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Winter Sports 2010: The Great Tournament (Wii)

by pqube
Nintendo Wii
 Ages 3 and Over
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Eight unique and distinct sports: boardercross, freestyle skiing, downhill skiing, ski jumping, short-track speed skating, biathlon, bobsledding, and figure skating
  • Five game modes: career, cup, single course, campaign, multiplayer
  • Four difficulty levels: easy, normal, hard, extreme
  • Story-based career mode with role-playing elements, special skills, and upgrades
  • Campaign with 44 exciting challenges
  • Multiplayer: online and split-screen modes (up to 4 players)
  • Online mode with a world-wide ranking system
  • Extended trick system for boardercross and freestyle skiing
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo Wii
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
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Product details

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  • ASIN: B002ZCXSL4
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm ; 36 g
  • Release Date: 15 Jan 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,275 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

This year's edition of the winter sports simulation was completely reworked in order to use the next gen consoles' functions to their greatest advantage. Apart from the attractive sports such as boarder cross, ski flying, Alpine skiing, free ride skiing, short-track speed skating, figure skating, bobsledding, and biathlon, players of RTL Winter Sports 2010 also have a complex career mode to look forward to. In the story-based career mode, players can invest any experience points they collect in improved skills and equipment for their characters, and work their way up from beginners to world-class athletes. All of this takes place within a gripping story in which the player takes part in 16 competitions against four national teams. As an added challenge, one of those teams is the player's ultimate rival, and particularly hard to beat. RTL Winter Sports 2010 also provides "casual" entertainment: In single discipline mode, players get to take part in the event of their choice in order to hone their skills in that discipline. Veterans also get their money's worth in RTL Winter Sports 2010. The extended trick system for the disciplines of boarder cross and free ride skiing provides the ultimate challenge for experts. RTL Winter Sports 2010 will also thrill fans of multiplayer games. Up to four friends may compete for the top position in the championship rankings - there can be only one champion, after all. Eight unique sports disciplines and full online support for all platforms for the first time ever, make for hours of gaming fun. The online mode "fair play" launches an event where each participant controls an equally skilled athlete, thus showing the players' real strengths and weaknesses in every discipline. On the other hand, the players' individually trained avatars get to compare their abilities in the online "tough mode".

Product Description

This year's edition of the winter sports simulation was completely reworked in order to use the next gen consoles' functions to their greatest advantage. Apart from the attractive sports such as boarder cross, ski flying, Alpine skiing, free ride skiing, short-track speed skating, figure skating, bobsledding, and biathlon, players of RTL Winter Sports 2010 also have a complex career mode to look forward to. In the story-based career mode, players can invest any experience points they collect in improved skills and equipment for their characters, and work their way up from beginners to world-class athletes. All of this takes place within a gripping story in which the player takes part in 16 competitions against four national teams. As an added challenge, one of those teams is the player's ultimate rival, and particularly hard to beat. RTL Winter Sports 2010 also provides "casual" entertainment: In single discipline mode, players get to take part in the event of their choice in order to hone their skills in that discipline. Veterans also get their money's worth in RTL Winter Sports 2010. The extended trick system for the disciplines of boarder cross and free ride skiing provides the ultimate challenge for experts. RTL Winter Sports 2010 will also thrill fans of multiplayer games. Up to four friends may compete for the top position in the championship rankings - there can be only one champion, after all. Eight unique sports disciplines and full online support for all platforms for the first time ever, make for hours of gaming fun. The online mode "fair play" launches an event where each participant controls an equally skilled athlete, thus showing the players' real strengths and weaknesses in every discipline. On the other hand, the players' individually trained avatars get to compare their abilities in the online "tough mode".


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than it is being given credit for 27 Feb 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I own this game, love it and really felt I needed to come to its rescue, as I feel it is being unfairly punished in the reviews so far. I should add that I have 2009 too along with many other winter sport titles. It is a title that a friend and I have been playing a lot of this winter and enjoying.

Having read what others have had to say, I agree about the lack of fit board control, although having seen some other implementations this year, that might not be such a bad thing. Some other titles use of the board feels very unnatural to say the least.

While I agree about the fit board, I really don't agree at all about the inference that the controls are difficult to use, or memorise. The controls are actually dead simple and really quite natural. In fact if you learn the controls for one sport, they are pretty similar for the rest and actually are almost identical to other winter sport titles out there this year (Mario and Sonic, Activisions Mountain winter sports and so on).

The graphics are pretty good, though I find the environment depicted feels very stormy, overcast and dark a lot of the time. It would be nice to have some sunshine in the cut scenes (its a personal feeling and probably unimportant).

Of the sports themselves, the bob is one of the better ones I have seen this year in any of the titles, but to my mind it doesn't have the feel of enough speed, which is a shame because in every other area I think it does a really good job. The skiing is also well done and probably my favourite implementation in the titles available this year. A nice long run with some challenging bends. Biathlon "is" a little odd to control when skiing, but still has a real challenge when shooting.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing experience 20 Jan 2010
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a game that I would have expected to have embraced all types of users and the current accessories - no use is made of the Motion Plus accessory or worse the Wii Fit Board. To me, that is the serious flaw of this game as the game requires balance and what better tool than the Wii Fit Board.

Which ever sport you play, the easy mode is difficult requiring great anticipation and reflex action. I'd say I was an accustomed player of many types of games. Either the controls were either insensitive, over sensitive or confusing to get accustomed to. The tutorials are not tutorials per say, they are a 'how to...' use the controls, they provide no advice on how to do the sport, what to look out for or how to improve. The 'tutorials' are not tailored to the experience level you are on displaying expert actions for the novice. There is no 'training ground' for any of the sports where a 'coach' could give you advice, the game expects you to hone your skills in 'competition' where no advice is given. You can't control the weather so as you descend there are fog patches making it difficult to anticipate, making it hard for the novice.

The only series of cups I've attempted is the Rookie. In this, the games does not allow you to customise the AI so you end up competing against 'Normal' AI players very early on. As mentioned even 'Easy' is difficult. Just after loading a Cup, the intro is needlessly long with no option of skipping seeing the AI players refusing to have their photo taken or talking to journalists.

I've played this game now for a total time of 90mins with little progress and so disappointed with it. I've not been able to get to grips with the game or how to use the controls effectively.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 16 Jan 2010
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
We had bought this one as we thought it was next in line to Winter Sports 2009; that one was balance board compatible. This one is not. Drat!
After a few days I find I still spend more time trying to memorise the controls than playing, which already puts me off inviting a friend over to play it as it takes long to learn.
The graphics are awful, with the mountain snow often flashing on and off.
More time could have been taken on this game.
If you really want it, wait a little while and you'll probably get it for under a tenner.
I'm going to rent games by post from now on before I buy and save some pennies.
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