Games review: Sports Champions 2 (PS3)
W E'RE in the annual post-Christmas games famine, so I had a look in my games box and pulled this out. It's not quite a plum but Sports Champions 2 hits the sweet spot in several of its six events.
Dusting off the Move motion-sensing controllers, I started with golf and soon got into the swing of things.
Sorry. All you really need to know is that your glowing controller works brilliantly as a club and driving down these fairways is a joy.
Tennis also does a convincing job of making you think you've got a racket in your hand.
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With a little practice you can mix up rallies with subtle drop shots and devastating top spin passes, though the fact that your player skips across the court automatically limits long-term appeal.
Boxing works especially well with a Move controller in each hand but can be as frustrating as it is exhausting. Landing a knock-out punch is of course satisfying, though usually follows many minutes of awkward hand-flapping and cursing your unreliable guard.
Weakest of the bunch is probably skiing, which has you guiding your Lycra-clad downhiller by turning your controller and bobbing up and down.
I left bowling until last, correctly predicting it would do exactly what it says on the tin.
Unlike skiing, it makes fine use of the Move controller and, in common with all the games here, is a bit soulless when played alone but great fun with a crowd.
Archery returns from last time and it works well enough, though mainly reminds me of the risks the first Sports Champions took.
There was a freeform Frisbee challenge, a medieval swordfight and a great version of Bocce, a sport you might remember from the Paralympics.
This sequel certainly offers decent takes on sports you've been playing for years on the Wii but I wish the developers had stayed left-field. I reckon kabaddi could work a treat.
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