Sports Champions Table Tennis is a Sporting game available on the PS3. It can be played in Singleplayer Competitive modes.
Sports Champions Table Tennis is a Sporting game. Sports games recreate a wide variety of real life competitive activities. Depending on the sport, these will either have an action or strategy focus. Popular sports games are often released on an annual basis, each year the game receives new player rosters and game improvements.
Sports Champions Table Tennis can be played in a Singleplayer mode. Single Player Campaign games focus on one player's experience. Rather than collaborate with other players either locally or online, players progress alone. The campaign style of gameplay offers a connected series of challenges to play through. These chapters work together to tell a story through which players progress. Single player games are able to focus on one experience of a scenario, so that it is usually a richer, more visceral game.
Sports Champions Table Tennis can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.
Sports Champions challenges for Wii-Sport's crown with its ability to sense depth of play, alongside motion and orientation. This sounds like the perfect match for Table Tennis and Archery events.
Sports Champions may initially impress with visuals and a wide array of activities - Disc Golf, Gladiator Duel, Beach Volleyball, Archery, Table Tennis and Bocce - but it is the PlayStation Move realistic physicality of controls that is most significant here.
Sports Champions table tennis promised to put my real world experience to the test. However on closer inspection it failed to deliver more than an indication of future gratification. Table tennis is one of the better of the six events on offer, but is ultimately unsatisfying for keen fans, especially when compared to Nintendo's older, less sophisticated ping-pong sim.
Regular readers will know that we here at GamePeople have an intense, almost obsessive passion for table tennis games including Wii-Sports Resort - even to the point of importing a prototype Wii table tennis Bat controller. Many team gaming sessions have descended (or rather been elevated) into a series of hard-fought, tense, two-player showdowns over Wii-Sports' small net. Perhaps more so than any of the generally very impressive Wii-Sports and Wii-Fit minigames, table tennis has a depth and class that significantly outstrips its seemingly humble status.
Sports Champions is all about location rather than movement. When it uses Move's unique location technology for Table Tennis it totally outshines the Wii. But when other sports revert to tilt and waggle it becomes all a bit too familiar.
Sports Champions has a difficult job. Not only does it need to be a solid game in its own right, but it also has to show technical prowess with Sony's new Move controllers.
Sports Champions couldn't exist without Move's depth perception. Table Tennis stands tall as the reason to invest. Frisbee, Archery, Bocce and Swords may not be as revolutionary but are still solid and enjoyable motion games.
Sports Champions is one of the launch games for the PlayStation 3 Move controller. Although when I say controller, this is really a collection of technology to offer an enhanced Wii-style experience. A camera tracks your movement, you hold a Move controller with glowing ball on the end in one hand and a Navigation controller in the other.
Sports Champions PS3 Move delivers the de facto motion controlled sports game for Sony's new controller. Included are five activities that might well tempt you away from Wii bowling - disc golf, gladiator duel, volleyball, archery, table tennis and boule.
I recently tried both table tennis and disc golf, which gave me insight into both the technology and whether the full game is going to be worth playing. I wanted to know whether Sony's Move could give a realistic representation of being a disc golfer.
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