ESPN ranking top 25 sports video games of all time

pureocpureoc Posts: 1,737
edited May 2013 in All Encompassing Trip
http://espn.go.com/espn/playbook/story/ ... -games-all


This is pretty sweet, as the only video games I ever really played or bought were sports ones. Gotta say my vote for #1 goes to Tecmo Super Bowl. It was basically Madden before Madden and was the first football game where you could play a full season and have your stats for every player during the season, pretty revolutionary for the time
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Alpine Valley 6/26/98, Alpine Valley 10/8/00, Champaign 4/23/03, Chicago 6/18/03, Alpine Valley 6/21/03, Grand Rapids 10/3/04
Chicago 5/16/06, Chicago 5/17/06, Grand Rapids 5/19/06
Milwaukee 6/29/06, Milwaukee 6/30/06, Lollapalooza 8/5/07
Eddie Solo Milwaukee 8/19/08, Toronto 8/21/09, Chicago 8/23/09
Chicago 8/24/09, Indianapolis 5/7/10, Alpine Valley 9/3/11 and 9/4/11
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  • PJ-CubsPJ-Cubs Posts: 2,466
    pureoc" said:


    ...Gotta say my vote for #1 goes to Tecmo Super Bowl.
    Tecmo Super Bowl was the first game that I thought of when I saw this thread. Bo Jackson was unstoppable in that game.
  • LloydXmasLloydXmas Posts: 7,539
    Fuck them. They can't just release the entire list? bastards.
  • Jason PJason P Posts: 10,708
    Tecmo Super Bowl has to be #1
  • pureocpureoc Posts: 1,737
    PJ-Cubs" said:
    [quote="pureoc"]

    ...Gotta say my vote for #1 goes to Tecmo Super Bowl.
    Tecmo Super Bowl was the first game that I thought of when I saw this thread. Bo Jackson was unstoppable in that game.[/quote]


    It really was Madden before Madden. I don't think we'd have Madden without Tecmo Super Bowl. That game completely changed sports video games forever.
    Alpine Valley 6/26/98, Alpine Valley 10/8/00, Champaign 4/23/03, Chicago 6/18/03, Alpine Valley 6/21/03, Grand Rapids 10/3/04
    Chicago 5/16/06, Chicago 5/17/06, Grand Rapids 5/19/06
    Milwaukee 6/29/06, Milwaukee 6/30/06, Lollapalooza 8/5/07
    Eddie Solo Milwaukee 8/19/08, Toronto 8/21/09, Chicago 8/23/09
    Chicago 8/24/09, Indianapolis 5/7/10, Alpine Valley 9/3/11 and 9/4/11
  • AzWickerAzWicker Posts: 1,155
    Bo Jackson, the greatest player in video game history. He could not be tackled in Tecmo Bowl, Every player was literally Brian Bosworth.
    Ed: 2011-07-09 2012-11-04
    PJ: 2011-09-03 2011-09-04
  • MayDay10MayDay10 Posts: 5,732
    Agreed 100% on Tecmo Super Bowl. years ahead of its time. For NES it was a great game engine. It made it fairly difficult to win, and a pretty decently balanced game.
    It is also a relic from a great year in football. Great players.
    I have an NES Emulator on my phone and still play that game.


    My Other favorites:
    Ice Hockey Nintendo
    NHL 94 Sega
    Baseball Stars Nintendo
    MVP Baseball 2005
  • pureocpureoc Posts: 1,737
    Another one of my favorites was NCAA Football, not sure the year, but the first one where you could have a dynasty and recruit, revolutionary for it's time as well. Countless hours of college time not spent studying playing that game with friends/roommates!
    Alpine Valley 6/26/98, Alpine Valley 10/8/00, Champaign 4/23/03, Chicago 6/18/03, Alpine Valley 6/21/03, Grand Rapids 10/3/04
    Chicago 5/16/06, Chicago 5/17/06, Grand Rapids 5/19/06
    Milwaukee 6/29/06, Milwaukee 6/30/06, Lollapalooza 8/5/07
    Eddie Solo Milwaukee 8/19/08, Toronto 8/21/09, Chicago 8/23/09
    Chicago 8/24/09, Indianapolis 5/7/10, Alpine Valley 9/3/11 and 9/4/11
  • SatansFutonSatansFuton Posts: 5,355
    I had completely forgotten about "Jordan vs Bird: One On One". They didn't put it on the list, but they discussed it in the "Bulls vs Blazers and NBA Playoffs" part. If they ever had a list of worst sports games, Jordan vs Bird would belong near the top. I see it is #7 on some magazine list for worst Sega Genesis games of all time, but I had the even worse NES version.

