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The best sports games for PC in 2022

By January 6, 2022January 9th, 2022Sports games

Are you looking for the best sports games on PC? For a very long time, publishers were reluctant to bring their best-selling sports games to PC. Other than EA’s annual release of FIFA and Sports Interactive’s Football Manager series, the PC sports genre was pretty rare until recently. Nowadays, whatever sport you play in, you should find something to ease that itch of competition.

Compared to their console counterparts, the sports games on this list generally have smaller player bases, but that doesn’t make them inferior. The PC versions of some of these games have a lot to offer, including support for high refresh rates and a variety of high-resolution panels. Ever wanted a view of the entire pitch during a football match? It is quite possible on PC.

Nowadays, you can find most sports games on PC with almost no compromises. Sure, you can’t get some games like UFC 4 and MLB The Show 21, but who needs them when you have Street Fighter V and Super Mega Baseball 3? Here are some of our top picks for the best PC sports games.

The best sports games are:

  • Football manager 22
  • Super Mega Baseball 3
  • FIFA 22
  • eFootball PES 2021
  • Madden NFL 22
  • Golf with your friends
  • NBA 2K22
  • Republic of the Horsemen
  • Rocket league
  • THPS 1 + 2

Football manager 21

The Football Manager series is known to be one of the most in-depth and strategic sports games of all time. Football Manager 22 puts you in the shoes of the next Pep Guardiola as you manage your squad of irritable players while trying to manage a tight transfer budget.

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Football Manager contains databases filled with thousands of players, with detailed information on each individual’s playstyle and potential. Whether you decide to climb the ladder from a non-league team to glory, or prefer to dominate with a Super League squad, Football Manager 22 gives you the tools to become the greatest manager of all time.

Players moving through the bases in Super Mega Baseball 3

Super Mega Baseball 3

When it comes to PC baseball games, it’s fair to say that we don’t have a lot of options. Fortunately, Metalhead Software’s excellent baseball series offers an alternative to the licensed games available on console. The developers focused on creating an accessible experience that was easy to learn and play. Don’t be fooled by the cartoon’s aesthetic – Super Mega Baseball 3 packs a lot of depth both on and off the pitch.

You can focus entirely on the multiplayer aspect of the game, but there is a lot of single player content to explore. A new addition to the series is Franchise Mode, which spans multiple years this time around instead of focusing on a single season. Build a strong team and watch them dominate the sport as you go from humble beginnings to the heights baseball has to offer.

Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix looks into the distance

FIFA 22

The FIFA series has always been a staple in PC gaming since the 90s. While there were a few rough years between engine upgrades, EA has always stuck with its PC audience. FIFA 21 was far from the most innovative in terms of gameplay, but you know what they say, if it’s not broken …

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FIFA has dominated the football scene ever since Ultimate Team was introduced to the masses with FIFA 11. The card game has completely changed sports games forever as players clamor for the latest additions to the game mode every week. Bringing together your favorite players from the past and present is just too tempting a prospect to ignore.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the ball in PES 2021

eFootball PES 2021

You can’t mention FIFA without mentioning the Pro Evo series, or eFootball PES as it’s called today. Pro Evolution Soccer has been around on PC for almost two decades now, and while it might not be as popular as the FIFA series, it certainly has its share of die-hard fans. eFootball PES 2021 is known for its realistic approach to football, giving players much more control over each player compared to FIFA.

The latest version of eFootball 2022 is a bit of a mess… it’s probably best not to talk about the new version. Remember, there is nothing wrong with PES 2021, so if you want to play a football game that’s very different from FIFA 22, this is your best bet.

Man in a purple bathing suit walks past a man on the floor in Madden 21

Madden NFL 22

The NFL series only recently returned to the PC space after a long hiatus. Madden NFL 22 is the only option when it comes to American football games – there is literally no other American football game. Thankfully, Madden 22 is the same game as its console counterparts, so PC gamers don’t have to feel bad about missing out on anything.

There have been some criticisms of the Madden series over the past few years regarding complacency due to lack of competition. Madden 22 is far from the best game in the series; as in any sports team, fans have to face the rough with the smooth.

A mini-golf course with the head of a skeletal dinosaur in Golf With Your Friends

Golf with your friends

Golf With Your Friends is exactly what it sounds like – play with up to 11 friends while riding themed mini-golf courses. Turn on power-ups to freeze your opponent’s ball, and draw honeycombs to stop players in their tracks. The game even comes with a built-in level editor for players who have a keen eye for golf courses.

Golf With Your Friends can be played simultaneously online or locally via the Hot Seat option; perfect with Steam’s remote play feature. The best part about this game is that the barrier to entry does not exist – no actual golf skills apply here; just choose a direction, decide how hard to hit the ball, and pray for the best.

NBA 2K22

If you play mostly offline, NBA 2K22 is a great game with a long MyCareer story mode that single player players can dive into. Not only do you have the entire selection of modern teams available to play, 2K22 offers players a number of classic teams across NBA history to choose from. Want to see how the 2021 Golden State Warriors stack up against the ’96 Chicago Bulls? You can play matches like this without having to spend any extra money.

NBA 2K22 is the definitive basketball game for PC, and it’s also the only basketball series available right now. Almost every version of NBA 2K is filled with cheats that the developers have a hard time crushing; Unfortunately, this makes online games more frustrating than enjoyable.

Skiing down the Grand Teton in our Riders Republic review

Republic of the Horsemen

Riders Republic is the spiritual successor to Steep, the extreme sports game released in 2016. There is so much to do in the huge open world of Rider Republic which brings together seven national parks of the United States to create one huge map. Up to 64 players can compete in wingsuit, ski, snowboard and mountain bike to prove who is the best pilot.

You don’t need to go up against other players to have a good time, but overtaking your friends as you weave your way through the pitch at extreme speeds is a deeply satisfying feeling. Check out our Riders Republic review to see our final verdict on Ubisoft’s sprawling open-world game.

A car charging towards a bullet in Rocket League

Rocket league

Rocket League is one of the best soccer games of all time. Yes, he’s replacing an 11-man squad with three rocket-powered cars, potentially adorned with a stack of pancakes or a sombrero, and it’s still a great football game. The FIFA and PES communities constantly bicker over scripted gameplay and pay to win mechanics; you won’t hear any of this about Rocket League.

Psyonix has perfected the mechanics of Rocket League, making the game accessible to most people while maintaining an absurdly high skill cap. Rocket League’s esports scene shows just how deep a game about flying cars is. Best of all, Rocket League is free and offers cross-platform play on all platforms. If you have any interest in hitting a massive ball with a flying car, try Rocket League.

Tony Hawk grinding on a rail in THPS 1 + 2

THPS 1 + 2

The remake of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 by Vicarious Visions takes everything you remember about those classic games and makes them modern. The Tony Hawk series evolved rapidly when it first appeared in 1999, launching a sequel with higher levels and improved mechanics for eight consecutive years.

Tony Hawk’s original games still hold up today, but important mechanics introduced in later games can make their return difficult. This remake brings together the best aspects of the series and connects them to the first two games to create a masterpiece. Whether you’re looking to shred with your friends locally or want to see how you’re doing online, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 offers robust multiplayer options to suit every type of player.

Who Said There Are No PC Sports Games? Basketball, soccer, football in a rocket-propelled vehicle… all you want is on your PC. We know there are some sports that just aren’t available – apologies to all NHL fans, maybe one day we’ll have an EA ice hockey game. Want to know what’s coming out later this year? Check out our list of the best upcoming PC games to see what games are waiting for you.