Sports Games


Golf, football, basketball, baseball, and soccer are among sports that are simulated in video games. Olympic sports like skiing, as well as bar games like darts and pool, can be included. The opponents are usually computer-controlled in these games, although they can also be real people. (And while we’re on the subject of sports, video games should be classified as such!)


Some of the most popular games in this category are racing simulators like Forza and Gran Turismo, but arcade classics like Pole Position are also featured. Players compete against each other or the time in these games.

Sports that are played in groups

Team sports games are one of the oldest forms of video game genres, and they imitate playing a sport. Some games, such as Arch Rivals and NBA Jam, poke fun at the genre, while others, like Madden NFL and FIFA, attempt to emulate the authenticity and feel of playing a live game.

Fun fact: Madden NFL is older than half of the NFL players presently on the field. “It’s in the game!” and on your preferred system—Madden NFL has been released on 33 different video game platforms and consoles, including Windows, iOS, Sega Genesis and Saturn; Nintendo SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii, and Wii U; Turbo Duo; 3DO; PlayStation, PlayStation 2, 3, and 4; Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.


This category includes fictional sports and competitive games, and this subgenre also has eSports games like Overwatch and Team Fortress.

Fighting in the context of sports

These games, which are firmly rooted in the fighting and sports genres, include boxing games such as Fight Night and wrestling. Fighting in these games is more realistic, and real-world fighters may appear.

Games to solve puzzles

Puzzle or logic games often take place on a single screen or playfield and require the player to answer a problem to progress.

Logic puzzle game

Players must solve a logic problem or negotiate a maze-like task in a logic game. These games include cerebral games such as Brain Age and casual puzzle games such as Tetris.

a game of trivia

To gain points, participants in video trivia games must answer a question before the timer runs out (or before another player answers). Trivia games are becoming increasingly popular, especially on mobile phones, because of their suitability for informal play.

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