Football - the most popular sport in the world is enjoyed by everyone across all continents. Football has a following in so many different ways, from the real football played by clubs and international teams to fantasy football. Football is the simplest sport in the world, so it is easy for anyone to gather a following.
But people also seem to enjoy the different simulations and video games that come close to real-world football. You get to relive playing as your favourite football stars in well-renowned grounds such as Old Trafford or Camp Nou. Or you can play just for fun because the game is fun.
When people think of football video games, most people tend to think only about FIFA. While there are other popular games such as Pro Evolution Soccer and Football Manager, there are many other games that are just as competitive. While the most optimized ones are released for PC or the PS4, football games for the mobile have appealed to people who don't have access to a PC or console.
In this list, we'll take a look at the six best football games for PC, PS4 and Mobile.
6. Active Soccer 2 DX
Available on: PS4, PS Vita
Active Soccer 2 DX is a game that will probably only attract a niche crowd. The game follows a very 90s arcade style of play without too much regard for game physics. It's a little clunky and weird, but it's definitely out of the ordinary in terms of football games. The camera angle is from above and gameplay dynamics are much simpler than most football games.
5. Head Soccer
Available On: iOS, Android
Head Soccer is a game which is more than just traditional football. The objective of the game is still to score a goal in your opponent's net. But in this, you have power-ups. The game also has six different game modes: Arcade, Survival, Tournament, Head Cup, Death, and League.
4. Dream League Soccer
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Dream League Soccer is the dream game for mobile users. Dream League Soccer releases a new version consistently, with Dream League Soccer 2019 being the latest. The game features actual football players (not fake aliases) and also features a strategy game and you can compete online with other players using your own custom squad. It is a freemium game but a pleasantly good one for mobile.
3. Rocket League
Rocket League is one of those games that had an insane concept and is still popular 4 years after it's release. Playing football with fast cars was something I thought of only when I was a kid. It is an especially strong online game with a rich community and active developers who are constantly providing updates to the game.
One such update is Rocket Pass, where players can get all kinds of cars and online tournament bonuses for purchasing it and playing the game.
2. PES - Pro Evolution Soccer
Available on: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Android, iOS
Pro Evolution Soccer, also known as PES, is one of the most popular football games out there. Developed by Konami, there are yearly releases for PES which feature rosters of different players in different clubs. The latest release is PES 2019.
The PES games feature a very rich, detailed gameplay style. It's not just playing football, you can also manage a team and build your dream squad. There are several other features such as edge turn, control pass, dipping shot and more features that give a sense of uniqueness to different players.
Konami has optimized this game extremely well, especially for the mobile apps.
Available on: PS4, Xbox, Android, iOS, PC
All hail the king. Unfortunately, no game has ever come close to popularity and slickness that FIFA has to offer. PES is the only other competitor to FIFA and every year players have their annual PES vs FIFA debates. FIFA has been designed to cater to real-world football play styles.
EA also owns the licenses to publish FIFA content and design them like their real-world counterparts. FIFA gets a new game every year, with FIFA 19 being the latest in the series. On Android and iOS, the app is called FIFA Football which is the mobile-optimized freemium version.
The FIFA games offer players the closest thing to playing their dream team with their favourite real-life footballers. Paired with their career mode, online mode, tournaments and many other detailed features, FIFA has been the best selling football series and gets well optimized, consistent updates in their games compared to any other football game that was even made so far.