What are the best console-based sports games out there?

Console-based sports games are up there among some of the most popular sub-genres in the industry. From soccer games such as FIFA to versatile consoles like the Wii Sports, there is plenty of choice for everyone who likes to play.

But for those who are looking for a change in the direction of their video gaming career, it can sometimes feel a little difficult to identify where to start. Perhaps you’re a football fan looking to switch to a UFC-based game, for example, or maybe you have a keen eye for games like tennis but you’re not sure where to branch out to next. With that in mind, here are some of the top console-based sports games that are available.

FIFA Soccer 10

Ask anyone who likes to predict football and soccer results what their preferred console-based sports game is, and there’s a good chance they will respond by saying “FIFA”. The game has become a byword for fantasy football – and thanks to EA, the maker, FIFA has turned into one of the world’s foremost football must-haves. Although it came out as recently as 2009, FIFA Soccer 10 was one of the most cutting-edge games of its era: it contained some of the earliest applications of artificial intelligence, for example.

But it was in the gameplay that FIFA Soccer 10 surged ahead and scored well. The Ultimate Team option, for example, has been mimicked ever since by game designers across the globe, who have borrowed everything from its aesthetic to its processing abilities.

EA Sports UFC 4

When it comes to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC for short, there’s nothing quite like EA Sports UFC 4 for the PlayStation 4 to get the ball rolling. Rather than being an out-and-out fighting game, however, the developers have instead given it some of the elements of an old-school arcade game, so that you can meander back in time and be a little retro as you fight. This also lowers the barrier of entry to the game, and makes it the sort of game that can be enjoyed by people from many different walks of life. This is also a recent release – it only came out in the US in August of this year. So, for fans of UFC who are desperate to get some lockdown gaming in, it’s a good idea to invest in this title.

Madden 21

Those who can’t get enough of the NFL will no doubt be aware of Madden 21, the Electronic Arts-created video game that is all the rage among NFL fans. The latest version of this popular game comes jam-packed with top features, including a new so-called “Skill Stick” allowing your character to play well whether you’re in offense or defense. What’s more, the game also comes with artificial intelligence tools designed to ensure that your gameplay is tip-top, no matter what your strengths or weaknesses are.

Super Mega Baseball 3

Finally, this highly popular PlayStation 4 game can sometimes generate mixed feelings. That’s understandable, given that its image is somewhat cartoon-like. There’s a general perception that Super Mega Baseball 3 is aimed primarily at young people, and that it wouldn’t be out of place in the sort of strip mall seen in the likes of retro TV programs such as Stranger Things.

But the reality is that Super Mega Baseball 3 is in fact a game containing multitudes of options, and there is almost certainly something for everyone to enjoy. Linking up with other fans is a major part of this game, and people from across the world can play together, thanks to its seamless online integration. It’s also possible, for example, to customize this game right down to your level of ability by using what is known in the industry as a “difficulty slider”. What’s more, there’s also a fantasy baseball element, which lets you design your perfect team. The game was released just this year by the developers, Metalhead, so baseball fans can get their hands on it right now.


With so much choice on the market, then, there’s plenty to be said for console-based sports gaming. Whether you’re a fan of using your console to improve your level of fitness or you’re desperate to form your own fantasy football team and model how they would perform, you can do so, thanks to the thriving console-based sports game market.


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Last Updated: Oct 13, 2020