25 best sports games ever

We’re training for the Olympics with this selection of classic video games that take the sweat out of sport

Brian Lara Cricket ’99 (1999)

PlayStation, PC

Brian Lara was one of the greatest batsmen in cricket, and this version of his game is just as impressive. This was its first appearance on shiny PlayStation CD. Unlike the DOS and Mega Drive versions before it, this Brian Lara featured full 3D environments, motion-captured players and intelligent opponents. It was so addictive the famous afternoon tea break was the only thing that stopped you knocking them for six all night long.