Outlaw Volleyball Review

Developer: Hypnotixx Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: July 9, 2003 Also On: None

It is now apparent to me, if publishers don’t send you games, it is either because they utterly suck or they are AAA games like Super Mario Sunshine. Simon and 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?

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Outlaw Volleyball is the predecessor to Outlaw Golf, a 2002 mid-summer hit. Although not spectacular, OV (Outlaw Volleyball) does get the job done. The addition of Xbox Live is a bonus and fits together nicely with the offline parts of the title.

The sport of volleyball doesn’t require too much strenuous activity and neither does the video game version of the sport. OV keeps things simple. A is used to bump the ball and X and B are return shots. The Y button is used to block, which is mastered if you are patient and time things correctly. Hold the X button down until the quality meter rises to the top and then release to serve it perfectly.

Each character in OV has unique attributes and personalities. For instance, the majority of men have more power than female players. By practicing in different types of “mini-games�, you can gain experience and increase your attributes.

Truthfully, I rented this title not to see the women, but to have a good volleyball experience. I can only say that about two of the female people were attractive at all, the rest were either sluttish or ugly. Graphics are suitable, but I can’t say they are extremely well done, more average than anything.

Before you have to learn the hard way, turn off the announcer. He might make you chuckle at first, but he repeats his comments repeatedly throughout the game. The music is a mix of rock/pop/rap. All in all, this title is not worth even looking at.

Graphics: 7
Sound: 3.5
Gameplay: 4
Creativity: 7
Replay Value/Game Length: 8
Final: 5.9
Written by Kyle Review Guide

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