1 – Football Manager 2015
The latest edition of Football Manager is the greatest version in the history of the management simulation franchise.
The level of realism surpasses all previous versions of the game, with the 3D match engine offering stronger animations, player models and more atmospheric crowds. Banners are strewn around the stadiums, stewards guard the tunnels, substitutes are visible when warming up on the touchline, and the general level of attention to detail is at an all-time high.
Everything that makes the Football Manager series so addictive remains completely intact, but the new user-friendly interface ensures that all the data is displayed clearly, making for a much more pleasant gaming experience.
Further additions to the game include, in-game team talk options, which allows you to feel more like a manger instructing your team from the dugout, job interviews have become more enhanced and detailed as your managerial career continues, and an internet browser-style search bar on every screen makes finding players to scout and sign even easier.
The game is also completely up-to-date with all the latest FFP changes, adding further to the realism, and the ability to play online against friends means that Football Manager is now more addictive than ever, and the greatest sports game of all time.
2 – FIFA 14
The FIFA franchise rules the world of football gaming, with FIFA 14 arguably the best version of the lot.
The 14 edition’s slick new ‘Ignite Engine’ makes the game look more realistic than ever, and Electronic Arts have taken massive strides in improving many aspects of the game.One of the best features being Pure Shoot. The new addition allows FIFA fans to feel what it is like to connect with the perfect strike while a brand new ball physics system called Real Ball Physics will ensure the trajectory of the ball behaves as it would in real life.
With 500 officially licensed clubs across 30 leagues and more than 15,000 players, FIFA 14 is a class above it’s peers and is a must for all gamers (say goodbye to your social life).
3 – Champion Jockey
Jump in the saddle with the ultimate jockey experience courtesy of the successor to G1 Jockey and the Gallop Racer series.
Champion Jockey is very enjoyable with plenty of competitions, allowing you to progress through the game from budding apprentice to fully-fledged professional jockey.
The game is playable for all, as you are able to make it as easy or as difficult as you wish by changing both playing levels and the controls. ‘Fun Race Mode’ tones down the simulation levels of authenticity to maximise the fun for all.
You can use the Xbox360 Kinect, PlayStation Move or the Wii Remote & Nunchuk to drive your horse, use your whip, jump fences, and experience real life horse racing action across a total of 19 different tracks inspired by real world horse racing tracks.
Champion Jockey is a breath of fresh air for racing fans who have craved a quality game such as this, and is unquestionably the best horse racing game of all time.
Champion Jockey Course – Real Course
Gloucester Cheltenham Racecourse
Grand Chariot Meydan Racecourse
Greenfields Newmarket (Rowley Mile)
Louisville Churchill Downs
Victoria Ascot Racecourse
Thames Epsom Downs Racecourse
Hempstead Hollywood Park
Kowloon Sha Tin Racecourse
4 – Fight Night Round 4
If you’re into boxing, then Fight Night Round 4 is the game for you. The physics-based fighting is simply brilliant and the career mode will supply you with endless hours of enjoyment.
Fight Night Round 4 has awesome graphics, excellent gameplay and is bursting with legendary fighters. Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Joe Calzaghe, Roy Jones Jnr, Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquaio, Miguel Cotto are just some that feature among 42 fighters.
Fight Night Round 4 totally eclipses all other boxing games, and is seriously recommend for any sports gamer.
5 – Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10
Test your stick skills as you play in front of huge galleries and hear the roar of the crowd at every hole with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10. This is the definitive golf game, in which you fight a multitude of tough courses and real-time weather conditions.
There are several different player modes, but the bulk of the single-player is housed under My Career, which is extremely detailed, challenging and also allows you to build a golfer from scratch.
In summary, this edition of Tiger is as close to perfect as any golf game ever made.