In the world of video gaming, there will always be a constant debate between what’s better, playing with a console or playing with a PC? If you ask me, I can’t tell you which side I’m more lenient towards. When trying to pick which one is best, I look at it the same way I choose my favorite teams and matchups to bet on NFL action in. I’m more of the thought that each gaming setup has its pros and cons and while there is a vast array of games that can be played in all the gaming options available, there are some that work best for consoles and others that work best for PC.
With that said though, especially when it comes to sporting games, some titles are not to be missed whatsoever when getting down for a good PC gaming session. Sure, we could talk about football, basketball, baseball, soccer, or any other sport that has a slew of great games, but let’s take a walk through a different path for this list, let’s talk about alternative sports for a change. So without further ado, here are our picks for the best sports-related PC games out there to be playing.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2
Yes, again, the list could’ve been about great sporting games such as Madden, NBA 2K, or FIFA, but there is no denying that THPS holds a very special place in all gamers’ hearts both young and old. First appearing back in 1999, this skateboarding-centered game automatically became one of the most beloved series in the history of sports-related video games. Be it because of the soundtrack, the vast and amazing selection of different skate parks you could shred in or the amount of pro skater characters that you could choose from, each of them with their own special set of skills and tricks, there was no game that could beat THPS then and now with it resurfacing once again, there’s almost no game that can match the level of excitement it brings fans.
The new version of the classic skating game was able to bring back all of the best attributes that all the other classic versions of the series had and put them up to date with what the world of gaming and its very demanding demographic wants out of premier video games. The game offers you the chance to play by yourself or with your friends to see what cool tricks and stunts you can do, but also the option of going online and putting your skating chops to the test, at least your video gaming skating chops. Believe me when I tell you that getting down with THPS 1+2 is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Staying along the lines of extreme sports-related video games, if your deal is not so much skateboarding as it is skiing, snowboarding, and even wingsuit flying, then stop everything you’re doing and get to playing Steep. Originally taking place in the European Alps, Steep allows gamers to become king of the slopes, with the option of online competitions against other players being one of the absolute best reasons to truly slice and shred through all the mountains, competitions, and levels that this game offers.
What makes Steep so cool, no pun intended is the array of options for playing given all of the expansions that this game offers branching out of the original. With new sports added as well as the option to play in a Winter X Games-themed scenario as well as a Winter Olympics setting, this is a game you will not want to miss out on.
Ok, I know I said that we were going to stray away from mainstream sports gaming options, but hear me out on this, a soccer-themed game where instead of teams with human players, you have matches involving two, three rocket-powered car teams, battling it out on the field to win every matchup. If you haven’t heard of Rocket League yet, you should pay more attention to the video gaming trends around, especially the Esports trends, given that the Rocket League is one of the most popular titles for competitive video gaming purposes.
With a level of accessibility that makes this game a favorite amongst different age groups but still with a very complex level of skills needed to succeed, this game has everything that other soccer-related games like FIFA or eFootball PES can offer, but again, with rocket-powered cars instead of human-like players. So if you’re into soccer but don’t want to deal with all the issues and tribulations that regular soccer games offer, try Rocket League, it’s free, it’s tons of fun and once again, in case you haven’t fully grasped your head around the idea, it’s rocket-powered cars hitting a gigantic ball, what more could you need?