In all the talk of graphical downgrades no one seems much preoccupied with 'why?'. Why build something and then proceed to tear it down, piece by piece, in the hope that ever more diminished expectations about the final product won't be severe enough to...
Publisher: Konami Developer: Konami
Platform: PS2 | Xbox | PC
The world's best soccer game somehow keeps getting better. Winning Eleven 8's combination of terrific visuals and incredible gameplay is potent, made even moreso by its licensed teams and improved Master League play. Though it's still missing online play, there's so much here it almost doesn't matter. Others dare attack the pitch, but for the time being, this is still Winning Eleven's award to lose.
Publisher: 2K Sports Developer: Visual Concepts
Platform: PS2 | Xbox | Xbox 360
Unlike most sports developers, the crew behind NBA 2K6 didn't just sit back, slap a new mode on last year's game and change the number to 2005. Instead, they built a completely new control scheme to match a vastly improved A.I., great visuals and deep, rewarding Franchise play. Take it up strong, big man!