|System: PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: THQ||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Jan. 7, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
This game is definitely geared towards online multiplayer, with leader-board and voice chat support. With focus on its online play, it unfortunately features no offline multiplayer settings. Offline you can only play two-player, which again shows the sloppiness of World Championship Paintball. Also, because this game is so crappy, you may have a hard time finding enough people who want to play at any given hour.
While many people are turned off by the idea of a first-person shooter paintball game when they could just play an FPS with real guns and bullets instead, World Championship Paintball has a certain lighthearted atmosphere about it that real shooting games don't have. This may also be a good alternative for children or for parents who don't want their kids playing violent shooting games. Paintballs don't kill - though they can leave some nasty welts.
There is something about this game that just feels completely outdated. This is extremely disappointing for a PS2 game, and I think perhaps it was simply rushed. Perhaps a PS3 version is in the works, which would explain why it was rushed, but for consumers who can't afford a PS3 right now, THQ could at least concentrate on releasing quality PS2 games.
It seems the best part about this game is possibly the price. For a very humble $19.99 asking price (you can't even get two meals at Quizno's for that!) you pretty much get what you pay for. Depending on your budget, it may actually be worth the gamble.
CCC Freelance Writer