Five must-play sports video games

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The next 12 months are packed with highly anticipated releases that would certainly make a dent in our bank balances were it not for the bargain prices you can find on If you’re new to gaming or simply want a new genre to explore, why not try out sports games? Sports video games let you step into Messi’s boots and Tom Brady’s cleats, build your own sports teams and compete fiercely against your friends and family. We take a look at some highlights of the genre…

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Where could we start but with the most high profile sports franchise in the UK? Incredibly the franchise is now 21 years old, and has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Since 2000, the series has had a long running battle with Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer series, with FIFA tending to play catch-up on gameplay but boasting far more official licences from the world’s most popular football leagues. Today, FIFA has the edge. The latest annual instalment, FIFA 15, was released recently and has garnered a positive reception from critics.

Football Manager
While we’re on the subject of football, it would be rude not to mention the hugely successful Football Manager franchise. As the title suggests, this franchise focuses on the management side of football. You don’t directly control players during matches. Instead, you must use your management skills to tempt players to transfer to your club, refine your training plans, play around with tactics and formations and try to stop disgruntled players from leaving your club. If you prefer strategy games to action-oriented titles, you’ll certainly want to give Football Manager a go.

If arcade-style sports games are what you’re after, the SSX series is a fantastic place to start. SSX is short for snowboard supercross. It’s an addictive mix of racing, pulling off ridiculous tricks and showing off in front of your friends. The first three instalments of the franchise may have been released ten years ago, but they remain some of the most enjoyable sporting games the Flubit team has ever played. Silly, over-the-top and obviously unrealistic, these games are just plain fun. We’d particularly recommend SSX Tricky and SSX 3, but if you’d rather have an HD version then the 2012 reboot of SSX is still a decent game.

Tony Hawk’s
There’s only one skateboarding video game series that you need to know about: the Tony Hawk games. This long-lived series got off to a phenomenal start with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater in 1999, and has since consisted of many solid skateboarding games. The 1999 classic received an HD re-release that you’ll find on the PlayStation Network, Steam or XBLA. If you’re after a hard copy version of a Tony Hawk game, we’d recommend Project 8 – a 2006 instalment that holds up well today.

Wii Sports
Wii Sports is the second best selling video game of all time, with over 80 million copies sold worldwide since its 2006 release. Its sequel, Wii Sports Resort, is 7th on the bestseller list. Wii Sports is the game that brought motion controls (and perhaps gaming as a whole) into the mainstream. Suddenly we were all miming golf shots with our Wii remotes and furiously ‘punching’ away with controllers in hand. Wii Sports games are suitable for players from 8 to 80+. The games provide fantastic multiplayer experiences that are well suited to parties and gatherings. If you’ve somehow missed out on the Wii Sports phenomenon, it’s time to see what all the fuss is about…

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