For those of you who don’t know already, we here at Team Inked are all about sports and video games, especially me! So, I figured why not mesh the two passions together and create a listicle that highlights some of the best sports video games on the market?
In this post, we’ll have a closer look at the top 10 sports video games currently available for players and why they’ve become so popular among gamers and sports fans alike. Now, some of these titles have been around for a while and have newer versions releasing soon. So, keep an eye out for updates in a few sections to get the latest titles and dates coming down the pipe.
With that, let the games begin!
1. Madden 20
Okay, this is a personal favorite, which is why I have it listed first. The Madden games have come a long way since they were first introduced to fans in 1988. Over 30 years later, they’re still going strong and will be a fan favorite for many years to come. Madden 20 is the latest edition in the Madden series. The game introduces players to a revamped story/career, franchise and ultimate team mode.
Madden 20 also features 50 new players with X-Factor Zone abilities. That means stronger runs, better catches, harder hits, and more competitive gameplay overall. As always, the game presents updated rosters and uniforms as well. Whether you're more focused on game modes, player animations, or play action, Madden 20 feels more real than ever. I can’t wait to see what Madden 21 looks like.
Madden 20 is available on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Microsoft Windows.
Update: EA officially announced that Madden 21 will be dropping on August 25, 2020.
2. NBA 2K20
One constant praise among fans and close followers of the series is that when it comes to graphics and realism, NBA 2K20 is a wonder to behold. The same can be said for other games in the series, but EA seems to nail this aspect each year. Just when you thought the players couldn’t look any more real or the colors couldn’t get any more vibrant, EA always finds a way to up their game.
Featuring smooth aesthetics and natural physics, NBA 2K20 creates a lively experience for all players. The game presents you with a staggering number of game modes to choose from as well. Overall, NBA 2K20 is a great game for those who have yet to play an NBA 2K game or who have been away from the game for a while. So, if you’re looking for an opportunity to return to the court, now is the time!
NBA 2K20 is available on Xbox One, Playstation 4, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and Stadia.
Update: NBA 2K21 will be released on September 4, 2020
3. NHL 20
EA’s NHL series has held its own next to the likes of NBA, Madden and MLB. Although The overall game mode improvements are nominal at best this time around, the new gameplay mechanics definitely make NHL 20 an experience that you don’t want to miss out on. While it doesn’t differ much from its predecessor, NHL 20 gives you everything that you could want from a new installment which includes updated rosters, new players, advanced physics and more engaging game modes.
All in all, NHL 20 does a solid job of capturing the true hockey experience. The game allows you to cleanly engage with the world and players around you with its fine attention to detail and a simpler, more smooth controller system.
NHL 20 can be played on either Xbox One or Playstation 4 consoles.
Update: There are rumors that an NHL 21 is in the works.
San Diego Studios hits yet another home run with this latest MLB title. MLB The Show 20 presents players with a new, enhanced game mode along with some other significant tweaks. Whether you prefer to play online or in the comfort of your offline network, MLB The Show 20 features a very clean and precise format. The game is also packed with fresh and rewarding things to do across a variety of modes. While MLB 20 doesn’t completely break away from the pack of previous titles, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
MLB The Show 20 is only available on Playstation 4 consoles.
5. FIFA 2020
While it doesn’t necessarily introduce anything earth-shattering to the series, FIFA 2020 presents players and football fanatics with a truly captivating experience. The root of FIFA’s strength comes from its engaging new mode, Volta. This mode introduces you to more of a street baller style of play, as it allows you to take your game beyond the traditional grass and stadium setting. As far as the gameplay is concerned, fans seem to be more impressed with the revamped physics, the slower pace and defensive system.
FIFA 2020 can be played on Xbox One, Playstation 4, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and Stadia.
Update: FIFA 21 will be kicking off on October 9, 2020.
6. UFC 3
More about the ground and pound side of sports? UFC 3 delivers a real knockout experience for all players looking to get it on in the octagon. EA first released UFC 3 in February of 2018. Wow, that seems like centuries ago, especially if you’re a loyal fan of the series. UFC 3 has achieved success by sticking to and further developing its solid format. Previous titles in the series laid the groundwork, so to speak, and UFC 3 does a stellar job of retaining all the elements that have impressed players in the past.
Of course, EA adds some revamped features to the game as well, with new gameplay and a host of different modes. Whether you want to duke it out in a local bout or develop your fighter into an undisputed champ, UFC 3 gives you the freedom to grow your fight career and skills like no other.
UFC 3 is available on Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
Update: EA officially announced the release of UFC 4 at UFC 251 on July 11th. Here’s a trailer!
7. F1 2020
The long-awaited race title was released on July 10, 2020. Talk about timing, huh? As the newest edition to the F1 series, this game gives players a racing experience that’s truly one of a kind. F1 2020 directly builds upon the structure left by previous F1 games, specifically the most recent F1 2019. With F1 2020, Codemasters took more of a, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” approach. But, there have been some significant improvements added.
For starters, the game is more competitive overall as the AI is now more skilled and willing to go to greater lengths to win races that come down to the wire. This kind of enhancement keeps you more engaged throughout the course of the race, which is what all game developers strive for. So, no more cruising at the front of the pack. There’s also a ‘casual mode’ that makes the cars easier to drive and handle, which is perfect for those who are new to the F1 game circuit.
F1 2020 is available for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch and Stadia.
Rule #1 of Rocket League: Don’t talk about Rocket League. Just kidding! I probably should have used that joke in the UFC section somehow. Oh well. Actually, rule #1 of Rocket League is to have non-stop fun! At least, that’s what I take away from it, and based on what I’ve read from other players, I’m certainly not alone. Rocket League has been around for going on five years now and is available on multiple platforms.
For those who haven’t played, the idea behind Rocket League is actually quite rudimentary. If you like driving and soccer, this game gives you a brilliant mix of both. It may sound a tad complex or tricky at first, but believe it or not, the mechanics are incredibly simple to absorb if you’re an amateur. I’m not going to lie, getting used to the controls and fast-paced nature of the game takes some dedicated practice. However, once you’ve mastered the mechanics, it will seem like second nature.
Rocket League is available on Xbox One, Playstation 4, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Linux and macOS.
First released in May 2020, SMB 3 slides in as another great title in what is quickly becoming a very successful video game series. Fans and players have immediately gravitated to the game’s arcade-style of play, which right off the bat, sets the tone for more exciting gameplay overall. Plus, the game introduces a new franchise mode that adds extra fun for those who wish to fulfill their fantasy of being a manager, minus the stress and seriousness that we often see in more traditional sports games. In a nutshell, SMB 3 creates a solid and fun game experience for players of all levels. Thanks to its simple gameplay and format, the game makes it easy for everyone to just dive right in!
SMB 3 is available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.
10. PES 20
Every game in the PES series is consistently praised by fans because of their strong attention to detail and commitment to authentic gameplay. PES 2020 is no different. In fact, PES 2020 gives you an even more authentic experience, as the game features more authentic player portrayals and errors during each match.
A high-quality 3D scanning technology brings you closer to the game as well. Using this technology, the PES 2020 is capable of recreating players and stadiums down to the smallest detail, which keeps pace with their standards for accuracy. Adding a more fluid and responsive control system to the mix makes PES 2020 a strong competitor for fans!
PES 20 can be played on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Android, Microsoft Windows and iOS platforms.
Well, that’s my take! But, as always, I want to hear from you and get your perspective. What’s your favorite sports video game? Which ones would you add to this listicle? Let me know in the comments below. I can talk about sports, especially football, all day!
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