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I am going to be totally honest with this review and I'm afraid it's not going to be a nice one. The way I look at it is that we all look out for each other on dooyoo, so I would like to think that we all make honest reviews to help encourage someone to purchase an item, or help warn someone not to go near something.
If you are looking for a game which is going to be very similar to real darts, this seriously is not it. In fact if you are looking for any form of game, again this is not it.
I love watching and playing darts and whilst you can't beat playing the real game I thought I would give this one a go. From the moment I played this game I thought it was not up to standard.
For a start you are using a Wii remote as a dart. As you know, you have to throw a real dart! It would be quite easy if you just followed the action of a normal dart but didn't throw it, however the action you perform on this game is nothing similar to throwing a real dart. You almost have to just jolt the wii remote and the dart will go flying. Whilst you can get used to how to do this, it is nothing like playing the real game.
I played this game for around 30 minutes and found the loading time excessive for a game that actually has quite poor graphics. The music, atmosphere and commentary are also poor too.
There is an ok selection of players but you will only find the main ones included, the skill levels varying don't seem to make a difference either as it is all in the Wii remote.
Overall I found this game to be a real failure and would advise any gamer to stay away.
I hope this review helps you in not wasting your money!
Has there ever been a decent Darts game? In theory the Wii should be perfect to adapt this game to a console and in some ways PDC World Championship Darts lives up to the bill.
The control system on this game has been widely criticised and i'll admit I threw the game back in its box thinking I had bought a total turkey to begin with. I was playing on Easy and I found it impossible to land a dart anywhere I intented to. The process of throwing a dart involves holding the Wiimote like a dart and doing the action and releasing the B button when you would let go of the dart making sure your arm is perfectly straight.
It is way too sensitive but it does work. Unfortunately it takes a lot of practice - surely the idea of a game is for it too be fun and that it should be easy to pick up and enjoy. Particularly on Easy mode, I daren't think what the harder levels are like.
There is an alternative method where you can use the nunchuck and wiimote together. I have not tried this as I'd taken a week mastering the other method.
You will need a lot of patience, and if you are the type to give in after 5 minutes do not get this game - it will just get you frustrated. However once you master the controls you'll have yourself a good game.
I haven't hit a 180 yet, but I am regularly scoring 100+
Graphically for the Wii it is top notch, the 16 playable Darts players are well drawn and instantly recognisable and you have the ramblings of the famous Sid Waddell to keep you company.
There are various modes to play - quick match, tournament, league, knock out etc as well as career mode.
This could have been so much better if the easy level was indeed easy. As it is given that it takes a while to master - playing multiplayer with friends is going to be a dissapointment unless they've played before.
For those with patience, you'll find a gem of game underneath the surface of a game shackled by its control system which reduces a 4 star rated game to only 3 for me.
As a big darts fan this seemed like the perfect game for me. I had seen Phil Taylor advertising it on Sky Sports and her had said how realistic it was and so I took his advice and bought the game.
Within a couple of minutes of playing the game I realised how disappointing it was. The Wii controller was just way too sensitive for the game and the slightest hand movement meant your shot went way off target. Even moving around the sensor didn't work and it meant that a 3 leg game took forever to complete! There are 3 levels of difficulty but I didn't get beyond amateur!
The game has the following features:
- Engine for enhanced throwing physics, meaning darts now move more like real life than ever before - see them flutter through the air and stack as on a real board.
- Real tournament locations e.g. Las Vegas
- Enhanced audio including calling, commentary with crowd sounds, and darts atmospherics.
- Three difficulty levels - Amateur, Professional and Master
- The following PDC professionals: Roland Scholten, Ronnie Baxter, Terry Jenkins, Kevin Painter, Andy Hamilton and Andy Jenkins, join original stars: Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, Peter Manley, Wayne Mardle, Dennis Priestley, Adrian Lewis, Alan Warriner-Little, John Part, Colin Lloyd and Mark Dudbridge.
Although the players do have a good likeness in terms of looks to their real life counterparts, the atmosphere in the match is dead and the crowd noises are repetitive and dull. A good touch would have been to get the license to have each players walk on music bevause they all walk on to the same dull track. I know this may have cost a lot on money though.
The commentary is also very poor. After about 5 minutes of playing you have heard the entire vocabulary of Sid Waddell and it starts to get really annoying that he keeps repeating himself.
The potential is there for this to be a good game but it needs to be quicker for people to play and the controls need radically simplyfying. I would definitely advise against buying this game - even if you are the most ardent of darts fans!
I am a big fan of the darts and recently enjoyed the a trip to the Alexandra Place. I was therefore keen to get my hand on this and recreate some of the action. My first dissapointment was that my favourite darts player Yelle Klassen was not featured in the game. I therefore had to settle to play as Phil Taylor. You can creat your own player i.e to look like you or another erson however this features is limited and try as I may I could not recreate Yelle. The second dissapointment was trying to throw a dart with the Wii controller. It was almost impossible and was basically hit or miss. Even when a dart was managed to be thrown there was no guarantee it would land where you had placed it.
Overall this game is very dissapointing. It seems ideal for the wii and I could see how this could be a great deal if the wii controller acted in the way is should. i.e mirroring the throwing of a dart. As it doesn't I would not recommend this game to anyone. Get a dart board instead of getting frustrated by this.
The PDC World Championship Darts 2008 is, to my knowledge, the only game that tries to recreate the game of darts on a games console (although I do not know why when all you got to do is buy a dart board and darts).
