The Best Sports Games of the Decade

Posted December 31st, 2019 at 8:30 am

A decade that saw the sports video game genre shrink and evolve into primarily digital revenue generators is coming to a close. Plenty of debate could be had on what games deserve recognition for having been among the best of the 2010-2019 stretch.

Certainly several entries in the NBA 2K, FIFA, PES and MLB The Show franchises could easily be justified at or near the top of the rankings. Others like Madden NFL 17, Super Mega Baseball and Out of the Park Baseball could have made any list.

In the Press Row Podcast episode last month we went down our picks for the top five sports video games of the decade. Now on Sporting News you can read through the justification for each selection on my list.

The criteria involved which games were the most complete and out-of the-box ready, received strong support after release, influenced other games to come with innovations, and were especially high on fun-factor. The final selections ended up being MLB 13 The Show, NCAA Football 14, 2010 FIFA World Cup, Rocket League, and NBA 2K16.