As the video game industry continues to grow bigger than it’s ever been, it always nice to look back and reminisce about some of the games that have been released throughout the years. Sports have always provided video game developers with a perfect subject to expand on. While many sports games have flopped over the last few decades, there were a few smash hits that spawned successful series. Here are the top 10 sports video game series.
Honorable Mention: NBA Street (5 games)
NBA Street is a basketball video game series that was developed by EA Sports in the early 2000’s. In fact, the original NBA Street was released in 2001 for PlayStation 2. Providing a fun twist to traditional NBA games, Street followed the template of NBA Jam by making the gameplay unrealistic. Fun outfits, outdoor games, and gamebreakers were all a part of this series’ success. Not counting their football spinoff, NFL Street, there have been five games in this series.
10. NBA Jam (8 games)
Speaking of NBA Jam, this game ranks above Street, simply because it was the original outside-the-box basketball game. The main difference between the two is that Jam was played 2-on-2, so Scottie Pippen could throw alley oops 30 feet in the air to a soaring Michael Jordan. Kobe and Shaq. The Big Fundamental and The Admiral. No messing around with the 12th player on the end of the bench, only stars are available on NBA Jam. There have been eight games in this series.
9. NFL Blitz (12 games)
NFL Blitz is the same kind of game as the previous two basketball games, but of course, it is for the NFL. Bone-breaking hits and 60-yard bombs are a staple for this “far-fetched” football game. Blitz was so popular in the late 90’s and early 2000’s that it spawned a series that has produced 12 total games to this point.
8. MLB: The Show (13 games)
Baseball’s premiere video games used to be MVP Baseball and MLB 2K, but those have been overtaken by MLB: The Show. The Show debuted in 2006 and has quickly the go-to baseball game on the market. The series includes exclusive elements like “Road to the Show,” where you can create your own player and work your way up to the big leagues. The Show is developed by SIE San Diego and has produced 13 games thus far.
7. FIFA (26 games)
It’s no secret that soccer, or football, is the most popular sport in the world. As a result, FIFA has been one of the most successful sports video games in history. Over the years, the game has expanded its available teams. Now, you can play as pretty much any team in the world. Premier League, La Liga, World Cup, MLS, Champions League. No matter what your favorite team is, they have it. There have been 26 FIFA games so far, but don’t expect that to end anytime soon.
6. NHL (25 games)
Another staple in the sports video game realm is NHL. This series pretty much has a stranglehold on the hockey realm, which is why it doesn’t need to add anything to its title, just simply NHL and the year. NHL has done a tremendous job of advancing its gameplay features throughout its history. Hockey is more popular than its ever been, so expect this series to be around for a long time. There have been 25 games released so far.