Mixed martial arts is not everyone’s cup of tea, but EA Sports UFC 3 once again builds upon Fight Night’s extremely realistic physics, making for a bone-crunching sports game that will have you wincing while you’re winning. The animations are outstanding, and while the campaign can be a little formulaic, this is worth playing purely for the visual razzle-dazzle on display.
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Poor ol’ Pro Evolution Soccer, eh? The former king of football sims has been utterly decimated by the meteoric rise of the FIFA franchise, but despite its lack of licenses, it still feels great when out on the field. In particular, movement and passing feel superior to EA Sports’ increasingly popular alternative, while an emphasis on player personality means that the world’s biggest stars are more authentic than ever before.
The two-minute drill is the bedrock of any great American football team, and in this PSVR exclusive you’re the quarterback tasked with getting your team down the field. Pairing an impressive motion controlled throwing mechanic with the ability to physically draw your own plays makes this an enticing arcade title for NFL fans – and there’s now even an asymmetrical local multiplayer mode where one player tries to blitz the headset-wearing QB by playing defence on the television screen.
12. F1 2019 (PS4)
Real-world Formula One drivers are fitter than most athletes, so F1 2019 unquestionably qualifies as one of the PS4’s best sports games. With a deep campaign that sees you developing your own car, as well as all of the circuits and teams from the actual F1 season, Codemasters has comfortably steered this racer onto our list.
There are a dearth of new arcade sports games on the PS4, but fortunately legendary SNK Frisbee flinger Windjammers has stood the test of time. Effectively a 90s-themed version of Pong, this cult classic sees you sprinting around colourful courts tossing flying discs at a range of fashionable foes. This faithful conversion squeezes in online play, making it a must-own for both newcomers and long-time fans of the original.