It is the season to be casual,
especially when it comes to casual games and like just before
Christmas last year, the world of gaming is about be inundated with
Unfortunately as with the Kinect, the
PlayStation Move has never really found its footing and although it
tried to imitate the Nintendo Wii, games just felt flat and
unfortunately a little lifeless.
Sure, there have been some interesting
Move titles but nothing with the wow factor. Sports Champions fell
somewhere in between.
The answer to Wii Sports for Sony was
Sports Championship that gave gamers a more realistic casual
sporting experience and with the current instalment being Sports
Thankfully things are looking better
for the Move system. In essence, it is still a collection of
mini-games but this time, Sports Champion features the following
games skiing, tennis, boxing, golf, bowling and updated archery.
Best of all, the control system of
Sports Champions 2 works very well on the Move. The developers
should be applauded on tweaking the interface with the Move as
everything feels almost right.
The game supports a variety of gameplay
modes such as Free Mode, Champion Mode and Party Mode but to get the
most out of this game, I would recommend that you play this title
with other people.
It's considerable more entertaining.
When playing solo, you need to beat 6 levels of each event,
including a sometimes challenging boss battle.
However like all mini-game collections,
not all the sports on this release will be everyone's cup of tea but
if you're looking for a relatively fun family game, than Sports
Champions 2 ticks all the right boxes.
The worst game for me was probably
skiing as it felt quite boring. Games however like boxing which was
quite complex and golf definitely paved the enjoyment path.
With that said, my favourite game on
Sports Champions 2 is tennis which actually feels like the most
realistic tennis game on any console in terms of Kinect, Wiimote or
The PlayStation 3 does a good job at
interpreting your various moves and because of the increased
accuracy of this sequel, it makes playing the game a much more
entertaining experience. Boxing on the other hand does give you a
good workout and it allows you to do a variety of moves such as
upper cuts and strikes, even the ability to dodge and block.
As mentioned, the game does support a multiplayer mode through a
party play mode that basically allows you to play all the various
sports in this game with other people. Although there is no online
options, this technology (Kinect included) is still a little raw to
justify online acceptance.
Graphically, Sports Champions 2 looks a
little bland and lifeless on the PS3 due to the realistic graphics
and non-comedic avatars. You can however spice up your Avatars which
does create some ownership to the gamer as they embark on the
various sports. It's quite a colourful game and the characters are
animated well with some nice backgrounds.
Music and sound effects go hand in hand
with the graphics and gameplay to create another good casual sports
game. The game also supports 3D support but generally this doesn't
work too well with all the movement you will be doing. All in all,
Sports Champions 2 is one of the better Move games available.
In the end, Sports Champion 2 is a fun
game that definitely targets the casual/family audience. Solo is
okay but where the game shines is through local multiplayer as you
play golf, ski and box your way to victory. If you're after a good
PlayStation Move game, than this is it probably it for 2012!
Reign supreme as the ultimate
sports champion as you crush, spike and smoke the competition in
this ultimate sports showdown.
Sports Champions introduces players
to six sports challenges that leverage the PlayStation Move’s
precise gameplay and 1-to-1 control.
Whether you’re tossing a disc
toward a target, spiking a ball, or perfecting your serve,
Sports Champions precisely simulates your exact movement,
delivering a realistic and ultra-sensory experience.
Casual gamers will enjoy Sports
Champions’ intuitive pick-up and play gameplay, while core
gamers will find the game’s precision and accuracy challenging
as they strive to perfect their athletic techniques and take
home the win.