Summer Stars 2012 features 18 different sports and both a “play now” feature where you can just start up any one particular event, or start off your own medal competition in a Career Mode. Each event takes place in a different location and every time you play you rank against the competition and even can set personal or world record marks.
The game is said to offer up a multiplayer mode, one which we could never get to work. Between three gamers, two Master’s Degrees and one very frustrated reviewer, we simply could not get any sort of multiplayer going using the Move or standard controller.
Graphics and SoundThe graphics aren’t half bad, for a game that retails well less than what other new games come out for, it’s decent. The modeling of the athletes is pretty good and inside the various sports the moves they pull off look fairly legit. Certainly it’s not going to blow you away, but it wasn’t that bad.
The sound was a mixed bag to say the least. The good were the sound effects for the sports themselves, it sounded legit whenever you were swimming, diving, on the trampoline or whatever you were doing. The bad were the crowd sounds (constant weird groans) and the absolutely abysmal commentators that sounded like two of the most bitter people you’ll ever hear. I’m all for colorful comedic commentary when things don’t go right in-game, but these two simply failed to deliver and came across more condescending than funny.
As many pointed out when trying out Summer Stars 2012 for this review, the point of using the Move controller is to actually MOVE. Instead, you basically shake the controller for every sport involving movement back and forth. There’s no intuitive “just mimic what you would do in real life” involving any of the sports at all. The controls are frustrating and completely lacking in refinement when using Move technology.
Regretfully, Summer Stars 2012 failed to capture even a modicum of the fun that are Olympic-style video gamers. On the positive side of things, the game’s graphics were passable and the sound effects for the sports were decent. On the “needs to improve” side of the ledger, the play-by-play was annoying, we couldn’t get the multiplayer to work and the controls for just about all the sports were wonky at best. This game, even at the discounted price tag, probably is just a pass if you’re considering checking it out.