10. Opening our list of the Top 10 Xbox One Sports Games is The Golf Club
However unexpected, golf games have now found themselves a staple in the videogame industry. Jumping on EA's loosened monopoly on golf games, HB Studios released their own take on the sport. With a focus on simulation, Golf Club offers a comforting realism in both visuals and physics.
Practice your swings, learn how to putt, and become the master golfer in this side of town. Much like the old arcade games, Golf Club doesn't offer any gimmicks. Without leveling systems or flashy swing assists, you'll have to rely on your own skills and calculations to get those elusive birdies. Experiment with your own strategies to decipher the best clubs and swings to use, according to the wind direction and distance.
Stripped back to the core mechanics, its ultimately a straightforward game that lets you bask in the intricacies of golf, providing diehard fans of the sport with a faithful and authentic experience. It has a PlayScore of 8.17.
9. WRC 5: FIA World Rally Championship
Cashing in on the exhilarating breeze of Rally Games, the World Racing Championship has given the world with yet another worthwhile videogame for all the challenge-seeking players out there. The official title of the biggest international rallying championship, this racing game offers plenty of surprises, with hundreds of licenses, a handful of beautiful locales, and a whole lot of white-knuckling fun. Speed past high cliffs, take those risky corners, and manage through the gruelling art of rally racing.
While it's not as accurate a simulator as the recent Codemasters' DiRT series, WRC 5 gives us a taste of the action with their arcade-style gameplay, forgiving terrain, and friendly controls. It's this easy-to-pick up style that makes it the perfect introduction for neophyte racers.
The game has received mixed reviews at best, though, thanks to framerate drops, clunky handling models. It has a PlayScore of 8.26.
8. Powerstar Golf
In a square off against Sony's Everybody's Golf series, the Xbox One is definitely on par with the competition. Steering away from the cutesy animal visuals and opting for the more western, cartoony look--Powerstar Golf shows off its animated movie like characters that really seem to fit into their superpowered performances.
Other than the relaxing tranquility of the traditional golf game, it also has a whole lineup of characters with their own unique skills and personalities, taking the sport to a whole new level of excitement.
The courses themselves might not be any special, but it ensures that there's never a subpar moment as you shoot for birdies with you special moves, take bonuses from your caddies, and gain experience for each one of your actions. Those three mechanics form an impeccable trio that create an overall addictive gameplay experience that let you sink holes, hours, and more holes.
It has a PlayScore of 8.5
7. F1 2016
After the seemingly rushed F1 2015, our 2nd place entry is Codemaster returning to grace and form. Live out your formula one dreams and become a racing legend in a career mode that’s teeming with content. Develop your car and career, along with agents, and your team of engineers.
Whether on the track or out, it delivers unbelievable immersion, packed with all the behind the scenes drama. There’s a lot of hard decisions to make. With the last lap looming in the distance, will you finally listen to Jeff, your racing engineer, as he warns you about an imminent danger? Or will you shut him up with your voice commands, and take that risky dive?
It’s lauded by many as one of the best formula one games yet, and it probably will be for a very long time. It has a PlayScore of 8.34.
6. EA Sports UFC 2
Making way for EA Sport's UFC series, this second installment has improved largely on their 2014 debut, aiming to offer one of the most faithful MMA experience yet. Enter the iconic octagon, and immerse yourself in the thrill of the action.
All your favorite superstars have been rounded up for this spectacular event, from Ronda, Connor, and even Mike Tyson--rendered with incredibly accurate details. Especially with UFC 2's enhanced visuals and textures, it'll almost feel like you're on the stage with them.
And that's not all. Along with the graphical overhaul comes with an array of upgrades to their stand-up and ground game mechanics, that create fluid, precise, and satisfying fights. Create your very own fighter and pit them against over 250 talented MMA icons in a variety of game modes--taking them through the ranks in Career mode, or playing against decks in Ultimate mode.
Work on your timings, throw in some spinning kicks, and bring your opponents down each and every time. It has a PlayScore of 8.72.
5. FIFA ‘17
EA’s most ambitious FIFA game to date. Powered by the Frostbite Engine, witness one of the most popular sports game ever.
It’s also the first game of the series to include a story mode. Take the role of Alex Hunter and experience his journey to become the best Football Player in the world. Choices will be similar to Mass Effect’s dialogue wheel and will determine your career progression along the way. If not for choices, then the skills you develop will change the course of his path.
On top of that, EA’s efforts in the game’s visual design, realistic graphics and fluid physics movements make the game sooo fun to play. It has a PlayScore of 8.86
4. NHL ‘16
Return to the ice rink in EA’s annual hockey game. The amalgamation of speed, skill, physicality and precision comes to life on frozen floor. This game strides for a major comeback after ‘15’s shallow experience. And yes, looks like they did it right this time.
The game includes enough mode to keep you at the edge of your seat with a friend or two. Go on 6 versus 6 matches, experience On-Ice Training, or be a GM and lead your team to perfection. If the glory isn’t enough, shape your legacy in Be a Pro Mode. There’s more stuff to do this time, and more modes to play.
Unfortunately, it was heavily criticized for its online issues and repetitive commentating. Nonetheless, it’s an excellent game that still continues to improve itself. Let’s hope NHL ‘18 goes bigger!
NHL ‘16 has a PlayScore of 8.94
3. NBA 2K15
When ball is life, 2K’s annual basketball game always delivers. Although its latest entry, 2K18, proves greater, this game managed to dominate among all the NBA titles. For starters, it was the evolution of 2K to adapt to the new generation platforms. Offering crisp HD textures and realistic physics.
NBA 2K15 returns with their signature Career Mode. Create your own customizable character and help him become the best player of all time. Simulate events, create your own team, or just enjoy the life of an actual NBA player.
However good the game is, it’s marred with performance and technical issues during their first release. But that was almost 3 years ago and it’s safe to say that the game has improved over the years. It receives a PlayScore of 8.98
2. Madden NFL ‘16
There's more testosterone-pumping action in the most definitive Madden NFL yet. Far from just another roster update, EA raised the bar with its elevated gameplay mechanics and new game modes that make for a complete football experience.
It improves on passing mechanics to give way to a variety of playstyles. If not for being the most realistic football game, it’s also the most ambitious. Create heightened strategic plays with aggressive catches and run-after catches, or take on a greater challenge in its new Draft Champions mode.
It’s a total game changer for the football enthusiast with their improved visuals and the increase in risk and reward. Madden 2017 may have been good, but it doesn’t capture much of this game’s improvements. Let’s hope that Madden 2017 will raise the bar higher.
It has a PlayScore of 9.08
Here are the runners-up before we reveal the number one:
11. Pro Evolution Soccer 2016.
Considered by many as the best football game ever made. Culminating years of improvements, it receives a PlayScore of 8.
12. MXGP2 - The Official Motocross Videogame.
Boasting the official license, ride with over 200 bikes and rosters, and complete 18 different tracks. It has a PlayScore of 7.92.
13. Pro Evolution Soccer 2017.
A clear underdog to the FIFA powerhouse, 2017's title is almost up to par, with extra leagues, exclusive kits, and easier option file. It has a PlayScore of 7.87.
14. Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings.
All your baseball needs packed into one ultimate indie game. It's a worthy competitor to the PS4's the Show. It receives a PlayScore of 7.78.
15. MXGP 3: The Official Motocross Videogame.
Their latest iteration, enjoy a fully immersive experience with updated graphics, and 2 stroke biking. It has a PlayScore of 7.69.
1. And the best sports game on the Xbox One so far is Rocket League
Compared to most the games on this list, this one isn’t entirely in league with massive sponsors and popular players. They’re just a bunch of futuristic cars trying to use the power of physics to score a goal. Taking inspiration from football and added it with a wild blend of silliness, creating a fun multiplayer experience.
Destruction aside, embrace a high-octane, high-flying action with you and your friends as you put your steering skills to maximum overdrive. Its season mode offers a single player experience for the lonely players, but if you want more of the action, go on a team-based competition with friends locally and online. It’s cross-play feature increases the range of more players, giving Xbox One and PlayStation 4 a chance to coexist together.
Aside from that, split-screen mode offers a fun addition for players who want to create a party experience with your friends.
Customize your car, unlock items, find the perfect skin, and watch your creation dominate the arena. It has a PlayScore of 9.17