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SFG Beach Volleyball

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Take your Avatar to the beach for some hard-hitting volleyball action! Play with or against your friends online, or guide your Avatar through the multi-season Career Mode featuring 30 tournaments around the world and an RPG-style levelling system. If you liked SFG Soccer you will love this ground breaking volleyball game!

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  • Local Players: 1 - 4
  • Local Players Co-op: 2
  • Custom SoundTracks
  • Live Players: 2 - 4
  • Live Players Co-op: 2
  • Includes Avatars

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SFG Beach Volleyball 2010-06-20 18:45:13 DigitalQuarters
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DigitalQuarters Reviewed by DigitalQuarters    June 20, 2010
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Playin' With The Boys

I'm pretty sure that beach volleyball is one of the most underrepresented sports in video games. Unless you don't mind your characters wearing dental floss for clothing. Anyway, it's rare that we actually get to see some clean 2 on 2 volleyball, so I was pretty interested when Stir Fry Games released SFG Beach Volleyball. After a few hours of play, I've come to the conclusion that I still like the game no matter how much the AI tried to make me do otherwise.

SFGBV (acronyms FTW) is 2v2 beach volleyball at its most basic. Use your avatar and/or the in-game ones and take on two other avatars in a first to five battle. If you don't like first to five, of course, you can change that number for a shorter or longer game of volleyball. Your options for modes are a quick game for 1 to 4 players or a career mode (single player or co-op) that allows you to level up your own and your partner's stats by placing well in different tournaments. If you can find some players on Live, you can also head online and play over the internet.

I'm starting to find I have a slight bias against the way avatars look. Even with this, however, SFGBV does its job well in the presentation department. Admittedly, 80% of what you see is sand and a stationary net, but the avatars are decently animated and serve the light-hearted beach volleyball atmosphere pretty well. There's no music during the games (or, if there was, I don't remember it), but the games go so fast that it doesn't really detract from things at all. And you can always put on some Kenny Loggins to recreate everyone's favorite Top Gun scene.

The controls are passable, but some moments by the net are really hit or miss. The button to spike is also the button to block someone's spike, and I don't know if that causes any issues with the AI but there have been plenty of times my avatar just refuses to jump up to meet the opposing team during their spike. Otherwise, the game is pretty solid in the control department if not overly simple. A and B do nearly everything (Y does a special kind of floaty spike), with A handling all the bumping, setting, and normal serves while B does the blocking, spiking, and jumping serves. Everything else comes down to proper timing and prediction, giving the game an easy to learn feel that makes it great for multiplayer.

And, really, that's what a lot of the game will come down to. If you'll enjoy it with friends. The single player portion is strangely addictive as you're able to pour money into your avatar's stats, but it also gets frustrating when your AI partner can't block or dig to save their life or decides they're going to dig along with you and leave no one standing for that second hit. Also, they suck at spiking, and I threw a fit every time they went for one because usually they just gave the other team an opportunity to spike on us. If you can go through with a human partner, it's a lot better, and you won't yell at your TV quite as much as I did. My other complaint is that lots of games felt like whoever served first had a bigger chance of losing, as whoever gets to spike first has a better chance of winning. Getting an ace on a serve is random if not completely unrealistic whereas getting that first chance at a spike usually means you're either getting a point or throwing the opponent off so much that they just give you another chance. Though, honestly, I could just really suck at blocking.

I'd give this game a 10 if I could have avatars that look and dress exactly Maverick, Goose, Ice Man and Slider unlockable and usable in this game. Unfortunately, that isn't something that's going to happen. Volleyball fans and groups of friends looking for something to do for the night could do much worse than SFGBV. The $5 price tag can put you off a little, especially if you're only playing by yourself, but if simple and competitive fun for the whole couch is what you're looking for then here you go.

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