Whether you’re buying new video games for the next generation of consoles, or finding retro games on eBay or retro toy stores, consumption is always high.
The locks caused by the coronavirus epidemic are partly responsible. Data from The Nielsen in April showed that video game consumption jumped 45% in April, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
With the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PlayStation 5 all coming to market before the holiday season, sporty video games will be a hot ticket souvenir.
There are plenty of new and old sports video games that are still great to play, as well as some games you haven’t heard of before.
Below you can read a quick guide to sports video games for the holiday season.
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Mainstream games always entertain all types of players. You can’t really be wrong about choosing any of these games as gifts for your loved ones. During Black Friday and other holiday deals, you can find these games online or at your local store, $ 20-30 cheaper than anywhere else in the year.
MADDEN NFL 21: This is the latest installment of the Madden franchise on the cover with Baltimore Ravens star Lamar Jackson. While legacy Madden fans have complained about the lack of a deep franchise mode, the game still offers Madden Ultimate Team and Superstar mode. The game is expected to be released on next-generation consoles in December. (Play: Xbox One, PS4, Steam, PC, iOS or Android)
NBA 2K21A: NBA 2K21 has been the only professional basketball game on the market for a few years now and is dominant in sales. The NBA even has its own 2K league for tough professional players. The game includes thorough MyGM, MyPlayer and MyTeam modes among other good features. There are three versions of the game – the Mamba Edition, which features the late Kobe Bryant, the current generation version with Damian Lillard on the cover, and the next generation version with Zion Williamson on the cover. (Play: Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, PS4 / 5, Nintendo Switch, PC, Steam)
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FIFA 21: FIFA21 is the latest football component of EA Sports. Kylian Mbappe, the PSG star, is on the cover of the game. The game has Ultimate Team, Career and VOLTA Football modes, but due to certain license agreements, teams like Juventus, Roma, River Plate, Boca Juniors and Corinthians are not included in the game. The game will only be released on next-generation consoles in December. (Play: Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC)
NHL 21: The latest professional hockey game is NHL 21. Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin decorates the cover of the game. This is considered one of the better hockey games of EA Sports ’recent memories, and with the NHL 2020-21 season in the air, it could be the only hockey fan for now. Be in Pro mode and World of Chel will return to the game. EA Sports says players will be able to play the game on next-generation consoles, but it doesn’t look like it will be a separate next-generation game. (Play: Xbox One, PS4)
PGA TOUR 2K21: When was the last time a PGA Tour game was made? It’s been several years since players got to the virtual links. But the game is available for the holidays. The game includes a career mode and a course construction mode. It also has a full PGA Tour license. The game is not yet on the next generation of consoles. Justin Thomas is on the cover. (Play: Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Steam)
UFC 4: Jorge Masvidal and Israel Adesanya are one of the biggest names in the UFC and are in the fourth part of the game. The game features a career mode designed to teach players the world of mixed martial arts and different disciplines. It also has over 200 fighter and multiplayer modes. The game is not yet on the next generation of consoles. (Play: Xbox One, PS4)
TONY HAWK PRO SKATER 1 + 2: Tony Hawk and Activision have released a reworked version of the classic Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game. The first two games in the series are available and are just as good or even better than the original versions. A big nostalgia bomb for older players who grew up on PlayStation. The soundtrack is also a huge hit. (Play: Xbox One, PS4 and PC)
MLB THE SHOW 20: Although the baseball season is right around the corner, if your sweetheart missed out on MLB The Show this summer, it would be a good time to pick it up to prepare for the 2021 season. Covered by Javy Baez, the game features classics such as Franchise Mode, Road to the Show, March-October, Showdown and Custom Leagues. The game can only be played on PS4.
NASCAR HEAT 5: NASCAR Heat is the only console NASCAR-specific game. There are two versions that came out in July – the gold and the standard edition. The gold edition cover is Tony Stewart, while the standard edition cover is Chase Elliott the cup champion. The game features a number of different NASCAR series, career modes, different tracks, and multiplayer modes. (Play: Xbox One, PS4, Steam, PC)
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If you are looking for an alternative to mainstream sports games, you may want to check out these games below. You can find most of these games online, and you can even find some at your local store. Prices vary.
DOUG FLUTIE MAXIMUM FOOTBALL 2020: Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football was created as an alternative to the Madden series. While the gameplay isn’t as fluid as anything EA Sports has produced, Maximum Football allows for a wide range of creativity, allowing players to edit and create their own teams and players at the professional, college, or even Canadian football levels. For those who are missing out on NCAA football matches, Maximum Football will try to fill the gap. The game is worth a try if you are looking for something new and different. You can find the game in Xbox and PlayStation online stores. The game costs about $ 30.
AXIS FOOTBALL 2020: Axis Football is another alternative football game that football fans looking for something new can devour. The 2020 release includes updated gameplay, deep franchise mode and a creative stadium look, among other things. The game can be found on Xbox, PS4, PC, Mac, Linux, and can also be purchased through Steam for about $ 29.99.
SUPER MEGA BASEBALL 3: Super Mega Baseball is a different kind of baseball game that does not include professional teams or players. But the game has beautiful stadiums, a new franchise mode and a stroke of players given to every player. It’s definitely a different game than, say, MLB The Show, but anyone looking for a new challenge can enjoy it. The game can be purchased for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. It costs about $ 44.99, but may be cheaper with future vacation deals.
21. EXCEPTION OF PARK BASEBALL: Those who love baseball with a fiery passion will probably know what Out of the Park Baseball is. This is an in-depth, text-based baseball simulation game that allows you to be the CEO of a team and manage them seasonally. The latest installment can be played on a computer, PC, Mac or Linux. It can be purchased through Steam. It was available for up to $ 9.99.
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MARIO TENNIS SAO: Diehard Mario fans and those looking for an easy arcade style game may love Mario Tennis Aces. The game is made for the Nintendo Switch and features all the favorites of the Mario world. The game is available for purchase at a local retailer for as little as $ 26.99.
AFTER FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Mutant Football is one of the fun football games buried in Xbox and PlayStation stores. It’s a fun and demonic football game that allows you to take a team and try to lead them to a league. The franchises in the game and the players are all playing with words with real NFL teams and athletes. Examples include Los Scandalous Damned, Blitzburg Steelheads and New Yuck Tyrants. Bomb Shady and Hattrick Myhomies are among the stars in the game. You can find the game in its console stores and on Steam, for about $ 19.99.
SKATER XL: Skater XL is on the list of alternative games that can definitely be a new challenge for casual gamers. The game moves the skater in the game with the thumbs of the controller. IGN described the game as “a serious and mostly authentic and well-founded simulation of a skateboard”. You won’t get a nostalgia bomb that only Tony Hawk can recommend, but you will get a challenging game. It can be obtained online or from a local retailer for $ 19.99, and you can buy it on Steam for about $ 31.99.
The epidemic forced sports fans to stay home, and while looking at their baseball cards, they also found old games like NCAA Football 14, Blitz The League 2, and Backyard Baseball. NCAA Football 14 is the last game EA Sports has made in the NCAA Football series, and those looking for it will have to pay quite a penny for it on eBay or Amazon.
But games like Blitz The League, SSX Tricky, NHL Hitz and Backyard Baseball are among the games an average player can find online.
If you want to be nostalgic for this festive season, be sure to pay attention to these classics.