411 Games Top 5 09.28.13: Top 5 Simulation Sports Games
Posted by Sean Garmer on 09.28.2013
From ESPN NFL 2K5 and MLB: The Show to NES Ice Hockey, Tecmo Bowl and more, the 411 staff counts down the top 5 simulation sports games of all time!
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This week the 411 staff was asked to come up with lists for the Top 5 Simulation Sports Games.
*In order to qualify on the list the game has to be trying to directly simulate the sport in the title of the game. Games that are "arcade" or "over the top" versions of a sport, like NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, and MLB Slugfest DO NOT COUNT. 411 staffers were allowed up to three games of the same brand, such as: (EA NHL 01, 06, and 14) of a particular sport game series. They also could make a whole list based on one sport if they so chose.*
Stephen Randle (Games Zone Reviewer, Quizmaster of Four Player Co-op, Organizer of 411 Games Podcast, Writer of Wrestling News Experience)
5. EA NHL 1996 - This particular version of the franchise gets on here because it was the game I played with my best friend during our formative years, and also for the ol' "slapper from the left faceoff circle always beats the goalie" glitch that lead to so very many 20-2 games as we marched our team to the Cup.
4. NFL Quarterback Club Way back on the Sega Genesis, I don't recall playing much of the actual game, but there was a "QB Challenge" mode that I whiled a lot of hours away on. And for another glitch from an old sports game, using turbo buttons made the "long pass" challenge really, really easy.
3. Ice Hockey - And now we go back even further, to the NES, and this unbranded hockey game featuring everyone's favourite players, Fat, Mid, and Skinny, as you play for one of several countries of the world, some of which no longer even exist (looking at you, Czechoslovakia). Some will say it's not a true simulation, to which I say, screw you, Ice Hockey is too awesome to not be on whatever list I want it to be on.
2. EA NHL 2001 - '96 was my younger days, 2001 was the version I played in university, on a team with three other friends, all crowded around a computer monitor (yes, we played it on PC). No glitching this time, they just played ultra-aggressive offense, while I stayed way back at our blue-line to level the computer when it inevitably sprang a man free on a break. Hey, we had to, thanks to rubber-band AI, if he'd shot, he probably would have scored.
1. MLB The Show - Firstly, because I love baseball. But also because of the pure depth of the simulation, allowing you to play through AA and AAA levels of minor league ball for any team, actually working your way up to the majors. Just don't play catcher.
Todd Vote (Games Zone Reviewer)
5.Blades of Steel (NES) - One of my earliest, and actually, one of only two hockey games I've ever played. I still don't quite understand all the rules of hockey, though I am learning, but back in the days of the NES, it didn't matter much. The goal of myself and my friends playing this game? Get into as many fights as possible!
4.Double Dribble (NES) - Teamwork be damned! I know I have access to the whole team, but to hell with that, not when there are spectacular dunks to be had. I always played Double Dribble like it was NBA Jam. And this was years before NBA Jam was even a blip on the radar. Pass it inbounds, and drive for the hoop. Hell, I think the only time I actually played "real" basketball in this game was if my opponent managed to get ahead of me. Then I would have to slow it down a bit.
3.Tecmo Bowl (NES) - Bo Jackson. nuff sed.
2.EA Sports Fight Night (Xbox) - Sure the game would be improved tremendously in future installments of the franchise, but I will always have a place for the first one. Fight Night was by far the most realistic boxing game to date. Realistic character models were the start. If I am not mistaken, this is also the first game to map the striking to the right thumb stick.
1.NFL 2K5 - Ah yes, the football game that frightened EA into securing exclusive rights to the NFL. NFL 2K5 was so much fun. I have yet to play a Madden game since then that can match how much fun I had with this game.
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