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Sports Champions has been released on PS3 and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"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..."
- Sports Gamer (Thu, 04 Nov 2010)
"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..."
- Tech Gamer (Sat, 23 Oct 2010)
"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..."
- Family Gamer (Tue, 21 Sep 2010)
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.
The PlayStation Move motion controls not only detect motion and orientation of the controller, but also the players position in the room. This promises to add a real sense of depth to game play.
Table Tennis on Wii-Sports is our favourite video game experience to date, but it still suffers from not really knowing where the bat is. Sports Champion uses Move to rectify this.
This means that you don't actually need to swing your bat to hit the ball, just hold it up in the air and let the ball hit it for a really light return. Not only a more realistic experience, but one not prone to the game not sensing your more delicate strokes - as hampered Wii-Sports Table Tennis.
With a range of play modes - Champion Cup, Free Play and Challenge - Sports Champion looks like a fully fleshed out sports experience.
Sports Champions PS3 Move is released on 17th September 2010.
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: