Big League Sports
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a compilation of about two dozen basic drills associated with six sports but there are no actual sport games (even though the packaging makes it appear that you can play games). Content is family-friendly, play is simple, all of the characters have youthful appearances, and there is no offensive language. The only violence in the game is a hockey mini-game that has players checking their opponents, but even then, all you see are nudged skaters losing their balance and falling to the ice.
What's it about?
BIG LEAGUE SPORTS collects various drills associated with six different sports: football, hockey, lacrosse, basketball, soccer, and tennis. Some, like like a soccer drill that involves blocking a series of incoming balls, feel like they have been taken straight from team practice, while others, such as a tennis challenge that turns the opposite end of the court into a giant pinball machine complete with cushions and kickers, are more fanciful. Solo play sees players working through these drills at their leisure while multi-player play involves bracketed tournaments in which competitors vie to earn the most points over a series of games.
Is it any good?
One can't help but feel a bit deceived by Big League Sports. While its packaging doesn't explicitly state that the game offers the chance to play six actual sports, the screenshots on the back of the box certainly create that impression. The fact that you only get to try a few drills associated with each sport is undeniably disappointing. Many consumers will likely go pecking through all of the menus again and again, searching for a means by which they can actually play a game of basketball or start up a real soccer match rather than just practice performing slam dunks and juggling balls.
What's more, the rudimentary nature of the two dozen mini-games provided all but ensures that they won't hold your interest for more than a few minutes each. You can try everything the game has to offer in a little over an hour, and few of the games warrant revisiting (many don't even deserve a first visit, for that matter). The long and the short of it is that this is a third-rate sports compilation.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about value in interactive entertainment and the merits of trying a game before buying. What constitutes a good bargain when it comes to a video game? Is it a simple formula that weighs hours of play and number of modes against dollars spent? Or does it have something to do with the quality of the experience? What do you expect to get out of a $20 game as opposed to a $60 one?