It's Olympics time! The five most memorable sports games
Written By Matt Sainsbury on Friday, July 27, 2012 | 11:21
Don’t be surprised if our content drops off a little bit over the next two weeks as we’re glued to the TV (or, I will be) watching sports rather than playing games. Sorry in advance!
In the meantime though, and to get into the Olympic spirit, I would like to take this opportunity to point out my five most memorable sports games of all time. Let us know your favourites in the comments below!
5) Super International Cricket
The multiplayer was dynamite, too. I think Super International Cricket might have been the most played SNES game I owned, actually, even outdoing Super Mario Kart.
4) F1 World Grand Prix
There are, of course, better quality F1 games now, but World Grand Prix was the most memorable one, again for the multiplayer.
3) Sega Soccer Slam
Again this is a game where the memories are all in the multiplayer (notice a common trend here?), but Soccer Slam is perhaps the one game on this list where we barely bothered with the actual sport. It was far more fun to run around beating up one another. The developers behind this game went on to make a Mario interpretation of the same basic formula, but it was weird to watch Yoshi physically assault an overly-sexualised Princess Peach (and no, I'm not joking there).
2) Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
1) NBA Jam
Surely you all saw this coming. What happens when you take a high-energy sport, make it so far over-the-top that it goes beyond ridiculous, a commentator that is actually worth listening too (how has this never happened again?) and short, sharp matches? A recipe for chewing up all my coins at the arcade, is what :-(.
There was a fine follow-up too. NBA Hangtime on the N64 was a work of multiplayer genius. I really need to try out the modern remake of this series sometime.