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POSTED 3/2/12


TOP DARTS

Sony
Vita (also on PS3/PSN/Move)

Darts: A game involving dangerously sharp metal projectiles that’s usually played whilst imbibing copious amounts of amber fluid. Fuck we love the English!

Yep, you could easily have an eye out, or if your aim’s really shitty damage other vitals. So, just one advantage of this Vita venture into the popular pointy pursuit is that if somebody hurls it at you it may hurt, but at least it isn’t all sharp and eye-pokey and stuff.

Another advantage is that it’s pretty bloody good. Game variants abound, running the gamut of possibly every rule set undertaken in a pub somewhere from classic 301 to a peculiar take on cricket. Then there are the board variations – mind you, they may look wacky, but all function pretty much the same; hurl, score, skull! Then there are customisable darts and the ability to stick your own mug in as an avatar – or a photo of, say, any nommy Cookie Monster plushie you may have nearby.

Plenty enough to keep any darts aficionado content for hours – or at least until the Vita’s battery goes ‘PHUT!’. But there’s more – a range of bizarre-o not real world mini-games utilising various Vita-specific functions, with exploding darts and the like.

Oh yeah, how do you actually hurl those missiles? Plop the dart where you want it with your finger, tap, pull down then push up (more or less) and ‘WHEEEE!’, it’ll sail through the air and hopefully hit where you aimed. Adjusting to having your chucking style result in what you’re aiming at comes quickly, and that’s when the scoring begins – handy for local play, even handier for wiping the beer-sodden floor with others the world over.

There’s more to do here than you could ever do with a real dartboard, so if you manage to get bored then we suggest drinking more.

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