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What is the greatest Sports game/series of All time?

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So, over on another board I hang out at, they've been doing a "Greatest One Hit Wonder" poll series over the last few weeks, and it's gotten some good interest, so I decided to create a tournament to decide the greatest SPORTS GAME/SERIES ever. I honestly came up with 100+ games that could be in the tournament, but decided to keep it to thirty-two of the best. Random seeding, so there's going to be some really tough matchups: (oh, and I know that A) there's some OOOOOLLLLD games on this list. I'm old. I played just about all of these) and B ) That some games will get a confused shrug out of folks who haven't played some of the more esoteric games on the list:

 

1 Double Dribble
32 MicroLeague Baseball

16 Blades of Steel
17 Madden series

8 Cyberball
25 NES Pro Wrestling

9 NFL 2K sports series
24 Tony Hawk Pro Skater series

4 Tony Larussa Baseball
29 Football Manager series

13 Mutant League Football
20 NES Ice Hockey

5 Front Page Sports Football
28 Tecmo Bowl

12 Front Office Football
21 Rocket League

2 NHL Hockey (EA Series)
31 High Heat Series

15 NCAA Football
18 Mike Tyson's Punchout

7 MLB The Show
26 Earl Weaver Baseball

10 Nintendo World Cup
23 Super Spike V-Ball (NES)

3 NBA Jam
30 Epyx Summer/Winter/California Games series

14 Mario Kart
19 FIFA (EA Series)

6 NBA 2K Series
27 OOTP Baseball

11 NCAA Basketball Series (EA)
22 Baseball Stars

 

Just Missed Out: Daytona 500, F1 game series,RBI Baseball, Ken Griffey Jr's Super Baseball, Links. PGA Tour Golf/Tiger Woods golf)

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This will be fun balancing out the best and worst entries in each series as most have both. Looking at omissions, no Smackdown or Fire Pro Wrestling on a primarily wrestling board? No Pro Evolution Soccer?

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No WWF No Mercy?

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16 minutes ago, J.T. said:

No WWF No Mercy?

we can just agree that this tournament is for #2 best.

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yeah, I missed a few. Tell you what. Let's build a 32 or 64 game bracket. Tell me what you think should be in there.

 

here's mine:

 

The 32 I posted + the Omissions (Indy 500, F1 game series,RBI Baseball, Ken Griffey Jr Presents MLBl, Links. PGA Tour Golf/Tiger Woods golf, No Mercy, Fire Pro Wrestling,, WWF No Mercy, Smackdown HCTP, {PES Soccer)

 

What's missing?

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We were just giving you a hard time (or at least I was) because this is a pro wrasslin' board at heart. 

I really didn't expect you to include wrestling games in a pure sports Best Of list.

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If you are including arcade games and not just consoles, Track and Field (trackball version) should be in there. 

I would also say Madden should be a top seed, if not #1 overall. 

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The problem JT is that I put NES Pro Wrestling in there, and I think it deserves to be in there. So yeah, No Mercy, FPW and Smackdown do eserve to be in there.

 

NFL Blitz/ Blitz the League also

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If you include wrestling games (which I would have excluded), then Fire Pro, the Toukon Retsuden series and Giant Gram 2000 should be in there too. 🙂

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If we ditch wrestling games, do we ditch racing games too?

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nfl blitz n64

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the obvious series that are still missing are Fight Night and the Backyard Sports games

oh and Sensible Soccer

I'd also put a vote up for Virtua Tennis for the Dreamcast

A better question is, does the Mario stuff count? And also relatedly, Hot Shots/Everybody's Golf?

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Literally no one else will likely agree with this but the 1992 Olympic game for the NES, CAPCOM's Gold Medal Challenge, rules. It's the zenith and best possible version of those old school button mash style track and field games.

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UFC Undisputed 3 is a fantastic game. can't speak to the first 2, or the EA UFC game, but if we're expanding the bracket it deserves a spot

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Only one I can think of that's not been mentioned is Super Baseball 2020

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Speedball 2?

