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It's pretty much as good as you're going to get for a darts game - the control system has been greatly revamped and improved over last year's game - but it's not really an essential game because, well, it's darts. You could buy a dartboard for less than the cost of the game. Still, it looks the part and it works well.
So PDC 2009 is better than PDC 2008, by a long shot. They dumped the Nunchuck and concentrated on the Wii-mote. They provided a better game experience all around. It has some glitches and overall visual problems now and then, however, if you want a good starter darts game, or a game for a darts enthusiast on the Wii, look no further.
PDC World Championship Darts 2009 has some notable improvements over last year's game. The controls are more responsive, and the sound effects are more accurate and convincing than before. However, the game is still plagued by some of the same problems as its predecessor. There are plenty of different modes and party games here, but a Wii remote is still no substitute for the real thing.
All in all, PDC World Championship Darts 2009 is a decent sequel but one that could have done with a lot more polish, especially in terms of control and presentation. While the developer should be commended for the authenticity of the various tournaments and licensed player roster, a few unfortunate omissions have been made such as the absence of online multiplayer which actually comes as a surprise when considering the large number of modes in the game. Here’s hoping that the next entry in the PDC series employs the upcoming Wii MotionPlus accessory to really heighten the accuracy of dart throws, but until then for fans of darts there’s still enjoyment to be had here.
PDC Darts for the Nintendo DS is a prime example of a series that simply does not work well on the handheld. The controls are cumbersome at first, and even after you get the hang of them, they are not as intuitive as the other versions. If you enjoy darts, especially on a professional level, the other versions of the game are better interpretations. If you have the option, go for the Wii outing, as it delivers the most authentic experience. If your only option is the DS, you may want to simply invest in a real dart board, as the controls here are way more convoluted than they need to be.
With this commitment to tireless recreation so patently evident, it’s hard not to have sympathy with Abducao and publishers Oxygen Games. What they have produced is a perfectly playable copy of the real game, but the box ticking exercise of locations and means of playing is really not what darts is about. Amongst videogames, PDC World Championship Darts 2009 is peerless. But until the catchy theme tunes, drunken camaraderie and meaty dart-meeting-board thwack of the real game can be condensed into a handheld games console, the physical alternative will be an adversary no software can overcome.
The sad thing is, even if this had ended up being the most amazing darts game your mind can conceive there's still a good chance we'd still be sat here talking about how you can pick up a real board and arrows for about the same price as the game and how they'd never need their batteries replacing or a TV to play on. So, baring in mind the dodgy footing the idea of a darts game starts on, the fact that PDC Darts 2009 fails to even make the basics enjoyable simply renders the whole exercise even more pointless. There's possibly room in the market for a genuinely fantastic darts game, one with amazing online options, mega slick glossy production values and perhaps some kind of bundled custom-throwable controller. Unfortunately this simply isn't it and unless you're a darts obsessive there's so many better things to spend your money on.
PDC World Championship Darts is overall a pretty bland game; the graphics and audio are so unmemorable that the gameplay would really need to be top notch to bring this game up. Unfortunately the game plays a little bit like a mini-game that should be featured in a bigger, sports compilation. There isn’t too much to keep the player coming back for more and even hardcore fans of darts may find it hard to enjoy this one.