By Philip DunkleyÂ
I am starting to get a bit worried as a Wii gamer. I know that this console is aimed at the casual gamer, but when you start throwing too many casual titles at them, they get a bit bored, and they also make some pretty bad decisions when buying things. Standing in a store the other day, I observed people buying games for the Wii, normally adults buying for their kids, and the rubbish these people are buying is beyond me. Now, don’t get me wrong here, there are some pretty good casual games out there, and it’s my job to inform people which ones to buy or not, from the limited amount of Wii games I get for review (Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink).
Big Beach Sports is this. It’s a game with 6 different types of sports in the package, all played on the beach. It has Soccer, Volleyball, Boules, Football, Cricket and Frisbee Golf. They are somewhat amusing, but really THQ, is this all you guys have got. It’s a another hashed together set of Mini Games that tickle the interest for about 10 minutes, and the only one worth mentioning is the Frisbee Golf.
It’s basically a Frisbee version of golf, with each â€œHoleâ€ comprising of a tee off spot, and you throw a Frisbee toward a catch basket. Each hole has a stroke rating, and it is somewhat amusing.
There is obviously no story here, and you use an array of different gestures to play each game, and after some it felt like my arm was going to fall off!!
The presentation of the game is pretty poor, with the surrounding environments looking very poor indeed. The sound is irritating. It’s basically a loop of music in each game, which gets very tired, very quickly.
This title has also been launched at a budget price of around R399.00, but still, it’s not as good as Wii Sports, does not look as good, and sounds way worse.
I can’t even tell you more than this, because that’s really about it!!
I am disappointed with the direction that Nintendo are moving at the moment, as it seems that they are specifically only focusing on the casual market, and if I was a hardcore Ninti fan, I would be feeling specifically left out at the moment, especially after the dismal E3 Press conference, even though an apology has been released by Nintendo around this to its more serious gaming fans.
For me this game does not cut it. If I wanted to play a bunch of mini games over and over, I would look at the other offerings out there. I did not even feel satisfied when playing this multiplayer, so that will give you a decent indication. If this is your cup of tea, due to the budget price, go for it, you might get some cheap thrills, if not, steer clear.
Gameplay: 3/10 [Come on!!!] Presentation: 3/10 [It’s visible] Sound: 2/10 [Earplugs Please] Value: 4/10 [R399, the only saving grace] Overall: 3/10 [Just not good enough] Better Than: [Jumper] Worse Than: [Not much]
Last Updated: July 24, 2008