10. DIRT 5 (PS5)
DIRT 5 comes from a Codemasters team made up of many Evolution Studios alumni, giving this off-road racer a slight MotorStorm flavour. The festival vibes are alive and well here, with colourful presentation and a great soundtrack providing the background for a varied and fun racing calendar. Unlike its DiRT Rally cousins, this game is unabashedly arcadey, putting the emphasis on sliding sideways through the mud, across the ice, and into clouds of dust. An unintrusive storyline featuring characters voiced by Nolan North and Troy Baker carries you through the single player, while a level editor and some neat multiplayer modes are waiting for you too. A slick, well presented racing game with real energy.
9. Kayak VR: Mirage (PS5)
One of the prettiest games you’re likely to find on PSVR2, the absolutely stunning Kayak VR: Mirage may be relatively lightweight in terms of launch content, but it’s a feast for the senses. Designed around some genuinely authentic watersports-style gameplay, the release will see you paddling through beautiful locations like Australia and Costa Rica. Time trial races add longevity to the loop, forcing you to master your movements in order to make the most of every stroke. This is the kind of game that simply couldn’t exist outside of virtual reality, and it deserves your time and attention for that reason alone.
8. MLB The Show 21 (PS5)
MLB The Show 21 feels like a half-step into the PS5 generation, because its industry leading presentation has stagnated somewhat. Make no mistake, though, this has some of the best gameplay in the genre and one of the deepest Franchise modes available, with only NBA 2K22 really rivalling it. Despite this, Diamond Dynasty is the true star: this generous card collecting mode is absolutely jam-packed with content, and unlike other options in the genre, you don’t need to spend a cent to make the most of it.
7. WRC 10 (PS5)
There are a few strong options on PS5 for rally fans, but if you're looking for the genuine article, WRC 10 is where it's at. This is the latest officially licensed rally racer, featuring the courses, cars, and drivers you recognise from the real motorsport. Importantly, though, the game itself is rollicking good fun. It really captures the danger and thrill of screaming through narrow tracks, always a hair's breadth from disaster. An in-depth career mode will keep you going for a long time, and it's supplemented with single rallies, online play, and historical events. Excellent support of DualSense's features is the cherry on top of a very tasty, messy cake.
6. FIFA 23 (PS5)
The last FIFA game to actually have FIFA in the title, FIFA 23 sees the branding go out on a relative high, with some welcome gameplay adjustments further refining the annual formula. And look, we've learned to never expect sweeping changes to EA Sports' yearly football sim, but at this point, the overall package is hard to fault, and FIFA 23 is arguably the most finely tuned instalment in recent times.
5. WRC 9 (PS5)
Released in time for the PS5's launch, WRC 9 is a rock solid racing sim. This officially licensed rally racer gives the DIRT Rally series a run for its money. With all the real world routes and vehicles, an in-depth career mode, and thrilling driving, this will have any racing fan on the edge of their seat. It excels on Sony's new console thanks to excellent DualSense support; you'll feel every bump in the road with the haptic feedback, and the triggers simulate the gas and brake pedals wonderfully. There are also lots of ways to play, including online championships.
4. OlliOlli World (PS5)
OlliOlli World is the third entry in Roll7's side-scrolling skateboarding series, and it takes things in a brilliant new direction. The gameplay is about the same, tasking you with pulling off tricks with the left stick as you speed through each level. However, the addictive, score-chasing core that keeps you hooked is wrapped in new layers that make it far more appealing. A cel-shaded look is complemented by a chilled out soundtrack and an eclectic range of characters, making for far more pleasant presentation. Full customisation gives you much more control of your skater's look, and asynchronous multiplayer gives you a practically limitless supply of stages to master. A compulsive and fun-loving take on the extreme sport.
3. F1 2021 (PS5)
F1 2021 is the best and most complete version of the annual motorsport simulator. As expected, it contains all the teams, cars, and tracks from the real-world season, and the in-depth career mode is as engrossing as ever. However, it's the ways the game broadens its appeal that really impress. Braking Point is a great introduction to the world of Formula One, offering not only a fun primer for the proper career modes, but a twist of drama with some cool characters. The addition of Two Player Career and other features make it a more flexible game, letting you really tinker with it to get the experience you want. Oh, and Codemasters' typically excellent handling model is a winner once again.
2. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 (PS5)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a brilliant remake of two incredibly impactful games. The skateboarding series might have been scraping its knees for a while, but this new version puts it right on track, updating the PS1 classics to modern standards while keeping that old-school, arcadey magic alive. The PS5 version is a great update, too, enhancing the title with super smooth performance, 4K resolution, reduced loading, and some subtle usage of DualSense's features. If you're a long-time fan, this is pure joy.
1. Gran Turismo 7 (PS5)
After Gran Turismo Sport’s esports centric approach, Gran Turismo 7 returns to the revered RPG format of developer Polyphony Digital’s long-running simulation racing series. With a slick driving model and hundreds of cars to collect, it’s the addictive Pokémon-esque GT Café that will keep franchise faithfuls occupied for hours on end. And for competitive players, the online approach innovated by GT Sport remains intact, making for the most complete Gran Turismo in a generation. The cherry on top is that the entire thing is playable in PSVR2, with minimal loss in picture quality; it's incredibly immersive, and among the best games you can play with Sony's headset.
And that concludes our list of best sports games on PS5, but is this a league table you can root for? As mentioned previously, there’s no need to break a sweat if things aren’t lining up how you’d like them to: this is your tale of the tape to determine. You can rate games by using the search box on the first page of this article, or by selecting the star next to any of the abovementioned titles’ box art. Furthermore, if you feel something is missing from our PlayStation Game Database, then let us know in the comments section and we’ll happily do something about it.
Of course, if you’ve done all of that already, then all that’s left to do is to tell us which title is your personal GOAT in the comments section below.
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Having Madden on this list…nulls it’s credibility
@Germs73 I was thinking the same about NHL 22.
No Wreckfest? IMO is one of the best racing games, a great blend of realistic racing that's still a little arcadey. And it looks amazing, the damage representation on the cars and track is fantastic. Plus a free PS5 upgrade.
And demolition racing is so much fun.
@Hesse I don't really see Wreckfest as a sports game, personally. It's a bit too bombastic for this list. With the racing games, I tried to focus strictly on motorsports.
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Really, really disappointed by the offering of sports games on this console. Not saying everything needs to be like FM or OOTP but the lack of any type of meaty franchise modes from most, if not all, of the big brand names makes me want to ignore them completely. F1 probably my favorite out of all of these despite that complaint.
@bozz It's still early days really. F1 Manager might be good.
@get2sammyb oh come on...you dont see wreckfest as a valid title for this list but you include that knockout dodge brawler a valid contender? Really? At least wreckfest is an actual real sport and the other is a futuristic unrealistic albeit kinda fun thingy..
Knockout City; Tony Hawk and Ollie Ollie shouldn´t be in this list imo.
Knockout City shouldn’t be on this list. Not a sports game.
WRC 9 was so good. Yes all the gameplay pics looks like from PS3, but while playing game looks so good and was so fun to play. I also have WRC 10 but not played it yet.
I’m loving WRC10 and plays like a dream! I also like dipping into Steep on PS4 and wish they patched for PS5 🏂
I wish there will be some cartoonish Kickboxing games like K-1 Pocket Grand Prix 1 & 2 GBA on PS5. 🙁
Knockout City should be toward the top of this list.
Rocket League deserves a spot on this list.
As a huge huge fan of car simulator games, and a huge huge fan of GT since the first one, i am actually very disappointed with the last one. Yes, it's better than "Sport" in may ways, but the lack of content and the behaviour of many cars makes GT just a "better than average" car game. (so I really don't understand the "Big single player campaign" on the pros list. Are we talking about the same game here?) To be the first of the "Best sports games".... it just doesn't seems right.
Even MotoGp 2021 or FIFA are better than GT these days.
I wanted to like Riders Republic but the controls were dodgy as hell. They should have used similar controls to Decenders. Also, THPS needs a free roam online mode. Imagine being able to skate with 20 people just messing around etc.
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