Playing sports games is a favourite pastime of many a gamer. It wasn’t that long ago when you would go to an internet café only to find several people playing football or basketball and place your bets on the winner. As the gaming market expands, there are more and more indie developers and a wider selection of sports games. Here are some you can play online with your friends or strangers.
Lethal League Blaze
Here is a game that combines the thrill of the fight with the ball and the excitement of challenging up to three friends. It is a sequel to the vastly popular Lethal League which, if you follow gaming channels on YouTube, was all the rage in 2014. Our favourite fighter? Candyman. Team Reptile did a fine job of granting a breath of fresh air on the usual concepts involving competitions and you can get it on Steam. Our advice? Wait until there’s an affordable bundle or sale.
Here is another game that gamers on YouTube couldn’t get enough of – SpeedRunners. Up to four players race on foot, use power-ups to swing, jump, and pull their opponents back to the last place. What separates this 2D racing game form others is the fact that it is not about being in the first place (at least at first) or having the fastest lap time. It’s about making sure all of the others are knocked out one by one. If you take too long, the stage starts to shrink.
Eleven: Table Tennis VR
Do you like playing table tennis, but have nowhere to put the table or are finding it hard to find others to play with you? Well, have we got a treat for you! Eleven: Table Tennis VR is the ultimate table tennis simulator in which you can challenge people online. The downside? Well, it’s available only in VR and, naturally, the requirements are a bit high for the average user. It demands Windows 10 and 8 GB RAM, but the positive feedback of those that have played proves it is worth it.
Another VR gem is HoloBall, a game where you play a version of squash designed by someone who, by the looks of it, loves SF from the 80s. If you don’t want to challenge others online but still want to keep your skills sharp, not to worry. There is AI that is evolving and learning from your playstyle, so you’ll always be kept on your toes. Enjoy the colours and the music as you improve with each challenge.
Tennis Elbow 2013
Tennis Elbow 2013 was created by people who adore tennis for their kindred spirits. The wonderful thing about it is that it fuses the old with the new multiplayer. What do we mean? Well, you can play online against your friends, or have a co-op match. You can also play locally with a split-screen multiplayer. The game gives you the option of calculating which swing you want to use with your quick reflexes and, if you are good enough, you can get a jump on your opponents with a well-timed drop shot. As far as tennis simulators go, this is top of the line, despite the fact that it’s six years old, which is forever nowadays.