The Most Influential Sports Games You Need to Revisit

Sports games drive the industry. Released every year, their consistent sales allow companies like 2K and Electronic Arts the opportunities to take chances on genres and games that may not sell nearly as much but will inspire developers for years to come.

With so many sports games available, it may be easy to lose track of which ones have influenced the genre the most. 

Check out our list and dust off these classics today!

NFL GameDay 98: The football game that made 3D polygonal characters the norm, it absolutely inspired the NFL 2K series. Both of these games however, spanked EA’s Madden series and made it have to be better. Truth be told, without GameDay, Madden probably doesn’t exist today.

NHL Hitz 2003: Easily the best arcade hockey game of all-time and one that needs to be played by you, today. With a great licensed soundtrack as well, it’s got the total package.

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