Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
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  1. Its gameplay is competent, but not challenging enough to hold the interest of sports game players for the long term. Think of it as a day at the beach during the summer - a nice little diversion with some pleasant scenery.
  2. Despite some rough edges, Summer Heat Beach Volleyball gets enough of the fundamentals right to keep things fun.
  3. The game could have been so much better with a more balanced AI, or at least a more gradual progression. Hitting that AI “brick wall” about halfway through the tour may have less-dedicated gamers hitting the showers.
  4. 70
    The sex appeal factor is just okay, so it’s not going to blow you away if you’re mainly in the market for eye candy or compromising situations.
  5. Credit is due for the canny and accurate use of a line judge, and memorisation of the last picked team for exhibition and arcade games - and for the wonderful replays, enabling you to see all of the action. Part of that action is, naturally, some breast-juggling. We just thought you'd like to know.
  6. Though the graphics are miles below the photo-realistic polygon bodies in “Beach Spikers” (GameCube), “DOA Xtreme Beach Volleyball” and “Outlaw Volleyball” (XBox) the control and gameplay are spot-on.
  7. The major drawback of Summer Heat is an issue of longevity; there really isn't much to keep you at it for longer than a couple of days, despite the fairly entertaining co-op and versus multiplayer modes.
  8. Not as fun or as sexy as it should have been, Summer Heat Beach Volleyball has its moments of addictive diversion but its faults keep the game from being a true volleyball game.
  9. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It actually focuses on solid gameplay. What a concept. [Sept 2003, p.100]
  10. Game Informer
    I still wish this game was sexier. The play is serviceable - the control scheme grows on you - but the character models are quite shoddy. [Aug 2003, p.91]
  11. GameNow
    What it lacks in curves and naughty bump-mapping, it makes up for in sheer gameplay. [Sept 2003, p.54]
  12. 64
    It's one of the deepest games of its kind over the last couple of years for sure, but with an absolutely stupid artificial intelligence, an emphasis on powerful strikers, and an affinity for the jump spike above everything else, it's hard to recommend this one to true fans of the sport.
  13. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Heat's mushy [control] scheme relies too heavily on context, making your beach bunny set when you intended an unstoppable spike, and its overbearing interface banishes guesswork (and psych-out strategy) from the game. Still, the virtual volleyball action is fast-paced fun. [Sept 2003, p.112]
  14. 60
    Even with its extras -- [it's] still a bit on the ditzy, simplistic side. It's appropriate really, since almost nobody wants an overly simulated volleyball title. As a raw game, it certainly plays better than the admittedly better-looking "DOA Extreme Beach Volleyball."
  15. The power spiking constitutes the only true action, and the preternaturally conspicuous jiggling the only eye candy. The animation sucks, and the game's most promising aspect—complex plays enabled by your teammates—is undermined by poor artificial intelligence.
  16. A passable diversion between more traditional sports games, but nothing more.
  17. Cheat Code Central
    Although the game has much more depth than DOA, with more moves giving you more control on the court, this is still not the definitive version of a volleyball game.

Awards & Rankings

#94 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. ByronL.
    Mar 3, 2004
    This game is tight because you can use walk mode to climb and walk.
  2. KevinK.
    Jan 9, 2004
    Great gameplay not so good AI.
  3. RustyS.
    Aug 1, 2003
    No one on this game is sexy!