I grew up playing video games on the platforms of the Gameboy 64, Gameboy SP, Sega DreamCast PlayStation 2, XBOX, GameCube, Wii, and XBOX 360. I played games from Mario Bros to NFL 2K13 to Ready 2 Rumble, but because I really don’t like watching sports or playing video games, I am very picky with the sports games that I choose to play. So here is my list of the Top 5 games that I think are the best sports games of all time.
- NFL Street
According to IGN, the overall game was a 9.2 out of 10. I got this game in 2004 when I was in 4th grade for PS2. The sounds are great in this game because the players are talk smack. Next the music in this game is amazing because it’s a mix of rap, rock and alternative. The versatility and beats make the game more exciting and it gets me hype and coming back for more. Lastly I love the overall gameplay because I can pitch the ball. Plus you can jump off walls in this game which is always a fun thing to do. Since I can’t say anything negative about this game, I give this game a 10/10.
Source: Jon Robinson, “NFL Street,” IGN.
- EA Sports MMA
The graphics in this game is amazing and the career mode is so entertaining. I always admired mixed martial arts because it is like chess since it takes strategy and that is what I loved about this game. Players have to try to submit or knockout their opponent while regulating their stamina. Once you practice it a couple of times it gets easier. From my experience, I played the career mode first because there is a tutorial in the beginning of the career. Also, you can travel different places and learn new moves in the career. I also like how the graphics are so realistic and the high definition is beautiful. One disadvantage to this game is that I can’t create female characters. I give this game a 9/10.
- ESPN NFL 2K5
Whatever happened to football games like this? My favorite feature in this game is that I could make a crib that displayed all my trophies and I could buy items for. Also, I could compete in games against celebrities like Steve- O, Carmen Elecra and Funkmaster Flex and by beating them, you can unlock a venue and get satisfaction of beating those trash- talking celebrities! Moreover, in the franchise mode you could watch the film of your team and manage the workouts that the teams participate in. However, unlike NFL Street, the music is from Sportscenter and Monday Night Countdown music and is really generic which I don’t favor. So I give this game an 8.5/10.
- NBA Street Vol. 2
My favorite part of this game was the Street School because I was able to learn how to do basic and advanced moves from none other than the legend, Stretch. Another favorite part of mine was Be a Legend because I could unlock different venues and legends among other things. Plus I loved the music because it only played hip hop like “Ride Wit Me” by MC Lyte. However, I read some criticism that I do agree with but this person said it better so according to Metacritic.com, ThomasM. says that, No Ginobili, TParker is WAY underrated, many players are just rated WAY off. I agree that the players are better than what they were rated and it kind of makes the game questionable. Overall, though, I give this game an 8/10.
Source: ThomasM., “NBA Street Vol. 2 PlayStation 2”, Metacritic
- Tony Hawk’s Underground
Personally I am not really into skating but this game is so fun and exciting. I liked the career or story mode because I could travel to different places and do different challenges. For example, in Tampa, I run into a problem where I have to bail my friend Eric out of Jail and I end up not getting in the competition since Eric didn’t sign me up. However, once I impress famous skaters including Tony Hawk I am allowed into the event which brings sponsors when I win. I also liked the music because it was a variety of hip hop, punk rock, and rock. However, I hated how my character looked it was so unrealistic and unattractive. So I give this game a 7/10.