Beach Spikers

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Beach Spikers: Virtual Beach Volleyball
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: Virtua Beach Volleyball (also known in arcades as just Beach Spikers) is a beach volleyball video game released in Japanese arcades in 2001 followed by home ports in all regions for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002. 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 77.20%[1]
Metacritic 76 out of 100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 2.5/5 stars[3]
Edge 6 out of 10[4]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 8 out of 10[5]
Eurogamer 7 out of 10[6]
Famitsu 30 out of 40[7]
Game Informer 5 out of 10[8]
GamePro 3/5 stars[9]
Game Revolution B[10]
GameSpot 8.1 out of 10[11]
GameSpy 4.5/5 stars[12]
GameZone 7.7 out of 10[13]
IGN 8.2 out of 10[14]
Nintendo Power 4.1 out of 5[15]
Maxim 7 out of 10[16]

The game was met with some positive reception, as GameRankings gave the GameCube version a score of 77.20%,[1] while Metacritic gave it 76 out of 100.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Beach Spikers: Virtua Beach Volleyball for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Beach Spikers: Virtua Beach Volleyball for GameCube Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  3. ^ Marriott, Scott Alan. "Beach Spikers (GC) - Review". AllGame. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ Edge staff (October 2002). "Beach Spikers". Edge (115). 
  5. ^ Johnston, Chris (October 2002). "Beach Spikers: Virtua Beach Volleyball". Electronic Gaming Monthly (160): 194. Archived from the original on January 23, 2004. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ Bramwell, Tom (October 12, 2002). "Beach Spikers". Eurogamer. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  7. ^ "ニンテンドーゲームキューブ - ビーチ スパイカーズ". Famitsu 915: 102. June 30, 2006. 
  8. ^ Helgeson, Matt (September 2002). "Beach Spikers". Game Informer (113): 85. Archived from the original on March 12, 2005. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ Tokyo Drifter (August 14, 2002). "Beach Spikers Review for GameCube on GamePro.com". GamePro. Archived from the original on February 4, 2005. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  10. ^ Liu, Johnny (September 2002). "Beach Spikers Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  11. ^ Davis, Ryan (August 15, 2002). "Beach Spikers Review". GameSpot. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  12. ^ Pavlacka, Adam (September 11, 2002). "GameSpy: Beach Spikers". GameSpy. 
  13. ^ Bedigian, Louis (August 31, 2002). "Beach Spikers Review - GameCube". GameZone. Archived from the original on February 10, 2008. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  14. ^ Casamassina, Matt (August 12, 2002). "Beach Spikers (GCN)". IGN. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Beach Spikers: Virtua Beach Volleyball". Nintendo Power 159: 143. August 2002. 
  16. ^ Boyce, Ryan (August 23, 2002). "Beach Spikers". Maxim. Archived from the original on October 17, 2002. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 

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