Sports Champions - quick play preview

Sports Champions is Sony's sports games meets motion controller effort, but can it compete against Nintendo's Wii Sports and Microsoft Kinect Sports titles?

We go hands on to find out whether Sony's PlayStation Move really will move you at this year's E3 conference in Los Angeles.

Name

Sports Champions

What platform is it on?

Sony PS3

When's it due out?

Autumn 2010

What other game is it like?

Wii Sports, Kinect Sports

Does it use any new tech?

Yep PlayStation Move, Sony's new Motion controller due out in September

The pitch

Get ready to compete in a series of fun, exotic sports as top athletes from around the world come together to find out who is the greatest champion of them all.

The storyline

There isn't one. You've just got to pretend you're the best darn sports dude out there at Disc Golf, Gladiator Duels, Beach Volleyball, Archery, Table Tennis and Bocce.

Our first impressions

There are six games that make up Sports Champions and we were able to play two of them in our hands on at E3 in Los Angeles.

Archery is just as it sounds, with you competing freeplay or otherwise on a range of archery courses hoping to get a bullseye. Using two Move controllers, it allows you to recreate the feeling of holding a bow and arrow. One Move controller is used for the body of the bow, the other for the string, with you pulling back one hand to increase the power. As you pull back the controller rumbles and the more you pull back the stronger your shot.

Turn the front Move controller sideways (as in the picture) and the bow turns with you. If that wasn't enough to freak you out, to load the next arrow you have to reach behind your back and pull one out with your movements perfectly recreated on screen. It's incredibly clever and incredibly exacting and if you had a pretend frame it would feel like you were Robin Hood, just in your living room.

The downside? It's archery.

The second Sports Champions game we played was Table Tennis. This one only requires you to have the one Move controller and lets you play the fast paced action of ping pong in your living room.

Here you throw the Move controller up to serve (something that we failed to do first time - a norm we are told) and then for the rest of the game pretend it's a paddle. Because the PS3 is tracking the exact location of the controller you can do spin shots, curve balls and anything else you fancy within the realms of table tennis. That can be a good thing and equally a bad as the game does require you to be good at table tennis to work effectively. If you can't play in real life then you'll struggle here.

Without playing the other four titles in the pack it's hard to hold judgement on whether or not this will be a must have come launch day for the PlayStation Move, but we really fancy getting our hands on Bocce to see how it works (geeky we know).

Please note

The E3 games convention is a fantastic chance to see the latest games due out over the coming year, as well as, letting us get a glimpse into what is going to be the big titles and the ones to avoid like the plague.

The big problem however is that for most of the titles that glimpse is, well, just that. At the show you'll get to play a level here or a multiplayer map there.

So with that in mind we present you with our Quick Play.

What we've done is broken down the key facts you need to know and then given you our first impressions based on around 15 minutes of gaming. For us that 15 minutes isn't enough to do a First Look review. How can you rate a game that offers over 30 hours of gaming on just 15 minutes of play? However it should hopefully give you an idea, a feeling, a notion, of what to expect come launch day.