The gameplay similarities between a 16 year-old PS2 football simulation and a recently released 2D bullet-time stunt shooter on the Switch may not be immediately obvious. Yet both try to create a feeling of transcending all too human physical and mental limitations, with very different levels of success, argues Neil Merrett
Stripped away of most of the commercial considerations that are a vital and complicated component of modern sports, Madden 96 let you act out getting onto a field for a bout of kicking, tossing, catching and making some VERY big tackles. In a way, sport at its purist, well…. apart from the exercise.
Sports simulations have for years allowed videogamers to enjoy a parallel sporting reality free from real life considerations like physical prowess or murky politics, but reality is now hitting back.
With a memory card and a console, games allow for very real sporting glory and painful history to be relived or rewritten.