Beach Spikers

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Beach Spikers
North American cover art
North American cover art
Developer(s) Sega AM2
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s) Arcade, Nintendo GameCube
Release date(s) Arcade
GameCube
  • JP July 19, 2002
  • NA August 12, 2002
  • EU September 27, 2002
  • AUS October 4, 2002
Genre(s) Sports (beach volleyball)
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Beach Spikers is a beach volleyball video game released in Japanese arcades in 2000 followed by home ports in all regions for the Nintendo GameCube in 2001. The game was published by Sega and developed in-house by Sega AM2.

Gameplay[edit]

Based on the sport of beach volleyball, the game revolves around two-on-two matches where a volleyball is hit back and forth over a net until one side allows the ball to touch the ground. Similar to Sega's "Virtua" sports games, most of the gameplay in Beach Spikers is based around the concept of "charging" the strength of your moves, judged by how long the button is held prior to release at the point of which the move is executed. There is a button for setting (passing) and a button for rallying (sending the ball over the net) which, combined with how long the button is held to determine strength, is the basis for the way the entire game is played. There are two modes to choose from: Arcade Mode and World Tour mode. Arcade mode is a basic progression through a series of AI opponents, and in the multiplayer portion of Arcade Mode, it's head-to-head matches for up to four human players. In World Tour mode, you take a user-created team through a tournament, earning points as you go that allow you to increase the stats of your players and also unlock special teams and players, including one based on the character Ulala from Sega's Space Channel 5 series.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 77.3% (50 reviews)[5]
Metacritic 76% (31 reviews)[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
Famitsu 30 out of 40[1]
GameSpot 8.1 out of 10[2]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[4]
IGN 8.2 out of 10[3]

Critical response was generally favorable. Review aggregate sites GameRankings and Metacritic score the game at 77.3% and 76%, respectively. It also received an 8.1 from GameSpot, an 8.2 from IGN, and 4.5 stars from Gamespy.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ ニンテンドーゲームキューブ - ビーチ スパイカーズ. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.102. 30 June 2006.
  2. ^ "Beach Spikers review". GameSpot. 
  3. ^ "Beach Spikers review". IGN. 
  4. ^ "Beach Spikers review". GameSpy. 
  5. ^ "Beach Spikers aggregate scores". Game Rankings. 
  6. ^ "Beach Spikers aggregate scores". Metacritic. 

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