not want to support it though. It was a thin year for new features because of the split resources between current and next-gen.

      • Skopin

        It’s not really that innovative though. It reminds me a lot of NBA 09 The Inside and The Life.

  • Quintin

    Playing MyCareer reminded me so much of Tony Hawk’s Underground…and not in the good way. Also, it was really awkward when you had one-way conversations with teammates.

  • Brian

    Post Season was amazing. I played through it 6 times, a couple were straight, but the rest had fantasy elements to them. The Royals getting Hunter Pence and Howie Kendrick and making a run in the AL. Or the Dodgers acquiring Cliff Lee to go along with Kershaw and Greinke. Paul Konerko traded to Oakland, and he went on a tear hitting in the middle of the A’s lineup. They also had Mark Prior anchoring their rotation, just for kicks. Just so many cool situations I created which added to the feature. But playing the World Series at Kauffman was the highlight.

    • Keith.

      I loved both the Post Season and the Challenge of the Week modes, although the COTW mode wasn’t new this year. I also love the improvements made to next gen MyCareer, so this one’s a tough call for me.

      Then again, The Show and NBA2k14 are going to be tough to separate for most if not all of these awards. Hopefully they won’t split the vote too much allowing some crap like NCAA Ultimate Team to win.

  • mspeytonmanning

    connected franchise in madden, connected careers was great and now you can play it with friends or control the entire nfl again finally. that should be up there and not an ultimate team, which has been out since 2009 (it’s the same as madden’s)

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Connected Careers won best new feature last year. So it wasn’t eligible this year – this is for new features.

      • mspeytonmanning

        so an ultimate team is “new” but connected franchise isn’t? makes no sense

        • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

          There was no Ultimate Team in NCAA Football until ’14. Connected Franchise debuted in Madden 13 (and won in the category last year).

  • Heath

    Where’s the “Best on vgchartz” category?

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