PES 2016

Best PS4 Sports Games

Sony’s latest console has been blessed with a wealth of great sports franchises right from release, and History of Gaming brings you the very best PS4 sports games available to buy right now.

Our rules for this list of the best sports games for Playstation 4 are simple, with only one game per franchise eligible for the list. Read on for the very best of Madden, FIFA, Pro Evo and more – these are the best PS4 sports games.

6. F1 2016

F1 2016

F1 2016 is a racing game based on the 2016 Formula One season developed and published by Codemasters.

F1 2016 received a positive reception on release. Whilst F1 2015 was widely considered the worst of Codemasters’ F1 games, many critics consider F1 2016 to be the best. The racing itself is excellent, and the enhanced career mode makes the challenge much more coherent and interesting.

“On the track…where it really matters, it’s a joy to play with plenty of depth and complexity, and a career mode that’s made all the more engrossing by making what happens outside of the race both relevant and meaningful to your career as a Formula One driver” – Push Square

Rating: 80%
First released: 2016

5. MLB 14: The Show

MLB 14 The Show

MLB 14: The Show is a Major League Baseball video game and the ninth entry of the MLB: The Show franchise. It was released exclusively on Sony’s PS3 and PS4 consoles.

MLB 14: The Show continues to set the gold standard for console baseball, with an excellent single-player experience – GamesRadar

…a fantastic representation of baseball, capturing the thrill and grand scale of the national pastime – GameSpot

Rating: 81.2%
First released: 2014

4. Madden NFL 17

Madden NFL 17

Madden 17 is a National Football League game published by EA Sports. Madden NFL 17 is the third entry in a row to receive critical acclaim, not always a trait of annual sports franchises. After improvements to passing and defence in recent instalments, Madden 17 focuses on the run game, developing new ground game mechanics that allow players to be more creative when carrying the ball.

Madden 17 also brings significant change to Franchise Mode, introducing Play The Moments. This new format lets you experience Madden’s equivelent of career mode, but rather than having to play every second of the season, you just take the field at the most interesting or critical points in a game.

With reinvigorated defense and gameplay styles that match the real teams, Madden NFL 17 returns the series to glory – IGN

The best I can say is it’s the most fulfilling experience one can have with the NFL, short of being one of its players or coaches – Polygon

Rating: 84%
First released: 2016

3. FIFA 17

FIFA 17

FIFA 17 is a soccer game published by EA Sports. The headline addition to FIFA 17 is a new mode called The Journey, where players assume the role of Alex Hunter, a young footballer trying to make his mark in the Premier League.

FIFA 17 include new attacking techniques, physical player overhaul, active intelligence system and set piece rewrite. In a first for the series, FIFA 17 features all 20 Premier League managers’ likenesses.

…to those seeking a complete footballing package, FIFA 17 remains the greatest show on turf. And goodness, does the Frostbite engine make that turf look pristine – GamesRadar+

Rating: 87%
First released: 2016

 2. NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17

NBA 2K17 is a basketball game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. NBA 2K17 features several game modes including MyCareer, where the player creates a customisable player and plays through their career, MyGM and MyLeague, both franchise modes where the player controls an entire organization, and MyTeam, where the player creates a team to compete against other players’ teams – similar to Ultimate Team in EA Sports games.

In the world of sports sims, no other game feels like it’s even on the same level as NBA 2K17 – GameInformer

It is the model that all modern sports video games should aspire to be – GamesRadar+

Rating: 89%
First released: 2016

1. Pro Evolution Soccer 2016

PES 2016

PES 2016 is the fifteenth edition of the Pro Evolution Soccer series, and a return to form for the dominant football series of the PS2 era.

…once again, Konami has delivered when it comes to the gameplay. Not only is PES 2016 a high point for the series, it’s the best football game I’ve ever played – GamesRadar

After the rebuilding comes the refinement – though that doesn’t do justice to the myriad improvements that help transform a great football game into an all-time great – IGN

Rating: 91%
First released: 2015