Upcoming video game AFL Evolution has revealed their player ratings ahead of the game's release, with Fremantle's Nat Fyfe earning the highest in-game rating of 94, ahead of Gold Coast's Gary Ablett on 93.
Zac Dawson has been rated 74 ahead of Travis Cloke on 73, but a little bit behind Ty Vickery on 76. Vickery is rated higher than Adelaide's Matt Crouch, on 75, while they all put Melbourne's Clayton Oliver to shame, at 65.
With fierce debate raging online, the developers of the game have announced that there may be some in-game boosts to help your favourite players.
"The ratings system is just a base guide," said the head developer Max Setting.
"We've added a bunch of power-ups and in-game items that can have your favourite player playing to their full potential. For instance, Travis Cloke is 73 but if you can find the hidden glove in the dragon's fortress, his marking rating boosts to 86.
"Jordan de Goey has a rating of 75 but if you find the butcher's bone early in the quest, and use it to distract the dog in level 3, you can prevent yourself from slipping to 64. Bryce Gibbs is 83 at the moment but we'll be releasing a patch in a year's time that should move his character onto the South Australia map and boost his rating to 86.
"And if you're playing as the Essendon guild if you use the mysterious potion you take critical damage and miss a whole turn."
Some other player comparisons have generated interest.
In the battle of the Josh Kennedys, Sydney's Kennedy comes out on top with a player rating of 91, to West Coast's 90. Nick Riewoldt also beat out his namesake Jack Riewoldt by 1 ratings point, 89 to 88.
However, the player comparison that has generated the most interest, the ratings of Carlton's two Ciarans, has resulted in a draw with both Ciaran Byrne and Ciaran Sheehan rated 70. This prompted one keen video game fan lining up a month in advance for the game's release, wearing a shirt emblazoned with the phrase "#teamsheehan", to say the ratings are "fucking bullshit".
AFL Evolution is set for release on May 5.