BattleSport

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BattleSport
BattleSport cover art.jpg
Developer(s) Cyclone Studios
Publisher(s) Studio 3DO (3DO)
Acclaim Entertainment (PS, SS, Windows)
Platform(s) PC, PlayStation, Saturn, 3DO
Release 3DO
  • NA: 1996
Sega Saturn
  • NA: January 1, 1997
Windows
  • NA: June 30, 1997
  • PAL: January 1, 1997
PlayStation
  • NA: June 30, 1997
  • PAL: August 1, 1997
Genre(s) Sports
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

BattleSport is a 1996 futuristic sports video game developed by Cyclone Studios. It was originally published by Studio 3DO (the software division of The 3DO Company) exclusively for their 3DO Interactive Multiplayer in 1996,[1] but after the 3DO was discontinued BattleSport was published for other systems by Acclaim Entertainment.[2] It was released for Windows and PlayStation in North America on June 30, 1997, and in Europe on August 1, 1997.[3] It also saw a US only release on the Saturn.[4]

Development[edit]

Director Evan Margolin summarized the making of the game:

We're all big action gamers here [at Cyclone Studios]. We wanted to create a fast-action, arena-based combat game and experimented with a 3D engine for it. When we got the basic engine up and running, the game was basically just about putting the ball into the goal, but when we started playing more, we found that people really want an opportunity to blast each other. One of the most difficult parts of design was getting a 3D engine with which we were satisfied. We didn't want to sacrifice speed, we wanted the game to be fast, and those were things we weren't willing to compromise on.[5]

Near the end of 1996, Studio 3DO stated that a version of BattleSport for the Panasonic M2 was in development.[6]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 6/10 (PS1)[7]
Next Generation 5/5 stars (3DO)[8]

GamePro gave the 3DO version a recommendation. While they said the game is harder than it should be due to slippery controls and an overabundance of powerups to flip through, they felt the strong graphics, audio, and fast-paced gameplay "make this a game worth playing."[9] A reviewer for Next Generation gave the game an even stronger recommendation, praising the unique gameplay concept, exceptionally good polygon graphics by 3DO standards, huge variety of power-up items, and consistently smooth frame rate even in the multiplayer mode, which he was especially enthusiastic about: "As with any split-screen, having your view so vertically limited is distracting, but the sheer fun and excitement of competing in this game against another human player is incredible."[8]

GameSpot stated, ".... the fact is that there's just no need for a game like this on the PlayStation in 1997."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://gamewise.co/games/3945/BattleSport/Releases
  2. ^ "Acclaim to Bring 3DO Titles to PSX, Saturn". GamePro. No. 95. IDG. August 1996. p. 17. 
  3. ^ BattleSport for PlayStation. GameSpot. Retrieved on July 1, 2009.
  4. ^ BattleSport Saturn T-8149H Satakore.com Retrieved on April 25, 2012
  5. ^ "BattleSport". Next Generation. No. 11. Imagine Media. November 1995. p. 146. 
  6. ^ "M2 Jitters?". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 90. Ziff Davis. January 1997. p. 21. 
  7. ^ a b Kitts, Jeff (July 29, 1997). BattleSport Review for PlayStation. GameSpot. Retrieved on July 1, 2009.
  8. ^ a b "Score!". Next Generation. No. 14. Imagine Media. February 1996. p. 167. 
  9. ^ "ProReview: BattleSport". GamePro. IDG (91): 88. April 1996.