Sports Genre BannerSports videogames have a long history that dates all the way back to the early 1970s with titles like Atari’s Pong and Sega’s Grand Prix. Both titles are some of the earliest 8-bit takes on real-world sports competition. Fast forward to today and the sports genre has advanced by leaps and bounds with incredible graphics, authentic audio and detailed physics that closely emulate their real-life counterparts.

We’ll explore some of the best sports games out currently and take a look at what’s coming next. Let’s dive into the wild world of sports and find an experience that’s right for you!

Major league sports gamesMajor league sports games

If you are a fan of professional sports leagues, they each have titles releasing annually. From basketball to pro golf all major leagues like FIFA soccer, the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and PGA all have games out now to help live out your pro sports fantasies.

Each year, sports games go through a refresh adding better graphics, new gameplay mechanics and features that continue to bring them closer to their real-life counterparts. If you are hitting the gridiron, hard court, ice or field all your favourite players and teams await. Here are some of the major pro league franchises developed by EA Sports and 2K Games:

fifa 21FIFA 21

Release Date: Available now for PS4Xbox OneNintendo Switch, PC, Stadia, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S
Full Review | Overall Rating: 3.9/5 (78%)

The beautiful game returns on consoles with FIFA 21. The latest entry in the best-selling sports game adds co-operative gameplay to FUT and VOLTA. VOLTA lets you build your player, pick your gear, and grow your football legacy on the streets.

Purchase FIFA 21

Madden 21Madden 21

Release Date: Available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Full Review | Overall Rating: 3.6/5 (73%)

This year you can test your skills in “The Yard,” a 6 vs. 6 competitive mode and new addition to the series. For the first time in the franchise you can start your career as a high school quarterback and rise to the pros through your performance on the gridiron.

Buy Madden 21

NBANBA 2K21

Release Date: Available now for PlayStation 4Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S
Full Review | Overall Rating: 3.8/5 (75%)

Master a new shooting technique and take your dribbling skills further using innovative thumb stick commands in NBA 2K21 for current and next-gen consoles.

Purchase NBA 2K21

NHL 21

Release Date: Available now on PS4 and Xbox One
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.3/5 (85%)

Establish your legacy with the totally revamped Be A Pro mode or earn even more Ultimate Team rewards in HUT RUSH with NHL 21 from EA Sports.

Buy NHL 21

PGA Tour 2K21PGA Tour 2K21

Release Date: Available now on PlayStation 4Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Stadia and PC
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.1/5 (81%)

It’s a whole new era of Gold with an attitude, express yourself through your style and signature shots on the green. Golf with the pros and make a bid for the FedEx Cup or join an Online Society to challenge your real-life friends and more in PGA Tour.

Purchase PGA Tour 2K21

MLB The Show 21Big league sports titles coming soon

MLB The Show 21

Release Date: Coming Soon – April 20, 2021

Baseball’s most authentic virtual experience awaits in MLB: The Show 21. Real players, teams and all new legends of the game hit the diamond this year. Game modes include Diamond Dynasty, Franchise, and March to October. Spring training has arrived on PS5, lace up those cleats!

Pre-order MLB The Show 21

Racing gamesRacing Games

Motorsports are one of the most fun and exciting parts of this genre. The depth and breadth in how you can take a checkered flag on a track are incredibly varied. From arcade racers like Mario Kart to the ultra-realistic Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo simulators offer challenges to gamers of all skill levels. Let’s take a look at what each offer with some of the category’s best games:

Arcade RacersArcade-style racing

If you are looking for a more accessible, action-packed experience arcade racing has plenty of fun and thrills in store. Born and bred in arcade cabinets, classics like Out Run, Daytona USA and Ridge Racer shaped the modern arcade racer experience we enjoy on home gaming consoles today.

These racers come in many different styles and settings from cartoony kart racers to out of this world sci-fi showdowns. They aren’t without their challenges, but if you are looking for over the top fun, here are some great titles:

DIRT 5 off-road-racingDirt 5

Release Date: Available now on StadiaPlayStation 4PlayStation 5Xbox One and
Xbox Series X|S
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.25/5 (85%)

If you are looking for a high-adrenaline, off-road experience Dirt 5 delivers. The game is packed with a variety of vehicles, tracks customization options and multiplayer modes. It straddles the line between arcade and sim racing to deliver a satisfying experience on the track.

Buy Dirt 5

WreckfestWreckfest

Release Date: Available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.1/5 (83%)

If you prefer the more aggressive side to car racing Wreckfest offers pure mayhem. Throw the rules of etiquette out the window and get ready for high-octane destruction, a racing game with collisions & full-out calamity.

Kart RacersKart Racers

If you are looking for pure fun on the racetrack, give kart racing games a whirl. Kart racers streamline controls while adding in twists like out of this world tracks and even introduce combat mechanics. Careful how you use that purple shell in Mario Kart!

