Sports Champions



Six games for the PlayStation Move, including dueling.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.




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.

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.

Families can talk 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.

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:September 19, 2010
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E10+ for Violence

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Kid, 11 years old December 29, 2010

A -You-get-your-moneys-worth Kind of Game

I finally got the Playstation Move for Christmas! I literally jumped out of my skin because I got it. Right away I played Champion Sports. It's so easy to play! You really only have to choose what you want to play, then pick what battle, blah blah blah blah blah.... The graphics are great on this. However if you're looking for educational values or something you're not going to find that in this game..... However, there is sword dueling (I forget what it's really called) where you battle other apponents (computerized) and try to knock them out. Luckily, there is no blood and gore but it kind of teaches a bad lesson which I would recommend 11+. But the other games are totally age appropriate as well! Very addicting!
Teen, 16 years old Written byThe Informer September 21, 2010

An excellent showcase for Sony's motion controller.

Sports Champions is a ton of fun to play, and it is very easy to pick up and play. The motion controllers are excellent and are even better than Wii Sports Resort. They are all great and are a blast to play with friends. In terms of violence, Gladiator Duel is a bit rough, but it's nothing that will bother kids. This is a fun, addictive PS3 title that truly shows us what the PlayStation Move is capable of.
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Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old November 5, 2013


sords and shields... just violence i cannot watch my bro play it
What other families should know
Too much violence


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