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

NBA Jam (1993)


NBA Jam’s two-vs-two head-to-head multiplayer mode and over-the-top arcade style combined with it being one of the first games to offer a fully licensed sports league resulted in the arcade version netting a whopping US$1bn in its first year. Throw in its responsibility for the popularisation of phrases like ‘He’s on fire!’ and you have yourself a classic sports game gem.