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Summer Stars 2012 (PS3) Review

/ Sep 2nd, 2012 1 Comment

Summer Stars 2012 Review

Summer Stars 2012 Review

Summer Stars 2012 Review

Summer Stars 2012 for PlayStation 3 is a game designed to bring in folks that are hot for Olympic-sports. The game makes use of the PlayStation Move controller, offering up 18 different sports ranging from running, swimming, track and field, biking and more.

Features

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 Sound

Summer Stars (PS3)

Summer Stars (PS3)

The 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.

Controls

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.

Overall Impression

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.

SUMMER STARS 2012 (PS3) REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall55%

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE4

What looked like a promising title fell completely flat.

GRAPHICS7

The graphics and modeling of the athletes looks pretty legit.

SOUND6

Sound effects were decent, the play-by-play was horrible.

CONTROLS5

Failed to make good use of the Move technology and every sport basically involved us shaking the Move back and forth.


Sean Gibson

Sean Gibson

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Sean Gibson was the founder of Gaming Illustrated and served as Executive Editor and lead reviewer from 2002 to 2014. He no longer is affiliated with Gaming Illustrated, but remembers his time with the site fondly.
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SUMMER STARS 2012 (PS3) REVIEW

Gaming Illustrated RATING

Overall55%

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE4

What looked like a promising title fell completely flat.

GRAPHICS7

The graphics and modeling of the athletes looks pretty legit.

SOUND6

Sound effects were decent, the play-by-play was horrible.

CONTROLS5

Failed to make good use of the Move technology and every sport basically involved us shaking the Move back and forth.

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