Conclusion: If you have Xbox Live, go out and buy Outlaw Volleyball, if you don’t you should still consider picking this one up since you can still play locally with up to 4 players in some seriously fun sports competition. This is one of those games that will provide you with hours of entertainment and makes a perfect game for those dorm floor tournaments. Outlaw Volleyball picked up where Outlaw Golf left off and boosted both the gameplay engine and the overall fun factor.
Excerpt: With titles like Dead or Alive XBV and Beach Spikers , the volleyball genre has recently seen a number of me-too titles. Following on the heels of the moderately successful Outlaw Golf , Simon & Schuster Interactive have taken their extreme (or just extremely rude and offensive) themes and built a volleyball title that's both humorous and fun to play. With a cast of humorous characters that range from British punk girl Lizzy to gigolo El Suave.
Pros: Solid gameplay engine, Graphics and audio portions are fine, Lots of modes
Cons: Weak fighting engine, Repetitive commentary, Could be more complex
Summary: Outlaw Volleyball has a fantastic mix that is sure to make it a hit - great gameplay along with online play, great visuals and plenty of humour. The visuals will keep the males happy for a long time with plenty of polygon curves to see and for the ladies there's more than enough fun to be had with the game successfully creating a nice arcade-simulation of the sport.
Excerpt: Ahhh, Hypnotix . Where would the Xbox be without them? We would never have seen the genius yet oh so titillating Summer, star of Outlaw Golf and one of the sixteen over the top characters in the latest beach volleyball game to grace consoles.
Excerpt: First there were sports games, accurate simulations that attempted to recreate a sport on a console or a PC. Along with teams, players and stadiums, each league was truthfully presented for players. Next came extreme sports games, titles that covered “fringe” sports (to some people) like skateboarding or surfing. While some of these focused on the mechanics behind an activity, others reveled in the outrageous nature of their game’s personas.
Excerpt: Okay, lets get something out in the open, Dead or Alive Beach Volleyball was a complete disaster. Sure it had nice graphics and... um... physics... but the gameplay was non-existent. It was fun to see girls make use of the great physics engine by "bouncing" over pools of water and posing for conversations during volleyball matches. However, if the developers had only put a little more thought into the gameplay, DoA Volleyball could have been a great title.
Conclusion: you boost your player’s stats – speed, power, defense, offence – and those of your preferred partner, and gives you a fine handle on the controls and different moves available. The skill points allow you to eke up the ranking ladder and pair with higher ranked players. (More on that later.) There are a meager 5 drills available at the outset but even once through can provide the bump you need to win more matches in the Tour mode.
Excerpt: It is now apparent to me, if publishers donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t send you games, it is either because they utterly suck or they are AAA games like Super Mario Sunshine. Simon & Schuster Interactive follows the trend, by forcing me to go out of the house and rent their title for $5. Is this volleyball game a hit or a miss?