A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game promotes friendly virtual sports competition between up to four people in the same room or in safe environments online.
Positive Role Models
Our characters have no personalities other than what their customizable facial features might imply (you can make their eyes look mean or happy). That said, they seem content to be competing with one another, and don’t engage in taunts or insults.
Ease of Play
The controls generally make sense, but they are not entirely intuitive and can, at times, be frustratingly imprecise. All of the sports have multi-stage tutorials, and beginners will likely need to work through them to fully understand how to play.
Violence & Scariness
There is mild, cartoonish violence in some of the sports. Hockey players occasionally knock each other to the ice, kendo has player avatars striking one another with wooden sticks, and dodge ball involves throwing plastic balls at other competitors. No one ever appears injured or in pain.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Products & Purchases
The logo of the sports brand Adidas can be seen in many of the game’s venues.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sports compilation game features a small amount of cartoon violence in the form of hockey checks and wooden stick fights, but that none of the characters ever appear hurt or in pain. There is online play, but no opportunity for players to communicate with one another, making it safe for children. Also note that there is some in-game advertising that appears in some sports arenas.
Is It Any Good?
Deca Sports 2 gets a lot of stuff right. It delivers graphics that are a cut above most of its sports party game competitors, offers simple online play to let players go up against human opponents when no one else is around to play, and nails the feel and strategy of games like petanque and darts. Even synchronized swimming, which is in essence a rhythm game involving specific waggles of the Wii remote, feels right.
Sadly, it also drops the ball in a few ways, the most important of which is control precision. Many of the activities practically beg to be made compatible with Nintendo’s new MotionPlus attachment, which enhances the accuracy of movement detection. Without it, players are bound to be frustrated as their movements for tennis swings and kendo strikes aren’t properly recognized. And trying to squeeze complex, team-based events like ice hockey and dodge ball into the same package as smaller individual sports just doesn’t make sense. It’s still more fun than most sports compilations, but Deca Sports 2 could have been much better.
Online interaction: Players can compete freely online or against people on their friends list. There is no way to communicate, so there is no risk of children overhearing or seeing anything inappropriate, and it is impossible for personal information to be exchanged.
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