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Top 5 Dead Or Alive: Sports Video Games


Welcome to our second installment of Top 5 Dead Or Alive. In case you missed our piece last Friday on SportsCenter anchors, we want you to know that this feature is designed specifically to make life hell for our employees. Each week, we’ll ask one of our writers to come up with a definitive list of the five best people, places or things in a particularly subjective category — then, we’ll ask you to tell him who or what is missing from the list. Feel free to be a total dick.

Today, we’ve asked clear-hearted intern Evan Sporer to name the five best sports video games of all time. Evan is like 10 years old, so we were afraid he’d miss some of the oldies. Surprisingly, retro games are represented well in this list. Anyway, tell him what he missed in the comments, email him, or tweet at him.

Last week, when Matt was working on the SportsCenter piece, I joked with him about how it was going to be tough to cut it down to five and about how his life sucked and whatnot. Then, as soon as I suggested we do this feature on sports video games, I realized I had written myself a death sentence. Because there are seriously a ton of amazing sports video games.

The next hour or so consisted of the rest of the SportsGrid staff throwing out names in an email thread, me wondering what the hell I had gotten myself into, and a list of at least 20 worthy games staring me in the face.

Before I get into it, I want to talk a little bit about how I came up with this list. It was difficult. Like, very difficult. For starters, what do you do with a major series (like Madden or FIFA) that has contributed numerous legendary games over the last decade-plus? If one was to make the list, would it get its own slide, or would a specific year be selected? I decided that if one of those games was to make the list, I would have to pick a specific year — choosing an entire franchise seemed kind of like a copout. Also, this list is kept to five and not 50 for a reason: it’s supposed to be hard to choose.

So, here goes everything: Your Top 5, dead or alive, sports video games. (And yes, I know video games can’t die. But it’s the name of the feature. GO WITH IT.)




  • Tyler Reisinger

    Tecmo Super Bowl.  Greatest. Of. All. Time.  First game to combine real players, teams, stats and great gameplay.  I have accomplished a lot in my life, but my proudest achievement remains the year I directed Warren Moon to 101 passing TD’s and got each of my four receivers 1,000 yards and 20+ TD’s.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone remember NHL Hitz (specifically 2003)? I still play that one from time to time. Good list though, no real arguements.

    There was also another hockey game, can’t think of the name, for the ill-fated “Sega CD” platform, I think it was ESPN affiliated. I remember that one from when I was a kid, I thought the graphics would never be beat. Crazy how far gaming has come.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000211912502 Jason Koonce

    Tecmo Super Bowl. No contest…

  • Mike

    NHL Hitz was amazing.  Never like the subsequent “Pro” version, but the one with Chris Pronger (is that 03′) was done right. 

    I also liked playing NBA Jam more than Hitz. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ML4X3QSDA3OQX5P7PRTGFCJ344 steve

    Baseball Stars,  Tecmo Super Bowl, and NBA Live 95  need to be on here.

  • Mike_tartaglia

    Blades of F’ing Steel


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