Sports games are some of the most widely known and recognizable games on the market. Sports genre is split in two sub-genres: simulation and arcade type. Both sub-genres aim to imitate the experience of “real world” sports, however, the difference comes in execution. Whether the goal is to accurately represent all the different game elements from visuals to physics or focus more on casual and fun gaming experience without direct emphasis on accuracy, sports genre has immense player bases all over the globe. This genre is very competitive and has been popular throughout the history of video games.
Not only physical but also tactical challenges await players who are ready to dive into this genre. The biggest sports games try to recreate athletic characteristics required by the corresponding sport as precisely and accurately as current technology allows. With advancements in technology, different modes within a match allow players to experience the game from various perspectives, and well-developed engines result in thoroughly smooth and consistent gameplay.
Throughout the years, sports genre has become more than just selecting your favorite team or player. Some of the most popular games now have personalized modes in which players can create a customized character, often in self resemblance and really try out how it feels to be a worldwide sports superstar. Nowadays, these player-focused modes can be found in almost all major sports franchises on the market.
Sports games today are mainly dominated by the very few big brands, these brands hold official licenses to use well-known leagues in their production. Games by these brands are very realistic and have annual installments with new roster, updated graphics and other changes. They continue to sell well today and receive good reviews, that’s why a decline in competing titles in the genre can be felt. On the other side of the coin, sports genre is amongst the few these days that keep co-op spirit alive and well.