Sports Champions 2 Review
- Posted October 22nd, 2012 at 04:07 EDT by PSU Staff
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Not the most attractive selection of sports on offer, but a shed load of content, solid local multiplayer and smooth Move implementation makes Sports Champions 2 ideal for some healthy competitive gaming between family and friends.
- Great Move implementation, particularly in Tennis, Bowling and Archery
- Solid local multiplayer system with strong customation giving it a more personal touch
- Lots of content with some very entertaining arcade games
- Skiing is soooooo boring
- No online multiplayer. If you have no willing friends, you play alone
- Would like to have seen some more popular sports to take advantage of Move
Dust of your balls folks because the sequel to one of the best Move games is back. At the peak of PlayStation Move’s popularity, Sports Champions kept families and friends entertained and managed to showcase the motion-sensing technology quite superbly with its series of responsive mini-games.
With such positive critical acclaim, it was inevitable that San Diego Studio and Zindagi Games would team up again to deliver a fresh set of wand-waggling sports, and predictably Sports Champions 2 proves once again to be a good reason to get friends together for some competitive multiplayer action.
Whether you actually get something out of Sports Champions for this second iteration is really going to depend on your attitude towards Move at this particular time (if you’re fed up to the back teeth with motion-sensing sports games, or if you're still well up for another bout of physical competition with your pals over the festive period). The good news for those in the latter camp is that Sports Champions 2 is just as addictive as the original.
Sports Champions 2 features six mini-games: Skiing, Golf, Boxing, Archery, Bowling and Tennis. Like any title with a set of mini-games, you’ll soon find your favourite sports and probably stick with them. We soon discovered, for example, that skiing is simply not for us. Though PS Move responds accurately to the movements of the controller, there’s absolutely no need to crouch down and grip Move to your chest as if you’re really skiing down the piste. You can simply stand up as normal and tilt the Move controllers left and right to get the same effect. Overall, it just lacks the thrills, action and satisfaction that some of the other sports provide.
Tennis on the other hand is one of those mini-games where action is at the heart of the experience. You do actually find yourself moving the controller as if holding a tennis racket and it feels intuitive to smash the ball across court or tap it over the net. The precision of Move is impressive and when we were engaged in a long rally and got that winning point we often found ourselves punching our fist in the air. This is really what a good sports game should do; make you feel a sense of achievement and tap into your competitive spirit.
Boxing has very much the same effect, putting you in that competitive frame of mind, and it’s incredible how simply throwing your fists around can drain your stamina and build up a sweat. Once again Move responds well to your punches, providing you don’t try and punch with the insane speeds of Rocky Balboa, and chaining together combos and downing your opponent soon becomes another reason to celebrate.
Bowling too is intuitive to play and thanks to slick Move implementation it does feel like you’re in complete control of the ball as you send it hurling towards the pins, while getting a strike is one of the most satisfying moments in any of the games on offer. Though Golf and Archery don’t quite make the adrenaline flow like those three sports, it’s ultimately gratifying to sink a putt under par or hit the bullseye right when it really matters.
Move once again performs very well in Golf, taking into account the speed of your swing accurately, while the courses are very easy on the eye making it a nice leisurely way to spend a few hours. Finally, Archery makes a welcome return from the last game and the mechanics are practically the same. When you use two controllers, as if holding a bow, you do feel like you’re in total control of where the arrow lands, and the concentration you need to put into each shot prior to letting the projectile go adds a bit of tension, which is really what you want from a competitive sport.
Aside from playing against the A.I. in Cup Play and Free Play mode, where you can pick and choose your favourite sports, there’s a wide variety of arcade events which provide plenty of replay value. In particular, we like the Archery events such as Shooting Gallery, where you need to hit different types of bullseyes such as balloons, and also the new mode, ... (continued on next page)
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- 8:38am EDT - October 22nd, 2012
Losing 2.5 because Skiing is "boring" and some minimal things like : no more popular sports (hell, it's very subjective, I adore Tennis and golf and hate Football and cycling, but everyone's different), and : "no online multiplayer" ... We played for 30 years on console without online and it was great. XBOX/Microsoft had made this a prerequisite for all games but it doesn't mena it's a good idea. I met very nasty people online on games, was kicked for no reason, and totally ridiculed by no life gamers.
Obviously Sports champions is a game where the fun is to play with several people at your home, online would be pointless as you'd meet people of all levels, some you'd smash others would smash you and conviviality would be absent. Many "family" games don't have it as that's what is meant to be : to be with friends in the same room.
For Tennis I would have liked to know if you use the Nav controller to move the player or if the AI does the movement.
- 8:44am EDT - October 22nd, 2012
This site has never been any good for reviewing games. I'd go to other sources, I even saw a few 10/10's from some gaming websites.
This is more of an opinion piece about the game rather than a full non biased review. I don't think you'll ever see a professional gaming website base their review, and even deduct points on saomething they though was boring.
Take for example IGN and other top websites. They go by a rubric, this site doesn't so their reviews are hit an miss.
- 9:51am EDT - October 22nd, 2012
Thanks for the feedback. The overall score isn't based on the one fact that I personally found skiing is boring.
7.5 is a very good score. I'd recommend it and will be playing it myself over Christmas. It's not a great game though, which I'd give an 8 or above for. I'd always suggest reading multiple reviews for any game as one person's ten out of ten is another person's five out of ten.
- 11:04am EDT - October 22nd, 2012
not being rude (I'm not rude to anyone), but I read more than once that in skiing you actually need to crouch to gain speed and use the arms to input direction and sometimes you can do actual jumping and movement in the air to gain bonus speed
- 12:29pm EDT - October 22nd, 2012
@TheTenth666 - As someone has been skiing longer than he could walk, I can 100% confirm that the skiing motions are not realistic.
This is designed to be fun, but it in no way accurately depicts skiing.
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- 12:29pm EDT - October 22nd, 2012
@ 2 IGN a good review site? They gave God Hand, one of the best action games of all time, a 3/10. The community review on the same page is 8.2. But here's the kicker, they gave "Imagine: Party Babiez" a 7.5. I have no problem with your opinion on the review, but you can't say IGN is a go to source for accurate scores.
- 8:50pm EDT - October 22nd, 2012
PSU reviews are actually very accurate most of the time actually. Anyone who complains about reviews obviously doesn't feel that way in reality seeing as you're here reading yet another psu review. Either you just like reading the article and disregarding the score itself, OR you are a very BAD pathological liar.
Btw no online still? Really? Very bad move (no pun intended). That should be almost common sense. Um...Sony has CANCELLED promising titles for having no online in the past but now when they make a game that pretty much can only be enjoyed consistently with others, they decide not to add it? Pretty stupid if you ask me. But whatevs, the game is probably ok, but I wont buy it. There is like literally no reason to purchase a ps move for me. Sony needs to get it together with that. ugh...
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