The history of sports video games takes us back to 1958 (we could not believe it either) when American physicist William Higinbotham created the first known video game, Tennis for Two. Now don’t think of this as traditional gaming since Tennis for Two was played on an oscilloscope (a device used to display electrical voltages as a 2D plot). But here, the video game was born, and decades later, sports video games would take over the scene in every sense. visit here
Even though FIFA 10 was released in 2009, it remains the best FIFA game of all time. What truly made this FIFA legendary was the fact that it fixed some of its issues that players highlighted, such as the revamp of the manager mode. The whole gameplay, soundtrack, as well as overall presentation made this a top contender for the best sports video game ever. Unfortunately, it was recently announced that FIFA 23 would be the last for EA sports. Right now, there is no word on who will pick it up next.
Release: October 2009
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, Java ME
Wii Sports 2006
This simulated sports video game took gaming to new heights by allowing players a fully immersive experience and became a cult classic. It was a collection of short yet funny sports mini-games that players could take part in using the motion-controlled controllers. This added hours of fun as participants could enjoy sports such as tennis, baseball, bowling, golf, boxing, and more! Fun fact: In the bowling game, you will see different reactions from the crowd depending on what action you do as a player.
Release: November 2006
Madden NFL 2005
Having an insane score of 9.5 out of 10 on IGN, we unpack why this is the case. Firstly, the soundtrack was lit and featured bangers such as Green Day, American Idiot, Franz Ferdinand, Take Me Out, and Will. I. Am, Go. Secondly, the game was exceptionally well received on PlayStation 2, with game ranking sites giving it an overall score of 90%.
Release: August 2004
Platforms: Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo DS, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance, Tapwave Zodiac
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004- Best Sports Video Games
While the thinking is that golf is boring, this game proved otherwise and was highly popular among golfing and non-golfing fans. Featuring the iconic star Tiger Woods on the cover, the game was highly popular, receiving an overall rating of 9.1 out of 10 from GameSpot. GameSpot further named it the best PlayStation 2 game in September 2003. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 truly offered a realistic (at the time) feel for golf.
Release: October 2002
Platforms: Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, N-Gage
UFC Undisputed 3
There were a few notable changes in this game that genuinely cement it as a great sports video game. Firstly, the developers worked on the stand-up game and redefined its submission system, allowing players to develop their fighters much better. This appealed to both UFC fans and those who would generally not watch the sport. Secondly, it was the first time the game featured the Japanese PRIDE FC league, which added even more authenticity.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
WWE Smackdown! Here comes the Pain
Back when the PlayStation 2 was the best and the highest-selling console around (a record still held by the beloved PS2), we had the chance to play WWE Smackdown! Here comes the Pain. Coincidentally, the catchphrase “here comes the pain” was said by former pro wrestler and commentator Tazz every time Brock Lesnar made his way to the ring. Fun fact, the game was only released on PlayStation 2.
Release: October 2003
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released to much critical acclaim, NBA 2K11 was indeed popular, with a ranking of 8.3 out of 10 on IMDb. In this video game, you could play as your favorite basketball player (naturally) and even go on to win a championship. Fans across the world LOVED this game which included voice acting from Michael Jordan, who was also the cover athlete.
Release: October 2010
Platforms: PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Wii
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
This is easily the best skating game of all time! Not only is Hawk an icon himself, but he also gave us a game we still reminisce about today. First released in the year 2000, Pro Skater 2 allowed you to perform insane and sometimes mind-bending tricks, you could kit your skater out however you chose, and you could skate in various parts of the world.
Release: September 2000
Platforms: Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows, iOS, PlayStation, Game Boy Color, Nintendo 64, Game Boy, Dreamcast, Xbox
For the time, SSX Tricky was extremely popular because practically most of the world’s inhabitants would never find themselves on the slopes. The second game in the SSX franchise immediately became a fan favorite, and it is still rated quite highly among players today. What added to the appeal is the fact that you could perform insane tricks, which essentially was the point. And let’s not get started on the soundtrack; it featured the acclaimed hip hop song from Run DMC, It’s Tricky – a fitting choice.
Release: October 2000
Platforms: PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Game Boy Advance, Gizmondo, N-Gage, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation Portable, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One
ESPN NFL 2K5
Football is an institution in the US, so it makes sense that when anything NFL-related is released that it is effectively going to explode… and most of the time! ESPN NFL 2K5 was no different. What stood out here is the fact that ESPN signed a licensing deal that allowed them to use SportsCenter cutscenes in-game, as well as commentary from Chris Berman.
Release: July 2004
Platform: PlayStation 2, Xbox