Hate it? What's more boring than watching sports on TV? Simulating the act of playing them with bumbling AI teammates. The end result is usually the same, too: screaming at players that can't hear you about why they should've made that goal, or how they didn't block that shot. Sports games are built from the ground up to be obsolete within a year's time, when the annualized sequel touts all the new stats and modes it has to offer. But no matter how you dress it up, they're still the same game every time with slightly better graphics.
Love it? People who hate on sports games tend to fall back on the same, tired criticisms: ”Ooh, it’s the same every year,” and “Sports games are for casuals.” Wrong, wrong, wrong--sports games are, in fact, awesome. They’re often some of the most polished, accomplished, progressive games of any given year--they need to evolve and impress to justify repeat purchases, and that makes them high-quality time and again. Sports titles are also more inclusive than most games because they’re designed to please a wide range of players, but they never lack for depth. In fact, games like NBA 2K14 are deeper and more complex than most RPGs. What’s not to like?