The launch of a new motion technology for a console is now an instant guarantee for a flagship sports title. The Nintendo Wii had Wii Sports, Microsoft’s Kinect will have Kinect Sports, and, not wanting to feel left out, Sony’s new PlayStation Move has been bestowed with yet another casual collection of themed sports mini-games entitled Sports Champions. “How predictable,” you must all be thinking.
Sports Champions‘ line-up of activities is far from predictable, however. Whereas Wii Sports served suggary nuggets of familiar sports such as Bowling and Baseball, Sports Champions considers this far too juvenile and serves up a posh nosh menu of Disc Golf, Archery, Bocce and Gladiator Duel, along with Table Tennis and Volleyball for slightly less cultured mortals.
Nevertheless, the monumental influence of Wii Sports cannot be disregarded, so can Sony’s more sophisticated approach do the hardware the same justice as it did for Nintendo four years ago?
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