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Although Deca Sports DS doesn't come close to being a top sports game, it's a decent pick-up. The multiplayer connectivity and inclusion of particular sports (particularly Sepak Takraw) make this worth at least a rental.
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Deca Sports DS is certainly not an excellent game. In fact, I wouldn't even consider it to be particularly high-quality. However, this sports compilation does pack enough fun to give casual and younger players several hours of entertainment. The addition of single-cart DS Download Play for local multiplayer action proves to be a real boon for the title, packing it with an unexpected amount of play value.
Like most minigame compilations, you really need to round up a few friends to get the most fun out of Deca Sports DS. The events have a simplistic skew and several just aren't worth returning to alone, leaving you underwhelmed after a while. You'll likely find a few that bring out that competitive spirit with some friends, but your mileage may vary on how long the spirit stays out.
In the end, the amount of enjoyment you get from the game will depend largely on finding sports that you want to come back to over and over again. With 10 selections, it's likely that you'll find something that appeals to you, but if you only find a few sports that you like, you're only getting a small percentage of the game that you spent your hard-earned money for. With the control issues that some of these games have, you'll probably have to play Deca Sports DS quite a few times just to decide if you like any of them at all.
Deca Sports DS could have been so much better. Hudson had most of the game locked down, but the controls are awful. The game had to have been play tested, and there is no reason as to why they weren’t fixed. Had the controls actually worked, this game actually would’ve received a decent score. However, as things stand, this game is one that no one should buy.
Deca Sports DS isn't a bad game, it's just not giving me everything I want. If you're giving me an opportunity to play something that I've never played before, like rugby, I want more insight into the sport than what the game is giving me. Certainly in a game with ten sports you can't expect an incredible amount of strategic depth in each one, but by this time, I've played ping pong and golf to death and I've never, ever played volleyball with my feet or had a reason to bust out my rugby shirts from 1985. It's great to see such a varied mix of sports, it's just a shame that the game falters on the execution.
Vite oublié seul, Sports Island DS ne devient pas non plus génial à plusieurs, mais la présence d'une option game sharing permettra au moins de prendre part aux épreuves avec jusqu'à 5 concurrents humains, ce qui est toujours appréciable sur le papier. Il n'empêche qu'avec ses petits jeux en grande partie gonflants, et une réalisation atroce, même pour de la DS, on voit mal à qui conseiller un tel produit quand des compilations d'un bien meilleur niveau sont disponibles depuis belle lurette sur la machine.