Sports Champions PlayStation 3

  • 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
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  1. I honestly wasn't expecting much, but the precise, enjoyably implemented motion controls and event variety totally sold me.
  2. 91
    But is Sports Champions a "killer app?" Not exactly, but, as you might guess, the multiplayer is a lot more fun than single-player.
  3. 90
    Sports Champions is a great pack-in for Move and well worth buying on its own if you go the a la carte route with the hardware. You'll spend a good chunk of each day playing it and hoping for a sequel.
  4. There's a surprising amount of gameplay here. There are six sports and countless difficulty levels for each. This will keep you training for weeks.
  5. So does it feel like Wii Sports? Certainly not. The better graphics, more responsive motion controls and the different types of sports have created a unique experience that anyone would be proud to have on the PS3.
  6. 85
    Champions' exists to show off what the PlayStation Move can do. In that regard, the mission is accomplished.
  7. Although Sports Champions houses only a handful of events, with the type of events on offer, teamed with the number of modes and challenges easily makes this game a wholeheartedly recommended instant purchase along with your Move Motion controller.
  8. Play UK
    83
    Exact, precise controls. [Issue#196, p.92]
  9. At the end of the day, Sports Champions is a must have release game for the PlayStation Move that captures the potential of this new control system perfectly for the PlayStation 3.
  10. Dec 22, 2010
    82
    As a whole, I really was impressed by this game.
  11. Sports Champions impressively shows what Move can do in six different sport themes. Still, we're waiting for the killer application like a Jedi lightsaber, a Kingdom Hearts keyblade or an Indy Jones whip.
  12. Jan 4, 2011
    80
    Sports Champions may seem devoid of personality, but spending some time with it shows that it is a deliberate, well-crafted piece of software. Those who have been waiting for a true realization of the potential of motion control can finally exchange their smoldering torches for florescent pink wands.
  13. Oct 25, 2010
    80
    Although I cannot say that Sports Champions is a perfect game, it is a great first step into the Playstation Move and motion gaming. Sure I would not have chosen the same sports as what Sony put on the disc, but even with what is offered Sports Champions proves to be a great experience.
  14. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Oct 25, 2010
    80
    We're impressed with this, and you should be too. Sports Champion is a strong first showing, and a great example of the strength of motion controls. [November 2010 p66]
  15. Sports Champions may not be the most innovative game, to demonstrate the abilities of PlayStation Move, but what it does do is show how incredibly well Move can work.
  16. The only significant criticism we can make of Sports Champions is its limited number of sporting events. That said, having six sporting events that are nailed as well as they are in Sports Champions is infinitely preferable to ten sloppily designed ones. When all's said and done, it's the pick of Sony's launch line-up for PlayStation Move.
  17. Sports Champions is to the PlayStation Move what Wii Sports is to the Nintendo Wii. It serves as an easily accessible, enjoyable way to show off the motion tech, while offering up some competition using sports that most people will be familiar with.
  18. Sports Champions is a solid piece of entertainment that gives us a glimpse of what is to come. You really do have to "move" and many of the available events highlight Move's super advanced reliability, precision, and responsiveness.
  19. Not every sport is a winner, but there's no denying that Sports Champions does a great job of showcasing what the Playstation Move has in store for us over the coming years.
  20. It's priced well (at around £25), offers lots of gameplay and a couple of real gems.
  21. It's the perfect game to bundle with the hardware, since it gives you enough gameplay and variety to keep you engaged long enough for Sony to cook up something else compelling to do with your Move controller.
  22. Sports Champions provides a terrific introduction to Move for both hardcore and casual gamers. The game is at its best when played with others; however, the single-player experience leaves a bit to be desired.
  23. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    80
    There's plenty to like here, not the least of which is the developer's thoughtfulness in selecting the game's challenges. [Nov 2010, p.68]
  24. As essentially a "pack-in" title with the Move, it is a great showcase. The sports offered highlight the range of movements the Move supports, and the simple games and challenges have that addictive quality that keeps you coming back to them.
  25. Who would have thought a game could make you believe you were taking part in an actual sport? Sports Champions does, and even with some quirks here and there, it's brilliant fun.
  26. 79
    This is probably one of the best PlayStation Move games you can get at this point. It contains six different games and they all have a short singleplayer. The PlayStation Move works fantastic and the multiplayer is also great.
  27. Despite some missteps, Sports Champions is a solid offering for gamers, provided you can accept the shallow nature of a compilation such as this.
  28. We've had a lot of fun with Sports Champions. While we write these lines, cold sweat is drying from our foreheads. The six sports games that are included in Sports Champions may not offer the greatest draft but PlayStation Move controls are working extremely well. Together with some friends Sports Champions is very entertaining and you will like it very much.
  29. As the core PS Move title, Sports Champions delivers on what it intended to deliver: offering fun and easy sports games that everyone can pick up, play and enjoy from the start.
  30. Jan 2, 2011
    75
    If nothing else, Sports Champions is perhaps one of the few Move launch titles that showcase the accuracy and potential of PlayStation's Motion controller. Though lacking in many departments, it provides a robust and enjoyable motion-based sports experience.
  31. Oct 24, 2010
    75
    Ultimately, there's no reason a Move-owning PS3 gamer shouldn't pick up Sports Champions. Stay away if you've only got one controller, because whether you have a Move in each hand can make or break the experience.
  32. This eclectic sports collection is fun with friends and does a good job of showing what the PlayStation Move hardware is capable of.
  33. As a technical demonstration of the PlayStation Move's prowess and future potential, Sports Champions excels. The majority of mini-games are fun and show depth in places, but a few misfires and soulless presentation let down an otherwise solid package.
  34. Sports Champions is a perfect game to demonstrate the abilities of PlayStation Move and a solid piece of entertainment.
  35. 75
    Sports Champions is a perfect example of what the Playstation Move is capable of. Just don't expect to find any form of innovation in this game.
  36. 75
    Sports Champions is likely the strongest of the launch titles for the PlayStation Move, as it not only provides some solid entertainment in its game modes, but showcases the potential of the Move itself.
  37. Considering the joy that the multiplayer options bring and the sheer feel of the PlayStation Move working just right with all of the activities (even with the repetitive recalibration), Sports Champions is a winner.
  38. Sports Champions is by far the best of the launch lineup for the PlayStation Move. It's not quite as charming as Wii Sports, or as original, and the constant calibrating of the motion controller is a bit of a nuisance, but Sports Champions does well to showcase the talents of the PlayStation Move - specifically the highly responsive one-to-one motion control – and it's a lot of fun to play with friends or family.
  39. 75
    This is another motion controlled mini-game collection. It's a good one, but it's not taking the genre anywhere new.
  40. Sports Champions is a good opening effort for the PlayStation Move. It's not going to capture the attention of the world the way Wii Sports did, but it has put to rest any speculation that Sony's technology isn't up to snuff.
  41. 75
    For all the enhanced visuals, it's the activities that really make use of Move's location technology that make sense and are the most fun to play.
  42. A nice start for Sony Motion controller. Move is precise and accurate, and some of the sports in the package are seruoisly entertaining. Too bad that only 6 sports have been included in the blue ray.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 102 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 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 »