End of Year Community Awards: Best Franchise Mode of 2017

Posted December 20th, 2017 at 9:45 am

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.

Best Gameplay and Best Career/Story Mode can already be voted on! Categories still to come 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 Post-Release Support, Best New Feature, and Best Team-Building Mode. All winners will be announced in early January.

The best traditional franchise modes at one time were found in EA Sports football games, with NCAA Football and Madden NFL having taken the first four awards handed out in the category. More recently however it’s been all about NBA 2K which this year looks to go for a fourth straight win with its pairing of the highly-customizable MyLeague and the now story-based MyGM. Challenging this year are FIFA 18 which introduced interactive transfer negotiations and NHL 18 which added league expansion abilities.