Shack Reels: Most unfair video game athletes

In honor of next week's Madden release, we take a look at some of the most overpowered athletes ever to grace sports games. Oddly enough, John Madden did not make the cut.

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With Madden NFL 15 about to release on Tuesday, it's a good time for Shack Reels to take a peek into the history of video game athletes. And yes, just like in any game that centers around any sort of competition, there was a share of overpowered ones. You might even say they were a bit unfair.

So take a look at the video below and get a look at some of most unfair athletes ever to take the field/court/pitch/arena/backyard/whatever.

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    August 23, 2014 2:00 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Shack Reels: Most unfair video game athletes.

    In honor of next week's Madden release, we take a look at some of the most overpowered athletes ever to grace sports games. Oddly enough, John Madden did not make the cut.

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      August 23, 2014 2:16 PM

      wut? no Jeremy Roenick from NHL 93 AND 94?

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      August 23, 2014 2:54 PM

      I cannot trust this list if there is no Mike Tyson!

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      August 23, 2014 3:23 PM

      John Elway was the most unfair character in Tecmo Bowl. He would throw 112 yard touchdown passes. 112 yards IN THE AIR. Also Eric Dickerson. Bo was up there in the top 5 though. Top 5 of just Tecmo Bowl I mean.
      Michael Jordan in every NBA game that was licensed to have him. 'Roster Player'.
      Magic Johnson in Lakers vs Celtics.
      Kevin Durant is kinda dumb in NBA2K13. I didn't know he had "in the arena shooting range".

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      August 23, 2014 6:02 PM

      Don't forget Michael Jordan in Flight -- basically, whichever team had the most Jordans (you could use more than one) was guaranteed to win.

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      August 23, 2014 6:03 PM

      Bo jackson.

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        August 23, 2014 8:47 PM

        Yep, agreed with the #1. You pretty much had to have a house rules of No Bo.

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        August 23, 2014 10:59 PM

        Christian Okoye was more fun, because he didn't have to run away, he could run through you.
        he was untackle able.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_ddO5ENtus

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          August 24, 2014 9:59 AM

          Yep,like I mentioned below,Okoye was pretty ridiculous.Defenders just bounced off of him like he was a solid brick wall.

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      August 23, 2014 9:15 PM

      #4 and #5 don't really make any sense. It's not unfair if the player really is/was that good. The only player comparable to Messi is Pele and you could bet Tiger against the field in every major and come out on top.

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      August 23, 2014 10:59 PM

      For me,while Bo was absolutely ridiculous,Christian Okoye,Kevin Mack,and Walter Peyton were pretty much just as unfair. I remember having people literally bounce off of Okoye without even holding him for a single second.

      There was a EA Dream Team on Triple Play 98 games back in the day,and there was a guy named Mike "Swanny" Swanson that was so fast,he could bunt for a triple(and he was so short that the opposing pitcher could never throw a strike on him).Another guy who's name I forget would hit 600~700+ ft homers every time at bat.And they had a pitcher that was so tall you couldn't even see his chest,and he threw around 125~150 mph fastballs.

      I forget with Madden game it way,but I think there was a glitch where Ed McCaffrey almost never dropped a long bomb.

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      August 25, 2014 8:55 AM

      Atari's Tecmo Bowl?

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      August 25, 2014 1:47 PM

      Emmitt Smith in Madden '95 could do exactly what Bo Jackson did in Tecmo Bowl. In Madden '95 you could do a spin move to evade a tackle, but your character had an increasing chance to fumble the ball when you did it. Except Emmitt Smith never fumbled. So I would frequently hand him the ball, run back to my 1 yard line, spin around like a madman for however long I wanted, moving from sideline to sideline, and then finally take 99 yards for a touchdown. So unfair.