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Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

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  • Summary: Summer Heat Beach Volleyball features: 14 selectable characters, each with player-specific attributes and abilities; 12 sizzling locations, including Venice Beach Stadium, Flamingo Pier, Emerald Marina and Silver Sands Beach; Immersive summer game play experience allows players to unlock hidden secrets as they spike your way to beach volleyball dominance; Proprietary "Super Spike" system, enables gamers to earn special moves, speed-ups and unlock hidden features; First-ever Summer Beach House Party Mode tracks player stats plus unlocks hidden features and players; Game play modes include Arcade, Exhibition, Tournament and Mini-Games; Full character customization, allows players to modify their character's skin color, hairstyle, and accessories; In-game music soundtrack featuring today's top recording artists, including Pink ("Get the Party Started"), Sum 41 ("Summer"), Kylie Minogue ("Love at First Sight"), Sprung Monkey ("Coconut"), Freshmaka ("Hawaiian Shirt") and Suburban ("Ooohwee"); TV-style presentation, including music videos from Pink, Sum 41 and Kylie Minogue, player cut scenes, arena fly-throughs and instant replays. [Acclaim] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. This game comes in a very…and I mean a very close second to "Outlaw Volleyball" in terms of great game play and lasting appeal.
  2. 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.
  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. It actually focuses on solid gameplay. What a concept. [Sept 2003, p.100]
  5. 67
    What it lacks in curves and naughty bump-mapping, it makes up for in sheer gameplay. [Sept 2003, p.54]
  6. 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]
  7. Plagued with underdeveloped AI and repetitive, clunky gameplay, SHBV is one of the least appealing games of 2003. [Sept 2003, p.38]

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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
    10
    This game is tight because you can use walk mode to climb and walk.
  2. BigDaddyT.
    Jul 3, 2003
    10
    Amazing value for money...my mum said it was the best game she'd ever seen!!!
  3. CássioV.
    Jul 23, 2003
    10
    Even with no nudes, an excellent game!
  4. KevinK.
    Jan 9, 2004
    8
    Great gameplay not so good AI.
  5. RustyS.
    Aug 1, 2003
    0
    No one on this game is sexy!