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Sports games for a non-sports fan



  • Okay, I know the title alone sounds weird. This is the thing: lately I have been very interested in trying sports games, those in which you take your team through a league and such: football, basketball, hockey, whatever. But when it comes to playing, the more praised and recommended games I find really hard to play, as in requiring a lot of skill which I don't have; and that, combined with my lack of knowledge about those sports, is quite frustrating.

    So my question is, are there any good sports games for newbies? as I said, I don't really mind the sport (I have a passing knowledge of football/soccer fwiw, know nothing about the rest) but I do want something with a table league and stuff.


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    @svmariscal I like backyard sports with scummvm. I disdain sports in any form but I can tolerate those games.



  • Nba jam for sure



  • The best sport game ever is Crash 'n' the Boys: Street Challenge (NES).



  • Speedball 2 on the Genesis is a nice one.

    You can also try Hyper Sports, Track and Field and the like, on the arcade and NES. Not as much about league progressing but still sports related.

    I used to play an old game on the DOS called "Face Off!" It is a hockey game with fighting in it. I never watched ice hockey nor do I know much about the rules, but as a kid I recall it being loads of fun.

    There was also Kings of the Beach, a volleyball game which also exists for the NES. I can't say if it has aged that well, but it's not very skill based.

    Best of luck.



  • I remember having lot of fun with Nintendo World cup on GB when I was young.
    Part of the Kunio Kun saga (renegade, river city ransom, crash and the boys, ...), it's a really fun and unrealistic soccer game :)



  • Mega Man Soccer (SNES) and Tecmo Super Bowl (NES)



  • Mutant league hockey ;)



  • @pjft said in Sports games for a non-sports fan:

    There was also Kings of the Beach, a volleyball game which also exists for the NES. I can't say if it has aged that well, but it's not very skill based.

    I do know about Kings of the Beach, I played the DOS version back in the day, totally forgot about that one! It was loads of fun indeed, one of the very few sportsgames I ever liked. Thanks a lot for the memory :)



  • @svmariscal yeah, I only knew the DOS version as well.



  • speedball two on the genesis!
    Athelete kings on the Saturn.
    Track n field.
    Other than that just burn the sports carts :)



  • nba jam, superstar soccer, wwf wrestlemania - the arcade game, hotgear/ super monaco gp, any nostalgic edition of fifa


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