ESPN: Top 25 Sports Video Games EVER Pt 5 FINAL (Top 5)
|05-12-2013, 05:35 PM||#1|
ESPN: Top 25 Sports Video Games EVER Pt 5 FINAL (Top 5)
25-21 - Jon Robinson ranks the best sports video games of all-time. - ESPN
20-16 - Jon Robinson ranks the best sports video games of all-time. - ESPN
15-11 - Jon Robinson ranks the best sports video games of all-time. - ESPN
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25. "Bases Loaded" - System: NES - Year Released: 1988
24. "NFL Street" - Systems: PlayStation 2, Xbox - Year Released: 2004
23. "Ice Hockey" - System: NES - Year Released: 1988
22. "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters" - Systems: PS3, 360, Wii - Year Released: 2011
21. "Bulls vs. Blazers and the NBA Playoffs" - Systems: Genesis, Spr Nint. - Year Released: 1992
20. NBA Live 2005 - Systems: PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube - Year Released: 2004
19. SSX - Systems: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 - Year Released: 2012
18. MLB 13: The Show - Systems: PlayStation 3, Vita -Year Released: 2013
17. NCAA Football 2004 - Systems: PlayStation 2 - Year Released: 2003
16. College Hoops 2K8 - Systems: PlayStation 2, Xbox - Year Released: 2007
15. "RBI Baseball" - Systems: NES - Year Released: 1987
14. "FIFA Soccer 10" - Systems: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 - Year Released: 2009
13. "NFL Blitz" - Systems: Arcade - Year Released: 1997
12. "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2" - Systems: PS, Xbox, N64, Dreamcast - Year Released: 2000
11. "NBA 2K11" - Systems: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 - Year Released: 2010
10. "Madden NFL 2005" - Systems: PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube - Year Released: 2004
9. "NBA Jam" - Systems: Arcade, Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo -Year Released: 1993
8. "ESPN NFL 2K5" - Systems: PlayStation 2, Xbox - Year Released: 2004
7. "Baseball Stars" - Systems: NES - Year Released: 1989
6. "NBA Street Vol. 2" - Systems: PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube - Year Released: 2003
ESPN'S TOP 5 VIDEO GAMES
5. "WWF No Mercy"
Year Released: 2000
4. "MVP Baseball 2005"
Systems: PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube
Year Released: 2005
3. "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!"
Year Released: 1987
2. "NHL '94"
Systems: Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo
Year Released: 1993
...and the Number 1 Sports Game EVER....according to ESPN is....
1. "Tecmo Super Bowl"
Systems: NES, SNES
Year Released: 1991
Superstar Status: There are days when I still feel like playing "Tecmo Super Bowl" over "Madden 13." It's more than nostalgia. The simplistic game play teamed with characters like Bo Jackson, Christian Okoye, Derrick Thomas, Lawrence Taylor and even the great QB Eagles (aka Randall Cunningham), making for what's still a brilliant sports gaming experience.
"'Tecmo Super Bowl' is not a football simulator, but a football game," Tecmo's Keisuke Kikuchi said. "The key feature is that it takes the strategy of offensive and defensive formations and play calling, and stylizes it so that the complex system of football can be experienced with rules that are simpler and easier to understand.
"In a lot of football games, users can feel like they're players in the game by providing a sense of realism and intensity by showing them running down the field. In contrast, Tecmo Super Bowl shows the field from an overhead view just like in TV broadcasts. Through this sense of security and stability, you can clearly see the formations and players' movement while you play, so you can really enjoy the strategic and tactical elements of the game."
Also, by limiting the gamers' involvement, the strengths and weaknesses of the football players have a greater impact.
"This is key because if the user has too much influence over the game, the differences in abilities, formations and calls between the players and teams disappear," Kikuchi said. "Being able to maintain this balance makes this a great game."
"Tecmo," released over 20 years ago, is timeless because of its simplicity.
"Since it doesn't require as many moves as an action game, casual gamers can play against seasoned pros," Kikuchi said. "The game design allows for all these various ways of playing, so each user will have their own unique emotional attachment and come up with their own way of playing. I believe there are some users that are still enjoying the game to this day."
Dev Talk: Says Hideshia Yamaguchi, who worked on "Tecmo Super Bowl" back in 1991: "Since it's a game that has stylized the excitement of football into a simple format, we put a lot of attention into altering each player's parameters. Also, when developing the plays involving certain players, we made sure that they ended up a bit exaggerated. For example, back then you had a lot of really strong running backs (players like Craig Heyward and Christian Okoye); we balanced their skill set so they would knock back any defensive player that just touches them, but could be stopped with a single, precise hard tackle. Also, the quarterback draw play for Randall Cunningham -- the most mobile quarterback at the time -- was made so powerful that if you didn't completely mark him at the play-selection stage, he was almost impossible to stop.
"The development staff were all football fans, so each member's favorite player and rating points were different. There were always 'battles' taking place among the staff when setting these types of parameters to make sure their favorite player would have an advantage over the others.
"We did try our best to be objective in our settings, so there were a lot of times we skipped over each team member's personal preferences, but I think I can say that each member of the development team poured their passion into this game.
"And obviously, after release, we received a lot of feedback from the users who, just like the staff, commented about the parameter settings of each of their favorite players. Seeing all those comments reminded us just how much this game is loved by everyone."
Pro Talk: Tiger Woods says, "Bo Jackson was unstoppable in that game. My friends would play as the Raiders and run around the field and nobody could catch him. He could just run circles around everyone else on the field. Bo Jackson is probably the best video game athlete of all time, and you can't think about the old 'Tecmo Bowl' games without immediately thinking of Bo."
Jon Robinson ranks the best sports video games of all-time. - ESPN
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No Mercy, Mike Tyson's Punch Out, and Tecmo Superbowl all in the top 5!?! And Ice Hockey being in the top 25!?
Not mad about this list at all. Only thing missing is NBA Live 95. Game was my sh*t!