Sports Champions 2


By: Hadyn Green    On: PlayStation 3
Published: Tuesday 23 Oct 2012 5:01 AM
 
 
 
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What to say about Sports Champions 2?

Sports Champions is a collection of six mini-games and... that’s about it. Each game has its own championship mode, along with free-play and multiplayer variants. The selection of games is a bit baffling at first...

Wait! That’s what we wrote about the first Sports Champions two years ago. Who knew the world needed another basic swing-your-arms-a-bit motion-control sports game?

To make it worse these aren’t even new sports. Tennis? Bowling? Boxing? Is this Wii Sports? And archery? C’mon! The first game had archery and it’s essentially the same.

So what is different? Well I suppose tennis, bowling, and boxing are new; so are golf and skiing. At least for this game. But gamers have been playing these kinds of games for a while now, where’s the innovation? There have to be some other sports out there that you can mime in your lounge. Where are the cricket motion games? I actually miss frisbee golf (ps. game developers, I would totally play a game that was a mix of frisbee golf and Kinectimals where I train a cute puppy and then we play frisbee catch).

You can also create your own player and have them wear different clothes depending on the sport, or have them wear ski boots while playing tennis. Oddly I actually thought there were too many customisation options. Thankfully you don’t have to worry about that in party mode.

Party mode is where you can mix up your mini games for those nights when you’ve got a few friends around to play virtual sports. It should be mentioned that this does not feel like a game for kids. It doesn’t have the goofy easy feel of Wii Sports (the original) or the simplicity of Kinect Sports, so it’s hard to imagine that this is meant for kids to play. But how you could have a party mode and get rid of gladiator fighting, I don’t know.

The newest sport is skiing (the other sports are new to SC2, but not really new to motion games by any stretch of the imagination). Skiing would certainly be improved with two controllers (I would recommend that if you own or are thinking of buying a motion controlled system, that you buy two controllers). As you barrel down the slope you lean left or right to, well, lean left or right. There are also jumps on the way down and I’m pretty sure you can do flips (by raising or lowering the controller), but I could never pull it off.

The other sports, as you’d expect, play like those sports. Swing the racquet for tennis, or the club for golf, etc etc. There’s nothing too complicated here; again this is what you expect from a simple sports game. And I keep coming back to this, it’s a simple sports game, why would I get excited about it? Why would I pay $60 to play it? If I own the PS Move then there is a high chance I own the first Sports Champions and right now I can’t see any reason to upgrade.

The PlayStation Move is my favourite of the current motion capture game systems. It’s accurate, there’s no vague action like the Kinect or the Wii. So why do the game still feel like I just need to flail wildly with the controller to play the game? While there’s nothing technically wrong with the game, it just feels like there’s so much missed opportunity with Sports Champions 2.


The Score

Sports Champions 2
"A remake of a game from 2010? That ain't retro."
5.0
Mediocre
Rating: G   Difficulty: Easy   Learning Curve: 5 Min

 

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twisterjamz
On Tuesday 23 Oct 2012 10:32 AM Posted by twisterjamz NZGamer.com VIP
Yeah I tried out Tennis on the demo it wasn't that fun, it still can't top the first with its gladiator battles
 
 
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fauzman
On Tuesday 23 Oct 2012 4:39 PM Posted by fauzman NZGamer.com VIP
It seems from your review, that they replaced the accuracy and technical precision of the first game with a less accurate more party oriented game. Pity about the rating - i was hoping this game would score like the original which I liked a lot.
 
 
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Kegz
On Tuesday 23 Oct 2012 8:55 PM Posted by Kegz NZGamer.com VIP
I've got the first game and I see no reason to bother upgrading.
 
 
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archibaldcrane
On Thursday 25 Oct 2012 7:43 AM Posted by archibaldcrane
I was surprised to see a 50/100 review here, but then I realized the problem. You're judging this game as a full-priced $60 title - but all Move-Only games are only $40. Considering that, the game's value necessarily increases, and perhaps the score should a bit as well. If nothing else that line in the review should be edited.
 
 
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phantom
On Thursday 25 Oct 2012 8:53 AM Posted by phantom NZGamer.com VIP
25 October 2012, 07:43 AM Reply to archibaldcrane
I was surprised to see a 50/100 review here, but then I realized the problem. You're judging this game as a full-priced $60 title - but all Move-Only games are only $40. Considering that, the game's value necessarily increases, and perhaps the score should a bit as well. If nothing else that line in the review should be edited.
Sports Champions 2 has a recommended retail price of $59.99 in New Zealand.
 
 
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archibaldcrane
On Thursday 25 Oct 2012 10:07 AM Posted by archibaldcrane
25 October 2012, 08:53 AM Reply to phantom
Sports Champions 2 has a recommended retail price of $59.99 in New Zealand.
Oh, what does a regular game cost there? Also $60 or is it more?
 
 
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phantom
On Thursday 25 Oct 2012 10:09 AM Posted by phantom NZGamer.com VIP
25 October 2012, 10:07 AM Reply to archibaldcrane
Oh, what does a regular game cost there? Also $60 or is it more?
It varies; most games are around $100.
 
 
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archibaldcrane
On Thursday 25 Oct 2012 10:15 AM Posted by archibaldcrane
I just think it's hilarious that the reviewer is complaining about "no 'new' sports" and then also complaining that Gladiator Duel and Disc Golf, which are in the first game, aren't in this one. What do you want, new sports or no?

He acknowledges the accurate controls, but questions why a sport from the waggle-innacurate Wii Sports would benefit from using them?

Lazy, inconsistent review.
 
 
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phantom
On Thursday 25 Oct 2012 11:32 AM Posted by phantom NZGamer.com VIP
Hadyn knows his stuff but, at the end of the day, it's just his opinion - you (and that stomach ulcer you're working on) would do well to remember that, and to keep things in perspective.

I think Hadyn makes his case well; you're also welcome to your opinion, of course, and I thank you for sharing it with us.
 
 
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