CGR's Games of the Decade - Sports

What makes a game stand out against its peers? Honestly? Often it's because if how it resonates with the person more than how it may compare in a by the numbers game.

Continuing on our two week gush fest to celebrate Chalgyr's Game Room's 10th anniversary, here are loosely except for Nick of what we considered "Sports". Fighting is a sport... right?

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Sure, this is a remake of the Wii U game (which was fantastic in its own right), but Mario Kart 8 Deluxe improved on everything while adding more content. That is really hard to argue with as an end result. I have been playing Mario Kart games since the Nintendo 64 version, and sure - some people might argue if this is a sports game or not. But hey, it's racing - it's just goofy, cartoony violence racing - but it is also competitive and a whole lot of fun. It would have been easy to tuck something a bit more traditional into this space like an NHL or Madden game, but the way those cycle in and out every year hurts their overall impact, where as Mario Kart games continue to rope in new and old players alike for years on end.

NBA 2K16

This long-running series has had a lot more hits than missing, but the 2K16 season stood out for a more polished, broadcast-like presentation and a new, more narrative-heavy approach to Career mode. Even now this more story-focused take on creating and progressing a character is quite popular in sports games.

Rocket League

When I first reviewed Rocket League back in the summer of 2015, I could never have predicted the longevity of this title. Is it racing? Is it soccer? Who cares - because what it is, is fantastic fun that is still popular today.

Mario Kart 8 - Deluxe

Mario Kart, my Mario Kart. You have been my racing love since the first time I loaded you into an SNES. The source of a great many nights with friends or alone in my living room against others online, this brings out the competition in me and the last version in full HD? Is King.

Mario Tennis Aces

Over the years it's honestly rare that I play a "sports" game. It's not particularly my thing. When Mario Tennis came back out though, it led to a lot of fun matches against my brother and loads of fun in the campaign that unlocks ridiculous stages. Like a lot of Mario titles, it takes the serious and adds in some ridiculous elements to make it fun.


I'm seriously not one for realism in a driving simulator. Hell, I crowned Mario Kart king. That said? I had an absolutely fantastic time with the latest off-road driving in BigBen's WRC8 and the amazing visuals that came along for the ride.

Gran Turismo 5

I generally don't play sports games but Gran Turismo 5 is my all-time favorite in the series. It is the one that takes the cake because I spent more time playing it than many of the others in the series. Gran Turismo 5 was the game where I started to learn things like camber and suspension levels. I learned how to spec out my cars so that it would fit my style of racing, since I take turns from tight to wide and thereby making it extremely hard for me to drive rear-wheel drive cars (except MR. I can kinda drive those). The Gran Turismo series is a racing series that I hold other racing games against because not all games are created equal. I also hold Gran Turismo 5 in the highest regard of the series because it was the first one where I was able to get to the IA license level (albeit with blood, sweat, and tears). One of the features I love about the Gran Turismo series is that players can create their own driving music lists, which strangely does influence my driving abilities. All told, Gran Turismo 5 is one of my favorites.

Rocket League

Rocket League is a game I have been invested in for a couple of years, which is evident in the fact that I am a chat moderator for two RL organizations. It is a game that began playing at least a year after it had come out and I really found enjoyment with it. Rocket League combines my love of cars and soccer in one game which allows you to do all kinds of freestyle tricks. DLC's have been added to the game to let players buy different cars like the Ice Charger (Fast and Furious), Nissan Skyline (You know I rocked this for a long time), Endo (basically a Lambo), and my baby, the McLaren. I don't care what anyone says, this game is highly entertaining with the addition of different maps like dropshot, hoops, and rumble. It has a fairly high skill ceiling but is accessible to all ages. In fact, in my Dreamhack wrap-up articles, I talked about how awesome it was to see the parents of kids cheering for their games. I will always love Rocket League.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Every Smash Bros game in one? Yes, please! Not only was it brilliant, but I was also happy to be able to replay with some of my old fighters. I still get hyped during Nintendo Directs knowing that they're going to reveal the next Smash fighter. It's a great game for parties that'll either bring people together or ruin friendships.

Persona 4 Arena

I'm already a fan of the Persona series so when I heard it was getting a fighter, I skipped on over to the game store and pre-ordered that puppy. I am happy to say that it was worth it. The character models move fluidly during fights which makes combos look flashy and cool, with a strong anime vibe. It's bear-rific!


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