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  • Does it provide enough entertainment to keep it off the shelf collecting dust much like your copy of Wii Sports, or does it provide an experience that will keep you coming back
  • I will, however, start off with my least favorite
  • I like how with each shot, you have to mimic pulling an arrow out of your virtual quiver and actually pull the bowstring back
  • And you definitely want to be able to change your angle, because of the multitude of courts you can play on
  • This one probably shows off the whole Move system the best out of all the games


    • by Sami Oughanem

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      With the Move, we get to enjoy the obligatory sports game to show off the tech. Sports Champions is that sports game. Does it provide enough entertainment to keep it off the shelf collecting dust much like your copy of Wii Sports, or does it provide an experience that will keep you coming back? Also, does it prove that those fancy glowing orbs were worth the investment?

      It’s really impossible not to compare this game to Wii Sports (Resort). Like those games, Sports Champions is a collection of games that basically show off what the Move can do. Nintendo was very smart to do it. Sony is just following their lead by bundling Sports Champions with a Move controller and a PS Eye. Each game in Sports Champions also does a good, no, great job in showing off what the Move can do. I will, however, start off with my least favorite.

      Disc Golf is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a game of disc golf. You use one Move controller to toss the disc towards some sort of hanging chain torture device. I can’t really throw a Frisbee all that well in real life. With the Move controller having so many ways of tracking your movement, I certainly can’t throw one in this


      game. The gyros and whatnot keep track of your throwing motion, and if isn’t flat enough, prepare for your disc to curve far out of line. All I can say about the game is that the tech works, but you actually have to be good at disc golf to have any chance of posting a good score.

      Up next is Gladiator Duel. This game is actually quite fun, especially if you happen to have two Move Controllers. Just like all the titles of these games, it’s rather self explanatory. You jump into an arena with a sword (or other weapon) and shield and start fighting your opponent. But what makes this vastly different from that Wii Sports Resort Fencing awfulness is how well the Move translates your sword movements and the shield you have.

      The tracking of the Move really shines with the sword in your hand. Slash high, slash low, go with your backhand, or stab. It doesn’t matter, the game will track it and mark it as a hit…if you happen to get past the shield. The shield is also just as important. Pulling the trigger on the back of the Move gives you the chance to move your shield into position to block your opponent’s strike.

      The little details in Gladiator Duel are actually quite neat. With each battle, you and your opponent’s shield will show all of the damage of the battle. Same with the arena. When you brutally smash down on your opponent, the floor of the arena breaks up. It will even keep track of your footprints in the sand wherever it is. I also loved how the Move keeps track of how hard you’re swinging, which translates into more damaging attacks.

      Archery is one of my favorites of this bunch. Once again, it’s best played with two Moves. There are an array of game modes for you to choose from. From basic targets to money bags flying at you to shooting fruit, there is a lot to do with this one. I like how with each shot, you have to mimic pulling an arrow out of your virtual quiver and actually pull the bowstring back. Aiming is a bit wonky at times. In my experience, I always seemed like I had to aim really high to get the shot I want. When playing on easy, you’ll get a nice arrow arc to track where exactly you’re aiming. On harder modes, you’ll have to use your best judgment on where the arrow will go.

      One of the Archery mini-games was particularly fun, where you have a ...


      • Sports Champions, PS3 Game
      time limit on how many attacking skeletons you can take out before they reach you. This mini-game makes me wish that some developer out there is now developing a Rambo Bow & Arrow Rail Shooter. I want exploding arrow power-ups and a forging-a-machete-out-of-a-piece-of-re-bar mini-game.

      Beach Volleyball is sort of ho-hum. You don’t actually have any control over your character’s movement. You can only really perform the 6 basic moves in Volleyball: Serve, Bump, Set, Spike, Block, and Dig. Yes, with 2 Moves, you do get the great control like you get in the other games, but this is one where you can’t really “get better at.” This is the one game in Sports Champions where you simply just go through the motions. It does, however, get bonus points for having a course on an Air Force base. Extra bonus points for the game allowing custom soundtracks in the game. Kenny Loggins anyone?

      Bocce (lawn bowling) is also a pretty fun game, but I think that’s just because I like Bocce. It controls just like “the bowling,” except the Move controller can detect vastly more subtleties in your throwing motion. You can actually put a spin on the balls you toss, adjust the release point for either lobs or rolls, and change the angle of your toss

      with your arm motion. And you definitely want to be able to change your angle, because of the multitude of courts you can play on. Sure, you have your basic regulation court, but you can also play in the middle of a park, on a dock, or use one of the goofy ones with curves, loops, and jumps. It really adds a nice change of pace to the game. This one also gets my seal of approval because I was able to get my mother to play it.

      Finally, there’s my favorite: Ping Pong. This one probably shows off the whole Move system the best out of all the games. Yes, it’s just a basic ping pong game, but the way the game handles the subtleties in your swing is fantastic. You have to switch to forehand and backhand all throughout the game. It matches the angle your holding the controller and how hard your hitting the ball. If you’re good enough, you can even control the spin on the ball. And like Gladiator Duel, how hard you’re swinging does matter.

      Sports Champions is a great way to show off the tech. The standouts would probably be Gladiator Duel, Archery, and Ping Pong. Yes, the Move works as advertised. Sports Champions is a fun game…




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