The game itself depicts real sports men from the PDC championship (Phil Taylor, Raymond Van Barnaveld, et al); in an almost realistic recreation but some do not have any basis in reality to their real life counterparts. The game modes can be divided into a single player championship mode, a multiplayer mode and a training mode which can be played by either single or multiplayer. There are also pub games that can be played, such around the clock, where a player or two players have to hit the numbers one, two etc, up to 20.
The championship mode involves the player choosing either one of the established characters / players and enter into tournaments. If the player decides to create a persona from scratch the player will not a ranking and will have to enter qualifying rounds or tournaments to gain access to the higher up, more lucrative tournaments. In the training mode the player can hone their skills either on their own or with a partner. In the multiplayer mode, two people can play a single match and determine the number legs and sets played.
In terms of game play, the way the game is played is by a throwing motion while holding the Wii remote. The player holds the remote the same way they would hold a dart, press the A button, then swing in a throwing motion and release the A button. While it may sound easy it is not. The player has to perfectly time the throwing motion and the release of the A button to give the right amount of power in the throw to hit the selected target. This has lead to many people who have played the game to condemn it, that it is too difficult to play. While I would agree that the game is difficult to play at first, after some practice a person is able to play the game as you adjust to the game control mechanism.
An excellent feature that is included within the game is the commentary provided, that any darts fan would instantly recognise, as the great Sid Waddel. It is his commentary pieces that make you feel you are really playing and watch the darts as if on Sky Sports.
In concluding, I find myself would I recommend this game to a friend it they asked about it. What I find myself saying is, only if you are a fan of darts. The reason I would find myself saying this would be because this is a very specialised game, that if you find darts in real life boring then you will find the game boring, as it almost mirrors it; as I like and enjoy darts and this is the reason I bought the game. Therefore if you do not like darts to begin with, I would not advice you to buy this game.
What I have found with this game is a slight let down, as it was not what I thought or believed I was purchasing. As the graphics could be vastly improved and the control mechanism, as I did not expect to take as long to learn just how to play a sports game. Although saying that I do like the game as I am a darts, but I just wish it could have been a little bit better.
I'm a big fan of the PDC and regularly watch the likes of Phil 'The Power' Taylor and Ramon Van Barneveld throwing the arrows on Sky Sports. I don't have room for a dart board in my house, but I was very excited to see that this game was in development. And so with some great expectations I made the trip to Asda to buy PDC Darts 2008 on the Wii on it's release date last year.
Getting home we fired up the Wii and inserted the game only to be totally and utterly disappointed.
The graphics (for the Wii) and variety of games on offer are relatively impressive, as is the number of professional darts players on offer. The controls are a massive let-down though.
You throw the darts by holding the Wiimote on its side facing your TV. Hold the B button in and move your arm back and forward to throw - as you would a real dart. Sounds okay, but the problem with this is that a) the Wiimote is too big to hold comfortably in this position and b) the Wii isn't sensitive enough to pick-up the action of throwing a dart. You have to really exaggerate your movements for the Wii to pick them up - nothing will happen if you move the Wiimote as though you're throwing a real dart, you have to act more like you're throwing a javelin!
PDC Darts 2008 is a good idea, it's just really poorly executed.
Received this game as a Christmas present and played it with the family over on Boxing Day. As a party game it doesn't really offer that much excitement and people quickly lose interest in what is going on. The only way to maintain interest would be to play 1 leg games rather than matches.
If you are a real darts fan then this is the game for you, otherwise go and buy yourself a real dartboard and play real darts! As other reviewers have written, the graphics are good and the player characters are as realistic as you are going to get as a computer generated animation. The controls are difficult to master, and just when you think you are getting used to it, the game seems to alter and what you anticipated as a pertfect treble 20 actually results as a 7!! This can be frustrating but if you want the game it is something you will have to get used to.
I realy enjoyed playing this game, alot of people have given it bad reviews in the past however i think if you use the remote attachment this game is great to play.
A lot better than the first verison of the game with new players events venues etc. A very good story mode which if you are interested in darts will find yourself very involed in along the way.
A couple of negatives ive found for this game are when using the wii remote its very hard to play and you wont stand much chance in story mode.
All the players hit realy good 100+ averages and rarley hit below 102 which makes the game almost impossible with the nuchuck. A big improvment on last however and look forward to the next verison of this game. Mid of the range rating here with a 3 stars as the game is still good although hard.
Brought this game i love to have multiplayer games on the wii and have my mates round, but very dissapointed in this game, graphics are very good players look great, the walk out is good and then you go to throw your dart and thats were it lets you down, to start with the controls are very hard to master, does take a while to figure it out darts going everywhere, if at all, when you first play takes you ages just to get the dart to release from the hand, once you have mastered the throw technique, not to long before it gets really boring, still hasnt got really much to offer at all, in single player mode or multi player,
in single mode when you play the computer if you dont score high enough you wont win they are hardly ever get below 140 and hardly ever miss a double.
gathering dust at the moment better to buy a real dartboard stick it in the garage would have more fun
This game was nothing like i expected it to be and as i had just got my Wii was looking for some games that you could play as a multiplayer and this seemed like one of the ideal games, as we all love Wii Sports. The controls are a nightmare to use, once you get used to them they are not as bad especially if you use the nun chuck, but compared to other Wii games it takes a long time to master and the graphic are not that wonderful either. There are three difficulty levels for extended play Amateur, Professional and Master you join the original stars of Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and Peter Manley in the enhanced audio of calling, commentary and dynamic crowd sounds., Overall a pretty average game and i would say that for around the same price you could buy a dart board and have more fun.