What are the best sports games franchises out today? There is nothing like a good sports game to make you feel like a professional athlete. Many play sports games because they can enjoy competition from the safety of their own home, others because their athletic skills are lacking, but perhaps most people play them just because they can be ridiculously fun (I play them for all three reasons). If you want to feel like an all out champion then you’ll need to choose the best of the best sports games. I’ve listed a few of the best sports franchises in no particular order.
Wii Sports- All right, maybe it isn’t the most hard core of hard core sports series, but who can argue with the level of fun these games provide. Nothing puts you quite as close to actually playing sports, like Wii Sports. You can play baseball, tennis, golf, and for those who find real bowling just too much effort they even often Wii Bowling (which I have to admit is much more fun than it sounds. These games are great solo, and even more fun to play with friends and family.
Gran Turismo- This is the racing franchise that every other racing game has compared to since it’s original release. In terms of realistic driving simulation, Gran Turismo has always exceeded its competition. They were consistently innovating new systems into the racing genre that other games had to emulate to stay current. With the large selection of cars, flawless controls, and realistic sounds and environment, Gran Turismo made you feel like a pro-racer.
Madden NFL- It’s hard to make a best video games sports franchise list and not include Madden on it. These games have been around since the beginning of all football games, and they’ve proved themselves time and time again. Madden has a following like no other sports franchise, and with a revenue of over 3 billion dollars in it’s 20 plus years since inception, it’s safe to say it’s earned its place on any top list.
FIFA- While Madden dominates the US market, FIFA does the same in the European market. FIFA offers the same game style and innovation that Madden offers, but for football (also known as soccer in the US). Because of this it’s no surprise that soccer fans world-wide fell in love with it.
Mike Tyson’s Punch Out- Okay, I fully admit this isn’t a franchise, but it should have been. This game was just awesome. Who doesn’t want to play a fledgling boxer that eventually climbs that ranks to fight Mike Tyson himself. Nothing made you feel more like a champion than defeating him, or more like a wimp when you lost.
Source: 1.The Franchise. Patrick Hruby.http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/eticket/story?page=100805/madden.