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Poor Control Response Makes for Poor Game Experience
on May 16, 2008
I didn't come to Deca Sports with extremely high expectations. I was just hoping for a fun little experience that could be shared with a few friends in multiplayer mode. What I got was a very frustrating game with a input response delay that makes the whole thing unbearable.
While the event selection, game mode variety, and graphical presentation meet my expectations for a budget price, multiplayer casual game, the gameplay leaves something to be desired. In almost every one of the 10 sports on offer, there is a major control problem that makes the experience completely unsatisfying. Two examples:
Badminton: When executing a swing the on-screen character does not initiate movement until the player has reached the end of their wiimote motion. This delay feels unnatural and ruins the experience for me. Volleyball and basketball have a similar delay.
Curling: The velocity at which the stone is released is dictated by stopping the power bar at the appropriate level. This task is nearly impossible due to a significant (and inconsistent) delay between the wiimote command and the game's response to that input. It is very difficult to enjoy the best part of curling (strategy) when a basic element of the gameplay mechanics introduces an uncontrollable random element.
I cannot recommend this game due to the high level of control related frustration I experienced.