• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Sep 7, 2010
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 64 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 64
  2. Negative: 0 out of 64
  1. 70
    Great party game offers six mini-games to test your skills with PS Move control stick. Lasting fun guaranteed both in solo and in multiplayer modes of play. Lack of online play is inexcusable though. [Issue#197]
  2. This is one of the best PlayStation Move launch titles. Its rivalry with Wii Sports is clear, and although the latters wins overwhelmgly in charm, Sport Champions options are very praisable.
  3. Yes, there are moments of brilliance here - Archery, Bocce and Gladator Duel do absolutely demonstrate that the technology is sound - it's just presented in such a bland manner that you could be forgiven for thinking Move was only ever designed to be a curious peripheral targeted at the EyeToy market, and it wasn't until Microsoft's arm-flapping last year that they decided to take it mainstream.
  4. Easily the best of Sony's launch games for PlayStation Move. A solid and much better looking challenger to Wii Sports, and while not all the disciplines are equally fun, some of them are surprisingly gripping. We spent five hours playing Boccia and still wanted more, and that's saying something.
  5. As an example of the kind of control Move is going to allow in future titles, Sports Champions is easily the best of the launch line-up, but compared to the obvious competition (Wii Sports Resort) it's lacking content.
  6. Right now it's the best demonstration of what PlayStation Move is capable of.
  7. Sports Champions is really rather good on the whole. Table Tennis is exceptional, Archery is great and games like Gladiator Duel and Bocce are fun while showing off some of Move's potential.
  8. Disc golf and bocce are the highlights in this collection of small sports games. A bit short on content but still the best Move game so far.
  9. Unoriginal and blandly presented, but an effective vindication of Move - with at least half of the games being the best ever adaptations of their sports.
  10. Presentation is what lets Sports Champions down, and not just when it comes to the characters. The environments appear bland, empty and dated.
  11. Sports Champions is the only game in the initial Move-line-up that makes it clear how impressive the abilities of the controller are, as well as having enough gameplay to make it all worthwhile. The sports are varied and work accurately, although the presentation could've benefited from a bit more spice.
  12. Sports Champions is a nice experience, and is the demonstration of the PlayStation Move qualities. Some design problems with a couple of mini-games ruin the overall experience, but it's a pretty launch title.
  13. 70
    This is the game to get if you're set on buying a Move controller or two. It's a shame that we couldn't have more involved experiences at launch, but Sports Champions should tide you over until the mythical bunch of 'second generation' Move games arrive.
  14. Sports Champions manages to stand up in its own right, proving a commendable showcase for Move's impressive level of on-screen gesture replication, and highlighting the strength of Sony's tech over Nintendo's Wii Remote, even with MotionPlus attached. [Issue#101, p.124]
  15. It's a decent enough showcase for the hardware, and most of the games are genuinely fun, especially with friends, but it's hard to recommend without reservation when you consider how much it'll all cost.
  16. Sports Champions as a stand alone game unfortunately has the same fate as the Wii's launch title 'Wii Sports,' it's fun to play for a while and cool to show off the tech to your friends, but it really lacks substance to keep you around in comparison to other sport titles.
  17. Dec 22, 2010
    60
    It remains an early PS Move highlight, but one that can't boast the charm or accessibility of its Wii rivals, despite the improved tech. [Nov 2010, p.92]
  18. All sports are at its base well recreated, with the exception of Volleyball. However, it is a game limited in content and which does not offer much to the players.
  19. Sony is four years late with its Wii Sports clone and give us only a half-decent motion-controlled sports game.
  20. Sports Champions really offers a lot of good fun, either alone or with friends. Most of its games are technical and interesting to play (table tennis, frisbee and archery are excellent!). It also uses well the PlayStation Move, an impressive precision accessory that offers really good and realistic feelings. Still, the game lacks a bit of variety, events, game modes... and you will have to buy at least two PS Moves and a camera to play, which will probably makes you hesitate!
  21. The game true weakness : only six different sports, and all of them aren't unforgettable.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Sep 20, 2010
    5
    Sports Champions is a sign of the times. It wasn't that long ago that many in the gaming industry panned motion controls as a gimmick thatSports Champions is a sign of the times. It wasn't that long ago that many in the gaming industry panned motion controls as a gimmick that wasn't meant to last. Of course, that was when Nintendo was the only company supporting motion controls. Now in 2010, Sony debuts Sports Champions as the "killer app" for Move. Ultimately, it's their version of WiiSports. I have mixed feelings about the title. It definitely shows off Move and what Sony can accomplish with motion on the PS3. Even though the motion controls were as good as WiiMotion Plus and in some cases a little better, at times it did get wonky with erratic movements when the players (myself and my gf) weren't moving much. Also, the number of times you have to calibrate Move for events can grow tiresome. The number of events are limited which is unfortunate but some are truly enjoyable, Bocce and Archery were great fun but Gladiator and Volleyball just weren't as good as they could have been. The trophy support is appreciated as are the LeaderBoards but at the end of the day, Sports Champions just felt like a Wii HD title in PS3 clothing. There just isn't enough content and it just doesn't offer anything beyond what we've already experienced with Nintendo's offerings. Is this the killer app that Move needed to justify the purchase of the controller/eyetoy/attachments? For the cost of admission, no it is not. Full Review »
  2. Sep 18, 2010
    9
    I bought a second controller at the time of purchase. difficulty ramps up nicely, and i enjoyed 5 of the six ( haven't really tried bocce yet)I bought a second controller at the time of purchase. difficulty ramps up nicely, and i enjoyed 5 of the six ( haven't really tried bocce yet) alone and multiplayer. It will be interesting to see if they implement the sports which the characters seem most focused on. such as some form of baseball, basketball, football karate. Favorite games are archery and volleyball. I don't bother watching for the green circle in VB and i consistently toss up the fire ball. Camera above TV seems to work better then below. Look forward to new sports. Full Review »
  3. Sep 16, 2010
    8
    Pretty fun game, was expecting it to be a little less challenging and i'm pleased that it's not! Disc Golf is not at all fun imo however tablePretty fun game, was expecting it to be a little less challenging and i'm pleased that it's not! Disc Golf is not at all fun imo however table tennis alone justifies the price. Archery was ok but i'm sure it'd be more fun with a second motion controller. Full Review »