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Beach Spikers Volleyball NGC
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MODEL- 61011 VENDOR- Sega FEATURES- Beach Spikers Hit the beach for some high-intensity volleyball under the hot summer sun in Beach Spikers for Nintendo GameCube This Arcade smash hit showcases beautiful bikini-clad female teams of two in fierce competition for the volleyball championship. You can bump set and spike it with three friends in Versus Mode or team up with a customizable computer partner in Arcade Training and all-new World Tour Mode. Get the edge over competing teams by assigning skill points to your glistening beach babe teammate. You can also earn teamwork percentage points by honestly rating your teammates skills on the sandy court. If she drills her serve into the net and you compliment her instead of reprimanding her your teamwork percentage points will plummet. As you progress through the tournaments youll unlock new beaches hairstyles sunglasses faces and uniforms which can be used in other modes. Shadows play across the court as the day passes but dont worry your summer never has to end! * Play as one of 16 different teams or create your own. * Grab three friends and choose from four unique Versus Modes: Beach Spikers Beach Flags Beach P.K. and Beach Countdown. * Name your teammates and select their face skin tone hairstyle & color bikini country to represent and sunglasses. * Dynamic camera angles mind-blowing graphics and gorgeous character models. ESRB Rating : E for Everyone Genre/Category : Action/Sports System : Nintendo GameCube Number of Players : 14 Compatible Peripheral Features: Memory Card Standard Controller MANUFACTURER WARRANTY: 30 DAYS
Beach Spikers offers intense beach volleyball action for up to four players. The game showcases beautiful female athletes as they battle it out under the fierce summer sun. Gamers will have to cooperate and compete as they take control of bikini-clad beauties and go two-on-two at the net. Players must perfect their timing and polish their technique as they take on World Tour mode, but first they should use the tutorial mode to round out their skills. Other modes include arcade and exhibition.
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Pretty good for brief enjoyment. It's a pretty decent game. Not many beach volleyball games out there. Until a better one comes along - this is just about as good as it gets until today. Pretty good graphics. The crowd is a little polygonated, but it is to be expected given Gamecube's limited graphics, and you don't notice in games. The main character models have 100,000 vertex, and the total game runs at has 60 million polygons/second. 26.25 million are dedicated to the crowd, 24 million to the main player models, and 9.750 million to the sand and stadium. Pretty sharp textures, anistropic filtering probably used, and 4 shadows are displays for the models occassionally. Poor animation - when the characters interact with each other and the environment. Could've done a better job there. Only like 12 people made this game by the way - just would've taken a little extra effort. But it's worth the brief enjoyment I get from it occasionally, all-in-all. The team-mate is particularly horrendous and inept in career mode - inexcusable. Nobody's that bad in real life.
There's a far better volleyball game coming for Playstation 4 by the way, I hear.
2. Good Graphics
3. Digs/sets/spikes accurate
1. Menus too deep and complimented for quick play
2. Slow between points
3. Blocking = awful
If you want a decent volleyball game for a good price buy this game.
Also if you have little kids who you may want to be careful because it has a sexual undertone.
The first thing that grabs you are the graphics. The female players are rendered beautifully, with amazingly lifelike animation, smooth joints, and facial expressions. No emphasis on sexiness here - just toned atheletes hungry for victory. The game runs at a perfectly smooth framerate, never slowing down even in multiplayer. The stadiums are awesome to behold: crowds are fully animated, and each stadium features a certain sponsor, ranging from Pringles to Holiday Inn. There's even a court with a gigantic inflatable Sonic the Hedgehog in the background. The sand is wonderfully crafted, being displaced and formed by the players as the match progresses. It's one of the most realistic, stunning sports titles ever made.
Anyone familiar with Sega's Dreamcast Virtua Tennis titles will quickly adopt to Beach Spikers' gameplay. Use the analog stick to move your player and aim your shots, A sets/spikes, B low sets/feints (a "baby" shot designed to go over blockers at the net), and A+B (or X or Y) unleashes a power smash. The same buttons are used for varying serves. It's simple to pick up, but takes a while to master completely - just like Virtua Tennis. Beach Spikers has the same kind of pick-up-&-play charm as Virtua Tennis, Soccer Slam, and Hot Shots Golf: even non-fans will become scoring threats the moment they pick up the controller. To be frank, if you're a fan of these games, Beach Spikers is a MUST.
