In the U.S. sports video games are very popular amongst gamers, represents a huge bulk of money spent on video games annually. The 10 Best Sports Video Games Ever gives an in-depth look at the video games who have revolutionized the sports genre and changed the face of gaming forever.
Madden NFL 2005
Dubbed by 10 Best Sports Video Games of All Time as “the king of sports gaming,” the Madden franchise has earned the most money in sports gaming. The 2005 edition of this game mainly centered on the defensive side of the ball, simply due to the debut of the infamous “Hit Stick,” the use of the joystick to create hard-hitting and controller-vibrating tackles to completely dominate the game.
Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!
The gamer plays as Little Mac, a tiny boxer compared to his titan-sized opponents. His competition included odd characters, such as Glass Joe and King Hippo, who all had certain weaknesses that could be used to defeat them. It was the challenge for Little Mac that stood out to the gamers and allowed them to step into the world of an underdog.
This game made a significant move with the “Jordan Challenge,” a mode in which players can play as the legendary Michael Jordan (who was also featured on the cover) and relive some of the greatest games in his career. It was also the first game to include the revolutionary “My Player” mode, in which players could create their own player, get him drafted in the NBA, and play his way into the Hall of Fame.
Developed by EA Sports, NHL ’94 was the first hockey game to be licensed by the NHL and NHLPA. Gamers knew almost no limits in this game, allowing for a realistic experience. These features have set the tone for other editions of this franchise that followed annually. It is also featured on NHL ’14 as an “Anniversary” mode, taking gamers back two decades ago to what kicked off this popular hockey video game franchise.
Super Tecmo Bowl
Before Madden really stole the show as the top-selling football video game, this was one of the most popular sports games in the 1990s. Some of its features included a TV-broadcast view and certain parameter settings which granted the players certain strengths and weaknesses, which allowed for a true-to-life gaming experience. Almost twenty-three years after this release, it still remains a cult-classic in the sports genre.