Mario-Kart-8_DeluxeMario Kart 8 Deluxe

Release Date: Available now on Nintendo Switch
Full Review | Overall Rating: 5/5 (100%)

Released back in 2017, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe still remains the undisputed champion of kart racers.  This is the definitive version of the game featuring 42 characters, 48 courses, and 40 karts. This is the best Mario Kart out there and an instant classic. If you are a Nintendo Switch owner this is an absolute must play.

Buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

CTRNitroFueledTop2Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled

Release Date: Available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and XboxOne
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.25/5 (85%)

Rebuilt and remastered from the original 1999 release, this new and improved CTR will keep kart racing fans coming back for more. The game features 31 tracks, 26 playable characters, and a ton of content and modes that adds a lot of replay value. With online and local multiplayer modes, you’ll never race alone!

Purchase Crash Team Racing

Open World RacersOpen world racers

A relatively new genre, open world racers have quickly become the most interesting motorsport games in this category. These games let you hop in a vehicle and let you take it just about anywhere your heart desires. The freedom these games offer is extremely satisfying and gained a loyal following from both casual and hardcore racing fans.

BOPRS2Burnout Paradise Remastered

Release Date: Available now on Nintendo Switch
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.25/5 (85%)

One of the best arcade racers of all time, don’t let Burnout Paradise pass you by. Get ready to head back to Paradise City, where you’ll wreak havoc in a rich, detailed open world. Buckle up, few racers have such a breakneck sense of speed and destruction.

Purchase Burnout Paradise Remastered

ForzaHorizon4OnlineForza Horizon 4

Release Date: Available now on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.6/5 (92%)

The latest entry in the legendary Forza Horizon series takes to road in Great Britain. Explore the series most ambitious setting yet packed with races, challenges and a massive lineup of cars. The game also has one of my personalize favourite add-on content packs of all time, “LEGO Speed Champions Add-On.” That’s right, you get to race around tracks and cars completely built out of LEGO!

Purchase Forza Horizon 4

Simulation racingSimulation racing

When it comes to simulation racing games, developers painstakingly work to deliver a real-world driving experience. These games feature realistic physics, and mechanical details right down to aerodynamics, tire tread wear, brakes and the ability to tune your car.

F12020 Career ModeF1 2020

Release Date: Available now on Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.2/5 (84%)

Race against the best drivers in the world in the most accessible and most comprehensive Formula 1 game yet, F1 2020. This year includes the addition of My Team mode and casual elements that gives both rookie and veteran drivers plenty to experience.

WRC-9-DustWRC 9: World Rally Championship

Release Date: Available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4/5 (80%)

If you are looking for a technical racing challenge WRC 9 has it in spades. Career mode lets you manage your team from A – Z offerings hours of team planning and racing. The new track additions of Kenya, Japan, and New Zealand offer racers some new circuits to test their skill and will.

Extreme SportsExtreme / Arcade Sports

Step into the wild side of sports where all the limits and boundaries are pushed by athletes who push themselves to the limit.

THPS12Tricks1reviewTony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

Release Date: Available now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.5/5 (90%)

One of the most iconic sports titles of all time has made its return to next gen consoles. Pull off insane skateboard tricks from the comfort of your living room in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.

Purchase Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2

trialsTrials Rising

Release Date: Available now on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Full Review | Overall Rating: 4.1/5 (83%)

Challenge your friends and the rest of the world to see who can get the fastest time (or the most spectacular wipe out!) with Trials Rising.

Buy Trials Rising

Mario GolfUpcoming arcade sports games

Mario Golf: Super Rush
Release Date: Coming Soon – June 25, 2021

Get ready to hit the links with Mario and the rest of the gang! Play with up to 4 players locally or online in Standard Golf, Speed Golf, or RPG-like story mode. Shoot like a pro with the Joy Con controller and the adaptive shot gauge, meant to cater to both rookie and pro golfers.

Preorder Mario Golf: Super Rush

Sports-based prize fightingSports-based prize fighting

If you are a fan of boxing, MMA or wresting this is the sports subgenre for you. These games emulate sports with hand-to-hand combat delivering the thrills of the ring or octagon right to your gaming console. Get ready to rumble!

UFC 4EA Sports UFC 4

Release Date: Available now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Full Review | Overall Rating: 3.8/5 (75%)

Get your MMA fix with EA Sports UFC 4, featuring a deep career mode and immersive training and development elements.

WWE2KBGTop2WWE 2K Battlegrounds

Release Date: Available now on PlayStation 4Xbox OneSwitch, Stadiaand PC
Full Review | Overall Rating: 3.6/5 (72%)

WWE 2K Battlegrounds offers arcade style gameplay with over-the-top action. The game’s easy to pick up controls and addictive modes like campaign and King of the Battleground make it a fun arcade-style grappler.

High adrenaline action

The sports genre offers a wide range of experiences that look to light a competitive fire in you while playing. Whether you are a fan of big-league sports, racing, extreme competition or prize fighting this genre has something for you. I recommend trying a title from each category above and see which is the best fit for your gaming tastes.

Let us know what your favourite sports game is in the comments below!

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