By: Cyclone Studios / 3DO Genre: Future Sports Players: 1-2 Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Featured Version: 3DO
Also Available For: Saturn, PlayStation, PC
Future sports games have been around a good while now, but it's a funny genre. It's bound by practically no rules, unlike most 'real' sports games, and so has almost limitless potential. Imagine the possibilities of not only creating a new sport from scratch, but having it use technology that hasn't even been invented yet! There's almost nothing that you couldn't incorporate, realistic or not. So how is it most of them suck ass? There are a few exceptions, of course, such as Speedball 2 (although I never got into it personally) and others, but the genre has few offerings of note. BattleSport, for a short time a 3DO exclusive, was one of the first to try things in 3D, but did it work?
|Hmm, this is a nicely-coloured arena...|
|That's the goal in the middle of the screen...|
|It's a standoff!|
If you read through all of that, you're pretty dedicated to finding out about this game! It is at least a little noteworthy, though, what with being one of the few good games (or one of the few games, for that matter) to appear on the ill-fated 3DO system. Graphically, it's not the prettiest game on the 3DO and there's not a lot of variety, but it doesn't look bad. The sound is pretty good though, with some decent effects and suitably dramatic music, not to mention an ultra-hyped commentator! Like most sports games however, future-based or otherwise, BattleSport is essentially a two-player game. There is a tournament mode but it gets hard really quickly and the computer predictably favours itself, so it can prove pretty frustrating, but I'm sure this was designed as a two-player game anyway. The tanks can prove hard to control at times, but since this is a problem that effects both players equally, it doesn't detract from the game too much, and it's very entertaining to play against a friend. It doesn't really have a lot of competition on the 3DO, admittedly, but if you have one and a friend, give this a go.
RKS Score: 7/10