Top 7… Sports Games Nerds Actually Like

The only games that get geeks off the bench

Selling points:
Realistic bruising, No HUD, impressive HD graphics

Why we love it:
Released for the PS3 and 360 and selling over a million copies, Fight Night ditched common sport game conventions - punches mapped to right analog stick, no HUD - and fashioned a brutal, yet fun multiplayer game. Married with outstanding graphics for its time (only two years ago!), we still pull Fight Night out to show off what our 72 inch monster TVs can do.

What can replace rushing your opponent into a corner and pummeling his noggin so hard that you can see his arms drop from exhaustion, his nose beaten flat and his eyes swelling shut in real-time? Just one more uppercut to his glass jaw and everything slows - your fist sends a shockwave ripple through his cheeks and bloody spit explodes from his mouth. And then - BAM - down he goes in the Burger King-sponsored sports arena. Games were made for these moments.

Would suck if:
Punches were button combos, boxer models didn’t damage physically, Developer EA Chicago was dissolved (oh wait…)

Selling points:
Extremely similar to actual racing, uncanny details, powerhouse graphics

Why we love it:
Painfully close to reality and the nearest to a sim on this list, the Gran Turismo series is known for its attention to details - a baker’s plethora of licensed autos, finely tuned race physics and blisteringly tough license tests. The only explanation for the series selling over 50 million units across the series (we can’t all be gearheads) is that this is the closest to a racing RPG as we’re going to get.

Think about it - the license tests upgrade our driving EXP before we can even enter actual races (think: random battles/boss fights). We earn credits based on victories, which we then use to either upgrade our existing autos or purchase new vehicles for our garage. Better cars equal more victories and we endlessly repeat the cycle ad nauseum. We nerds are a micromanaging bunch.

Would suck if:
Graphics were subpar, Motorcycles were added, “Dragula” was part of the soundtrack again

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