Which sports will we be playing tomorrow? The day after? What about in 200 years? It’s hard to predict, but fortunately for us, video game designers have been busy inventing the new sports of tomorrow… and reinventing the sports of today! Here, Blacknut has put together a selection of the five most futuristic sports out there!
GRIP : Combat Racing
The motorsports of the future will be a little bit different from the ones we have today. Amazing technological advances will mean that the biggest speed freaks out there will have the kit they need to ignore the rules of gravity, thermodynamics, and fair play all at once. This game lets you race along the ceiling at 250mph as you scream past your competitors: welcome to GRIP Combat Racing! In this fast-paced 3D racing game, you’ll be at the wheel of a powerful futuristic ride kitted out with huge off-road tyres and a souped-up engine. Your racing battles will take place on post-apocalyptic tracks through ruined factories and industrial wastelands, which gives you a good idea of how serious the race organisers take their sport. The race drivers of today can just be thankful that arena deathmatches and brutal carkour challenges have not made it onto the racing circuit just yet!
Forget about scaling buildings, jumping from rooftops, and urban freerunning! A few centuries into the future, parkour will be an established Olympic esport, under the new name of Cyber Hook. So, what has taken the place of buildings and outraged neighbours? An ‘80s style digital matrix made out of pixels, bright neon, and just as colourful characters! What’s more, this happy little band of daredevils now get to use a special kind of grapple. It’s a nifty little tool that lets you keep moving forwards at breakneck speed, grabbing onto any wall within reach to pick up even more speed! This is a fast-paced dynamic futuristic 3D parkour game where you’ll need to find the best lines to make it to the finish line in record time, and in just one attempt… if you can. Because just like in any self-respecting Die n’ Retry game, death will bring you right back down to earth after the slightest slip!
Super Kickers League Ultimate
In the year 2100, all the cool kids have blue, pink, or green hair, and love to play football. But this is no Sunday league game: there’s no deadly tackles, untimely whistles, or drunk supporters. Not in the football of the future as seen in Super Kickers League Ultimate! There’s no ref and no rules, but there are a few new features that the dinosaurs at FIFA didn’t see coming! In this 3D arcade football game anything goes as you try to score your three points, especially for the most spectacular goals: meteorite showers, teleportation, alien abduction, and super speed, not to mention overhead kicks and top-corner rockets! Of course, every team has its own special ability and unique play style. It’s up to you to find the right tactics to become a real dream team, even if that does mean taking full advantage of the slack rules. After all, football is just a game, right?
Back in the 20th century we all dreamed of flying cars in the year 2000. We’re still waiting, but rest assured: they’re on their way! In the ultra-futuristic world of Stay Safe, flying cars look more like spaceships, and they can travel above the ground at the speed of sound. Wave goodbye to wheels, tyres, and speed bumps, and say hello to high-speed thrills! But don’t be fooled into thinking that this 3D racing game where time is against you is all about having fun. This new sport nevertheless has a few rules: not only are you the only racer on the track, but you’re also facing almost certain death. As the name might imply, Stay Safe is a pitiless Die n’ Retry whose 60 tracks are filled with pitfalls. In this version of the future where humans seem to have transcended the boundaries between life and death, it’s your skill as a pilot and reckless abandon that will see you through. But that’s all okay: you’re immortal, and you were never one for following the highway code anyway!
What if, in the far distant future, humans only had to worry about training their brains? What if, on top of that, they had access to neon telekinetic gloves? The result would be this new sport by the name of Q.U.B.E, for “Quick Understanding of Block Extrusion”. What that means in practice is using your mind to manipulate colourful cubes. And because humans have always enjoyed playing with fire, the game takes place inside a giant cube heading straight towards Earth, for some healthy pressure that will put your grey matter to the test. A dangerous sport, then, but so much fun! But this game that’s a blend of strategy game and puzzler played in first-person 3D isn’t based on a love of danger, but rather your dexterity and ability to solve complex problems. Every cube has an elemental colour and does a very specific job, and you’ll have to use all four of them to find your way out of this geometric maze as quickly as you can. On your marks… get steady… Think!