|System: Wii||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Destineer||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Destineer||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Dec. 18, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In addition to the actual mini-games themselves feeling unfinished, there are several other aspects of the game that feel underwhelming. The visuals in the game are very poor, despite having some fun island-style elements. Although these elements are nice to look at when the game is still, the visual issues begin when the game is put in motion. The character models have a lot of jagged edges, and the animations are very repetitive. Different play environments are all very simplistic, and they feature little to no moving elements, which is probably a good thing.
Sound in this title is a little better, but still doesn't feel complete. Although there is no voiceover, there is some unobjectionable background music, which is nice to listen to as long as you don't have any marathon sports party sessions. There are some sound effects associated with the different sports, but these are of poor quality and sparse at best.
However, this game wasn't all bad. As I said before, some of the mini-games, like archery, football, and bocce are quite enjoyable, and they are easily played with friends. The game has support for four players, and each can play with their own Wii-mote or players can share a single Wii-mote and take turns. This is a great option for those who want to play a party-style game with limited hardware.
Although the Wii definitely doesn't have any shortage of low quality, party game shovelware, sometimes you can find a title that defies your expectations that turns out to be a fun and engaging experience. Summer Sports 2: Island Sports Party is not one of those titles. This mini-game compilation sticks to the status quo in almost every way imaginable, from the touch-and-go controls to the sub-par graphics. Although some of the games are playable, on the whole the game feels about half-finished. As such, it is definitely not a title I would freely invest any time in. If you are looking for mini-game style fun you would do much better with titles from the Rayman Raving Rabbids series or Mario Party. But whatever you do, it is probably best that you stay away from this party!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor