Create-A-Team seemed to be standard just a few years ago. Now it’s appears to be vanishing. The “next gen” consoles are here, but the ability to dream up the team you always wanted, is gone, left at the exit of the now “last gen” of PS3 and Xbox 360.
The ability to create a team with city names, nickname, jerseys, logos, colors, stadium, rosters, and the works expands a game reach immensely. To date, the widely recognized best team creator came from EA’s NCAA football series which as been discontinued. Other games had varying degrees of creative flexibility but are for the most part, gone.
NBA 2K14 has amazing on court graphics especially on the newest consoles. What it doesn’t have is the ability to create a team. That feature is absent from the PS4 and Xbox One, while still in the legacy version available on last gen.
Madden NFL said goodbye to create-a-team with Madden 13. Some have said that at the point in the series, it wasn’t worthwhile due to years of neglect. Some remnants still survive in franchise owner mode which allows you to move your franchise to a new city from a limited selection, and then rename your team from three choices. Not exactly a lot of wiggle room
MLB 14 the Show, does have create-a-team! Sadly it is mostly wasted by only being able to be used in Diamond Dynasty mode that uses player cards (similar to NHL’s EASHL, and NBA’s MYTEAM). The lack of availability in exhibition, or normal franchise really is a downer with the number of real teams that could be created.
EA has yet to release their NHL franchise for the newest generation of consoles and could have create-a-team as the last gen games did. However the game has been announced, with several features listed and the ability to create a team has yet to be announced.
Hopefully this trend can be reversed and the ability to make any team that one could imagine returns.