Best Sports Games 2016: Top 5 Best Sports Games Now

When you buy a great sports game, what you’re actually getting is an obsession. There’s no better way to live out your athletic fantasies than by controlling your heroes, anticipating future matchups and rewriting history. Today’s sports simulations nail the most realistic details of every aspect of big-time sports, from the action in the heat of competition to front office and administrative tasks. Here are my picks for the best sports games out there for current-gen systems.

Here’s a look at the best current-gen RPGs available right now:

5. Madden NFL 16

Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Tiburon
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360

Lots of gamers complain about the old reliable Madden and how it doesn’t change much with each annual update, but those same guys are up all night lost in GM mode and improving their online ranking in online matchups. Sure, the game sticks to the same formula year after year, but it nails what matters and stays consistent.

ORDER: Madden NFL 16 here

4. FIFA 16

Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Canada
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

For the better part of a decade, FIFA reigned supreme over the sports scene. Now bitten by the stagnation bug, the series remains a solid, if uninspired, take on the beautiful game. Its haul of licensed teams and players manage to help the latest entry maintain its wild popularity.

ORDER: FIFA 16 here

3. MLB The Show 16

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: SCE San Diego Studio
Platforms: PS4, PS3

The only way to play out your MLB dreams is on the PS4 — and, to a lesser extent, in the nerfed PS3 version. Developers continue to push the game forward in meaningful ways, adding a time-slowing feature this season to replicate the feel of a pro in the zone. Excellent career and GM modes help the game hit for the cycle.

ORDER: MLB The Show 16 here

2. Pro Evolution Soccer 2016

Publisher: Konami
Developer: PES Productions
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

After years of struggling to find its footing, this was the year PES managed to topple its rival. Innovations in passing, shooting, ball control and strategy shifting pair with ridiculously detailed visuals to make this the soccer game to compare all others to. The only problem is the lack of real teams and players compared to FIFA.

ORDER: Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 here

1. NBA 2K16

Publisher: 2K Sports
Developer: Visual Concepts
Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, PC

If only the real NBA was as entertaining as its gaming equivalent. Visual Concepts captures what’s best about the pro basketball scene, crafting a thrilling title that is good enough to win over those who don’t are much about the real-life game. Now that we are deep into the playoffs, NBA 2K16 is only rising in popularity.

ORDER: NBA 2K16 here

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