Last year, the genre of sports games became the second most popular. Most likely, it will maintain its position in 2021. The main positions in this category are occupied by licensed titles, for example – FIFA and MADEN, owned by Electronic Arts, as well as NBA 2K from 2K Sports. These three franchises emphasize realism and feature teams that actually exist.
It is difficult for unlicensed sports titles to find success, which is why many studios have come up with new sports. Some members of this category are noteworthy; they will be discussed below.
Arcade from Psyonix is a prime example of a successful fictional sports game. The Rocket League rules are pretty clear: score as many goals as possible. The matter is complicated by jet cars.
This game is easy to understand but very difficult to master. The sophisticated gameplay is one of the reasons for the success of the Rocket League: it will appeal to both casual and experienced players
Star Wars Episode I: Racer
Podracing is one of the most famous fictional sports. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that such a game was released. It originally aired in May 1999, the same month as the first episode. But don’t think this is a typical movie-based title. Episode I: Racer is a surprisingly high quality race.
Star Wars Episode I: Racer has an addictive gameplay: some turns can be cut off; in addition, various improvements are available.
Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe
The game was originally released in 1990 on the Atari ST, and in subsequent years on other platforms, including the Game Boy Advance, Commodore 64, and Sega Mega Drive. A cyberpunk-style game about a cruel Rollerball-like game by Norman Jewison.
In the near future, speedball is unlikely to become a part of our life, because according to the rules, it is necessary not only to score goals, but also to injure opponents.
The game from Supergiant Games is an amazing combination of different genres. Pyre brings sports elements to the familiar mechanics of RPGs: it’s a very addictive adventure.
Supergiant Games’ unusual idea received high marks: 85 and 82 on PS4 and PC, respectively (according to Metascore). What’s more, Pyre has won numerous awards, including the “Original Role-Playing Game” from the National Academy of Video Game Reviewers.
Pokemon fighting has always been considered a sport within the universe, which cannot be said about video games. That all changed after the release of Pokemon Stadium in 2000. Emphasis was placed on the sporting aspect of the fantasy universe: players compete by playing a turn-based strategy game.
The decision of the creators of the game turned out to be correct: Pokemon Stadium took the 6th place in sales on the Nintendo 64, ahead of classics like Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong 64.
Mario Kart series
An incredibly popular casual multiplayer game franchise. This spin-off was created in 1992 when Super Mario Kart was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The fifteenth part of the series, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, uses elements of mixed reality: you can now arrange races at home.
Fans of the franchise are looking forward to the early announcement of a new game. The fact is that the last main part, Mario Kart 8, was released on Wii U already in 2014.
The game, also known as Westleball, was developed and released by Banco in 1991 on the Sega Genesis. Powerball combines elements of three popular sports: football, rugby and American football. It sounds like complete nonsense, but Namco managed to create an addicting, yet simple gameplay.
As the name implies, in Wrestleball you can knock out opponents, which is prohibited in reality.
It is good that this sport does not exist in reality. In addition to illegal street racing, Burnout Paradise boasts a “Mayhem” mode – perhaps the craziest sport ever. This is a new version of the “crash” mode from the previous parts of the series. Your task is to crash your car.
Interestingly, Burnout Paradise played a large role in the demise of the street racing genre. According to statistics, most of the players rode around the city instead of competing with each other.
Jet Set Radio
Another name is Jet Grind Radio. The game was released in 2002 on the Sega Dreamcast, and the following year on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PlayStation Vita.
The unique sport is clearly designed with youth in mind. Your task is to drive around Tokyo and collect points for graffiti. Metacritic score – 94.
Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Quidditch is a famous fictional sport. But if little attention is paid to podracing in the Star Wars universe, then Quidditch appears in almost all video games and films about Harry Potter. Unsurprisingly, fans of the franchise were looking forward to the game after EA got the rights to the series. Fan dreams came true in 2003 with the release of Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup.
The game has a rather long learning curve. But once you get to the World Cup, the difficulty increases dramatically.