When our votes were tallied, one category ended in an exact tie. Not expecting that to happen and having no clear tiebreak rule in place, we are announcing co-winners for this category: and Rocket League (XB1)
This year’s FIFA was highly anticipated by many fans because it was the first FIFA that would run on the Frostbite engine. Many games like Star Wars Battlefront, Dragon Age Inquisition, and Battlefield showcased the true potential of Frostbite and soccer fans were eager to see that quality in the sports sim. While the Frostbite did change the moment-to-moment gameplay of FIFA, the narrative driven mode named “The Journey” is what set it apart from its competitors. Players experienced the story of Alex Hunter; he was promising talent who made it to the big leagues. You follow Hunter from childhood to young adult as he faces hardships and difficulties of being a professional soccer player. With player choices having a direct impact on the story “The Journey” was an unexpected and welcome addition to FIFA.
Though a year behind PC and PS4, Xbox One players could finally call Rocket League their own in 2016, and it’s just as great as ever. Psyonix released on the console at parity with the other versions, keeping the Xbox version up to date from the very beginning. The release included the early DLC packs and has brought along a new platform of players to the hugely popular title. New modes and maps were added throughout 2016, including the basketball styled Hoops mode and Mario Kart inspired Rumble. A trading system has been implemented so players can swap cosmetic items, and two seasons of the officially sanctioned e-sports league are in the books. The support for Rocket League has no end in sight, and it’s launch on Xbox qualified it as one of selections for Best Sports Game of 2016.
MLB The Show 16 and Metroid Prime: Federation Force rounded out our nominees for Best Sports Game. Did we miss your favorite? Let me know in the comment section.