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Deca Sports 2 review

Decent
AT A GLANCE
  • Ten new disciplines
  • Petanque works well
  • More fun with friends
  • No Mii options
  • Arenas seem oddly lifeless
  • Most minigames are boring or broken

Following the success of Wii Sports, several sporty compilations have jogged onto Wii. And while Wii Sports Resort warms up in the changing room, Sports Island (AKA Deca Sports in the US) is first out of the blocks with a sequel.

Last year’s events have been replaced by ten new disciplines ranging from motorbike racing to synchronized swimming. But while the sports are new, the presentation is still average at best. With no Mii options you have to pick some genero-characters, and the arenas seem oddly lifeless.

The quality of the sports varies wildly. Petanque works well (it’s like a Gallic take on Wii Sports Bowling) but stick-swiping kendo is monotonous. Tennis gives you more control than its Wii Sports peer but lacks Wii Sports’ intuitiveness. Darts is nigh-on impossible, as you have to hold B and A on the remote while doing a pretend dart-chuck, and synchronized swimming could have been great with a bit of timed arm-waving, but is merely done with small remote flicks.

As with its predecessor, this works better in multiplayer as the spirit of competition helps mask the control issues and lackluster presentation (man, those bikes are twitchy). But with so few of the games being much fun to play anyway, a purchase doesn’t seem worth it.

Jun 12, 2009

More Info

Release date: Sep 29 2009 - Wii (US)
May 15 2009 - Wii (UK)
Available Platforms: Wii
Genre: Sports
Published by: Hudson Entertainment
Developed by: Hudson Entertainment
ESRB Rating:
Everyone
PEGI Rating:
3+

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5 comments

  • CharlieMorgan2012 - October 7, 2009 9:38 p.m.

    I picked up the game to play with my gf. We had an awesome time with it. Hockey is really good. I played online a few times and it was fun too. I say pick it up. I wonder why Charlotte didn't mention that you can create your own team with the games team editor. I find it to be way better then making mii's with all the options available. Anyway, its worth picking up.
  • Dengar13 - June 14, 2009 4:35 p.m.

    Shame it got such a low review, it really looks good. Makes me really hesitant to go out and buy it now.
  • MasterM08 - June 14, 2009 1:23 a.m.

    ive never played this game but i want just cuase it has hockey on iy:P!!
  • fionnoh - June 15, 2009 9:09 p.m.

    if i was going to get another sports game for the wii, i'd wait for wii sports resort. you know that if anything, it'll play well.
  • AntistaIsTheLight - June 14, 2009 9:15 p.m.

    This may be an alright game!

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