9 of the most exciting sports video games - from football to Formula 1

by Stuart Chandler

Missing the beautiful game, or your usual 18 holes? Give one of these sporting video games a try, instead, and let your competitive streak run free.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

FIFA 20

One of the best football games out there right now, it includes cutting edge gameplay innovation to showcase your skills, more customisation to unlock your style, and new modes to compete with friends.

The game includes the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Super Cup. Available on XBox One, PS4 and PC.

efootball PES 2020

The other big football game, Pes 2020, ushers in a new decade of industry-leading football simulation with a bold promise to revolutionise football and introduce the sport to a global audience.

The game instils every moment of play with a sense of complete freedom and control. Key changes include a re-mastered version of Master League and a brand-new mode called Matchday. Available on PS4. Team specific variants also on sale.

Everybody’s Golf

Anybody can play golf with three simple button clicks. The classic power gauge and three-button-click mechanic is easy to play for gamers and golfers alike. You can compete in a global tournament with other players, and play with your family or friends through the online/offline-multi-player mode. Some online mode will require a PS Plus membership. Only on PS4.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

As the Olympics aren’t happening this year, join Mario, Sonic and friends for their greatest adventure yet. You can train for Tokyo 2020 solo or compete against friends in brand new events – Skateboarding, Karate, Surfing and Sport Climbing – as well as a large selection of favourite sports and classic 2D games.Available for Nintendo Switch.

Forza Horizon 4

For the first time in the racing and driving genre, experience dynamic seasons in a shared open-world. Explore beautiful scenery, collect over 450 cars, and become a Horizon Superstar in historic Britain (some cars provided by online update).

Play solo or co-operatively. Join Team multi-player for casual fun or Ranked Teams to take on the best in the world. Xbox Live Gold (sold separately) required for online multi-player. Xbox One Exclusive.

Sparc

Sparc is a vSport – a unique physical sport only possible in virtual reality, in which players compete in fast-paced, full-body VR gameplay and connect in an online community. Available for PS4 VR.

NB 2K20

NBA 2K has evolved into much more than a basketball simulation. 2K continues to redefine what’s possible in sports gaming with NBA 2K20, featuring the best in graphics and gameplay, ground-breaking game modes, and unparalleled player control and customisation. Plus, with its immersive open-world neighbourhood, NBA 2K20 is a platform for gamers and ballers to come together and create what’s next in basketball culture. Available on PS4, XBox One and PC.

Madden NFL 20

Be the face of an NFL franchise where the decisions you make matter in your journey to become an NFL Superstar in ‘Face Of The Franchise: QB1’. Feel the emotion, personality, and power of NFL Superstars with ‘Superstar X-Factor’, an all-new abilities progression system that reveals special abilities for today’s most exciting NFL Superstars, heightening the level strategy and excitement in every game. On XBox One, PS4 and PC.

Rocket League

Take control of your own high-flying, hard-hitting, rocket-powered Battle-Car in the critically-acclaimed, futuristic sports-action hit. The Collector’s Edition combines all the frantic fun of the original base game, plus all the cars and content found in the highly-popular Supersonic Fury, Revenge of the Battle-Cars and Chaos Run DLC packs.

Using an advanced physics system that maximises one-to- one control, Rocket League relies on mass and momentum to give players a complete sense of intuitive gameplay in this unbelievable, high-octane re-imagining of association football! Available on PS4, XBox One, PC and Switch.