If you play sports games, chances are that you probably do most of your gaming on consoles. But consoles aren’t the only way to get your sports fix. The PC also has a few options to check out. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite franchises that you can find on the PC below!
The NBA 2K franchise is downright dominating the battle for the best basketball game, but it’s also the only major competitor available on the PC. While EA continues to publish some of their titles for the open platform, NBA LIVE is nowhere to be seen.
But that’s okay, because NBA 2K is considered by many to be a much better take on the sport. Something tells me that NBA LIVE isn’t missed. And yes, NBA 2K has its fair share of problems for the PC. Right now NBA 2K16 is unplayable thanks to a Windows 10 update. Still, it’s probably one of the best options if you’re looking to play a basketball game on your new rig.
This list is going to take some liberties, and for good reason. The whole point of the PC is to allow for more open development which leads to a larger library with more variety. Coincidentally, Rocket League also happens to be a console title, but the PC version of the game actually works pretty well.
What’s interesting about Rocket League is that it also allows for PC players to play with people on the PS4. That’s some pretty cool functionality if you ask me. The game itself is also great of course, but if you’re one of the few people who hasn’t gotten around to playing it by now, you’re missing out.
Test Drive Unlimited
Sports aren’t limited to your basics. Football, basketball, and baseball might be incredibly popular, but motorsports can be fun too. Test Drive Unlimited is one of the best driving games I’ve ever played.
Unfortunately, it also exists solely online, which means it’s more or less been lost to time. Thankfully, a team of modders has restored the online functionality of the game, potentially saving it from obscurity.
While the official servers ceased to exist a while back, PC players can once again enjoy the open world racing classic.
While PES and FIFA have both managed to make their way to the PC to be played by soccer fans, FIFA is arguably the better port. While PES 2016 seems to have fared better than its predecessor, it still manages to be somewhat of a mess.
FIFA, on the other hand, isn’t too shabby. If you’re looking to get your hands on a soccer game for the PC, you’re probably better off picking up FIFA.
This is probably going to be the most controversial pick on the list, and is by far the most unconventional. However, as I mentioned earlier, part of the appeal of playing on a PC is being exposed to new and interesting ideas. It’s not a closed system.
That’s where Blood Bowl comes in. While the game isn’t exactly traditional, it brings an interesting premise to the table. It’s literally fantasy football, and while it might not be for everyone, there’s something to be said about the alluring charm of its unconventional take on the sport.
What are some of your favorite sports games that have appeared on the PC over the years? Let us know in the comments below! This series didn’t make it onto the list, but I loved the Backyard Sports series growing up. It was on computers in schools everywhere back in the day!