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Cheat Code Central
Winter Sports serves up a lot of gameplay for your $30 dollars. None of the events come quite close enough to holding their own as stand-alone games, yet they succeed as a part of a substantive sports package. There are some graphical disappointments, a few audio irritants, and some of the events are a bit tough to master, but the game's strength lies in its ability to cover a lot of ground. You'll find a lot of options and a comfortable number of different ways to approach playing though the events. If you dig winter and enjoy sports, then Winter Sports should fit the bill nicely.
RTL Games hat mit RTL Winter Sports – The Ultimate Challange ein Winterspiel ins Rennen geschickt, das sich durchaus sehen lassen kann. Allerdings muss der Entwickler noch an einigen Kinderkrankheiten arbeiten. Gerade bei der Wii-Version fällt doch eine negative Steuerung vereinzelter Disziplinen auf. Andere haben wiederum eine hervorragende Steuerung, machen aber Dank einer miesen Grafik an den Austragungsorten wenig Spaß zum weiterspielen. Dennoch hat auch die Grafik gute Ansätze wie z.B. die Animationen der Charaktere. Eine stimmige Musikuntermalung sorgt für eine gute Atmosphäre. Freunde des eisigen Sports dürfen durchaus ohne Bedenken zugreifen. Allen anderen legen wir Mario und Sonic bei den olympischen Spielen ans Herz, da hier neben der Grafik auch die Steuerung stimmt.
Computer Bild Spiele
"RTL Winter Sports 2008" ist ein bunter Strauß voller sportlicher Eisblumen. Die Sportarten geizen nicht mit allerlei Reizen. So haben die temporeichen Wettbewerbe im Eiskanal auf der Jagd nach Zehntelsekunden und der Bestzeit Suchtpotenzial. Beim Eiskunstlauf ist Rhythmusgefühl, beim Ski Alpin Streckenkenntnis und Reaktionsvermögen gefragt. Curling lässt es ruhig angehen, Skispringen ist beinahe komplex. Auch das Drumherum ist recht stimmig, allerdings nervt das Kommentatorenduo mit unsäglichen Kalauern. Doch das abwechslungsreiche Treiben macht so richtig Lust auf die anstehende Wintersportsaison - egal ob als Aktiver oder als Liebhaber dieses "guten" Spiels.
Game Informer Magazine
It's customary to play these types of games with button mashing or some other flurry of activity, so it's fitting that this official unofficial collection of the winter Olympic games has you waving the Wii controllers around. It's an evolution, for sure, but not an entirely exciting one.
As I’ve already mentioned, the game just doesn’t have a personality like established franchises SSX or Amped. Excluding Wi-Fi also was a huge blunder. If you could at least compare records with other people around the world, it would give some incentive to replay events. And while the menus have some style, and the music helps to affirm that, the game is just not exciting. The best example is the Opening Ceremony, which tries to be cool and MTV hip with these weird camera angles and crowds of fans cheering; but it all just seems like fluff, and it goes on for way too long. Maybe it’s because the developers went with the Olympic theme, but overall the game is just like a weak firework that just kind of fizzles.
For their homework, I would advise the developers of Winter Sports to make a downhill skiing game with decent graphics, lots of hills to conquer and cool stuff to do while conquering them. As for the Wii owner, I would advise him or her to keep searching, unless looking for the beginnings of a really good skiing game. This title isn’t altogether terrible, but gives you no incentive to make you want to keep playing.
When it comes right down to it, I honestly can't think of any reason to recommend Winter Sports: The Ultimate Challenge for a rental, let alone a purchase. I suppose if you are the world's foremost expert on the Winter Olympics, you may be interested, but if you are the world's foremost expert on the Winter Olympics, then you probably have more important things to do than play a game. While a healthy number of game modes and good, insightful commentary are nice, they do little to mask the fact that the title is ugly and not much fun to play. There's enough shovelware on the Wii already, so don't encourage any more, and skip this one at all costs.
Altogether, Winter Sports does manage to get a few things right, but these occasional moments of clarity end up buried by long stretches of boredom. This is a game that will leave you feeling cold, though certainly not in the way a real winter-sports enthusiast would prefer.
If you can ignore the other events on offer, the skiing portions may be worth your time. The non-skiing events are pretty shallow, and in the case of figure skating, are downright skeletal. Curling, though great in concept, is painfully awkward in its execution, and the sledding gameplay is more passive than Switzerland. Everything else is an exercise in speed-waggling. In this strange casual-dominated market, the unlikeliest of men may have won over the cheerleader, but all is not lost for the rest of us.