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POSTED 23/11/11


AFTER HOURS ATHLETES

Sony
PS3/Move

Darts, pool and bowling: three pursuits requiring expert timing – just like kung fu fighting. Yet they also seemingly need something at odds with the level of acuity involved... copious amounts of beer. As Johnnie Cochrane might declare, it just doesn’t make sense.

Putting that aside, PS3-equipped frothy monsters may be familiar with darts, pool and bowling on their console de choix, via Top Darts, Hustle Kings and High Velocity Bowling. If so, move along and grab another tinnie, ’cos these three long-available PSN games have been jammed onto one disc here, all in their controlled-by-Move forms. You even get a code to download all 44 associated DLC items – individually; there’s no “download all” option. Erps.

Unacquainted? OK, despite their titular explanatoritationalness, we’ll elaborate...

Top Darts lets you loose on nine remixes of the pointy-pointy pursuit, starting off, appropriately, in an Irish pub complete with convivial background hubbub. Obviously you use the Move like a dart, trying for various scores to prompt weird effusions from Mr Jovial Commentator. You’ll learn stuff too, like 45’s apparently a bag of nuts. It’s OK fun.

Hustle Kings brings assorted pool/snooker games to the table (heh), all presented 3D like – although to nail most any shot you’ll use overhead view. Funky augmented reality has you wielding a pool cue, but only during calibration. Meh. It’s OK fun.

High Velocity Bowling’s the oldest offering, but given a Move makeover. You bowl balls at pins. It’s OK fun.

Mercifully, all three games have local multiplayer, meaning communal camaraderie and avoiding battling cheating fuck CPUs. Still, ultimately all three pursuits are infinitely funnerer in real life.

AHA also spruiks a certain sportswear company’s promotional campaign, but we ain’t namedropping Puma unless they go contra and send us a funky black hoodie or summat. Hang on... shit!

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