Top 7… Sports Games Nerds Actually Like

If there’s one thing us gamers love to do, it’s sit on our asses. And rarely are we ever tempted away from blowing the crap out of zombies and Nazis to partake in the sportsman-like area of gaming. Hell, anything involving increased blood flow, stretching, or rapid movement is a waste of time if there’s no cutscene for our rewards. Even sports games can be our kryptonite (your older brother who buys nothing but Madden and NBA Live really doesn’t count).

Why? Probably because simulating anything half-realistic is as boring as it sounds. Yet somehow, a select few have transcended god-awful tedium to become the only sports games we give a damn about. We present to you the top 7 sports games that get us cheering for the home team.

Selling points:
Simple controls, plentiful match types, Create-A-Wrestler, blood

Why we love it:
Say what you will about this sim of the popular fake sport (how does that even work?), but even the most jaded gamer can’t help but love cracking his buddy over the head with a barbed wire baseball bat to the screaming cheers of the blood-thirsty crowd. Selling 37 million copies across the entire series, WWE SmackDown enables gamers to bring the pain with notable faces and created superstars in over a trillion match types and dozens of gameplay modes.

Even as the series gradually moved towards annual updates like other sports games and started - including General Manager modes (think the dreadfully boring NFL Head Coach) and Stamina meter (hold Select to catch breath? No thanks) - SmackDown’s never lost sight of its goal: to let you easily throw your opponent through a flaming table.

Would suck if:
Matches consisted entirely of rest holds, no weapons


Top 7


  • GRwarrior - March 21, 2009 7:22 p.m.

    lol mario kart rules
  • WouldYouKindly - July 26, 2009 9:04 p.m.

    @iceman unless you watch National Geographic all day, most TV shows YOU watch are fake.
  • Ultar - August 10, 2009 6:40 p.m.

    Whats that? a British journalist missed a baseball game in his list? Oh wait that actually makes sense!
  • Turkeykilla7 - August 10, 2009 10:14 p.m.

    I knew Mario Kart had to be one. Those games are just the best.
  • SOLIDSNAKE1983 - September 11, 2008 4:42 p.m.

    Mutant league football was EXCELLENT!!! I remember the witty comments after each player was killed or scored a touchdown!
  • iceman1987 - September 17, 2008 8:05 p.m.

    wrestling is for kids its totaly fake
  • suicidalstickman - August 29, 2008 7:06 p.m.

    The weapons in WWE smackdown are funny.
  • andyAK47 - August 29, 2008 10:18 p.m.

    i know nerds who play smackdown
  • danny343 - August 30, 2008 2:48 p.m.

    wrestling is ace
  • mr_brightside - August 31, 2008 9:56 p.m.

    lol mario kart! i wasnt thinking of that! very nice!
  • DanAmrich - September 2, 2008 10:23 p.m.

    NBA Jam: Live by the turbo, die by the turbo. I used to play that on Xband on Genesis and in the NYC arcades. Oh man.
  • drunkenfish - September 8, 2008 12:23 a.m.

    Lol I'm no nerd but I gotta check these out... spell 2 words...Kirkby??
  • Heathan - September 14, 2008 5:53 a.m.

    You guys completely missed the best nerd game ever: Base Wars! I mean how can you beat robot baseball. WIth upgradable weapons, and the ability to attack other players in battles to the death, the game was great fun, and I hate baseball.
  • BodyDamage - November 2, 2009 10:07 p.m.

    disappointed to not see NFL blitz on the list. best NFL game of all time.
  • kaleb-mayhew - September 23, 2012 6:11 p.m.

  • PatHan-bHai - March 11, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    Tony Hawk's Underground 2!! Best skating game i've ever played :3

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