Unlike shooter games that feature content for mature audiences only and fantasy games that are made for specific niche markets everyone can play and enjoy sports video games. Whether as a single user or engaged in teams there are a wide variety of video sports games to satisfy every fan including football, golf, baseball, tennis, racing games and soccer. Though some sports games can branch out to include action/adventure themes and virtual reality character capabilities the jist of these games is simple one on one fun.
Perhaps the most well-known and popular sports video game is the Madden NFL franchise. Named for the Hall of Fame head coach and broadcaster many have joked that the game has made John Madden more famous than any of his other noteworthy accomplishments. Originally launched in 1989 the game has grown immensely during its two decades on the market and now is considered a staple for any serious game player’s collection.
The technology in the Madden games feature the ability to call the offensive plays, audible at the line of scrimmage, choose multiple “hot routes”, make receivers alter their routes in motion and call formation shifts. Later versions of the game also expanded on the game players control over defensive players as well. The latest version, #10, has complete ratings for every player in the league and features commentary from ex-NFL stars including Chris Collinsworth. A fun side note to the Madden NFL franchise is the cover jinx theory. Since releasing covers with star NFL players many of those featured have suffered injuries in the year following their cover shot.
Tiger Woods has had his fair share of negative publicity of late but his signature brand of video golf games continue to move off the shelves in mass quantities. The franchise of Tiger Woods PGA Tour has over nine versions to date and each has done very well among the gaming community. Developed by famed game maker Electronic Arts the Tiger Woods series feature a performance coach who offers tips, advice and challenges to improving your golf game skills, a club tuner to maximize each shot and the ability to adjust your handicap as you progress to match your skill levels with the changing courses. The field is a who’s who of major tournament golf including Tiger himself, Vijay Singh, John Daly and Retief Goosen.
Soccer, or as it’s known around the world, football is one of the most played sports video games. The international governing body of the sport FIFA has launched a series of soccer games beginning in 1993 and now are on version 2010. Being linked with FIFA allows the creators of the game, Electronic Arts, to use famous teams from major soccer clubs around the world including the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and the German Bundesliga.
By Kevin McLaughlin
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