I grew up playing the old EA sports games on my SNES but I never got into sports games past that. Since they are so annualized they drop in price pretty fast and was wondering if anyone could suggest some of the best sports games of the past few years that someone who has no interest in sports can enjoy. Looking to spend no more then $10-$15 on these things and was thinking of sticking to Hockey, Football and maybe trying some MMA game. Are there any ones of the past few years that should be avoided? One a few years back that's better then the newer ones?
The 2K hockey and basketball games from 2010 and 2011 are both top-shelf, even if you're not into basketball. Madden is such a weird franchise to get into that it's not very friendly to newcomers. There's just so much esoteric nonsense to wrap your mind around that just coming to it for football is a bad experience. The UFC licensed games (Undisputed, etc) are pretty robust and interesting games. I know Jeff was really into them. FIFA's been an excellent product going as far back as FIFA 2010 (the 2009 release). Seriously, though, I'd steer clear of Madden/NCAA if you've never been into them. There's just such a weird list of legacy design decisions that can just be baffling nonsense to someone who hasn't had to put up with frustrating bullshit in those games for decades. Anyway, my suggestions are NBA 2K11, NHL 2K11, FIFA 2010, and UFC Undisputed. Hope that narrows it down some.
I never liked sports but I loved the old SSX games, mostly because they lacked any sort of realism and never attempted to emulate actual snowboarding. Instead they're just kind of racing games with crazy courses where you must flip out to gain boost.
It's not really what you asked for, but there you go.
The recent NHL games are really good sports games for people who hate sports. I don't like watching hockey, but I love playing those games. At it's core, it's just fun skating around the ice with your created character. Plus, the game has a somewhat deep (somewhat...) RPG element to it when it comes to items and such.
The newer NHL games will be expensive but you could probably get NHL 11 (which was a very good installment) for cheap.
I would stay away from the last few Madden and NCAA games. Everything they've added the last couple of years has made those games worse.
I've been on run of only getting one sports game a year and then spending an ungodly amount of time on it. Last year was FIFA 12 and the year before was NBA 2k11. Both are solid games.
Backbreaker? I dunno, I really liked Tackle Alley or whatever, and the game still animates better than fucking Madden ever has, even with Madden trying desperately to make it's action look half way decent. It also plays from a somewhat different perspective as I remember, more traditional to video games.
I'm not a huge fan of sports games but I usually buy one set of sports games a console generation. I can recommend MLB 11 The Show, EA MMA, NBA2K12, and EA NHL 12. The 2012 editions might still be too expensive for you so maybe wait until the 2013 versions are out so the old ones drop like a rock in price.
Gotta mention Deathrow for the original Xbox.
Weird, I was just talking with my buddy about Deathrow yesterday for the first time in like seven or eight years. I really enjoyed it back in the day.
Anyway, I gotta throw a vote in for the Skate franchise. I've never given a shit about actual skating in any capacity, but after a friend showed me the original 360 demo of the first game years ago, I ended up absolutely loving it, buying it and playing the crap out of it.