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)
  • Type: Arcade
  • Sport: Skateboarding
  • Players: 8

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 onto our best sports games for PS4 list. This remake of two stone-cold PS1 classics plays like a dream, and while its levels are laid out identically to the originals, the presentation has been overhauled to give the whole package a contemporary sheen.

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NBA 2K22 (PS4)

NBA 2K22 (PS4)NBA 2K22 (PS4)
Publisher: 2K Sports / Developer: Visual Concepts
Release Date: 10th Sep 2021 (USA) / 10th Sep 2021 (UK/EU)
  • Type: Simulation
  • Sport: Basketball
  • Players: 4

Where other publishers are treating the PS4 versions of their flagship sports series as side projects, 2K Sports has done a lot with its last-gen release of NBA 2K22. In addition to complete defensive and collision rewrites, the publisher has also introduced an entirely new sandbox for its flagship MyPlayer mode, which sees you competing on a cruise ship. There are also new Badges to test and the same-old Hall of Fame presentation that fans have come to expect.

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)
  • Type: Simulation
  • Sport: Motorsport
  • Players: 16

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.

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)
  • Type: Arcade
  • Sport: Football
  • Players: 8

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.

MLB The Show 21 (PS4)

MLB The Show 21 (PS4)MLB The Show 21 (PS4)
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: WWS San Diego Studio
Release Date: 20th Apr 2021 (USA) / 20th Apr 2021 (UK/EU)
  • Type: Simulation
  • Sport: Baseball
  • Players: 2

MLB The Show 21 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 on PS4.

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