Sports have largely been physical activities, with a few exceptions. In fact, the International Olympic Committee recognizes a few non-physical or mind sports including chess. Other industries have also been supporting e-sports as a legitimate type of sport. With the technology we have today, even those who are not physically active can participate in this arena. This is possible through virtual sport games.
With the help of video games, more and more people can take part in their favorite physical sports. This is a great way to promote the respective industries while also allowing gamers to enjoy sports. In fact, there is evidence that playing sports-themed games can influence players to participate in sports in real life.
Want to know what sports-themed games you can play? We compiled a list of the best virtual sports. Check it which ones might suit you best down below.
Top 7 Sport Video Games
1. NBA 2K20
Available on various platforms including Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, NBA 2K20 has become a way for basketball players and enthusiasts to participate in the sport even without being on the court. It lets players create NBA teams using known players. Moreover, it has various game modes that let you explore what your team can do.
2. F1 2019
Those who love racing video games will definitely get into F1 2019. Being the 12th game in the franchise, you can bet that this game has advanced graphics and controls, making the gameplay more realistic. Moreover, you can play as your favorite driver, which contributes to the feeling that the game is more grounded in reality compared to other racing games.
3. UFC 3
Those who follow the Ultimate Fighting Championship know how thrilling it is to watch two martial artists fight it out in the arena. Because mastering their respective arts requires physical training and dedication, those who want to enter UFC without actually doing so can definitely get satisfaction by playing UFC 3. Just like the other games on this list, this one lets you use a real-life fighter as a character.
4. PES 2020
Soccer or British football is a sport that is known and loved by many for the skill and simplicity of playing it. Add this to the fact that the FIFA World Cup has become one of the most popular sporting events across the globe and you will know why PES 2020 exists. It lets gamers play as their favorite players. Moreover, it also allows users to customize their characters, letting them play as an original one. You can also check out FIFA 20 by EA.
5. Madden NFL 20
Electronic Arts is home to many sports-themed games from a wide range of areas such as soccer, football, and hockey. This time, EA delivers American football with Madden NFL 20. It is available on various platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows. It has been praised for its realistic gameplay, as well as its immersive graphics.
6. MLB: The Show 19
Those who like the action offered by baseball are sure to enjoy MBL: The Show 19. It lets users plat a variety of game modes, complete with team customization and player personalization. Baseball Fans of Major League Baseball will be glad to know that they will be able to get their hands on the MLB: The Shown 20 within this month.
7. Broomstick League
As some of you may know, Quidditch has become a real-life sport in recent years. While it is mostly played by college teams, it has been getting a lot of attention from fans of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you are one of these people, then you might want to play Broomstick League.
Be warned, though, because this is technically not Quidditch as it is not Harry Potter licensed. If you want to play an official Quidditch video game, try Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup on PlayStation 2. Just keep in mind that this was released back in 2003 so the graphics may not be as satisfying as more modern counterparts.
The Bottom Line
Sports-themed video games can be a fun and worthwhile way to get into sports. So, why not boot up your console or computer and play some of these virtual sports?