A lot or a little?
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What 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.
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What's it about?
Taking advantage of Sony's PlayStation Move motion-sensing control system for the PlayStation 3, SPORTS CHAMPIONS is a collection of sports games that includes volleyball, table tennis, archery, bocce, disc golf, and gladiator duel. By waving the wireless Move controller around in front of the PlayStation Eye camera, which sits just below or above the television, players control the characters with precision, such as putting a spin on a ping pong ball, spiking a volleyball, or pulling back and letting go to mimic shooting an arrow out of a bow. The optional navigation controller for the left hand can help with games such as gladiator duel (serving as your shield).
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether Sony should've left out the "gladiator duel" game to get an "Everyone" rating (for those six or older). Or perhaps Sony could've gone the Wii Sports Resort route and used balloon swords instead of the real thing. Or is gladiator duel the most entertaining game out of the bunch, and players will clearly understand it's just a game? This could be an interesting discussion for the entire family.
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