I am of the opinion that sports games are more exciting than the blood, guts and violence of the mature rated games of today. Why do people feel that to shoot people or cops, crash or explode cars or taking a journey through the seedy underworld, is a necessity to enjoy a game? The feelings of excitement, the adrenaline rush and intense competition that games like NHL 2011, NBA 2011, and MLB 2011, to name a few, deliver more excitement in a more positive way.
I purchase games that are rated M– Mature, E–Everybody, and T–Teens. I won’t lie! I occasionally enjoy playing Call of Duty 4, Saints Row 2, Grand Theft Auto 4 and some others, but I always find my way back to the sports games. I could play them for hours! The shear excitement and level of competition keeps me riveted to the game. I find myself yelling at the players for bonehead plays that I make. That’s how intense these games get me. Those other mature games that I previously mentioned are every bit as exciting, but could never get me to that point. They do have the ability to excite, but it’s a different kind of competition, one that is not as intense or real.
Here’s an example of how sports games are keeping up, if not passing their mature rated counterparts. The mature rated games continue to add more blood, guts and violence to excite the gamer, where the sports games are adding more real life abilities to the players. Case and point. Coming September 2011, NHL 2012 will be released. NHL 2012 now has Full Contact. This means that everything in the arena is live. You now have the ability to shatter glass with body checks, knock opposing players into the bench, knock helmets off, and so much more. Goalies are live now for the first time. This enables the goalie to make sprawling saves, have the crease crashed by opposing players, knock the net off it’s moorings and last but not least…Goalies Can Fight! If this doesn’t sound more exciting, then I am missing something in the translation.
In conclusion, I would like to say that I don’t dislike mature rated games. They have their place with children over 17 years of age and adults, both of who are mature enough to realize that it is just a game. That life doesn’t play out like a video game. But, for a more wholesome and positive type of excitement and competition, I feel that sports games are more exciting than mature rated games.