Outlaw Volleyball Remixed PlayStation 2
Published by Global Star Software
Developed by Hypnotix
Released - Out Now
Price : £19.99
Outlaw Volleyball Remixed, an introduction.
Around two years ago we reviewed the second game in the Outlaw series, Outlaw Volleyball. The Outlaw games have taken sports games and added a rather crude attitude to them. A range of moronic and over the top characters has been included in the games to make those familiar sports feel quite different. Violence, sexual innuendo and outright unreasonable behaviour are key features of the series and Outlaw Volleyball had these attributes in spades. After two years and a change of publisher Outlaw Volleyball arrives on the PlayStation 2 in a remixed format.
What's the game about?
Outlaw Volleyball Remixed is essentially the same game that appeared on the Xbox with a few extras thrown in for good measure (click here for the review of the Xbox version). The new features are two new courts (an aircraft carrier and a Kingpin's mansion), 50 skimpy costumes for each character and a couple of new game modes for the exhibition mode. The modes on offer incidentally are Exhibition, Random Play, Tour, Drills and Online. In short then the new features certainly aren't anything to get excited about and if you own the Xbox version of the game it's certainly not worth picking this version up.
What's good about the game?
If you can ignore the rather crude nature of the game then you'll find that Outlaw Volleyball Remixed is an OK volleyball game (for less then £20). It's nowhere near as good as Beach Spikers on the GameCube but if you're desperate for a volleyball title on the PlayStation 2 then this may fit the bill. Had the game been released on the PlayStation 2 two years ago then it's unlikely it would have supported an online mode due to the console's online system being in it's infancy, so maybe the wait for the game has had some benefits.
What's not so good about the game?
Basically the game feels like a crude port of the Xbox version because of the poorer quality graphics and slowdown that occurs. The extra features aren't really worth it if you own the Xbox version. Once again the game isn't ideal for deaf gamers and it's a shame that given the 2 year gap between the versions, no improvement has been made in this respect.
How does it look?
Graphically Outlaw Volleyball Remixed on the PlayStation 2 is quite a step back from Outlaw Volleyball on the Xbox. Whilst no one in their right mind would expect the game to look as good as the Xbox version you would be justified in expecting the game to look much better than it does. The graphics on the whole look quite dull with the textures in particular being disappointing. Aliasing problems abound which is disappointing but perhaps not as disappointing as the uneven frame rate (slowdown is a bit of a problem).
How deaf gamer friendly is the game?
Two years has made little difference in how deaf gamer friendly Outlaw Volleyball is. Text instructions are shown for the drills and some text tutorial messages can be found. All dialogue from the characters (including the taunts, comments, match commentary, etc.) is not subtitled and you'll be completely unaware of it. The game doesn't really cater for deaf gamers then but thankfully none of the unsubtitled material is of great importance (unless you want to know what crude comments are being said and given the nature of the game this might be the case) and doesn't stop you playing the game.
Although the game has the word 'remixed' in the title there is very little here that wasn't in the Xbox version of Outlaw Volleyball and if you already own that game then there is little here to recommend. To sum up then it's a poor port of a good game. If you have a choice, then pick up the Xbox version (if you can find it). This PlayStation 2 version lacks the graphical quality and performance of the Xbox version and sadly the support for deaf gamers has not been improved since the Xbox version.
Overall Game Rating: 5.4/10
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Outlaw Volleyball finally makes it to the PlayStation 2. The wait has been a long one and the transition from the Xbox has not been a smooth one. It's still a good game but there's far too many rough edges here and it's a shame it's not more deaf gamer friendly after waiting for 2 years.