Sports games are among the most popular titles out there. EA built its empire with its Madden series, and 2K Games is most known for its NBA 2K series. Sports games give us a chance to relive past glories and forge new ones. When sports games are brought up, most people think of football, baseball, golf, tennis, and soccer. However, there are many games featuring more unconventional sports. Sometimes game developers will even create a new sport. This list will examine the best of the more off-beat sports titles available, and if we left one out that you think deserves a spot on this list don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
Have you ever wanted to play a real match of quidditch, but can’t find your Nimbus 2000? Then EA’s Quidditch World Cup is the game for you. This game is based on the sport of quidditch featured in the Harry Potter novels and films. The object of the sport is to throw a ball through your opponent’s hoops.
That is until the golden snitch is released, then it turns into an all-out chase against the opposing seeker. This game was released in 2003, but still looks good when compared to more modern games. With its simple controls and presentation, the gameplay in Quidditch World Cup is more arcade-like than simulation.
Caveman Games was released for multiple consoles/computers in 1988, back when game developers apparently had more leeway with game concepts. The game is set up like the Olympic Games, with six categories of events in which to compete. Examples of events include the dino vault and fire starting.
This is a fun little game that can be played simultaneously by two players. The graphics are decent, and the game is filled with amusing animations to keep the game light-hearted. The controls, like most Olympic style video games, involves a lot of button mashing.
This is a racing game, but with small remote controlled vehicles instead of full-sized cars. Re-Volt 2 is a fun fast paced racing game that features race tracks in unusual areas such as a high school gym and the deck of a cruise ship. It is very similar to the classic Micro Machines for the NES but better.
There are several versions of Re-Volt; including an iOS and Android version. The best is the PC version, since it has been continually updated over the years. However, the gameplay can get quite frantic during online matches, as it can feature dozens of players.
Super Baseball 2020 was released for the Neo Geo in 1991. This is a futuristic baseball game with robotic players in addition to armored human players. Scattered on the field are jump-pads that launch players into the air. This is useful for catching fly balls and preventing home runs. The field is also covered with exploding mines – that increase in number in the later innings. The graphics are bright and colorful, and the game’s animation is very fluid. When you do well, you earn money that can be spent to power-up your players.
NBA Jam is a great arcade-style, two-on-two basketball game. The franchise started in the arcades in 1993, but was soon ported to home consoles. The latest in the series is the On Fire Edition; released in 2010 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii.
This version was named from a feature in the game where hitting three baskets in a row powers up your player, and is acknowledged by the announcer excitedly proclaiming, “He’s on fire!”. The game also features the digitized faces of real NBA players on comically large heads. This game has been continuously updated throughout the years solely because it game is extremely fun.
Golf Story is an unusual game that blends golf with a role playing game. The plot revolves around a golfer as he makes one last try to go pro. Instead of the traditional battles in standard role-playing games, the player plays golf against his opponents. At any time the player can also drop a ball and try to hit objects that can unlock secret areas and items.
The player can also level-up, which increases his/her stats. The golf aspect of the game is also really fun, and the courses you play on are very well designed. Try this title if you're a fan of golf and/or role-playing games. You won’t be disappointed.
This is a spiritual successor to EA’s Mutant League Football, which released in 1993 for the Sega Genesis. Instead of human players, the teams feature super-human mutants and undead players. The violence is turned up a notch in this football game – nearly every play sees players needing to be carried off and replaced.
This game also features tactics not allowed in football simulators such as the Madden Football games. Bribing the referees, using weapons, and injuring the opponent' players while they are on the ground is all fair game. Mutant Football League even allows players to play multiple seasons in a dynasty mode.
This game was overlooked when it was originally released for the Neo Geo in 1994. However, with the growth of competitive gaming lately, it has finally been given the recognition it deserves. There was even a remastered version released for the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch that allowed online play.
There is also a Windjammers 2 in the works. The game is an interesting mix of tennis, frisbee, and soccer played by two opposing players. This is such a fun game it is surprising that a real-world version of Windjammers has not sprung up already. If you enjoy competitive online games then you need to try Windjammers.
This is another offbeat sports game for the Neo Geo, and one that will hopefully get a remaster like Windjammers that allows for online multiplayer. This is the best dodge ball game currently available. That’s saying a lot considering this game was released in 1996. The player chooses from seven teams; with each team having a unique captain that has special moves. After defeating a team, the player can replace one of her/his generic team members with the defeated team captain. Although not capable of online play, the two player mode is great for local multiplayer.
Rocket League was originally released for the PS4 in 2015, with Xbox One and Switch versions released over the following two years. This game is similar to Re-Volt, but instead of traditional races the game is set up like a soccer match with r.c. cars instead of people.
The two teams try to knock the ball into the opponent’s goal by slamming into it with their cars. Rocket League looks fantastic, and runs at a steady 60 fps. This title is so fun, and well made, that it is now an officially sponsored esport with cash prizes reaching as high as $150,000 for the champions.