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How to Vote for the Best Sports Game of All Time and Win Prizes!

Sports gamers unite! It’s time to vote in IGN’s Best Sports Video Game Showdown contest! We’ve created a seeded elimination tournament featuring the 32 greatest sports video games of all time across four highly competitive regions Did. arcade sports; racing/fighting; and wild cards.

Fan vote: March 29, 10:00am PT to April 13, 12:00am PT

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Related dates:

  • Present application period: March 29, 10:00 AM PT – April 13, 12:00 AM PT
  • Round 1 “Round of 32” Fan Vote: March 29, 10:00 AM PT to March 30, 10:00 AM PT
  • Round 2 “Sweet 16” Fan Vote: March 31, 10:00 AM PT to April 1, 10:00 AM PT
  • Round 3 “Elite 8” Fan Vote: April 5, 10:00 AM PT to April 6, 10:00 AM PT
  • Round 4 “Final 4” Fan Vote: April 10, 10am PT to April 11, 10am PT
  • Round 5 “Championship” Fan Vote: April 12 from 10am PT to April 13 at 10am PT
  • WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: April 15th at 11:59pm PT

Now in the area…

In Region 1, traditional sports titles will play against each other. These simulation-style games aim to replicate the real world game and tend to target hardcore sports fans.

Madden 2005 (2004)

Franchise Lifespan: 1988-Present

IGN Score: 9.5

IGN Review blurbs: “The defensive improvements alone are worth the price of admission.”

NFL 2K5 (2004)

Franchise life: 1999-2004

IGN Score: 9.3

IGN Review blurb: “This game matches Madden in every way and surpasses it in its feature set.”

FIFA Soccer 12 (2011)

Franchise Lifespan: 1993-Present

IGN Score: 9.5

The blurb from the IGN review reads: “The match is more authentic with a more realistic tempo.”

PES 2016 (2015)

Franchise Life: 1995-Present (as eFootball)

IGN Score: 9.5

IGN Review blurb: “Never before have I been so excited, surprised and delighted at a football game.”

NBA 2K14 (2013)

Franchise Lifespan: 1999-Present

IGN Score: 9.3

IGN Review blurbs: “A smooth-flowing professional basketball simulation.”

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004 (2003)

Franchise life: 1990-2015

IGN Score: 9.1

IGN review blurb: “One of the best multiplayer titles.”

MVP Baseball 2005 (2005)

Franchise Life: 1995-2002 (as Triple Play). 2003-2007

IGN Score: 9.2

IGN Review blurbs: “MVP 2005 offers the best baseball experience on the market today.”

MLB The Show ’21 (2021)

Franchise Lifespan: 2006-Present

IGN Score: 8.0

IGN Review blurbs: “The best baseball sim you can play on any platform.”

Region 2 consists of arcade-style games with a twist on real sports. They boast a pick-up-and-play style unlike their more traditional counterparts.

NBA Jam Tournament Edition (1995)

Franchise life: 1993-2011

IGN Score: 6.5

The IGN Review blurb reads: “The action is fast-paced and intense, and by limiting the court to four players, the ball moves around quite a bit. Perhaps the best thing about this title is the simplicity of the game design.” Just grab the ball and let it sink!”

golden tee golf (1989)

Franchise Lifespan: 1989-Present

IGN Score: N/A

NHL ’94 (1993)

Franchise Lifespan: 1991-Present

IGN Score: N/A

tecmo super bowl (1991)

Franchise life: 1987-2008

IGN Score: N/A

mario golf world tour (2014)

Franchise life: 1999-2021

IGN Score: 8.6

IGN Review blurb: “Mario Golf strikes an excellent balance of risk and reward.”

mario tennis ace (2018)

Franchise life: 2000-2018

IGN Score: 7.5

IGN Review blurbs: “Colorful and dazzling looking, smartly balanced for forward and backward play.”

NBA Streets Vol. 2 (2003)

Franchise life: 2001-2007

IGN Score: 9.4

IGN Review blurb: “Dunks, players, tricks, music, and the streets.”

NFL Blitz: League II (2008)

Franchise life: 2008-2012

IGN Score: 5.5

IGN Review blurb: “League II brings many of the same conventions as the first league, with moves in Clash and Unleashed available for positive yardage and superior play on defense.”

Region 3 features racing and fighting games. These eight boast intense action on the street and heavy fistfights in the ring.

Forza Horizon 5 (2021)

Franchise life: 2012-2021

IGN Score: 10

IGN review blurbs: “A deep and nuanced automotive paradise for car enthusiasts and car geeks.”

forza motorsport (2005)

Franchise Lifespan: 2005-Present

IGN Score: 9.2

IGN Review blurb: “Forza is a force to be reckoned with, surpassing GT4 in some respects and beating out all others in the simulation department.”

Gran Turismo 3: A Spec (2001)

Franchise Lifespan: 1997-Present

IGN Score: 9.8

IGN Review blurbs: “The best races, the best cars, and the highest quality automotive audio-visual feast available on any gaming system.”

F1 2010 (2010)

Franchise Lifespan: 2000-Present

IGN Score: 8.5

The IGN Review blurb reads: “Instinctively 600bhp through less than half a ton of steel, carbon fiber and rubber in a console you’ve never seen before.”

Need for speed: Hot pursuit (2010)

Franchise Lifespan: 2010- Present

IGN Score: 9.0

IGN Review blurb: “Fully embraces the spirit of adolescent madness and moves with it.”

UFC Undisputed 3 (2012)

Franchise life: 2009-2012

IGN Score: 9.0

IGN Review Blurb: “The amount of new content in UFC Undisputed 3 is staggering.”

Punch out! ! (2009)

Franchise life: 1984-2009

IGN Score: 8.8

IGN review blurb: “Little Mac comes out of retirement and offers Wii owners both familiarity and freshness.”

fight night round 4 (2009)

Franchise life: 2004-2011

IGN Score: 8.8

IGN Review blurb: “Champion is back to reclaim the title”

Region 4 is packed with games that go beyond simple categories. Adrenaline-pumping games, including extreme sports and management simulations.

mario kart 8 (2014)

Franchise Lifespan: 1992-Present

IGN Score: 9.3

IGN Review blurbs: “The best kart racing game Nintendo has made in a long time”.

Wii sports (2006)

Franchise Lifespan: 2006-Present

IGN Score: 8.4

IGN review blurb: “Probably most fun with you and a bunch of friends around the console.”

rocket league (2015)

Franchise Lifespan: 2015-Present

IGN Score: 8.0

IGN review blurb: “A rare example where the execution of a simple, silly idea is so powerful and compelling that it doesn’t need a lot of extra features.”

Football Manager ’23 (2022)

Franchise Lifespan: 2004-Present

IGN Score: N/A

tony hawk pro skater 2 (2000)

Franchise life: 1999-2020

IGN Score: 9.3

IGN review blurb: “One of the best games to grace this console and others.”

WWE No Mercy (2000)

Franchise life: 1999-2012

IGN Score: 9.0

IGN Review blurb: “A great game from top to bottom.”

skate 3 (2010)

Franchise life: 2007-2010

IGN Score: 8.0

IGN review blurb: “Still the most impressive virtual representation of skateboarding.”

SSX Tricky (2001)

Franchise life: 2000-2012

IGN Score: 9.0

IGN review blurb: “Tricky’s style of twisting reality for fun is the way video games should be.”

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