For a free-to-play title that contains microtransactions but IS NOT pay-to-win, 3 On 3 Freestyle is definitely worth giving a run. The game does lack game modes and game depth, but the fact that there is value in playing to unlock various things does make the longevity of the game appealing. The possibility that there is more to be added into the game does make it a promising title that could be worth the time.
Disc Jam is in an interesting place. It has the solid foundation for a classic game in the same vein of Rocket League. The characters are fun, the gameplay is competitive and addicting, and it keeps bringing you back for more. But it’s hard it ignore what’s not there. The arena doesn’t feel stale to me yet, but aft
Front Office Football EightPC
With very little competition on the market, it’s no surprise Front Office Football is the premier text sim available for this sport. Despite the less-than-stellar graphics, FOF8 does all the little things right. The game is as in-depth as any sports game on the market, and kept me coming back for more and more.
I’ve got to hand it to Different Cloth: They beat the odds by not only finding a new twist to make a racing game seem like a new experience, but implemented it quite well. Switching between tracks breaks races up into several micro-sprints that give the game a frenzied pace. Unfortunately, it’s everything built around that mechanic that fails to provide enough support to sustain an enjoyable experience past the first few hours of gameplay.
If Handball 17 had been released a few years ago at a reasonable price point, it would have staked a claim for a purchase. At this point in time, it feels too dated and lacking in depth to attract anyone but the most passionate of handball fans. Even then, they'll need to dig deep to find the appeal in an all-too-often flawed experience that fails to match its extortionate asking price.
Between the visuals, the hugeness of the game, the variety of events, and the solid foundation the game is built on means I'm finding it hard to not recommend this title. It's a unique experience in the sports game genre, and despite some of the design flaws, the action on the slopes is ultimately one of my favorite experiences in sports games this year.
Franchise Hockey Manager 3PC
FHM 3 offers a sandbox with which hockey fans will find a lot of enjoyment in managing teams and trying out some fun scenarios. The interface isn't perfect, but it's far from bad, and you'll find your AI opponents give you a decent enough challenge as you simulate through the years.
Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2017PC
Regardless, last year's edition seemed like a low point for the franchise and now that we are seeing the game build itself back up, there's hope for the future. For now, if you are an NBA stat nut who always wanted to manage your own roster and wanted all the statistical options to do that with, Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2017 offers a compelling way to do just that.
Motorsport Manager, in my opinion, fits nicely as an entry level management sim. It’s easy to use with a very friendly interface accompanied by stylish graphics. As a game, it keeps the minutia under control, allowing you to focus on bigger decisions and the thrill of racing. Plus, it is challenging without being punishing.
Football Manager 2017PC
This is a simulator of epic proportions. It offers unparalleled realism, retaining the great qualities of past versions while adding an additional layer of balance and true-to-life managerial elements. It's guaranteed to stick long in the memory, as team talks, highlight reels and press conferences populate your daydreams for the next year. Watch out, it will take over your life.
Infinite Air with Mark McMorrisPS4
I'm not going to lie, in its current state, Infinite Air is just not a playable title for most people. You are going to have to overlook a lot of big flaws to find the enjoyment this game could offer. The only positive this game has is how the open-worlds concept was designed, as its actually cleverly done. A game with far better gameplay mechanics would be wise to take some notes on how Infinite Air handles the open-world extreme sports concept.
WWE 2K17 doesn’t tweak gameplay very much, but maybe it doesn’t need to. This is probably the smoothest and most solid gameplay to date; yet the nature of the “simulation” can lead to slow and slogging matches, especially when playing vanilla one-on-one. And, even though you are encouraged to try different moves, you don’t have to -- in fact the AI usually doesn’t.
FIFA 17Xbox One
It’s hard to put a definitive stamp on FIFA 17. It enhances the series in multiple ways, from the inclusion of The Journey to dazzling visuals that only the Frostbite engine can provide. Offline CPU matches are great for the most part, and serious work has gone into even the most subtle of details on the pitch.
