A sports video game is a video game that simulates the practice of sports. Most sports have been recreated with a game, including team sports, track and field, extreme sports, and combat sports. Some games emphasize actually playing the sport (such as FIFA, Pro Evolution Soccer and Madden NFL), whilst others emphasize strategy and sport management (such as Football Manager and Out of the Park Baseball).

In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase the 4 best sports games on PC in 2022.

1. Football Manager 2022

Football Manager is a game series that just keeps on getting better and better with each year. It's so easy to put so many hours into this game and it's so rewarding with every promotion or wins you can get. Even though you do have to update most the of names of the leagues yourself and you need to download faces and badges of most players/clubs, it makes the game slightly better and feels a bit more realistic.

Football Manager 2022
Football Manager 2022 is a great management game.

Some nice additions (data hub) and some small but important improvements (staff meetings, etc.) make this another essential upgrade for all fans of the series. If you missed FM20 or FM21 then this is a good time to jump back in, there are refinements on systems introduced in the last few games that mean you have a better overall experience (data analysis of your and other teams has come on MASSIVELY over the last few years, for example).

Football Manager Gameplay

This year is the best football manager has been with the new animations make the match engine smoother. Players' values are now within a range so it makes trying to buy a player more realistic and players who play through injuries now wear protective equipment. It's the small things SI is doing that are making these games better year after year.

2. FIFA 22

I honestly think this is the best FIFA for about 3/4 years. The gameplay is slightly slower than last year and player movements aren't as erratic giving the game a little bit more of a realistic feel. Goalkeepers are actually making saves that they should be and making a string of saves in a row. People complaining about goalkeepers are OP but I find it makes the game more interesting and if you're playing Premier League football, you expect a keeper to save a fair amount of shots and not concede 4/5 goals every game which is a problem I detested in FIFA 21.

Fifa 22
FIFA 22 is one of the best soccer sports game on PC.

I've also noticed that passing has a more realistic note to it. Rather than have every pass going to target there's more of a highlight towards the players' attributes as well, for example in FIFA 21, you could pretty much long ball with any player with any long ball stat and hit your target 8 times out of 10 whereas now the long ball attribute will play a big part in just how often and how accurate the pass will be.

Fifa 22 Gameplay

Defending has definitely improved, tackles are more realistically executed and also players throwing themselves in front of shots is also a lot more common which is something that was lacking in FIFA 21. Impulsive interceptions are more common rather than letting the ball roll past a yard ahead of the player they actually actively try and sometimes succeed in intercepting. The create a club mode is a nice touch, reminds me of PES, and it's something that I've always wanted to be put into a FIFA game and I've finally got my wish.

3. Rocket League

Rocket League is less of a "sports game" and more of an actual sport. In FIFA or Madden you have a "pass" button, but to make a pass in Rocket League you have to drive your car into the ball at the right speed and angle to send it over to where your teammate is going. You have to create the pass yourself, and it can be anything, from a hard bounce off the back wall to a soft lob over the defender.

Rocket League
Rocket League is a fusion of football and racing.

Passing, shooting, dribbling, tackles, jukes, they're all in the game, but you have to make them happen yourself, not just press the right button. At first, just driving the car to the ball is a challenge, but as your skill grows, the freedom to create any play you can imagine and execute is unlike anything you'll find in a "sports game". Together with the mechanical skill to do what you want with the ball, you'll have to develop positional awareness and learn proper rotation and game sense.

Rocket League Gameplay

There are very few games that are consistently rewarding for hundreds or thousands of hours, that can keep challenging you as you improve, and improve, and improve beyond what you ever imagined you'd be capable of. In fact, this is the ONLY one I know.

4. Forza Horizon 5

Maybe you like cars, driving cars, but not necessarily full-on racing with a career mode and climbing up ranks. What if you took a Ubisoft game, but the cars would be the "player characters"?

Forza Horizon 5 is one of the best racing sports games on PC.

The Horizon games basically let you do your own thing and let you go at your own pace. It's a game you can play when you don't really feel like playing or feel like challenging yourself. Whether you plan to 100% all the content or just freeroam in your favorite cars doing small challenges. The online modes let you compete or work together with other players or you could just drive in a convoy with friends.

Forza Horizon 5 Gameplay

If you never played a Forza Horizon title, this is pretty much the best place to start with this title being the newest one. The most noticeable improvement compared to FH4 would probably be engine sounds and a much larger map. Some people like the greens of FH4's map, but I have my bias for dry deserts full of cactus and wet jungles. If dirt or cross country racing is your thing, you will feel right at home.

I used to laugh at the Horizon series after seeing someone play a dirt race with a Lambo until I realized that was kind of the point of the Horizon series. Yeah, it used to have a story mode, but the games have basically become sandbox driving games. If you asked me why 5 out of all the other games, my simple answer would be "Toyota".

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