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  • Summary: [Downloadable Game] It's time to bowl - High Velocity style! Meet the High Velocity Bowlers. Each High Velocity Bowler has their own unique personality, skill-set, and attributes. Use the SIXAXIS wireless controller to simulate a genuine bowling swing with real lane environments, providing a truly next-gen bowling game. Compete to unlock eight distinctive characters and progress through eight themed alleys on their way to bowling domination. 1-4 Multiplayer - 8 unique characters with their own themed alley to unlock through game play. Fully controlled by the SIXAXIS motion sensors to simulate a real bowling swing. Challenge Mode - Progress through a series of tournaments, matches, and trick shot showmanship to unlock hidden characters and lanes. Trophy Room – View all the trophies, rings, and patches you’ve accumulated. [SCEA] Expand
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. High Velocity Bowling has rolled its way into the first place slot for bowling games across all systems. It offers the best "feel" of any motion-controlled bowling game out there, and with next-gen visuals and sound, you can't help but feel you are really bowling in these exotic private lanes.
  2. A fun little bowling title with a nice amount of "game" and an attractive price. Really, all it's missing is online play, and I guess there's always the possibility of patching that feature in later on.
  3. 79
    It probably isn't the game you'll play hours on end, but you'll find yourself coming back to it over and over again.
  4. It's unlucky that Nintendo already achieved the same results with Wii Sports Bowling. High Velocity Bowling is mainly the same. Throwing a ball with the Playstation controller simply isn't as smooth as the Wiimote. It's not that the game is unplayable. You just have to get used to the controls.
  5. But it also makes you wonder why the game uses motion sensing at all, since all you're really doing during the swing itself is setting the power of your shot. If you can live with that then it's a decent bowling game with plenty to unlock, as well as trick shots and other fun frills.
  6. A lot of fun if you've got mates round and fancy something light-hearted as a warm-up to your next Singstar/Rock Band/Guitar Hero III sesh. [Mar 2008, p.112]
  7. 50
    A waste of time once you've mastered the strike technique. [Issue#163, p.86]

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  1. AleksiS.
    Dec 23, 2007
    Best PSN game now, much fun for a long time, only problem there is not network game.
  2. JayK.
    May 10, 2008
    This is the best £5 I have ever spent. It is so addictive and there is so much to do for the money. There is a lot to unlock and it's quite challenging. The different characters are all creepy but weirdly likable. The controls are genius and are easily better than the Wii sports bowling game. Lastly, it is a great multiplayer game and you will find yourself becoming very serious and competitive. Expand
  3. Dec 4, 2010
    What a fun game!I loved playing the wii bowling but after playing this game,there is no bowling game that even comes close to the physics,the feel,the fun.This is what I'm talking about,games like this are always best with another player but when you can play a game like this by yourself and have tons of fun then you know it's a well made great game.I recommend this to anyone wanting fun,real bowling that doesn't want to go out to the bowling alley cause this is as close as you can get. Collapse
  4. LaurandaK.
    Dec 8, 2007
    I love these websites. "It's low on content." It's bowling! It's not a very complex sport. Do they want over the top stuff like the Power Bowling in Wiisports? The characters are kind of goofy and annoying after awhile, but as far as the game itself, it has never been done better. Sure, you don't have full motiong sensing like Wiisports, but that prevents you from cranking your arm the same way everytime to easily get high scores like in Wiisports. The scoring here is much more on par with real bowling. Expand
  5. PorterB.
    Dec 10, 2007
    Puts wii bowling to shame. has a small learning curve that once you get it down is actually suprisingly fun!
  6. Giterdone
    Dec 17, 2007
    Really suprisingly good and hands down the best downloadable game on the PSN (other than Warhawk of course). it is hard to hit consistent strikes, but once you get the hang of it, it's great fun. Expand
  7. Dec 17, 2013
    I've played this a lot! It just works so well with the sixaxis. And it's really fun to be able to feel like I can actually throw a curveball. It's really fun to play with friends too.
    Downside is that to unlock everything you have to complete the career mode and challenges. The ending was too difficult and it also made me a lot better then my friends and so I always won every game. Which broke the game for us and we didn't play it again. I did have a lot of fun though.

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