End of Year Community Awards: Best Sports Game of 2017

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Posted January 12th, 2018 at 9:45 am

With 2017 having come to a close we look back on the developments that have taken place and acknowledge the various efforts in sports gaming. The final category is now open and it’s the big one! You can check out the winners from previous years here.

Best GameplayBest Career/Story ModeBest Franchise ModeBest Team-Building ModeBest PresentationBest Online PlayBest Post-Release SupportBest Racing GameBest Mobile GameBest New/Non-Yearly Game, and Best New Feature can also be voted on now. All winners will be announced next week.

The Best Sports Game category has been won by either MLB The Show or NBA 2K since 2012. Certainly MLB The Show 17 and NBA 2K18 enter the voting having a chance to win once again. 2017 however was a year in sports gaming that didn’t have a dominant effort that shined above all others. Pretty much every game had either a crippling issue, long-running deficiency, or poorly-received design decision. The field then would seem wide open with a chance also for Madden NFL 18, FIFA 18, and Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 to break through.


  • BravesFan24

    For me, it was a toss up between The Show and 2K, but I voted 2K18.

  • Glen Willett

    FIFA for sure.

  • NELL86

    Thats easy FIFA

  • Roth Wood

    If John Madden game 93 was competing in any category I could even vote for it.

  • ClubSteve

    voted for 2k18, even with the fiasco with the vc and the playground, it was still head and shoulders above the rest. the all-time teams and myleague customization can’t be beat.

    • ClubSteve

      meant vc and the neighborhood….

    • Keith.

      Agreed, NBA 2K18’s on another level. The Show, PES, and Rocket League also deserve props, though. All 4 are great games and fine representations of their respective sports. Couldn’t be happier with where things stand in 2018.

  • SockfulOfNickels

    I wanted so badly for The Show to get my vote again, but the server issues and timing issues just killed me this year, FIFA is my choice, they did a tremendous job this year.

  • hiphopisthesound

    i know madden is a popular sports game and i will admit i buy it just about every year but this years pile of trash really pissed me off.EA’s lack of effort in updating anything that doesn’t involve them making money is almost criminal…