Review by Roc10304
"More Outlaw, More Outlandish!"
Outlaw Volleyball is an over the top volleyball game that carries on the great game play from Outlaw Golf. The raucous humor that anyone who has played OG knows is here intact. As well as the intuitive controls and game play mechanics. Some of your favorite characters are back, mixed in with some new faces. I know there are some that are comparing this to DOA:XV. I have never played it, but from what I understand, there won’t be any buying of the bathing suits, and this game is about volleyball, not JUST eye candy.
The graphics in OV are great. The mocap is done extremely well. The over all aesthetics of OV feel fresh, and completely revamped from the golf game. Much more detail has been added to players faces, as well as, um…..their bodies. All the female characters have a rather exaggerated bounce, but it fits nicely. And just to let the ladies know, the men also jiggle in appropriate places. There are some nice water effects on the stinky falls court, and the kicking up of sand and water are a nice touch. Overall hypnotix did a great job with the visuals.
The controls take a few matches to get used to, and after that, they become second nature. They mapped the buttons well to the xbox controller. Keeping it simple, without making it simple. What I mean by that is, while you won’t find it difficult to pull off a power spike, the spike wont always net you a point. The AI is very good, but I’ll get to that later. There are 3 ways to serve, and return, using X for power, B for soft, and A for normal. Spiking uses X or A, and blocking is Y. There’s also a turbo (R trig).
The beating tokens are also back, but this time it is a little different. Instead of the beating meter you would have to time your button presses to in OG, you actually fight.
X blocks, A kicks, B punches. The R trigger will let you pull off player specific special moves which are pretty sweet.
Here is what everyone plays games for, and OV delivers in spades. When you begin playing, there are 3 courts, and 4 characters available to play. The AI when you just start seems to lack a little something, but by the time you have played a few games, they get better. The further you progress, the better the AI gets, which is nice, because the game will still challenge the expert, as well as the novice.
There are several modes of play. Exhibition, Random, Tour, Drills and LIVE. Some are self explanatory, so here’s what’s really important.
TOUR-The tour mode is just that, the tour. There are 10 courts, and 50 events. Over the course of the tour you will unlock other characters, events, clothes and drills. This is where most of the single player game will be spent. The locales range from a rooftop court, to a prison, as well as a sewer. There are a few different game types in the tour mode, as well as all the rules of volleyball.
Casino is a skins type match, where a pot grows, and is taken by the side who points, it then goes back to one dollar.
There is also a “hot potato” match, where a timer counts down and the ball will explode. Whoever ends up with the ball on their side of the net when it explodes will lose the point.
DRILLS-The drills mode is similar to the stat booster mini games from Outlaw Golf, with the exception that there are only a handful of drills open to you off the bat. You unlock the rest of the drills in the tour mode. For anyone who hasn’t played OG, these are mini games where by finishing the mini game, you receive points to bolster your characters stats with. This gives you a chance to raise areas of speed, power, offense and defense. You will definitely need to do this in order to complete the game.
Live is exactly that. LIVE enabled. You can play head to head or 2 on 2, as long as its 2 on one xbox, and 2 on another, there is no 4 player, 4 xbox support. You can play either ranked games or not, and configure the rules to suit what type of game you want to play.
While the beating tokens are back, to my (and many others) disappointment, you cannot fight online. I’ve played a few matches online, and believe me, it helps to play through the tour mode, just so you have better players, and better stats for them. You carry whatever you’ve unlocked in the tour mode onto LIVE. Trust me, there’s really no way you can beat a class players with c class.
Outlaw Volleyball carries on the fun, sense of humor, and great game play from its Outlaw namesake. Anyone who enjoyed OG will definitely find that this suits their tastes. Anyone new to the Outlaw series of games will also enjoy it. The game manages to be fun, and challenging, while not overly frustrating to the player.
Buy or rent?
Whether you have LIVE or not, the game is great. Definitely BUY!!!!
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 07/12/03, Updated 07/12/03
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