Top 10 Football Video Games
What are the most popular football video games?
1. ESPN NFL 2K5
ESPN NFL 2K5 was the final installment of the video game series before an agreement between EA Sports and the NFL. NFL 2K5 came out July 20, 2004 and is still a fan favorite today. This game was accessed through PlaySation 2 and Xbox. Fans loved the on-field gameplay and the first person visuals a player received while playing the game. Fans of NFL found this game to be fun and player friendly because of the different game play versions within the game. Overall the best feature of this game were the groundbreaking graphics which set the tone for many football video games to come.
2. Tecmo Super Bowl
Tecmo Super Bowl is the classic NFL football video game that laid down the path for hundreds of games to come. Tecmo is a NES video game that is loved by many video gamers due to its style and accessibility to multiple different formats. This video game offered many different modes such as preseason, regular-season, and Pro Bowl along with the capability to control multiple teams. The cult classic game debuted over 29 years ago and still remains a favorite game amongst football fans and video gamers. Although the graphics in NFL video games have developed significantly, nothing beats the classic feel this game provides.
3. NFL Blitz 2000
NFL Blitz 2000 is named by some as the best football game in the history of video games. NFL Blitz 2000 was extremely popular amongst football fans, especially those fond of the NFL Blitz game from 1999. Blitz 2000 was an extension of the NFL Blitz 1999 game and provided even more features to the fan favorite game. However, NFL Blitz 2000 provided much more action for fans along with better player proportions and performance which provided a much more real playing experience. The game also offers a four player option, something that was rare back in the 2000s and also provided the ability for players to create their own plays.
4. Madden 2005
Madden 2005 broke through into the gaming world and certainly made its mark with fans when it scored a 91 on Metacritic. Defensive player Ray Lewis in motion is plastered over the cover which hints at the amazing defensive incorporation this game holds. EA Sports focused on making the defensive aspect of football video games more interactive, interesting, and fun for gamers. The tackles within the game finally started to look more life-like and focused more on player controlled scenarios which helped immerse players more into the game. Fans of the Madden series classify Madden 2005 as the best due to its focus on the importance of defense and by allowing players to have more control over it.
5. NCAA Football 2014
NCAA Football 2014 was the last installation of the college football series from the EA developers. This game was a fan favorite for so many because of the love they have for college football in their hearts. Fans of the video game also praised the offensive plays within the game, graphics, and the control that they had over their players. There was also a deep recruiting system added to the game, which also proved to be a big hit with fans because it still can not be experienced today. Overall this game provides a great platform for fans of college football to play as their favorite teams and make amazing offensive plays on the field as well.
6. Madden 2004
Madden 2004 focused on providing amazingly fun and detailed offensive plays for players to conduct during the game. This video game also introduced hot routes and a large amount of playmaker abilities which helped increase the realistic feeling of playing football while playing the video game. Madden 2004 also earned an incredibly high Metacritic score of 94, a score which many football fans think is well deserved. There was also an introduction to owner mode in the franchise which allowed players to control item price and relocation of stadiums within the game.
7. Mutant Football League
Mutant Football League was a very successful and extremely popular game from the 1990s and still proves to be a fan favorite today. This game was unique in the fact that it combined the popular game of Mortal Kombat and football. The 1993 game instantly became a cult classic amongst football fans and video game players as well. The game is praised not only for its uniqueness but also for its camera point of views, the intense setting of the game, and the ability to bribe officials during the game. While this may not be one of the most classic football games, fans love it for how different it is and what a refreshing twist it provided.
8. Madden NFL 11
Madden 11 may not have been the favorite Madden game in the history of football video games, but still proved to be a great game overall. Specifically with innovation, Madden NFL 11 created a new meter to rate kicking, better animations throughout the football game as a whole, and better audio for players which provides a greater playing experience. Fans also loved that they were given the ability to vote which iconic player would be chosen to grace the cover of the video game as well. The game also had a higher Metacritic score of 84 which was largely credited to the Ultimate Team as offered in the base package of the game.
9. NFL Street
The game NFL Street is a fan favorite mainly because the amazing EA team were the developers of this game. NFL Street came out in 2004 and instantly became a fan favorite with NFL fans, but also caught the attention of a larger audience because of the options to change the clothes of the professional players. The game features a seven-on-seven format which fans like because of the more relaxed game feel along with being able to focus on a smaller number of players. There is also a character creator aspect, cool moves the players could perform such as backflips, and a style points system as well.
10. NFL Fever 2004
NFL Fever 2004 was the last game that Microsoft Game Studios' released surrounding NFL focused video games. NFL Fever 2004 featured Peyton Manning on the cover which made fans excited when purchasing it. New players found the game fun and challenging enough to keep them returning to it for years on end. The game also provided great visuals for fans and a large amount of competition within the game which helped keep fans impressed with the game. This game many not have been as appreciated as much as other NFL games at the time, but looking back on this game it was clear that it was ahead of its time.