Whether they are from the old Nintendo systems from the 1980’s to the new generation of game consoles, there have always been some really great sports games. Sports games have actually been the staple for all gamers as well as sports fans from the beginning of video games. Here is a list of what expert gamers believe are the best to ever be released. Starting with number ten and working our way up to the number one ever.
At number ten we find Blitz by Playstation and Nintendo64 from 1998. This is an arcade style game that allowed gamers to be able to play a really fast paced, cheap shot football game that featured NFL teams and NFL players. It was licensed by the NFL until 2005 when they had to create a fictional league. They then changed it to Blitz: The League 2 that was released in 2008. This game is fast paced and has a lot of extras like juicing the players with certain stat boosting choices, snapping limbs back into place as well as getting players back on the field faster by giving them certain things to help them heal. There are slow motion cutaways that show gory injuries. Although this is a pretty brutal game, it still made the list for its originality.
Coming in at number nine is WWE ’13 for PS3, Wii, Xbox360-2012. Even though wrestling may not be a sport in a true sense but there have been some really good ones on the market over the years and WWE ’13 is one that should not be omitted because it is probably the best one. It features all the old characters from the 1990’s as well as current WWE wrestlers and it allows gamers to control any wrestler even from the 90’s through their careers. The gamers can choose to play the careers of current wrestlers or the careers of such wrestlers like Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock and many more.
At number eight is NBA 2011 for PS2 & 3, Wii, Xbox360-2010. For awhile Michael Jordan, the greatest of all was being omitted from video games this game brought him back and included him on the cover and in the game and players were able to play the legend throughout his career and experience some of his historic moments. Basically the game is like a simulated documentary that allows players to control the greatest player to play the game.
The number seven game on the list is MVP Baseball ’05 for PS2, Xbox, GameCube – 2005. Most of the sports games that are about baseball really haven’t done much to separate themselves from the rest, but this particular game did. It is probably ranked the best video baseball game that has ever been made. The game allowed players to be able to read a pitch while they were batting, there was the ability to slide to certain areas of any base, head or feet first and the gamer could control all the aspects of baseball operations when they went to build a custom baseball stadium. It was also the first game to ever have a batter/pitcher interface and included minor league levels as well.
Bulls vs Blazers and the NBA Playoffs for Sega and SNES – 1992 comes in at number six. This game release has Michael Jordon in full glory from his famous air reverse to Jordon playing in full force this game put itself above the rest during its time. The graphics were great and all the players actually looked like who they were, which is even rare for games these days. Each player had their own signature moves displayed inn the game as well. Some of the features range from Horace Grant and his goggles, Tom Chambers busting a double pump dunk to Shawn Kemp boasting an off the glass alley oop. This is just a fraction of what this game offered and it remains one of the best basketball games to have hit the gaming market.
Number five on the list is Madden ’05 for GameCube, PS, PS2 and Xbox – 2004. Probably the best known gaming franchise in all of the sports game world as well as one of the most successful series of video games ever created. Since 1998 the Madden franchise has been a staple in the video game world and continues to be. This particular edition gets on the top ten list because it introduced what is known as the hit stick to the defense and it reestablished the defense’s effectiveness as a whole unit. This was because many gamers complained that the offensive side of the game had become too dominant.
Coming in at the 4th best sports game ever is Mike Tyson’s Punch-out!! for NES – 1987. Yes, there was a newer version from 2009 for Wii called Punch-out!! however, it can’t beat the original. It had classic characters like Glass Joe, King Hippo and Soda Popinski all having their own specific weaknesses that were key to their defeat. Without know what their weaknesses were they were basically indestructible. The game became an instant addiction for gamers of the time. It also had a storyline about Little Mac’s ascent which helped to give the game success right away. The best part of all for gamers was the showdown at the end against Mike Tyson.
The number three spot is given to NBA Jam for Sega and SNES – 1993. This made for a great game because of its simple controls, the 2 on 2 action, no fouls, no free throws and there were no out of bounds. It was a timeless game that had releases in both 2003 and 2010 and the original seamlessly melded into the new versions by offering updated rosters and the ability to still play the older teams and players.
Coming in at second is NHL94 for Sega and SNES – 1993. This was the first ever hockey game to be licensed with the NHL and the NHLPA. Also for the very first time ever in a hockey game the players had the ability to do whatever they wanted to do and whenever they wanted. The game also had the real NHL stars in the game. This was a breakout game during it’s time and it created an open door for such great releases like NHL 10, 11 and 12 with NHL14’s release being the newest hit. The 2014 version offers an anniversary mode. The game was so good in 1994 that even after 20 years gamers still enjoy it and talk about it and have no problems dishing out $60 for the newest version.
And the number one sports game of all time is Tecmo Superbowl for NES and SNES – 1991. This simply has to be the best one ever. Madden may be because of its success and longevity be the Rolling Stones of games but Tecmo is the Beatles of all sports video games. It had an overhead, TV broadcast vies and simple play making it extremely popular with everyone who played it. It offered a great virtual football experience for all gamers and especially for those football fans out there. Didn’t matter who you were, anyone could play it and once they played it, they were hooked. It even allowed players to create strengths and weaknesses of certain players with the parameter settings which upped its authenticity. The game was too fun for words and one of the most addicting games to this very day.