Outlaw Volleyball Remixed - Review
|29/7/2005||Take Two||Hypnotix||1-4, 2 ||M15+||Medium|
As you may, or may not, be aware the developers of this game, Hypnotix, have just been bought out by Electronic Arts and are currently working on titles for the gaming giant. Just before moving over, however, the company released two titles for Global Star Software, Outlaw Tennis (which will be reviewed in the coming days) and this game Outlaw Volleyball Remixed. We have to say we were pretty excited to see these games in action - we'd had a blast playing their first Outlaw title on PS2 here, Outlaw Golf 2 which had some fantastic gameplay as well as humour.
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Some of you may wonder why this game has the word Remix in the title. Well the answer is simple. Outlaw Volleyball was originally released on XBox way back in mid-2003. To compensate for the lengthy delay the developers have added two new courts and plenty of costumes. Certainly not enough to warrant an upgrade for XBox owners, but a small bonus for PS2 gamers.
In terms of features Outlaw Volleyball Remixed sees you playing volleyball in 13 different courts including 2 new courts in this game - one on an aircraft carrier, the other in a kingpin's mansion. Throw in the original courts in locations such as a sewer system, jungle and of course a beach and you have quite a bit of variety. In terms of players the game includes (according to the back of the box) "17 half naked characters including Trixie the college co-ed". Does it get you excited? Well it may sound like a Playboy mansion party, but you're not going to be seeing anything more then some women (and guys) in their swimming gear and plenty of bouncing hooters. When you start to promote a game in such a fashion you know you're in trouble.
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In terms of game modes the developers have included several to keep you occupied. Exhibition Match allows you to select the players and courts before entering the match. The Random Play works in much the same way however the CPU selects the players and court and you're straight into the game. The meat of the game is the Tour Mode where you enter a series of tournaments and through this mode will unlock new characters and courts. For a budget title one extremely welcome addition is the inclusion of online gameplay. Yes, this $29.95 game includes online modes for two players to battle it out.
|Graphics are very average.|
Unfortunately all these features, and bonuses over the XBox version don't improve what can only be described as a very dull game when it comes to gameplay. Make no mistake about it, this isn't the PS2's answer to Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball which is admittedly as much about the eye candy as it is about the gameplay - but at least that game was entertaining to play. In comparison Outlaw Volleyball Remixed seems sluggish, unexciting and generally quite average. The humour in the game is good but soon becomes tiresome as do the cut scenes between points which you'll soon want to skip to get back into the game.
There's really only one term we can use to describe the graphics in Outlaw Volleyball Remixed - dull. Sure the characters are nice to look at and certainly have quite a bit of personality however the backgrounds and courts themselves are little better then PSOne styled games - at the end of the PS2's life that's unacceptable. The animation on the players is fairly solid and the developers have included around half a dozen camera angles to select from.
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Audio in the game is quite amusing at first with plenty of one liners flying thick and fast from both the commentator and the players themselves. Sadly these soon become repetitive and you'll start to groan as you hear the same comments over and over again. In terms of music the game includes several rock based tracks, but you'll be lucky to recognise any of the songs - at least I didn't. All-in-all another average aspect of this title.
We have to say that at this stage this looks like being the worst of the three titles in the Outlaw series on Playstation 2. Sure the humour is OK the first couple of plays but it soon becomes tiring. The graphics really are quite bland and the gameplay mediocre at best. If you're looking for some semi-adult styled sports action we certainly recommend Outlaw Golf 2 over this game and even Outlaw Tennis - which we'll have reviewed soon - too. Outlaw Volleyball Remixed is one only for die-hard volleyball fans, of those on a very tight budget.
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Review By: Dave Warner
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|GRAPHICS||The players are passable, but the backgrounds are simply dull.||55%|
|SOUND||Speech gets repetitive, music is average and effects are, erffects.||62%|
|GAMEPLAY||The game doesn't falter technically, but its just so unexciting.||51%|
|VALUE||$29.95 with online gameplay makes this pretty good value overall.||82%|
|OVERALL||Outlaw Volleyball: Remixed is a solid game of volleyball let down by average graphics and some repetitive speech after some playing. If you're on a budget and/or looking for an online sports title then this may be worth picking up, just don't expect anything groundbreaking.||60%|