10 Best PS5 Sports Games

Let's take a look at the highest-rated sports games on the PlayStation 5.

ByNeil YamitSeptember 20, 2022
10 Best PS5 Sports Games

New sports games on the PS5 leverage the console's increased computing power differently. We're now seeing the use of machine learning to achieve realistic animation. The console's GPU can also now render far more complex and detailed graphics. With these developments, I wouldn't be surprised if we enter a new era of sports in video games.

For the meantime, let's take a look at the highest-rated sports games on the PlayStation 5.

1. F1 2021

Jul 16, 2021 • playscore 8.8
F1 2021 on PlayStation 5

Last year’s Formula 1 game offers far more content and is less of a money grab than the newer F1 22. F1 2021 is the complete package, from customizations to the addition of a narrative-driven racing called “Braking Point”.

2. MLB The Show 21

Apr 20, 2021 • playscore 8.6
MLB The Show 21 on PlayStation 5

The Show has been consistent in improving the overall gameplay experience in every new iteration. The Show 21 is the first PS5 release of the series.

Gameplay-wise, changes are minimal, often unnoticeable. Regardless, it comes with visual and performance upgrades that only the more powerful consoles can run. A must-have for baseball fans.

3. NBA 2K21 Next Generation

Nov 12, 2020 • playscore 8.5
NBA 2k21 on PlayStation 5

This game marks the current-gen debut of 2K’s basketball simulation series and serves as the foundation for future releases. If you’re coming from the PS4 or Xbox One version of NBA 2K, you’ll see a big leap on both graphics and performance.

4. FIFA 22

Oct 1, 2021 • playscore 8.5
FIFA 22 on PlayStation 5

This is the version that football fans have been waiting for. It introduces a new engine called “HyperMotion Technology” that advances realism on the field. It adds a layer of complexity that allows for tactical plays on both offense and defense. FIFA 23, releasing on Sep 30, promises to further on these.

5. NBA 2K22

Sep 10, 2021 • playscore 8.5
NBA 2k22 on PlayStation 5

Following the franchise’s successful debut on the PlayStation 5, NBA 2k22 moved the goalpost. It’s probably the best game of the franchise to date. If not for the jarring microtransactions, this could have received higher review scores from critics and gamers.

6. WWE 2K22

Mar 11, 2022 • playscore 8.3
WWE 2k22 on PlayStation 5

Wrestling fans, this is a must-play! After skipping a year and months of delay, the general consensus is that WWE 2k22 is a major improvement from past releases. Far from the ugly and buggy game that is 2K20.

7. Assetto Corsa Competizione

Feb 22, 2022 • playscore 8.2
Assetto Corsa on PlayStation 5

This is the official racing sim of the Blancpain GT series and features GT3 and GT4 cars. Compared to the PS4/Xbox One release of 2020, the PS5 version is almost free of issues. It’s often hailed as one of the most ‘mechanically realistic racing game experiences available’ on the PlayStation 5.

8. Riders Republic

Oct 28, 2021 • playscore 8.2
Riders Republic on PlayStation 5

As fun as it is, Riders Republic shines in multiplayer mode. The thrill of competing against 63 other players on steep hills is a memorable gaming experience. But there’s a catch, you need a PS Plus subscription for online play. Otherwise, it’s just a single-player racing game.

9. NHL 22

Oct 15, 2021 • playscore 8.2
NHL 22 on PlayStation 5

This is the first-time that EA used their flagship Frostbite engine on an NHL game. And the result speaks for itself. This is the best hockey game available right now. The moment-to-moment plays paired with graphical overhaul will dazzle fans of the sports. It’s not perfect but it serves as a solid foundation to future releases. NHL 23 is scheduled to launch on October 14, 2022.

10. MotoGP 21

Apr 22, 2021 • playscore 8.1
MotoGP 21 on PlayStation 5

This is the most exhaustive moto racing game you’ll ever find: 20+ tracks and more than 120 riders. MotoGP 21 boasts enhanced racing experience. All thanks to upgrades in physics and graphics, as well as the integration of DualSense's haptic feedback. If you want the shiny new version, MotoGP 22 was released last April 21, 2022.

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