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Sports games like Madden or FIFA have been annualized franchises for a long time now. But what about the weird one-off sports games – the ones where the subject matter is just odd or not mainstream? This list compiles 10 games that might have slipped your notice or games that are bizarre takes on the sport.
10. Jam City Rollergirls (Wii)Roller Derby is a pretty rough contact sport, but developer Frozen Codebas tried to capture it in a WiiWare release. Jam City Rollergirls a cartoony cross between actual roller derby and a kart racer. The are no penalties, but power-up attacks, speed boosts, and unconventional levels with jumps and tunnels are around the rink. Jam City Rollergirls features over 30 real players and official teams from the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.
9. Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (PC, Xbox, GC, PS2, and GBA)While technically not a real sport, it’s safe to say the wizarding world’s pastime would be rad to play. EA Games thought so! Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup allows you to play in the Hogwarts school league or the World Cup. Through most of the game you control the ball by passing it and shooting at your opponent’s goal. On the defensive side, you can launch bludgers at your opponents or perform a tackle and steal to regain control. It even features special moves and shots that can be performed after stringing together passes.
8. Free Running (PC, Wii, DS, PS2, and PSP)Plenty of games have parkour aspects as part of their design, such as Assassins Creed or Infamous, but finding one where that’s the focal point of the game is refreshing. Free Running has the objective of completing a course as quickly as possible, but also allows you to implement tricks like those seen in skateboarding games. There are over 50 different tricks available, so you can get a good amount of trick variety going, instead of performing the same stale move endlessly. Timing is incredibly important for a cohesive run; unfortunately, the controls are too sluggish to allow for an impressive performance.
7. Sled Shred: featuring the Jamaican Bobsled Team (Wii)The movie Cool Runnings endeared the Jamaican bobsled team to many. Sled Shred featuring the Jamaican Bobsled Team isn’t exactly a video game adaptation, but it’s clear where its inspiration is from. Sled Shred isn’t exclusive to bobsleds, and allows players to cruise in various other sled types, like inner tubes or toboggans. Unlike bobsledding, this is more of a kart (sled?) racer complete with tricks and attacks, but it doesn’t have the replay value or fun factor of something like Mario Kart.
6. AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! – A Reckless Disregard for Gravity (PC)This game qualifies based on the title alone. Aaaaa! A Reckless Disregard for Gravity is a BASE jumping sports game. If that’s not enough, it takes place in a 2011 alternate reality version of Boston, Massachusetts. Points are earned by being reckless and being as close to your obstacles as possible without hitting them. It has fun, fast-paced gameplay and a vibrant color pallet that makes it visually appealing as well.
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