If you bought a PlayStation Move set when it launched just over two years ago, then chances are you probably also bought a copy of Sports Champions. This game was clearly the ideal software to showcase the Move to the best of its abilities, and it provided a similar experience to the highly popular Wii Sports, except with more accuracy. Just over two years later we finally get a sequel that can match, if not exceed its predecessor.
Sports Champions 2 feels instantly familiar and throws you into the very sleek and easy to browse menu. The large animated icons are a breeze to maneuver using the PlayStation Move as a pointer, and it really does feel very slick to choose which sport you want to play. Another simple fix that I welcomed was the quick and simple calibration for example, which requires very little effort, and after an entire gaming session playing multiple games, I wasn't asked to calibrate again. If anyone remembers the first game, you were forced to do a three-point calibration whenever you launched each sport.
This time, Sports Champions 2 focuses on a total of six sports, Archery, Golf, Bowling, Tennis, Boxing and Skiing. Out of all of these only Archery is old; however it adds many new modes to help keep it fresh. It’s possible that this sport was kept in the game, simply because it was the most popular in the previous title. All sports can be played in free play mode without having to unlock anything, and offer a Training mode that can be skipped if you are confident in your ability in the game. All the games can also be played using a single PlayStation Move controller; however three of these sports are much better with a second Move controller; Archery, Skiing and Boxing.
The single-player mode or "Cup" mode is where you will spend most of your time in Sports Champions 2. Each sport is broken up into three tiers; bronze, silver and gold, and in each tier you must play through 6 stages to unlock the next tier. These range from a straight-forward match against the AI, or some fun mini-games that help spice up the mechanics a little. For instance in Bowling, pins are aligned down the runway in a line and you must knock them all down in order to obtain points. Once you’ve knocked all of them down, another layout of the pins will be placed along the runway. Each Sport has its own similar mini-game, which tend to be better than the actual game!