Racquet Sports - PlayStation Move Edition
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Racquet Sports for the PlayStation Move is very similar to its Wii counterpart, which means it’s safe for the whole family. Aside from a few mildly revealing outfits worn by female avatars, the content is completely innocuous. It also promotes exercise and friendly competition. Note that unlike the Wii edtion, this version supports online play and allows players to freely communicate via headset, which Common Sense Media does not recommend for pre-teens.
What's it about?
A port of the Wii game of the same name released earlier this year, RACQUET SPORTS requires Sony’s new PlayStation Move controller. It contains the same five basic sports as the Wii edition -- tennis, badminton, squash, beach tennis, and table tennis -- but offers slightly different controls. The basic controls, which require players to simply swing at the right moment, make the matches simple enough for even young children to experience some success, while the advanced controls make more use of the PlayStation Eye camera for enhanced precision while also allowing players a small level of control over the movement of their avatar (they can point the Move controller in the direction they want to run to make them move faster). Modes include exhibition, training, single-player career, party, online, and quick one-off matches. Players can unlock a wide variety of aesthetic costume upgrades for each of the game’s dozen or so avatars.
Is it any good?
Racquet Sports is a pretty middling active sports game. All of the five sports require more or less the same swinging motion, making the game somewhat monotonous. What’s more, the PlayStation Move control scheme has been put to poor use. Even in advanced mode players have surprisingly limited control over their shots. The table tennis game in Sports Champions, another PlayStation Move game, puts all of these racquet sports to shame.
That said, if all you’re looking for is a simple game to get the family off the couch for a little casual fun, Racquet Sports might do the trick. The basic controls are simple enough even for very young children to grasp, and there’s little doubt it will help burn a few calories. Plus, with a complete graphics overhaul -- including much more detailed and realistic avatars and venues -- it certainly defeats its forebear in the visuals department. It’s not the best motion-control racquet game around, but there are worse.
Online interaction: Through PlayStation Network, you can engage in online multiplayer games, with the ability to use open voice chat. Common Sense Media does not recommend moderation-free online communication for pre-teens. We suggest using the parental controls built into the game console to disable online communication features.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about active games. Do you think active games that require players to get off the couch and move around actually help players stay fit? Do you feel tired after playing or sore the next day?
Families can also discuss whether they think the PlayStation Move’s active games are substantially different from the Wii’s. Do they offer the same level of precision, or is it better or worse? Do you prefer one over the other?