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Video game super heroes aren't born often, but when they are they bring with them hours of pure enjoyment and hatred. Too many times did your friend amass 300 rushing yards with Vick from 04. Too many times did Bo Jackson bowl through your entire team like he was predicting Marshawn Lynch's future.

We asked our staff on who they thought were the most overpowered video game athletes of all time with one caveat: we didn't want any of the easy answers like Vick or Jackson.
 
Continue reading to see if you agree with their picks.
 
 
Matthew Coe
 
For me, it's a few guys who I don't think anyone would expect.

1. Barry Foster - RB Carolina Panthers, Front Page Sports Football Pro '96

Barry Foster was a workhorse running back in the early '90s who was traded to the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1995. Foster never took a snap for the team, instead retiring, but that didn't stop me from making him my feature back. I ran for over 2,000 yards and my first ever Superbowl victory in FPSFP '96 behind Foster.

2. Todd Hollinsworth - OF LA Dodgers, OOTP 5

Hollinsworth was at one time a top prospect in the Dodgers organization. In the text sim Out of the Park Baseball 5, Hollinsworth blew up for me becoming a 50+ HR, 120 RBI machine. He was a phenom in that game for me and would go on to hit nearly 500 home runs over his career.

3. Stephen Davis - RB Carolina Panthers, ESPN NFL 2K5

Stephen Davis was a beast in ESPN NFL 2K5 if used correctly. I remember playing online back on the original Xbox in the early days of XBox Live and winning games that I had no business winning because of Davis's ability to break tackles. I'll never forget Stephen Davis in ESPN NFL 2K5.
 
 
Glenn Wigmore
 
I'm going to go a bit wackier with my picks...

1. Ken Griffey Jr. -- Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run (SNES)

I'll tell you how to become a dominant digital athlete: make a game that's got you on the cover and where you're the only true licensed player. "Junior" had it all figured out by making games that orbited around him (he was dominant in all of his games, actually). His home run power was exponentially higher than anyone else in the game. Even if he didn't put it out of the park, he was almost guaranteed to hit the ball hard — and usually for a hit.

2. George St-Pierres — UFC Undisputed 2010 (X360/PS3)

GSP so thoroughly outclassed his welterweight peers that it wasn't even funny. His rangy attacks belied his actual real-life skill at striking, as they allowed you to clown people from distance and knock them down unexpectedly. Even better, his ground game was vastly superior, especially when in the hands of reasonable human competition.

3. Mike Tyson — Mike Tyson's Punch-Out (NES)

Sure, he was the only "real" fighter in the game, but his lifebar-draining bombs were something to be feared. Persistent players eventually got wise to his pattern, but that doesn't mean that his one-punch power was any less frightening.
 
 
Aaron Ondrey
 
I'll try to play to a more recent age of athletes.

1. Shaquille O'Neal- NBA 2K6 (Xbox 360)

Shaq could be considered the most dominant digital, or real-life athlete of all-time. You could just throw it in the post, and muscle your way to a dunk with the Big Diesel.

2. Randy Moss- NFL 2K2 (Sega Dreamcast)

Randy Moss was just a freak in NFL 2K2. He had great speed, a great vertical, and great hands. Best digital wide receiver ever.

3. Pavel Datsyuk- NHL 10 (Xbox 360)

Pure filth when it comes to puck handling, Pavel Datsyuk, if used correctly, could deke you out of your skates. With a combination of speed and on-goal accuracy, Datsyuk is an under-the-radar dominant digital athlete.
 
 
Who are your most dominant digital athletes of all time? Sound off by commenting below!

Member Comments
# 1 mb625 @ 09/17/12 02:32 PM
What about a TSB player who was severely overshadowed by Jackson's dominance, but who was just as effective: Christian Okoye? He'd be my number one.
 
# 2 b2tha2ndpwr @ 09/17/12 02:54 PM
Let me drop some knowledge on the young bloods here.

1a Bo Jackson - Tecmo Bowl (NES) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PBvOxicz-0

1b Tom Chambers - Lakers vs Celtics (Sega Genesis) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLE4YZb1X5g

3. Michael Vick - Madden 04... My friends and I got to the point where you weren't allowed to play as the Falcons in a head to head match-up
 
# 3 davefmurray @ 09/17/12 03:08 PM
Mike Tyson? Punchout was a pattern. You learned the pattern to win. Wow, that post is full of fail. LOL.
 
