The 5 Best Xbox One Sports Games of 2019

Swing, dribble, and dunk your way to the best sports games on the Xbox One

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The Rundown

  • Best Football Game: Madden NFL 19 at Amazon, "While it doesn't break the mold, it's rife with improvements that cement its status as the definitive football simulation."
  • Best Soccer Game: FIFA 19 at Amazon, "Quite possibly the closest thing to a real soccer sim the series has produced to date."
  • Best Hockey Game: NHL 19 at Amazon, "An exemplary hockey simulation that ticks all the boxes."
  • Best Golf Game: The Golf Club at Amazon, “Multiplayer tournaments with friends and foes online are accessible and there is virtually zero loading time.”
  • Best Rally Racing Game: DiRT Rally at Amazon, “It can be one of the most satisfying and fun racing experiences you’ll ever have.”

Our Top Picks

Best Football Game: Madden NFL 19

Madden NFL 19

There's a reason the Madden name is instantly recognizable. The franchise is constantly elevating with each new installment, and Madden NFL 19 is no exception. While it doesn't break the mold, it's rife with improvements that cement its status as the definitive football simulation game. This particular version includes all the standard modes players have come to expect, like Franchise, Madden Ultimate Team (MUT), Exhibition, and Longshot story mode. 

Each mode provides ways for players to customize their own teams, track stats, and build their own dream roster. It's full of immersive modes that reward inquisitive players for spending experience points in all the right places. The Real Player Motion (RPM) system adds realism to every move you make on the field. As it's still uncontested in its genre, Madden NFL 19 doesn't have to make a lot of changes to remain top dog. It already scores a touchdown every year.

Best Soccer Game: FIFA 19

FIFA 19

FIFA is another annualized franchise you might expect to cut corners and offer minimal improvements year over year, but that can't be said for the latest entry. With a variety of augmented modes, including physics and gameplay tweaks, FIFA 19 is quite possibly the closest thing to a real soccer sim the series has produced to date.

EA Sports has gone out of its way to diversify interactions with your favorite teams, whether it's through the visually stunning and gripping The Journey, or Career Mode. Another high-stakes mode, called Timed Finishing, gives players a chance to make each shot count. Hardcore soccer fans can customize play style, with tactics you can alter on the fly. It's accessible to newbies while still catering to those itching to micromanage their own all-star team. World Cup, here you come.

Best Hockey Game: NHL 19

NHL 19

EA knows the value of creating a quality hockey game, and NHL 19 is proof. An exemplary hockey simulation that ticks all the boxes a hardcore player could ask for – and then some — it serves up over 200 hockey greats to play with and against. And for those who like their sports games like their RPGs, World of CHEL adds character progression and customization to the mix.

The typical visual upgrades are here, too, but what really makes NHL 19 comes into its own is the introduction of the Real Player Motion (RPM) technology, which aims to streamline player control. Whether you're joining your favorite players for a quick 1-versus-1-versus-1 gauntlet or competing against Wayne Gretzky himself, you'll be thrilled to hit the ice this season in a hockey game that truly gets it.

Best Golf Game: The Golf Club

The Golf Club: Collector's Edition

The Golf Club for Xbox One brings the realism of golfing and lush green golf courses to give an immersive experience. The game encourages content creation where players can design and create courses that can be shared and played by other players.

With a design on physics and practical approaches, The Golf Club is built with a shot modification system that allows players to incorporate calculated swings using a multitude of different golf clubs. The game isn’t restrictive on its open course play either, giving players the freedom of slicing, hooking and shanking their way for drives toward any hole. Multiplayer tournaments with friends and foes online are accessible and there is virtually zero loading time in between holes, so you can finish up with a tidy face-paced round at any time.

Best Rally Racing Game: DiRT Rally

DiRT Rally
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There is little question that the best rally racing game on Xbox One, and maybe ever, is DiRT Rally. With gorgeous and stunningly realistic graphics, great engine sound effects, and a fantastic lineup of real rally cars, it is one of the most authentic rally games ever. It is unrelentingly challenging thanks to an extremely realistic physics and handling model and brutally difficult A.I., but it can be one of the most satisfying and fun racing experiences you’ll ever have. It requires patience, practice, and skill to be successful, but if you’re dedicated enough DiRT Rally is truly something special.