Update: I was unfortunately not aware of Shamus Young's severe criticism of Fallout 3 available here to link in the original piece and I regret that. It dovetails rather nicely with what I've written and it's much better executed than my piece. I strongly recommend anyone...
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!