Sports games have been around since the start of video gaming with games like Pong, Sports and gaming just go hand in hand together. Sports gaming fans will have their favorite franchise which they will buy the new game for each year, whether that’s Football, Soccer, Wrestling, Cricket or Golf, the world of sport games is absolutely huge.
If you are sport fan looking to get your fix on the PlayStation 5, read on we have hand-picked the best 15 examples to get you going.
1. Madden NFL 23
Madden NFL 23 is a solid addition to the popular Madden franchise. The game offers a number of new features and improvements, including updated player models and animations, a revamped passing game, and a new ball-carrier special moves system.
One of the standout features of Madden NFL 23 is the updated player models and animations. Players look and move more realistically than ever before, making for a more immersive gaming experience. Additionally, the game’s new passing game mechanics make it easier to throw and catch the ball, making for a more enjoyable and strategic experience.
2. FIFA 23
Here’s the other flavor of football everybody outside of the U.S.A. loves. FIFA 23 is a true masterpiece in the world of sports video games. The game developers have outdone themselves with this installment, delivering a truly immersive and authentic experience for soccer fans.
FIFA 23’s gameplay is smooth and intuitive, allowing players to easily control their teams on the field. The animations and player movements are incredibly realistic, making it feel like you’re watching a real match. The new ball physics engine adds a new level of realism to the game, making it feel like the ball is truly behaving as it would in a real match.
FIFA 23’s best new feature is the new and improved career mode. Players can now take control of their team as a manager and lead them to glory through the ranks. The new transfer system allows players to negotiate and make deals with other teams, making it feel like you’re truly in charge of your team’s success.
This is the last football game that will be named FIFA after that licensing price debacle.
3. MLB The Show 22
MLB The Show 2 is a sports game of its own as nothing comes close to it, be it a baseball video game or any other sport. The game’s Franchise mode is also improved, giving players more control over the direction of their team and more options for player development. The game’s Road to the Show mode is also back and better than ever, allowing players to create and control a player and guide them through the minor leagues and into the big leagues.
MLB The Show 22 is a solid baseball simulation game that offers a lot of depth and replayability. The game’s new features and improvements make it a great addition to the series and a must-have for baseball fans.
4. Gran Turismo 7
Gran Turismo 7 for the PS5 is a racing simulation game that takes players to new heights with its stunning graphics and realistic gameplay. The game features a wide range of cars, from classic models to the latest supercars, and allows players to experience the thrill of racing on some of the most famous tracks from around the world. The game uses the power of the PS5 to deliver incredibly detailed and realistic environments, cars, and weather effects. It also offers a wide range of options and settings that allow players to customize their driving experience to their liking, whether they prefer a more arcade-like experience or a more realistic simulation.
Gran Turismo 7 also offers a range of different control options and a robust livery editor, allowing players to create and share their own custom car designs. It also offers a variety of gameplay options, from the traditional single-player mode to the online multiplayer mode, to the custom race events, and much more.
5. NBA 2K23
NBA 2K23 is bringing the heat this year with even better shooting and smarter enemy AI. The game’s got a real authentic feel to the action and tempo, thanks to all the new animations. No more luck-based shots, the game makes it easy to understand the shooting mechanics with a variety of accessible shooting meters and intuitive shot timing. One of the highlights of the game is definitely the Jordan Challenge, it’s like living Michael Jordan’s extraordinary career, with a high degree of authenticity and innovation, you’ll feel like you’re watching an early 80s telecast.
6. MXGP 2021 – The Official Motocross Videogame
MXGP 2021 is a realistic and authentic motocross racing game that offers a thrilling and intense gameplay experience. Players can race as their favorite professional motocross riders on officially licensed tracks, and compete in various events and championships. The game features detailed graphics, realistic physics, and a dynamic weather system that adds to the realism. There are a few games in the motorcycle racing genre, and this is probably the best out with all the modern features you’d expect.
7. NHL 23
Any sports fan will tell you that the atmosphere of a live sporting event is something that can’t be replicated by watching at home. Sports video games have been trying to recreate that energy for decades, but with mixed results. However, this year, NHL 23 developer EA Vancouver has found a way to give players a taste of live-action energy and used it to improve the game.
When EA showed a glimpse of the new game back in July, they touted the new crowd reaction features, but it was not until the game was released that it was clear how effective these new features are. The crowd interactions, including realistic hat trick celebrations and massive pregame introductions, generate energy for the player. Playing on the PlayStation 5 with Pulse 3D headphones immerses the player in the game experience, and the crowd reactions, whether it be wild cheering or deflated disappointment, depending on the game’s outcome, add to the satisfaction of playing the game.
