Beach Spikers

Beach Spikers

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DEVELOPER: Sega AM2   |   PUBLISHER: Sega   |   RELEASE: 08/12/2002

Did you think we forgot about the Cube? It has been a long time since a Cube review has shown up on ZTGD and for good reason, there has really been nothing to play on it lately! Thankfully the folks at Sega are going to give us a reason to drag them out once again in the form of Beach Spikers. Developed by the house that Yu Suzuki built, I am speaking of course of AM2, Beach Spikers delivers fast arcade action with plenty of, ahem “eye candy” to look at. Without further ado we delve into this simple yet massively fun volleyball game!

Sure we all know why you bought this title you perverts, I mean just look at the screenshots to the side. Your mind is so in the gutter right now I am scared, sure BS delivers some of the most beautiful women this side of DOA, but it’s game play is what really shines. Taking a nod from Virtua Tennis’ simplicity BS takes another genres once forgotten and turns it into a multi-player mash fest. Keeping it truly simple you only use one button, did you hear me right? One button to control all actions, of course you use the analog stick to move your beauty around but the basis of the game play is so simply it could be played with the Pong controller!

Like we have said a thousand times before, it’s not what you put into the game it’s how you use it. AM2 has done an amazing job of making this game complex and yet easy enough for beginners to pick up and play from the beginning. Did I mention this game is a blast multi-player? Well grab three friends, your extra controllers and start “serving” up some fun baby. BS takes the Cube where the N64 went before it, and that is to multi-player bliss.

Sure I am gonna talk about the visuals, imagine if you will some of the most beautiful women on the planet, and now imagine slow motion replays of them in their knickers, w00t where is yo mind at? Honestly though this game is gorgeous, smooth animations, great character models, and not a hint of slowdown. Simply marvelous! The music can get a bit on the annoying side, especially the intro music. Some of the most bland riffs I have ever heard mixed with traditional Sega flare leave much to be desired. The best part of the sound? You get to hear the traditional “SEGA” logo when the game boots up, now that is nostalgia!

With a traditional arcade mode and a very deep world tour mode BS will you have you playing for hours with, er I mean by yourself. Then factor in the multi-player madness and you have a game well worth the 50 dollar price tag. The one complaint that stands out the most is the huge jump in difficulty when you reach the championship rounds. It takes mad skill to overthrow the last few teams, but in the end the reward is well served with a slow motion shot of your hotties hugging in an “ahem”, nevermind I will just come out and say it. You would swear your team is friendlier than anticipated as they tend to hold each other in such an erotic manner you can’t help but giggle!

Overall I recommend grabbing this title for those that enjoy true Sega arcade action. Fans of Virtua Tennis and the like will be more than pleased with their purchase. Take a bow Sega you still truly hold the crown when it comes to making the best arcade games. Long live the big blue emblem going down in history as “SEGA!”

Ken McKown

Ken is the Editor-in-Chief of this hole in the wall and he loves to troll for the fun of it. He also enjoys long walks through Arkham Asylum and the cool air of Shadow Moses Island. His turn-ons include Mortal Kombat, Metal Gear Solid and StarCraft.

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