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22 hours ago, SirFozzie said:

yeah, I missed a few. Tell you what. Let's build a 32 or 64 game bracket. Tell me what you think should be in there.

 

here's mine:

 

The 32 I posted + the Omissions (Indy 500, F1 game series,RBI Baseball, Ken Griffey Jr Presents MLBl, Links. PGA Tour Golf/Tiger Woods golf, No Mercy, Fire Pro Wrestling,, WWF No Mercy, Smackdown HCTP, {PES Soccer)

 

What's missing?

Fair play for listening. Hope I didn't come across as an arse questioning your omissions. Considered Gran Turismo? Surprised you haven't slipped Brian Lara Cricket in ;).

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18 hours ago, twiztor said:

UFC Undisputed 3 is a fantastic game. can't speak to the first 2, or the EA UFC game, but if we're expanding the bracket it deserves a spot

EA Sports MMA from 2010 gets my vote as the best MMA game ever then UFC Undisputed 3. If you haven't played that, I recommend it.

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7 hours ago, The Natural said:

Fair play for listening. Hope I didn't come across as an arse questioning your omissions. Considered Gran Turismo? Surprised you haven't slipped Brian Lara Cricket in ;).

 

I'd rather throw in Cricket Captain or Cricket Coach 🙂

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Cricket Captain was actually quite good.

Out of the Park Baseball is the king of spreadsheet sports that isn't Football Manager (which is obviously the most popular by far), but CC destroys, like, Franchise Hockey Manager. That one is super frustrating because it's by the OOTP guys but just... isn't great.

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Alright, this is what I came up with:

 

Seeds (16) (one per Pod of 4)

Madden
NFL 2K
NCAA Football (EA)
Football Manager
Front Page Sports Pro Football
NBA Jam
NBA 2K
NHL (EA)
MLB The Show
Punch-Out (Tyson/Super,switch)
Mutant League Football
FIFA (EA)
Tecmo Bowl
Fire Pro Wrestling
WWF No Mercy
Tony Hawk Pro Skater


Non-Seed (48, Three per pod of 4)

Double Dribble
Micro League Baseball
Blades of Steel
Cyberball
NES Pro Wrestling
Rocket League
Tony LaRussa Baseball
Front Office Football
High Heat Baseball
Earl Weaver Baseball
Nintendo World Cup
Epyx "Games" series (Summer/Winter/California)
Track and Field
OOTP Baseball
Baseball Stars
Indy 500 series (including the later nascar games they did)
Formula 1 Game series
RBI Baseball
Ken Griffey Jr Presents Major League Baseball
PGA Tour Golf/Tiger Woods
Everybody's Golf
Smackdown Here Comes the Pain
NFL Blitz/Blitz The League
NES Ice Hockey
UFC Undisputed series (includes EA MMA)
Giant Gram 2K
Super Spike Volleyball
Links Golf
Pro Evolution
WWE 2K series
Virtua Tennis
Super Tennis (NES)
Front Page Sports Baseball Series
Pro Evolution Soccer
Baseball Stars Series
Baseball Simulator Series -
ExciteBike
RC Pro Am
Super Mega Baseball
Hardball
4th and Inches
NBA Live series
Road Rash series
Knockout Kings - Fight Night Champions
Sensible Soccer
ABC Wide Wold of Sports Boxing
4D Boxing
Mario Kart Series

 

Any suggestions on what to add/what should miss out?

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one nitpick: Punch-Out! doesn't have an entry on the switch. you're either thinking of the Wii release, or ARMS for the Switch (which i've never played because it still goes for damn near full price, 3 years later!)

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The only things you listed that I give a shit about are Cyberball, Punch-Out!!, Nintendo World Cup and THPS series.  If I had to pick a top 5 it'd probably be:

 

NHL 2k3

THPS3

Tyson's Punch-Out!!

UFC Undisputed 3 (probably the sports game I've put the most time into post-PS2)

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Speaking of skating, what do you regard to be the best from the Tony Hawk's series? For me it's 4 all day long, then 2. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater #1-4 were awesome.

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