Review: 101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix
Posted 06 Feb 2011 at 15:52 by Ashley Jones
|"[some] sports were entertaining enough but very few were worth repeating"|
They say "the more the merrier", and that seems to be the ethos behind 101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix. As the title suggests there are 101 sports games available for you and your friends to enjoy, but do you really need that many?
The title is reminiscent of the old GameBoy cartridges that promised a multitude of titles on one cartridge but when you really looked at it you realised it was just a few very similar games. The execution of 101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix is pretty similar. While the games are varied their play methods are pretty similar to one another; you move the Wii Remote in some manner and press a combination of buttons. While this may apply to all Wii games, essentially, it feels more uninspired in this game, particularly when playing one sport after another.
The sports on offer vary greatly, and some are 'sports' rather than actual sports, and while very few are completely engaging the range of them means that a few will be enjoyable. The Parkour-based game was reminiscent of Shenmue's Quick Time Event system that I personally liked. Other sports were entertaining enough but very few were worth repeating.
The game's graphics are undesirable for a title this late in the Wii's life. While there are lots of little games on the disc the quality of the graphics are still unforgivable. A lot of the sports have flat backgrounds and some look like they're made of overstretched pixels while the characters, of which they are a handful to choose from, are a little better but still don't offer much.
101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix offers a multiplayer mode so that your friends can join in on the action and it adds a little to the title's enjoyability but not too much. The curiosity regarding what each game will be like is heightened a bit by playing with friends but it still doesn't add much to the game's longevity.
Overall 101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix is disappointing. It feels as if the quality was let to drop in the determination to cram as many different types of sports onto one disc as possible. Had they chosen maybe half, or even a quarter, of them and improved on them it could have been a reasonable party game. As it stands it may get picked up for cheap and enjoyed for a while but it won't keep you coming back. That being said children may enjoy it more and it could just be as adults we've come to expect more from our games.
N-Europe Final Verdict
Too many sports spoil the broth.
A variety of sports on offer...
Some of which are okay
Some sports feel like a chore
Focus is on the number of sports rather than quality