A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game promotes friendly competition in group environments. It also makes players get up off the couch and engage in a little physical exercise.
Positive Role Models
The characters on screen are simply mute avatars without personality. Kids are more likely to take cues from their fellow players -- how they react to winning and losing -- rather than those of the virtual athletes on screen, who do little more than swing racquets.
Ease of Play
There are two ways to play: Using a Wii remote as a makeshift racquet or employing the camera included in the premium edition to sense the movements of your arms when they’re swung like racquets. Both are simple and intuitive, but neither is particularly precise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Racquet Sports is a family friendly game that gets players off the couch and has them make like they’re playing a variety of racquet-based sports. It promotes friendly competition in group environments of up to four people. Younger players will learn about the rules for some sports they may not yet be familiar with, including squash and beach tennis. The game makes use of the Wii MotionPlus attachment; and the deluxe version comes with its own camera that can sense your arm movements without holding the Wii controller.
Is It Any Good?
Racquet Sports is definitely one of the better racquet-themed Wii games. The graphics are great. We loved the glass squash court on stilts above a lush jungle, and the view of New York from the window of a loft that played home to a ping pong table was fantastic. Each game has its own feel, whether it’s the rapid fire pace of badminton, the careful timing of squash, or the more measured and strategic shots of ping pong and tennis.
Our only issue is with the interface. Using the Wii remote is simple and intuitive, but imprecise -- even with the MotionPlus enhancement. There were plenty of times when even slight movements between shots would be picked up as swings, leaving us ill-prepared for the ball when it actually arrived. We adjusted by making smaller movements and keeping perfectly still between shots, but that took some of the fun and authenticity out of the game. Using the camera is just as simple, but it reduces the already limited variety of shots you can take. It’s fun to try, but not for serious play. Best save your money and stick with the version without the camera.
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