A great introduction to the industry-changing features of Wii.
sienikastike wrote this review on .
The answer is yes, and to a certain extent, no. Just about all the games CAN be played by anyone, but some of the subtleties of the games won't be easy to understand and master for example people who've never played a game before. But, at its core, Wii Sports IS an extremely easily approachable, wonderful product that you should at least try.
So, the gameplay. It's just so intuitive and easy, I can't believe it. You know, there's got to be something in a game when my mother who doesn't like technology at all and has never even touched a game controller before can just pick up a Wiimote and start playing, and most of all, having tons of FUN. Most of the mechanics work really well, but there are a couple of things that could have been explained somewhere, for example that you can actually jump and hit the ball in tennis by holding down A. The golf mechanics also take time to grasp, it took me a while to understand that the game reads the swing correctly usually when your swing ends up in the remote pointing to the TV. The only a little more difficult game is boxing, which many have said to be unresponsive and generally not very good. I happen to think it's most fun and addictive, but there certainly IS a learning curve there. You can't just mindlessly punch in the air, you have to have a good rhythm in it. Nonetheless, one of the most accessible and well-working titles ever.
The graphics? I think they are pretty nice, actually. Yes, it's simplified almost to the extreme, but hey, the framerate NEVER hiccups. The look is rather pleasant, and what textures there are are really sharp. Also the subtle lighting effects are just wonderful. Especially during boxing some of the harder hits look really visceral and surprisingly painful (considering this is supposed to be a game for everyone). Of course, Wii Sports doesn't really show what Wii's hardware can do in the graphics department when pushed to the limits, but it's very pleasing and easy on your eyes.
I don't think I need to cover the sounds of this game that much here, I'll just say I like the sound effects and the music is pretty much just some insignificant muzak. Why can't you listen to your own MP3s from an SD card here? Or hell, why can't I just put the music volume to zero?
So, all in all, Wii Sports is a great very first title for the Wii. Everyone, EVERYONE, even fans of other consoles and PC gamers should at least try it, so they could see how games could and should be different. Wii Sports is a revolution. A very friendly and pleasant revolution, that could get even your grandmother interested in gaming.