Fan of Sports? Try These Games!


Footage of Nidhogg (Credit: Messhof)

Brian Dyer, Reporter

Modern sports video games have become formulaic to the point where they’ve become nearly indistinguishable from each other to the average person. Series such as Madden or FIFA have a new coat of paint each year, but that paint is covering nearly the exact same product from last year, and the year before that, etc. Not all sports games are like this, thankfully.

What the Golf? is one of the few games that makes golfing enjoyable for everyone. With fun mechanics introduced with each level, and fun references to pop culture of all kinds. One level, you could be chasing the goal cup as it’s running away, and the next level could see you shooting a soccer ball into a goal.

Nidhogg and Nidhogg 2 are fencing games where you and a friend engage in sword combat. Choose an arena, and start facing off to the death. Although the gameplay is a tad simple, that doesn’t affect the friendship-ending quality these games have. It is a guaranteed thrill ride for anyone who plays.

Lonely Mountains: Downhill is a fun mountain biking game where the goal is to get to the bottom. There are modes for racing, point systems based on tricks or jumps you complete. Another obstacle the player needs to be wary of is crashing. There are numerous trees and steep slopes to easily mark the player’s doom. When you can’t go out into the wilderness yourself, this is a nice substitution.

The final game is Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure, which is an exciting multiplayer title focused on the sport of dodgeball. Throw the ball and hit others in order to get rid of the competition. However, if you are out, you can mess with other players with postmortem power-ups.

Whether you’re done with the constant rehashes of the Madden or FIFA series, or are just looking to try something new, there are plenty of sports games to try this February!