Sports Champions - PS3

Game Description: Turn your Playstation 3 into a sport revolution using the Playstation Move Motion Controller to hit a tennis ball over the net or knock your enemy out with Motion Fighters. Battle against gladiators with your brother in Gladiator Duel. Experience a new way to play and become the sport champion
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Sports Champions GDC 2010 Preview

Sports Champions GDC 2010 Preview

By Patrick Klepek - Posted Mar 11, 2010

 Sports Champions gladiator

What We Know: Sports Champions is a compilation of various activities designed to take full advantage of the PlayStation move motion controller, including archery, gladiatorial fighting, and table tennis. You can see more of the game in action by heading over to our photo gallery.

What We Saw: Sony was pitching their version of Wii Sports at their Game Developers Conference media briefing and it's a collection of mini-games called Sports Champions. Like many of the PlayStation Move games shown today, however, that's not necessarily the game's final name.

There was quite a crowd surrounding all the PlayStation Motion kiosks, but I managed to spend some time with the gladiator fighting portion of Sports Champions, which looked and felt like a hardcore version of the swordplay mini-game featured in its closest competitor, Wii Sports Resort. Like Motion Fighters, Sports Champions emphasized what's possible when developers design games with the option to have player's utilize two PlayStation Move controllers at once. The controller in the left hand moves the shield, while the right controls the weapon of choice.

Sports Champions archery

Since your hands are busy manipulating the direction of the sword and shield, Sports Champions takes a cue from Nintendo's design book and does not allow the player to dictate movement of the character. You can influence what happens by jumping around and blocking, but ultimately, movement is removed to allow for a needed focus on the hand movements. There was an option in the demo that indicated Sports Champions would be fully playable with only a single PlayStation Move controller, but it's unclear how that would change the gameplay. Logic dictates, however, that in order to have the "full" experience, you'd need to purchase four PlayStation Move controllers, and while the finalized prices for the individual controllers hasn't been announced yet, it's not sounding like it's going to end up being a cheap proposition.

Like pretty much everything at Sony's PlayStation move event, Sports Collection was tagged as very early in development -- and it showed. The interface looked far from done and, again, like many of the other demos, it seems like most of the development time so far had been spent getting the core gameplay implemented, while the rest of the time's spend on everything else.

Sports Champions table tennis

Sports Champions will most likely be a much different experience when it's shown again at E3 (where it might even be under a different name), but for now, it reinforced what seems to be Sony's message with PlayStation Move so far: if Nintendo doesn't want to do Wii HD, we will.

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  • Rameses

    I seen their show on their new equipment and all I can truly say is it seems like someones gonna get sued.

    Posted: March 11, 2010 7:27 PM
  • ColeBeans

    well, one thing is garanteed this game will not sell well if it is only 1 player.

    Posted: March 11, 2010 5:29 PM
  • infinitytomorrow

    I'm still not sold on the Move. Although it looks ambitious and has some great graphics, I can't imagine it being something i would necessarily need. The appeal just seems pretty shallow and is something I will probably pass up, not to mention the fact that when it does finally come out every casual gamer is going to mention the Wii when talking about it.

    I'm interested in how the Move and Natal are going to go up against each other at E3 this year in hardware prices, specs and adaptability in future games.

    Posted: March 11, 2010 4:17 PM
  • tdogg06051991

    Yea I spelt it wrong purposely thank you

    Posted: March 11, 2010 3:01 PM
  • tdogg06051991

    Patrick I knew that you did this review because you were playing it in the gamestop video

    http://www.gamespot.com/ps3/ sports/sportschampions/video/6 253386
    26 seconds in YOUR FAMOUSER

    Posted: March 11, 2010 3:00 PM
  • Tyger

    Its funny how much better and smother the Move seems compared to the Wii titles even in early development. I just hope Sony puts some "real" effort to give everything its promising, unlike PS Home.

    Posted: March 11, 2010 12:48 PM
  • cmdluke

    sounds great. can't wait to check it out at E3 this year.

    Posted: March 11, 2010 10:56 AM