Most video games be they for mobile, PC or console are usually all about just having a bit of fun with random strangers or with groups of friends.
However, there are some out there which delve a little deeper and take things a tad more seriously. This is certainly the case with a few sports video gaming titles, catering to those fans who not only want a challenge, but who want to learn more about their beloved sport as they play.
Here are some of the games that serve exactly that purpose for lovers of sporting competition. Which ones have you already played and which gaming chart toppers
will you be adding to your shopping list?
Sports video games are becoming more detailed and true-to-life than ever before
Football Manager 2021
Since 1992 Championship Manager and the newly named Football Manager have been at the top of the gaming tree when it comes to football management sims.
Each and every season since then a new title has been released, with developer Sports Interactive upping their game all the time. They have worked hard to create a game that is so true to life that some pro managers originally honed their skills using the game, and some betting companies use Sports Interactive’s data sets.
Such is the power of the game’s database that in many ways it is the perfect way for footy fans to stay up to date about who the best new prospects in world football are, as well as learning how to put a good sports acca together at the weekend.
Such sim video games, along with some regularly updated sports betting websites, are the ideal means of staying abreast of which football odds to select
and which to ditch. They also often have more information and data available than you are ever likely to find on a 24-hour sports news channel or in the sports section of a newspaper.
Can you see the bigger footballing picture and build a management dynasty on Football Manager 2021?
Out of the Park Baseball 21
If American sports are more your cup of tea, then Out of the Park Baseball is a must-play game, having racked up a huge number of industry awards over its 21-year existence.
This game focuses yet again on putting players at the helm of an MLB franchise, where you can select your own roster, develop a style of play, and even deal with the media however you like.
This is the perfect title for those casual baseball fans who wish to take things to the next level
, to learn the intricacies of a sport that is rife with more acronyms and abbreviations than any other. However, once you are knocking some home runs out of the park you will be well and truly hooked.
Total Extreme Wrestling 2020
There is nothing niche about either football or baseball, so if you want something that is a little more counterculture-based then look no further than Total Extreme Wrestling 2020. This game puts you in charge of your very own pro wrestling organisation.
Players are responsible for everything, from which muscle-bound wrestlers to hire, to which stadiums and arenas your shows should be broadcast from.
For anyone who has fond memories of Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage, this game is the best way to get back in touch with the contemporary wrestling scene.
So far, the games mentioned have been based around traditional sports and entertainment, but Esports Legend treads a very different path, allowing players to develop their very own Esports team.
The game is an eye opener for anyone who always wondered what the Esports craze was all about.
Pro Cycling Manager 2020
Real life cycling managers have come in for some stick in recent years, due to them and their riders taking the moto “win at all costs” a bit too literally.
None of that rule breaking is allowed in Pro
Cycling Manager 2020 where a player is tasked with guiding their riders to glory at the Tour de France and other UCI Tour races.