End of Year Community Awards: Best Career/Story Mode of 2017

Posted December 18th, 2017 at 12:45 pm

With 2017 coming to a close it’s time to look back on the developments that have taken place and acknowledge the various efforts in sports gaming. The next category in the annual Community Awards is open for voting. You can check out the winners from previous years here.

The categories still to look forward to include Sports Game of the Year, Best New or Non-Yearly Sports Game, Best Mobile Game, Best Racing Game, Best Online Play, Best Presentation, Best Franchise Mode, Best Post-Release Support, Best New Feature, and Best Team-Building Mode. Best Gameplay can already be voted on. All winners will be announced in early January!

Next up is the Best Career/Story Mode which is a category that has been one of the most diverse in terms of nominees and winners. MLB The Show and NBA 2K have each won it multiple times but neither earned a nomination for 2017. FIFA 17 took home the award last year with the debut of The Journey and FIFA 18 has a chance to repeat with its second season. Longshot from Madden NFL 18 and The One from NBA Live 18 both emerged as strong contenders and were arguably the most effective and well-received additions made by each franchise.

  • Keith.

    2K’s not even nominated?! What a joke.

    Guess that’s one way to assure EA wins something, even though it’s not really deserved.


    • It had no right being nominated this year, given that it’s the sole reason people were down on 2K18 and it getting the lowest review scores for the series in a decade (VC and the uproar it created and arguably the worst story they’ve ever done). Really wasn’t a difficult call to make considering these three were all very well received.

      • Keith.

        Why not let us consumers decide?

        Given that it’s breaking its own sales records (again) this year, I’d argue that it’s just you and the other EA Game Changers/critics that feel the way you do.

        But without us consumers deciding, we’ll never know. Which makes the whole poll nothing but a joke.

        • SockfulOfNickels

          Funny how I never see you bitching if EA games aren’t nominated for an award. 2K’s career mode wasn’t a top 3 career mode this year, end of story.

          • Keith.

            If EA’s games were deserving of award nominations on their merits, they wouldn’t need those exclusive licenses they overpay to keep.

          • SockfulOfNickels

            You don’t play them so you don’t know how good the gameplay is. Fake News.

        • People are not buying the game for the story. People are buying 2k because there was no competition and they wanted to play basketball. If you just say there is a new 2k people will buy it without knowing anything about it. Nobody boast about the story mode.

          • Keith.

            I bought 2K for MyCareer, same as I do every year. Am I nobody?

          • The MyCareer experience. Creating a player and doing all the activities. I’m sure you not loving the cut scenes and discussing it with the masses. The experience is different from the actual story being told.

        • Skopin

          2k’s gameplay is good, but My Career is a hot pile of garbage this year.

          The story is ridiculous (a DJ who plays in a street tourney is handed a tryout, and makes the team regardless of how bad he performs), the neighborhood is awful (let’s make you take 30-45 seconds to get to your stupid agent’s house to get the 5 VC you earned for an endorsement, then go through a 45 second cutscene before you’re back out and have to run to your next location), and the VC economy is horribly balanced. Not to mention that almost everything is locked behind ratings (why do I need to have a certain overall rating to buy a hoodie???).

          2k18’s career mode isn’t even in the top 10 this year, even if there aren’t even 10 games in the category.

          • Keith.

            You seem like a smart guy, Skopin, but this is nonsense. 2K’s MyCareer mode is so far ahead of the rest of the pack it ain’t even fair to compare ‘em. I could tick off 100 things about 2K’s career mode that the other games don’t even have.

            I’ll still be playing and having a blast with 2K’s MyCareer in June, along with millions of others. Can anybody here say the same thing about these other games? Didn’t think so.

          • Skopin

            I explained why their career offering is lackluster this year. What does it offer that other games don’t that also compensates for the shortcomings I mentioned?

      • Permastun

        I don’t think the story parts of MyCareer have anything to do with the consumer and critical backlash. It has the best motion capture and voice acting ever presented in a sports game. The downsides are the microtransaction incentivized grind and unskippable cutscenes. The Joel Embiid stuff alone is pretty great.

    • The story mode in 2K is beyond horrible. It doesn’t have a real story. A guy tries out in a playground and makes it to the NBA. Not a real compelling story. Even worse cut scenes and equally bad voice acting all around.

      • Keith.


        • Yeah that’s the word most people use for the 2K story. Thanks

  • WilsonRamos

    Long shot was good but was short and had no replay value. I liked the customisation of the journey 2 as it balances between creating your own character as in the one and having no control over their appeareance in longhshot.

  • Roth Wood

    A game where QB stand with his back to the offensive line at the moment of a snap does not deserve to win any prize.

  • nOv

    My vote went to NBA Live cause it wasn’t just a story that ends but I like those story modes too and EA did a good job with them.

  • Glen Willett

    Didn’t play any of these. I don’t like that the EA career modes are being compared to 2K and The Show, when they’re essentially just one season bottle story modes. They’re nice features, but they’re not on the same level. After The Journey just ended after one year last year, and I saw Longshot was built using the same model, I didn’t even bother with these modes this year.

    FIFAs actual career mode, where you create a player and then progress through the seasons, is painfully lacking in any kind of immersive story telling or dynamics.

    The Show should have been included in my opinion. The story and clubhouse aspects of the RTTS mode were great additions to a mode that was beginning to become stale. It would have gotten my vote this year.