THE OXM SPORTING HALL OF FAME
Charting the most influential – and best – sports sims from 17 years of Xbox gaming
FIFA, Madden, NBA 2K: ask the casual gamer for his or her all-time favourite Xbox sports game and the common answer is one of that trio, followed by a number between four and 19. There’s nothing wrong with that, per se. But putting such a focus on the big three does a disservice to the many other sports sims that have showcased excellence in their respective fields since the console’s 2002 launch.
To that end, here OXM presents its first-ever Sporting Hall of Fame. Over the next six pages are the best and/or most influential games involving bats and balls from the last 17 years, with one important rule: no matter how long a series has been going, it can only be represented once. We left motor sports for a different time, but every other sport was eligible, including a sports sim no one saw coming – by a certain world renowned publisher – without which Niko Bellic would still be working taxi jobs in Hove Beach…