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What Are the Most Important Attributes in Sports Games?


Attributes are what drive our sports games. Without them, franchises would feel hollow, head-to-head games would be less strategic and editing players would become a confusing mess. Each game has a single attribute that stands above the rest, so let's go game-by-game to determine which one is king.

Speed: Madden and FIFA

It would be hard not to mention speed. Though far less prevalent than it used to be, speed has been a fixture in every game since Tecmo Bowl in 1987. In games like NCAA Football 2010, speed often felt like the only stat that mattered. So where does it stand today?

It is still crucial. Especially in the FIFA and Madden series where breakaways are so important, speed is still the determining factor in a score or being tackled. Other things like agility and acceleration play larger roles than they used to, but speed (ultimately) prevails.

NBA 2K: Defensive IQ

This is a little bit of a cheat because there's four separate defensive IQ ratings: on-ball, pick-and-roll, help defense, and low post. Defensive IQ holding such weight speaks to how good NBA 2K is as a finished product. Particularly for the CPU, defensive awareness is often the difference between an easy bucket and flinging one up at the end of the shot clock. In fact, if you pay really close attention, this stat may matter a little too much. Players with low ratings frequently leave guys wide open and not just with a little space. It's easy to draft a player or sign someone for their impressive offensive abilities, but if you want to win games, make sure you have at least a few players with high defensive IQ.

MLB The Show: Plate Vision

This is the first thing you should be looking for in MLB 15 The Show. Why? Because regardless of contact rates and power attributes, a player with great plate vision is poised to go through a bunch of hot streaks and will rarely go cold. Pair it with some decent batter discipline and you have the next Miguel Cabrera.

Which attributes do you find the most important in your favorite sports game?


Member Comments
# 1 CM Hooe @ 06/10/15 12:19 PM
I personally feel like Awareness is more important than Madden than Speed anymore, but that's just me.

I also tried to start a wide receiver with great physical ratings but AWR 20 in a preseason game once and he was hopelessly stupid on the field - he couldn't even recognize the ball was being thrown to him to get his hands up to catch it - so there's a touch of anecdotal experience with my opinion, haha.
 
# 2 jyod21 @ 06/10/15 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by CM Hooe
I personally feel like Awareness is more important than Madden than Speed anymore, but that's just me.

I also tried to start a wide receiver with great physical ratings but AWR 20 in a preseason game once and he was hopelessly stupid on the field - he couldn't even recognize the ball was being thrown to him to get his hands up to catch it - so there's a touch of anecdotal experience with my opinion, haha.
Who would you rather have in Madden, the receiver with 99 awareness and 20 speed, or 20 awareness and 99 speed?
 
# 3 BenGerman @ 06/10/15 01:40 PM
Awareness is an extremely close second, CM. When I started writing the piece, I broke out Madden and lowered some players to a reasonable awareness (50) and they played relatively similar to guys with max awareness. But when I lowered speed to 50 on a player, the difference between that player and someone with 99 speed was pretty much game-breaking.
 
# 4 AdamJones113 @ 06/10/15 03:25 PM
Not sure what happened to NHL, but I'd probably say (in light of recent videos) that shooting accuracy is the most important. All the other attributes are affected by user control (e.g., body checking is affected by user speed and aggression at the point of contact) except speed, but as a recent video showed, speed isn't all it's touted to be. I think that Speed and Acceleration especially will be the most important attributes next year.
 
# 5 CM Hooe @ 06/10/15 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by jyod21
Who would you rather have in Madden, the receiver with 99 awareness and 20 speed, or 20 awareness and 99 speed?
Absent other information, I would have a lot of trouble justifying even signing an offensive lineman with 20 SPD, much less a wide receiver, whereas I took a flier on the high-athleticism guy who was dumber than a box of rocks.

Based on my experience with the 20 AWR receiver in the past, however, I probably wouldn't be signing him either, lol.
 
# 6 Sir Psycho T @ 06/11/15 07:12 AM
For The Show it's speed.

I destroy people with a team with almost no true power hitters and an outfield of Young Jr. Hamilton and Dyson, all 99 speed. You get on base and you can steal 2nd and 3rd about 80% of the time. Then you have a few high contact hitters to round out the lineup.

Helps with defense too, I play them deep and give up almost no extra base hits because they get to everything.
 
# 7 gugleme @ 06/11/15 04:53 PM
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Originally Posted by jyod21
Who would you rather have in Madden, the receiver with 99 awareness and 20 speed, or 20 awareness and 99 speed?

99 awareness, 20 speed. He will be my possession receiver. [emoji3]





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# 8 gugleme @ 06/11/15 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Sir Psycho T
For The Show it's speed.



I destroy people with a team with almost no true power hitters and an outfield of Young Jr. Hamilton and Dyson, all 99 speed. You get on base and you can steal 2nd and 3rd about 80% of the time. Then you have a few high contact hitters to round out the lineup.



Helps with defense too, I play them deep and give up almost no extra base hits because they get to everything.

What do you do in a more sim environment...?


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