Besides the crowd reactions, the game also includes new features such as desperation moves, over 500 new animations, and the inclusion of female players, a first for the franchise. The game also allows cross-platform play between the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, or PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which is expected to alleviate wait times for online play in the game’s various online modes.
The actual gameplay, which has seen a few tweaks from the previous year, remains tight, and the second year on the Frostbite engine allows for realistic player models and arenas. The game includes all the beloved game modes, including a revamped Franchise, HUT, World of Chel, Be A Pro, HUT Rush, NHL Threes and Ones, and tournaments, including the new IIHF Tournaments. NHL 23 is a comprehensive package and an ode to one of the greatest sports in the world. The developer has found the right combination of new features and improvements that make this game feel brand new, with a real challenge on the ice.
8. WWE 2K22
WWE, also known as World Wrestling Entertainment, is often considered a form of sports entertainment rather than a traditional sport. It combines elements of athletic performance and theatrical storytelling to create a unique form of entertainment.
Due to the unfavorable reviews of its predecessor, WWE 2K20, WWE 2K22 has been a highly anticipated entry in the wrestling game series. The game was created by Visual Concepts and
has an arcade-style, making it considerably more approachable and fun for players.
9. Rocket League
You might ask, is Rocket League a sports game? Yes, it is as it is a combination of soccer and destruction derby. The controls are intuitive and natural, making it easy for players to perform aerial feats and other moves. The game’s mechanics and environment also enhance the thrill and sense of movement.
One of the biggest strengths of Rocket League on PS5 is its multiplayer experience. The game supports cross-platform play, allowing players to compete against others on different platforms. This means that you can play with friends on other consoles or even on PC, which is a huge plus. The matchmaking system is also well-designed, so you can always find a game to join.
10. PGA Tour 2K23
In PGA TOUR 2K23, HB Studios has crafted a golf simulation game that stays true to the sport, with accurate and realistic presentation and depiction of licensed content. However, there may be some features that could make the game even more fun and enjoyable for a wider audience.
The game has a career mode where you can take your MyPLAYER creation or one of the pros and try to work your way up from Q School to PGA TOUR and ultimately, to the FedEx Cup. The game offers three control schemes, all of which feel fair and skill-based, and the golf ball physics are intricate and accurate. Although the game may not have the same level of proficiency in capturing the likeness of stars as its older siblings, the MyPLAYER and MyCAREER features are not as deep as other 2K games.
11. Summer Sports Game
In the PS5 sports game Summer Sports Game, players have the opportunity to experience a variety of summer activities such as beach volleyball, soccer, and skateboarding. The graphics are impressive and the gameplay is smooth and responsive.
However, compared to other sports games in this list, Summer Sports Game may not have as deep of a career mode or as many licensed teams and players. Additionally, the control schemes may not be as intuitive as some other games.
This is the art of rally of sports games, while art of rally is technically a sports game, but if we allow multiple entries of racing games in a sports games list, then there will be no variety anymore.
12. Knockout City
Knockout City is a unique and exciting sports game that combines elements of dodgeball and streetball to create an action-packed multiplayer experience. The game, developed by Velan Studios, takes place in a futuristic city where players take on the role of dodgeball gladiators, using their speed, agility, and throwing skills to take out opponents.
Knockout City is a fun and engaging sports game that offers a refreshing take on the genre. While it may not have the realism and depth of traditional sports games like NBA 2K or FIFA, it more than makes up for it with its fast-paced action and inventive gameplay mechanics. It’s a great choice for players looking for something different in the sports game genre.
13. Tennis World Tour 2
Tennis World Tour 2 is a solid tennis simulation game for the PS5. The graphics and animations are impressive, making for a realistic and immersive experience on the court. The controls are intuitive and responsive, allowing for a variety of shots and techniques to be executed with ease.
This game features a diverse roster of licensed players, including both current and past tennis stars, as well as the ability to create and customize your own player. The career mode is well-designed, allowing you to work your way up the rankings and compete in various tournaments around the world.
14. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a remastered version of the classic skateboarding game. The game has been beautifully remastered with updated graphics and improved gameplay. The game is important as it is considered one of the best skateboarding games of all time and it is a nostalgic trip for those who played it in the past.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is a game that has a lot of content including various levels, skaters, and tricks to keep the players engaged for hours. The controls are smooth and responsive, making it easy to pull off complex tricks. The game also features a robust create-a-park mode, allowing players to create and share their own levels.
15. EA Sports UFC 4
EA Sports UFC for PS5 is a solid mixed martial arts fighting game. The graphics and animations are realistic and the controls are responsive. The career mode is well-executed, allowing players to work their way up the ranks to become a champion.