There are several different modes as well. Arcade is, obviously, a perfect conversion of the arcade game. Choose a team of two girls from various countries and compete in a four-stage tournament. You're allowed to continue should you lose. Each game runs till 15 points (you must win by two), but starts with each team at 10 to allow for quicker games. However, this feature is adjustable in the Options menu, so you can start at zero and play till 30 if you choose. Vs. Mode allows up to four players at once to play a single match, or one of three interesting mini-games: an odd race to catch flags on the far side of the court, a tense game where the ball is a bomb and a timer counts down (you don't wanna be caught with the bomb when the time hits zero!!), or a scoring competition, much like Free Kick in soccer. The mini-games are nice, but the normal head-to-head four-player match is where it's at. Beach Spiker with four players is one of the best multiplayer parties you can have.
There is also a World Tour mode, which fans of Virtua Tennis will be familiar with, but there are some fantastic differences. You choose a player and a partner, using literally hundreds of hair/facial/costume/sunglasses styles. You are in control of your player constantly, but the computer controls your partner. Your partner starts off...well, let's just say she doesn't really know what's going on. During World Tour matches (there are seven multi-stage tournaments in all), you are given the opportunity to grade your partner's performance. You can choose to Praise, Encourage, Chastise, or Do Nothing. If you make the correct choice based on how your partner plays (you'll be using Chastise A LOT in the early going). These exchanges, which happen at courtside, are great fun to watch. Your player will jump up and yell at the partner, or give her a hand, and the partner will respond accordingly. Make the right choice, and your Teamwork meter will rise. Make the wrong choice (i.e. Chastise when your partner is doing well) and your partner will actually yell BACK. It's similar to the AI mode of Virtua Fighter 4 (developed by the same division of Sega, AM2), and creates a wonderful connection between you and your players. After World Tour matches, win or lose, you are awarded points which you can then use to upgrade your partner, RPG style. It's a fantastic mode that is even better than Tennis 2K2's because there's no repetitious Training to be had. Just hit the courts and train that partner!
Beach Spikers is a gorgeous, easy to play, hard to master creation that excels in almost all capacities. The only blemishes on this otherwise perfect game are the slightly annoying and repetitious announcer (you'll get sick of hearing FANTAAASTIC very quickly...and there's no way to turn him off), the sometimes hyperactive camera, and the unmemorable soundtrack. Still, these are small, easily ignorable details that do not at all detract from one of the top single- and multi-player gaming experiences the Gamecube has to offer. Nintendo and Sega are a match made in heaven. You want to ogle artificial females, wait for DOA Xtreme. You want a brilliantly executed game that will stay high on your replay list for months to come, Beach Spikers is where it's at.
Anyone can play using the A/B buttons and basic punt/set/spike rules, just like many old arcade games. Sounds like that can get boring, but the game gets harder and faster as it progresses and it does have some alluring features that go beyong rubbing suntan oil on your digital partner.
Character design is basic, unlike the other VB games. You have only one athletic body design but can create players with over 70 faces and 100 outfits and skin tone. The mini games may not be as fun as the minis in the other VB games, but at least Capture The Flag and Beach Bomb are authentic beach games. Maybe the developers could include Dodgeball and Combat Kiting in the next version(...). Sure the music and the announcer are lame, but who says you have to listen to anything more than replay spike knocking down your opponent (...) with full bass THX.
Franchising is where Spikers really shines as a professional sports game. The world tour is based on the actual Swatch-FIVB tour and has real organizations like Holiday Inn and Coke. Even the green/blue volleyball that you see in the other video games has the Mikasa logo in this version. And about that Nissan ZX prize, well what does a girl have to do but win if she can't race the Gran Tourismo, right?
The only thing lacking is beer commercials, because this is as close as you can get to professional volleyball without watching it at 3am on ESPN. So stop watching and start playing.