    I wonder where Front Page Sports Football is going to rank. That's my favorite sports game ever, and it usually ends up on these lists because it pretty much invented franchise/dynasty modes, customizing players and teams, etc. The second version, Front Page Sports Football Pro was the first game to have online leagues. Before FPSF football games were pretty much single games, or a season, everything else was pioneered in the FPSF series. Every sports video game franchise borrowed from it.
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  • Jason PJason P Posts: 10,708
    My Top 10

    Tecmo Super Bowl
    Mike Tyson's Punchout
    NHL 94
    NHL 13
    RBI Baseball
    Tiger Woods 05
    NCAA Football 03
    NBA Live 95
    SSX 3
    Excitebike
  • Jason PJason P Posts: 10,708
    Worst Ever Sports Video Game ... John Elway's Quarterback

    :fp:
  • LloydXmasLloydXmas Posts: 7,539
    California Games
    madden 93
    Blades of steel
    RBI Baseball
    Skate or Die
    MLB the show.
  • SatansFutonSatansFuton Posts: 5,355
    Jason P" said:
    Worst Ever Sports Video Game ... John Elway's Quarterback

    :fp:
    My brother and I loved that game. Usually not for the reasons intended, but we had fun with it. Screwing around with the reverse where you could just run circles around everybody and stuff like that. At least you could finish a game, unlike Jordan vs Bird where all you did was watch Jordan and Bird dribble the ball off their foot every time you tried to do anything other than stand still. I don't think we made a single basket on that game, you either tried to shoot from the three (never went in) or try to make a move, which ended up with the ball out of bounds.
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  • MayDay10MayDay10 Posts: 5,732
    Wayne Gretzky's Hockey was awful for NES


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  • SatansFutonSatansFuton Posts: 5,355
    MayDay10" said:
    Wayne Gretzky's Hockey was awful for NES


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    It was sure nice of everybody to wear matching uniforms.
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  • rival.rival. ChicagoPosts: 7,209
    edited May 2013
    for those familiar and unfamiliar with the Angry Video Game Nerd, here is a 12 minute video of him covering a couple sports games that needs to be watched. it's hysterical:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Oem60yvtUY

    as far as my favourite sports game, tecmo bowl for NES (we had the version that had the actual NFL player's names before it was yanked off the shelves and replaced with generic names because they never got the NFL's approval at the time. might be a collector's item. flippable? :think:). that and RBI baseball are a dead tie for NES.

    for SNES, i loved this hockey game (simply titled Stanley Cup). at the time the graphics were so cutting edge. and it had a ridiculous glitch where you could score every time from center ice.

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  • MayDay10MayDay10 Posts: 5,732
    Ring King was a good boxing game
  • LloydXmasLloydXmas Posts: 7,539
    Mike Tyson's punch out will be in the top 5
  • 8181 I Miss You LizardPosts: 58,276
    blades of steel
    ea sports, nhl hockey 94-97
    mike tysons punch out

    god bless nintendo and sega
    81 is now off the air

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  • SatansFutonSatansFuton Posts: 5,355
    My favorite hockey game was NHL 2K6, though I know it won't make the list. Or any 2K sports game for that matter. It was a really good simulator, with great and realistic gameplay (all other hockey games at the time were too arcade like and cartoonish for me) and lots of cool extra stuff. Like the Skybox where all your trophy's, achievements and unlockables were, as well as some mini games I think. The previous and following years weren't nearly as good, 2K6 was where they perfected it and in the subsequent versions they just messed with it too much. All they needed to do was leave it the way it was and just update rosters and graphics each year. But 2K7 messed up the gameplay.

    The only thing I wasn't crazy about was Turco on the cover.

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  • SatansFutonSatansFuton Posts: 5,355
    I wonder if they'll clasify "Excitebike" as a sports game. It's a classic.

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  • 8181 I Miss You LizardPosts: 58,276
    what about fights to the death?

    finish him
    81 is now off the air

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  • 8181 I Miss You LizardPosts: 58,276
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    81 is now off the air

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  • LloydXmasLloydXmas Posts: 7,539
    What's the olympic game on the power pad. Can't remember the name.
  • SatansFutonSatansFuton Posts: 5,355
    edited May 2013
    81" said:
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    I used to love "Pro Wrestling". But I was always "The Amazon". I liked chewing on other people's heads.

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    LloydXmas" said:
    What's the olympic game on the power pad. Can't remember the name.
    I don't know but my cousins had it and it never worked.
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  • 8181 I Miss You LizardPosts: 58,276
    damn it, now i want to go buy a nintendo
    81 is now off the air

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  • SatansFutonSatansFuton Posts: 5,355
    81" said:
    damn it, now i want to go buy a nintendo
    Just download an emulator and some ROMS. You can download a zip file that has damn near every Nintendo game ever in it.
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  • 8181 I Miss You LizardPosts: 58,276
    SatansFuton" said:
    [quote="81"]damn it, now i want to go buy a nintendo
    Just download an emulator and some ROMS. You can download a zip file that has damn near every Nintendo game ever in it.[/quote]

    not the same without the controller and the blowing :lol:
    81 is now off the air

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  • LloydXmasLloydXmas Posts: 7,539
    81" said:
    damn it, now i want to go buy a nintendo
    I bought one a few years ago for 30 bucks on ebay. It's a mod, but all the games work

    Zelda, Super Mario 3 and Techmo Bowl
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