Forza Horizon 3Xbox One
Forza Horizon 3 is good. Really good. The game provides an enormous amount of longevity due to its sheer size, massive mountain of content, lifelike environments, and this all makes it hard to put down the controller or wheel. FH3 doesn’t ask for conformity, in fact it pushes you to do the exact opposite and be who you are in a racing game. This game is about grabbing the wheel, looking out your windshield and telling the world “let’s do this.”
Those quibbles aside, NBA 2K17 offers one of the most complete experiences in sports gaming. The gameplay is top notch, you have different and high-quality modes to experience that gameplay in, and the presentation package just screams NBA basketball. It has become easy to say, but NBA 2K17 is an early favorite for sports game of the year and is a must buy for basketball fans of all types.
NHL 17Xbox One
NHL 17 finds itself on the verge of feeling too similar to its predecessor at times, and there's scope for improvement in a handful of areas. That said, this is still an impressive, smartly designed hockey game. Its variety of subtle refinements present a more authentic gameplay experience than ever before, and improved game modes and customization content offer some much needed substance to the overall package.
F1 2016 is quite possibly one of the best racing sims to ever hit consoles, and the depth of this title is unparalleled. If you include the immersion factor, depth of the title and in-game tutorials to help you understand the sport, this is about as good as it gets. There may be other racing titles in the past that exceed what F1 offers in regards to certain aspects, but as a whole, I would stack up F1 2016 against anything.
Madden NFL 17Xbox One
While a few legacy issues persist, no new ones have really popped up. If not for a lack of several desired features -- such as a weekly update show -- and a few disappointing gameplay mechanics, Madden 17 would have little holding it back. For the first time in a long time, Madden is starting to play and look like the real thing.
Axis Football 2016PC
Again, Axis Football 2016 isn’t a “Madden-killer” or even a rival. It doesn’t have an eighth of the features found in the annual big-budget release. However, the fact that it’s an American football game on Steam and PCs makes it unique. It is playable and engaging in short doses. While certainly limited, what is here is worth exploring, especially if the modding community helps shape the future of the title.
SBK16 - Official Mobile GameiOS
It offers a good gameplay experience, plenty of options, and good visuals that match what we had a little over a console generation or so ago. There are some quirks, the AI does feel a bit static sometimes, and the controls won’t be for everyone (sans those who have a MFi controller) — but SBK16 offers a pleasingly authentic and well crafted experience for Superbike fans to enjoy.
If you regularly engage in local multiplayer sessions, Videoball deserves to make its way into your rotation. It shines brightest in this setting, and while solo players will still have fun with it, they won’t unlock its true potential. If this game had been released 30 years ago, we'd still be talking about it today. Whether it'll have the same effect in 2016 and beyond remains to be seen, but either way, it's an indie gem that's worth your time and money.
Overall, if this is the future of sports gaming, I’m not particularly sure I’m a fan of it. The game itself is slightly above average. NBA Live Mobile does everything solid enough, and the modes themselves seem to work without much of a problem. The AI is kind of dumb, but you’ll find there’s a game here to be enjoyed if only for a short while.
Super Stickman Golf 3iOS
Super Stickman Golf 3 is a nearly flawless mobile title. Sure it has the free-to-play components, and you’ll want to use your ball power-ups a lot more towards the end courses (and that’s how they’ll get your money), but you may end up feeling like it's worth it -- if nothing else to reward Noodlecake Studios for a job well done. Super Stickman Golf 3 is one of the best mobile sports gaming experiences you can have today.
MXGP2 - The Official Motocross VideogamePS4
It's not a bad motocross game, it's not a good motocross game, it just majorly bums me out that this, and the equally underwhelming MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore, are the sport's only true representation on the current generation of consoles. PC gamers do at least have a solid alternative in the first-person indie project MX Simulator.
Active Soccer 2 DXXbox One
Active Soccer 2 DX is simply not worth it considering the factors mentioned above. While the game’s graphics are passable, and the action offers a fun alternative to FIFA and PES, the game’s lack of variety and bugs kill the experience. At a lower price, one could overlook some of these problems, but priced at $14.99 and with no online multiplayer there is a lack of a compelling reason to pick this up from the Xbox One store at this point.