Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 90
    Sportsfriends is one of the necessities every gamer must have in their arsenal.
  2. 90
    A superb mini-game compilation that’s as addictive and raucously entertaining as it is ugly, with Johann Sebastian Joust blurring the lines between video and parlour game.
  3. May 7, 2014
    90
    Sportsfriends is a celebration of the social side of games, their ability to bring a room together in one loud, raucous moment and how they're so much more fun when enjoyed with company. Alongside like-minded titles such as Towerfall and Nidhogg, this compilation is a pleasant reminder of that power - and, just like its companions, Sportsfriends represents video games at their very, very best.
  4. May 6, 2014
    90
    A wonderful party game that should be making an appearance at your next event.
  5. May 6, 2014
    90
    Sportsfriends hardly feels like a video game, and that's what makes it so special. It's an experience that anyone can enjoy, regardless of their gaming experience, totally irrespective of their specialty at sports or team-based games.
  6. May 14, 2014
    87
    Sportsfriends is one of the most dynamic and addictingly deep local multiplayer games I’ve ever played.
  7. May 9, 2014
    85
    It offers a relaxed multiplayer, better served with friends, beers and a comfortable couch, and while doing that, it reminds you how good it is to play with friends.
  8. Jun 29, 2014
    83
    You'll need a sackful of Sony toys to get the most from it, but this delivers hours of ridiculous enjoyment. [Aug 2014, p.64]
  9. Despite the steep entry barrier, it's essential for partying types. [July 2014, p.86]
  10. Local co-op lives on thanks to the unbelievably enjoyable Sportsfriends. [July 2014, p83]
  11. May 26, 2014
    80
    If you're one of those people who lives to party (and honestly, who doesn't?!), Sportsfriends deserves an immediate addition to your game library. It comes with four unique competitive experiences that are worth checking out, even if some are better than others, and the presentation and gameplay each one presents is truly inventive--and a far cry from what you've come to expect with NBA Jam. Dig in, and don't forget your friends.
  12. May 8, 2014
    80
    A unique multiplayer experience for PS3 and PS4 users. The absence of online and single player modes harm the experience, though.
  13. May 7, 2014
    80
    Sportsfriends is the most-fun party game I’ve played since the days of the original Mario Party.
  14. May 7, 2014
    80
    As a game, it has problems. Indoor spaces will struggle to contain more than a few players (the maximum is seven) and with no rules governing conduct, smaller players are at a natural disadvantage if competition escalates. Still, as a statement of intent it is extraordinary, and feels characteristic of what Sportsfriends sets out to achieve – a realisation that simplicity and good company are the root ingredients of enjoying games, and that far from being decisive, visual sophistication might actually be entirely irrelevant.
  15. May 6, 2014
    80
    It's a shame there is no single-player or online content in Sportsfriends to keep you occupied when home alone, but it's the kind of game that takes full advantage of being exclusively local, and it's worth having friends over for.
  16. May 6, 2014
    80
    If you’ve got a room full of buddies and a handful of controllers, Sportsfriends is a delightful party game that will have everyone smiling and elbowing each other in the ribs.
  17. May 14, 2014
    78
    Sportsfriends is a hilarious party game, but only under the perfect circumstances. Two players is not enough for most of the games, while J.S. Joust can't shine at all in a small room packed with only 4 players.
  18. May 9, 2014
    70
    A fun and admirable collection of multiplayer games that will bring people together. The only issue is that none of the games are compelling enough to ensure that they keep them coming back.
  19. May 8, 2014
    70
    With a low price, it may be worth splitting the cost between close pals for an evening’s worth of entertainment – just make sure that you know what you’re getting into first.
  20. May 6, 2014
    70
    It's a very uneven package in the sense that there could have either been a few more games and a few could have been better, but honestly -- $15 isn't a terrible price just for Joust alone.
  21. 60
    A collection of fun, forgettable mini-games, Sportsfriends demands local players but struggles to be the life of the party.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Aug 27, 2014
    0
    To complain about that would be missing the point, though. Sportsfriends is a waste of time and a social side game, if you dont have hipster friends, then this is nothing to look for. their ability to bring a room together in one loud, if you dont like titles like Towerfall and Nidhogg then its nothing for you. i played pixelgames in the 90s, im sick of it. this compilation is a pleasant reminder of that power - and, just like its companions, Sportsfriends represents video games at their very, very weakest time.

    This is a waste of time ;)
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  2. May 12, 2014
    10
    Game is a complete blast to play. Obviously you need atleast 1 other player but every game is different and completely hilarious and well built. These are not just Warioware-esque mini games but full on multiplayer games with ALOT of depth. If you are having some friends over this is a must buy! Full Review »
  3. May 7, 2014
    10
    The best local-multiplayer game ever created. Everything about this game is so well done. The menu's feel smooth and well though out. The game play is top notch. Go out and download this gem today! Full Review »