Best Sports Games 2023

If you're looking for a list of the best sports games for PC and console but don't know where to start, you've come to the right place.

If you’re looking for a list of the best sports games for PC and console but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether you’re a fan of football, basketball, golf, tennis, racing, skateboarding, or something entirely different, we’ve got you covered.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best sports games to play in 2023, including the best sports games for Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any of your favorite sports games!

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First up, Forza Horizon 5 is a Microsoft first-party title that builds upon the success of its predecessors, namely the arcade-inspired Forza Horizon subseries.

Developed by Playground Games, FH5 drops players in a loving recreation of Mexico and its assortment of dusty deserts, cozy towns, pristine beaches, dense forests, and more.

Throughout the game’s open-world players can encounter a wide selection of activities beyond just racing, including tucked-away secret rewards and the occasional scenic view.

Whether you’re a car buff, diehard racing fan, or simply like to explore unique environments to your heart’s content, you can’t go wrong with Forza Horizon 5.

Another open-world racing game worth checking out is Riders Republic, which serves as a successor to Ubisoft’s snowboarding game Steep.

In it, players are set free on an enormous open-world map comprised of famous US national parks that offer distinct terrain to tear up.

Like Forza Horizon, the game features a wide variety of environment types that introduce unique hazards and challenges depending on your equipment.

Players can navigate the world with other people by skiing, cycling, wingsuit flying, and snowboarding throughout races, trick challenges, and free-roaming exploration.

Seeing as Madden is players’ only option for American football games, we’re happy to report this year’s game is on track for success.

It’s a great comeback for the NFL series, which only recently made its return to PC after a long console hiatus.

Madden NFL 22 includes an assortment of new features such as staff management in Franchise mode, an enhanced scenario engine, and weekly strategies.

Additionally, players can now share their avatar progress and player class between modes like Face of the Franchise and The Yard for seamless unified progression.

To anyone on the outside looking in, SEGA’s Football Manager series may not seem like the most exciting sports-related game.

However, for those who love both soccer and simulating running their own team, it’s an absolute must-play that’s backed by a large and active playerbase.

Football Manager 2022 builds off of its predecessor by adding updated graphics, a new match engine, and a host of new backroom activities.

It’s the perfect alternative for anyone who lacks actual soccer skills and would much rather oversee player transfers, on-field tactics, staff management, and more.

Even diehard fans can admit that FIFA has had to go through some rough patches to get to the place it’s at today on PC and console.

While this can be attributed to EA’s mismanagement of the franchise, more recent installments like FIFA 21 and FIFA 22 prove hopeful.

The latter sees the return of fan-favorite modes like Ultimate Team, in which players check back every week to try and scoop up their favorite players.

If you’re checking back in after taking a break from the franchise, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of quality of life improvements added over the years.

Next up is Parkour Tag, a new kind of platforming PvP game that sees two players competing in fast-paced games of tag.

To make things more interesting, the game introduces a wide array of parkour-inspired feats that players can pull off to either escape or zero in on their opponent.

This includes the ability to run vertically or horizontally on any wall as well as use double jumps, slides, vaults, and more to outmaneuver your opponent until the clock runs out.

While the game’s community is still in its early stages, there’s a good selection of maps to pick from as well as some light player customization tools.

Anyone who enjoyed playing the original frisbee-meets-tennis sports phenomenon can now pick up its sequel on PC, console, or through Xbox Game Pass.

Developed by French studio DotEmu, Windjammers 2 introduces a host of new features and refinements including updated visuals inspired by the original’s arcade cabinet art.

In it, players face off in intense disc-throwing bouts that require quick reflexes and allow for a wide array of special moves and tactics.

The improvements become immediately clear once you see the game in motion, with characters playing through flashy animations that really sell the on-screen action.

Created as a spiritual successor to the popular arcade game WWF WrestlingFest, RetroMania Wrestling features many familiar faces from the Golden and Attitude eras of wrestling.

This includes notable wrestlers like Tommy Dreamer, the Blue World Order, Jeff Cobb, and Nick Aldis of NWA among many others.

Despite releasing in 2021, the wrestling game has a distinctly old-school feel that’s reflected through its arcade-inspired 2D visuals, gameplay, and story mode.

Lastly, RetroMania Wrestling features over 15 arenas, three unique game modes, and supports local multiplayer for 2-8 players.

Super Mega Baseball is one of the more finely tuned baseball sims and offers convincing physics designed for diehard fans along with easy controls and difficulty options for newcomers.

This same flexibility extends to the game’s customization options, with players able to design their own team logo, uniform, player appearance, league, and more.

While the series’ cartoony aesthetic may not seem so serious, each game has a surprising amount of depth when it comes to systems and modes.

Super Mega Baseball 3 provides the best online multiplayer experience to date and introduces a new Franchise mode spanning several years of building a strong team.

