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.
Stepping up to bat against Sony’s immensely popular MLB The Show series must be a daunting prospect, but Super Mega Baseball 2’s colourful artwork and adjustable difficulty makes it a compelling alternative to San Diego’s licensed juggernaut. With a full team creation suite and entertaining local multiplayer options, this may be more your jam if you don’t know your pinch hits from your at bats.
Codemasters’ intensely hardcore rally simulation returns for another race, with licensed content from the FIA World Rallycross Championship. Punishingly lifelike physics and a new weather modelling system mean that you’ll need to have perfect focus in order to podium, but the range of vehicles and tracks mean that mastering DiRT Rally 2.0 is a rewarding endeavour.
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Madden NFL 20 really does have the X-Factor, thanks to the addition of personality traits which elevate American football’s biggest stars above their peers. Visual and gameplay refinements along with an uber-addictive edition Ultimate Team mean that EA’s second most popular sports series touches down comfortably – just try not to punt on those pricey microtransactions.
Everybody’s Golf has been largely the same game for decades, but with its inaugural PS4 instalment, Clap-Hanz elevated the formula by adding in plenty of customisation options and open world courses. It makes the game feel much more alive than its predecessors, and with buggies to drive and daily competitions to compete in, there’s much more to engage with than ever before. Perhaps most importantly, the underlying click-click-click gameplay remains easy to execute but challenging to master.