5. NBA 2K21 (PS4)

NBA 2K21 (PS4)NBA 2K21 (PS4)
Publisher: 2K Sports / Developer: Visual Concepts
Release Date: 4th Sep 2020 (USA) / 4th Sep 2020 (UK/EU)

The best basketball simulation of all time didn’t get a whole lot better with NBA 2K21, but it’s still one of the very best sports series on PS4. While the new shot meter may make you feel more Dennis Hopson than Dennis Rodman, the expanded MyTeam mode and sunny Neighborhood will keep you glued to the court for hundreds of hours – even if there is still an unfortunate emphasis on microtransactions.

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4. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS4)

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS4)Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS4)
Publisher: Activision / Developer: Vicarious Visions
Release Date: 4th Sep 2020 (USA) / 4th Sep 2020 (UK/EU)

Extreme sports aren’t en vogue like they were in the late 90s, but Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 has kick(flipped) arcade skateboarding straight to the top of our best PS4 sports games list. This remake of two stone-cold PS1 classics plays like a dream in 2020, and while its levels are laid out identically to the originals, the presentation has been overhauled to give the whole package a contemporary sheen.

3. Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)

Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)Gran Turismo Sport (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment / Developer: Polyphony Digital
Release Date: 17th Oct 2017 (USA) / 18th Oct 2017 (UK/EU)

Gran Turismo Sport may have divided franchise fans with its online focus, but there’s simply no question that its e-sports emphasis has pushed the simulation racing genre to the next level. With a focus on etiquette, online races feel both realistic and competitive – and the whole process of qualifying for events gives a sense of occasion to each and every multiplayer match.

2. Rocket League (PS4)

Rocket League (PS4)Rocket League (PS4)
Publisher: Psyonix Studios / Developer: Psyonix Studios
Release Date: 7th Jul 2015 (USA) / 7th Jul 2015 (UK/EU)

We debated it, and there’s no doubt that Rocket League is a sports game. The vehicular-based soccer sim sees you flinging nitro-powered cars around colourful arenas, attempting to steer an oversized ball into the back of your opponent’s net. Utterly superb in multiplayer, Psyonix’s smash hit is one of the highlights of the generation – and a mainstay on our hard-drives. It only doesn’t top this list because it doesn’t necessarily fit the mould of what a traditional sports game is – i.e. it’s not actually simulating something that we play in the real-world. More’s the pity.

1. MLB The Show 20 (PS4)

MLB The Show 20 (PS4)MLB The Show 20 (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: WWS San Diego Studio
Release Date: 13th Mar 2020 (USA) / 13th Mar 2020 (UK/EU)

MLB The Show 20 may prove a little too familiar for long-time fans of the franchise, but it makes up for any shortcomings in sheer content alone. This is an enormous baseball simulation, with some of the most refined gameplay in the entire sports genre, and tons of options. Diamond Dynasty is by far the best card collecting mode on the market, while March to October does a fantastic job of truncating an entire season into bitesized chunks. While the presentation may be aging, it’s still a cut above everything else, making this the PS4’s must-own sporting package.

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