Skateboarding games aren’t all too common these days outside of remakes of classics like THPS or the upcoming Skate 4, so we take pride in highlighting new ones any chance we get.

The OlliOlli games are worth checking out for anyone who enjoys arcade-style skateboarding and British indie studio Roll7 is currently working on a new installment.

OlliOlli World drops players in an ambitious new setting teeming with ramps, gaps, and grind rails to tear up using even more tricks than ever before.

In it, you take on the role of a young skater tasked with conquering colorful skate spots scattered across the world of Radlandia as you take on missions and discover new paths.

The Tony Hawk games have a rocky history littered with lackluster sequels that didn’t quite click with fans of the series.

For a long time, the franchise was put on hiatus before making a comeback in 2020 with a remake of Pro Skater 1 and 2 developed by Vicarious Visions.

The remake includes every level from both games, all stunningly recreated from the ground up, along with tricks like reverts, spine transfers, and wall plants, which appeared in later titles.

 THPS 1+2 currently stands as the fastest-selling entry in the franchise, selling 1 million copies within the first two weeks.

If cycling is more your speed, then you’re probably already aware of the fantastic downhill mountain biking game Descenders.

Available on PC, console, and Xbox Game Pass, it sees you traversing procedurally generated environments consisting of huge jumps, gaps, and dirt trails.

The game’s main selling point is its robust controls which allow the player to make fine-tune adjustments as they move through levels at breakneck speeds and launch into the sky.

Each level features different objectives to complete in a limited time window and Descenders allows you to play online with friends or practice solo.

Knockout City is still finding its footing in the online multiplayer sports arena but has already proven itself as a viable dodgeball sports game.

Gameplay focuses on throwing balls with unique modifiers at your opponents in hopes of knocking them out, though the tables can easily turn if they catch your ball.

Thankfully, your options aren’t limited to what you can do with a ball in your hand, as your character can also summon a glider, tackle enemies, or roll up into a ball themselves.

Knockout City includes several modes that introduce new ball types, hazards, and objectives across each map along with unlockable cosmetics via a battle pass.

You can always count on Mario sports games to deliver a satisfying yet approachable experience suitable for just about any gamer. 

Mario Tennis Aces is no different, offering easy-to-learn, challenging-to-master controls and mechanics along with a variety of single and multiplayer modes to explore.

This includes standard singles and doubles matches in addition to a new Adventure mode where players take on missions and bosses to unlock new courts and characters.

As a Switch exclusive, Mario Tennis Aces allows you to use motion controls and HD rumble for a more immersive gameplay experience.

If golf is more your speed or you simply can’t get enough Mario sports games, check out the more recent Mario Golf: Super Rush for Switch.

Serving as the sixth installment of Mario Golf, the game features an extensive roster of familiar characters as they tee off across a variety of modes.

New to Super Rush is Speed Golf, a newly introduced mode in which players race to complete courses in the fastest time, rather than the fewest strokes.

Like Mario Tennis Aces, the game supports both traditional button inputs as well as motion controls to simulate playing golf.

Along with offering crossplay support across PC and console, Rocket League has amassed a large following ever since developer Psyonix made the game free-to-play.

Best described as a cross between vehicular combat and soccer, it sees two teams competing to score the most goals before the clock runs out.

It’s a simple yet effective formula that provides hours of enjoyment for no cost aside from custom vehicle skins which are totally optional.

Despite its close proximity to esports, Rocket League can still be enjoyed casually, making it great for gamers of all ages.

If you find Riders Republic’s extensive traversal options too overwhelming and want to focus on just one kind, Steep is focused entirely on extreme winter sports.

The game presents a realistically accurate representation of what it’s like to carve up snowy mountains while performing tricks or just cruising around.

Players can equip themselves with a snowboard, skis, paraglider, or wingsuit, each with its own dedicated and intuitive controls.

Steep’s open-world is chockful of unique landmarks to explore and competitions where players can race each other and show off their moves.

If you’re looking for a casual sports game that’s a load of fun to play with friends, Golf With Your Friends just might be the game for you.

It’s a low-stakes version of mini-golf with unique mechanics and tons of themed courses that simultaneously support up to 12 players online.

This means you don’t have to wait around for every person to have their turn whacking the ball since every player progresses on their own in real-time.

The game includes three modes, a level editor, and customization options to help your ball stand out from the competition.

The spiritual successor of the now-classic SEGA Genesis title of the same name, Mutant Football League is an over-the-top, arcade sports game.

Largely inspired by NFL Blitz, the game offers a cartoonishly violent depiction of American football further complemented by an eccentric roster of players.

Teams consist of seven players belonging to various supernatural species including zombies, orcs, demons, werewolves, and aliens, to name a few.

What makes MFL stand out most are its unique modifiers, which take the traditional American football rules and smash them into tiny, unrecognizable pieces.

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