A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Five out of six of these sports games are devoid of violence. Games such as volleyball, table tennis, and disc golf send a good message to players -- that playing sports and being active is fun -- but the message in the gladiator duel game isn't as positive since it is about inflicting violence on another.
Positive Role Models
As with most sports games, there isn't a lead protagonist. Rather, you see your character on screen, playing these sports games.
Ease of Play
After you calibrate the PlayStation Move controller (required), playing each of these half-dozen sports games is very easy. With the Move wireless controller, it is simple to control the action onscreen as the camera captures your movement and mirrors it all in the games.
Violence & Scariness
This "Everyone 10+" collection of video games has one title out of the six that has some violence in it. The "Gladiator Duel" challenges pits you against a virtual character with a sword and you must whack at each other until one falls in defeat or leaves the ring. Players will hear grunts and yells as the opponent gets hit.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sports Champions is a collection of sports games played with the PS3 Move motion controller. The "gladiator duel," one of the six games, is what earned this disc an "Everyone 10+" rating for Violence. Holding a sword, the goal is to whack against an opponent, who also wields a sword and shield, until you get enough points for defeating the opponent (who falls to the ground in realistic fashion and cries in pain). There is no blood or gore in the game, though. The game can also be won by pushing the opponent outside of the ring. The other five games are standard sports games, such as table tennis and volleyball.
Is It Any Good?
While it would've been great to see a few more sports thrown in, this high-definition collection of games is a blast to play against the game's artificial intelligence or preferably, alongside up to three other friends. Sports such as table tennis and volleyball were especially fun. Players will also enjoy earning stars, unlockable outfits, new characters, additional equipment, and trophies. Want to hear your own music while playing? No problem, as that's an option from the Settings screen. The PlayStation Move controller is incredibly accurate and comfortable, and we look forward to what it will bring to virtual sports like baseball and golf. Unless parents are concerned about the wacking-of-others violence in the gladiator duel, they'll no doubt like this debut PlayStation Move title.
Online interaction: Aside from online leaderboards (high-score lists), there is no online component to this game.
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