What are the best sports games on the PS4? Whether you’re a die-hard footie aficionado or a casual basketball watcher, there’s no question that sports games are among the most popular on consoles these days. Whether it’s hardcore simulations or more arcade-like adaptations, we’ve compiled the very best sports games on the PlayStation 4 – and you can enjoy pretty much all of them without having to break a sweat.

20. Mutant Football League (PS4)

Publisher: Digital Dreams Entertainment / Developer: Digital Dreams Entertainment
Release Date: 19th Jan 2018 (USA) / 19th Jan 2018 (UK/EU)

Inspired by EA’s old SEGA Genesis game, Mutant Football League adopts an apocalyptic look at gridiron, where quaterbacks can quite literally be slaughtered when sacked. It’s buggy and imbalanced, but American football fans will appreciate the use of puns, while the fast-paced arcade action harks back to the halcyon days of NFL Blitz.

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19. NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (PS4)

Publisher: 2K Sports / Developer: Saber Interactive
Release Date: 16th Oct 2018 (USA) / 16th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

With a cute and colourful aesthetic and card collecting aspect, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 blends the physics defying dunks of NBA Jam with the team building systems that have infiltrated all contemporary sports games. There’s a sense that, with the NBA 2K branding now attached, this arcade alternative is going to improve drastically with future instalments; for now it competes with 3on3 Freestyle for the crown of the PS4’s best casual b-ball title.

18. The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA Tour (PS4)

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Publisher: 2K Sports / Developer: HB Studios
Release Date: 28th Aug 2018 (USA) / 28th Aug 2018 (UK/EU)

Much like NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, publisher 2K Sports joined the project towards the end of The Golf Club 2019’s development cycle. In this instance, HB Studios also had to shoehorn in the PGA Tour license, which it acquired midway through production as well. It’s a testament to the overall quality of The Golf Club’s gameplay that this instalment is still so entertaining, then – but future iterations should really drive this franchise up this list like a particularly sweet tee off shot.

17. Racket Fury (PS4)

Publisher: 10Ants Hill / Developer: 10Ants Hill
Release Date: 4th Oct 2018 (USA) / 4th Oct 2018 (UK/EU)

Sports Champions on the PlayStation 3 proved that Sony’s PS Move motion controllers were made for table tennis, and Racket Fury really realises the potential by adding the depth of PlayStation VR to the mix. While its cosmic backdrops and bland robotic opponents lack personality, the gameplay here is absolutely top-notch, as it simulates real-world table tennis almost exactly.

16. Steep (PS4)

Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft Annecy
Release Date: 2nd Dec 2016 (USA) / 2nd Dec 2016 (UK/EU)

Ubisoft’s done right by open world extreme sports title Steep, expanding upon it with regular updates, including a licensed Winter Olympics mode. While competition is at the core of most sports games, this outdoorsy experience is much more chill – and not just because it takes place in arctic conditions. With a variety of different disciplines to master, spanning skiing through to wingsuits, its fun simply exploring this title’s mountain ranges and finding new ways to navigate them.