Top Sports Games of All Time
When you think of sports video games your mind goes straight to FIFA, PES, Madden and maybe even the classic PGA Tour series, but there's more to sports video games than these mainstays.
Before FIFA tied up licenses and made football games all professional you'd find all kinds of football video games hoping to be the next big thing. Actua Soccer, Red Card Soccer, Sensible Soccer, and other games incorrectly using soccer instead of football all had a go at finding that winning formula – some doing better than others.
Microsoft once tried its hand at first-party sports line-up for Xbox, which included tennis, golf, NHL, NBA, NFL, snowboarding and even rallying. The games were at the time pretty good, but the XSN brand died and so did Microsoft's first-party sports offering. Many of these games ended up at 2K.
Even Midway had success with its arcade-style Blitz games in the '90s and noughties.
These days the sports genre is dominated by the output from EA Sports – with SEGA, 2K chipping in with a few titles here and there - but just how many of these big budget titles will make the list. Find out below.
EA has crafted a thoughtful, challenging and consistently entertaining title that celebrates the nuances of football.
UEFA Euro 2012 is a thoroughly decent piece of DLC.
PES 2013 manages to do something only the best arcade experiences achieve. It offers playability to those who want to dip their toes in and hardcore techniques for the serious gamer.
It's Football Manager, and chances are if you liked other ones you'll have snapped this up already or are planning to.
An enjoyable stopgap which bodes well for the series’ future.
Madden NFL 15 is an excellent return to form for the series - an essential purchase for longstanding fans and a great starting point for players looking to jump on board.
A superb football game held back by a frustrating flaw in its passing game, this is the best football title on new-gen. But it could have been the best of all-time.
If you want to play the best football game available, online, it is worth the effort. If you have any interest in football or competitive online sports games, Pro Evolution Soccer 4 is a must buy.
If you are serious about football and fancy yourself as the next Jose Mourinho (probably without the huge money pit), you could easily spend half your life playing Football Manager 2005.
Joyous controls and little nuances make Pro Evolution Soccer 5 the best game in the series and the best football game of this generation.