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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game promotes friendly, competitive, active competition both locally and online.
Positive Role Models
The game’s characters are good sports, cheering when they win and not looking too dejected when they lose.
Ease of Play
Two kinds of control exist: basic and advanced. The former is simple enough that a four-year-old can have fun. The latter offers players more control and the ability to strike better shots, but is also less forgiving and carries with it the risk of hitting much worse shots.
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.
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.
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