# 4 madden316 @ 09/17/12 03:44 PM
I don't understand how Michael Vick from Madden 04 didn't make one list.
 
# 5 mudman @ 09/17/12 03:51 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by madden316
I don't understand how Michael Vick from Madden 04 didn't make one list.
If you read the article you'll find out why Vick wasn't on any of these lists.
 
# 6 Sportsfan0290 @ 09/17/12 03:52 PM
For me personally here are mine and I'm an International fan.

1. Ray Lewis Madden 04 He is still playing today and he's only what 37 he's also won a superbowl and has been to multiple pro bowls.

2. Allen Iverson NBA 2K Come on when your MVP in the league in 2001 yes I know Jordan wasn't in his prime but still look at the talent he had to go up against night in and night out.

3. Tim Tebow NCAA Football 10 Tim Tebow hasn't had a great career so far besides last years playoffs regardless he will never be forgotten in the college game. He won 2 National Championships in which he almost won a 3rd as well. I think if he would've been on the cover you could add Cam Newton to the debate as well.
 
# 7 ansu610 @ 09/17/12 03:56 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by madden316
I don't understand how Michael Vick from Madden 04 didn't make one list.
that one is obvious
 
# 8 ansu610 @ 09/17/12 04:02 PM
Adrian Peterson Madden 09

Chris Johnson Madden 10

Lebron James NBA2k7-2k11

My personal favorites to use:

Blake Griffin NBA2k11

Javale McGee NBA2k12

Wilson Chandler NBA2k11-12

Nick Young NBA2k11
 
# 9 ZimDog7789 @ 09/17/12 04:21 PM
Stacey Mack NFL street
 
# 10 Kyle Friend @ 09/17/12 05:12 PM
Michael Vick in ESPN 2k5 anyone?
 
# 11 eaterofworlds888 @ 09/17/12 05:22 PM
Shaq is definetley up there. What about Brock Lesnar on UFC 2010. Also Ben Wallace on 2k5 was a multiple Defensive Player of the Year winner.
 
# 12 Sportsfan0290 @ 09/17/12 07:25 PM
By the way good point on Brock Lesnar he's played in WWF games, Madden, maybe NCAA and UFC. How many people have done that? All he needs to complete is NBA 2K, NHL, and FIFA. Now that be something.
 
# 13 Joobieo @ 09/17/12 09:04 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by b2tha2ndpwr
Let me drop some knowledge on the young bloods here.

1a Bo Jackson - Tecmo Bowl (NES) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PBvOxicz-0

1b Tom Chambers - Lakers vs Celtics (Sega Genesis) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLE4YZb1X5g

3. Michael Vick - Madden 04... My friends and I got to the point where you weren't allowed to play as the Falcons in a head to head match-up
Yup I remember this when I was younger you couldn't ever use this team . Vick literally owned madden that year . He was like using odd job in 007.
 
# 14 DustinT @ 09/17/12 09:13 PM
C'mon guys! Stretch from NBA Street Vol. 2 is insanely overpowered. Same with Kemp in the original Jam.
 
# 15 porkys8077 @ 09/17/12 09:37 PM
Deion Sanders - Madden 94

Ryne Sandberg - Sports Talk Baseball

Jose Canseco - -Sports Talk Baseball
 
# 16 truzoe @ 09/17/12 10:02 PM
Ricky Williams nfl2k5
Terrell Owens nfl 2k5
Shaquille oneal every nba games
 
# 17 unc_kobw @ 09/17/12 10:03 PM
Barry Sanders back in the Playstation days. BEAST
 
# 18 biggiejerseys @ 09/17/12 10:15 PM
The Falcons with Vick & Warrick Dunn on Madden 04 were unstoppable.

And don't forget about Mike Alstott.

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# 19 Joobieo @ 09/17/12 11:05 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by DustinT
C'mon guys! Stretch from NBA Street Vol. 2 is insanely overpowered. Same with Kemp in the original Jam.
Yeti comes to mind lol .
 
# 20 pistolpete01 @ 09/17/12 11:11 PM
you can't forget about player 99 on nba live
 

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