"Quite Frankly... Awful."1.5 starson by rollerhockey97
Pros: 1- If you have absolutely NO video game talent whatsoever, it's a good starting block, and you won't get frustrated too easily by the horrible AI.
2- Teams are actually balanced.
3- An interesting variation of sports.
Cons: 1- AWFUL controls, and awful response to those controls
3- Some quite frankly stupid games.
4- Poor graphics.
5- No customization whatsoever.
6- No Mii support
7- Awful menus.
8- Lack of practice mode.
Summary: DecaSports is a poorly done re-rendition of the free WiiSports that comes with the console. And when I say poorly... i mean VERY poorly. The graphics are nothing special by any means in any of the sports. The only mildly impressive stunt was the reflective textures of the ice in the ice sports, curling and figure skating, neither of which you'll want to play EVER, cause they're quite frankly BORING!
The game lacks Mii support which was disappointing, so instead you're forced to use one of 8 teams, all with different pros and cons. The bigger players are slower than a dial-up internet but more powerful in their hits/shots/throws/ect. and the smaller players are quick and move fast but have the strength of a cranky old woman in a rocking chair. The AI is also programmed HORRIBLY. Even their biggest most lumbering of people often times moves just as fast as your smallest fastest person, which gets annoying quickly. They are also very easy to master, despite the advantage it gives itself, making any mildly experienced gamer capable of mastering the game within probably 30 minutes.
You'd think Hudson (the game maker) would do something to try to make some sort of customization, such as a custom team, but they do not. Instead you get the 8 teams... and that's it.
The sports are quite frankly hodgepodge and many times completely uninteresting. Figure skating, badmitton, curling, and archery are two good examples of this, and you'll never play them cause they're stupid.
As for the sports that are not, the only ones that are done decently are kart racing and soccer. Kart racing is done the same as MarioKart where you hold the remote sideways and use it as a steering wheel. Even then there are only 3 tracks and 4 racers per race. (Motocross is done the same way, only it's horrible. The tracks all suck and jumping is awful. Whenever you hit the ground you grind to a complete halt.) Soccer requires a nunchuck and involves a bit of thinking because of its interesting 5v5 format, however 30 minutes with it and you'll have mastered it. However, it's the only mildly addictive game.
Snowboard cross is okay, but again, jumping doesn't matter, and the tracks all suck. Not to mention you fall down for no obvious reason half the time.
But nonetheless, all the games have simple controls... too simple. Often times the only thing you need to do is simply flick the remote up or down, and often times the controls screw up because of this and make you do things you don't want to do, and does get frustrating.
The game distinctly lacks a practice mode which can be a downer for those who can't seem to figure out the intuitive controls anyway. It does have what is called a "DecaChallenge," however, these are highly discouraging because they are not easy, and every time you fail you have to go through 2 menus, which involves reloading the entire challenge, and when failure is easy, this gets REALLY annoying.
The graphics are nothing to brag about. The crowds are all 2D and the stadiums lack much texture. Menus are dull, and the music, while initially kind of catchy, gets very annoying after a while.
Overall, the only people I could recommend this game to would be those who have almost never played a game before and are very inexperienced with video games at all. It's a great game for learning how the Wii controller works, but other than that, is really boring and not very well done at all. Any seasoned gamer will have shelved this game after an hour, and will have moved on. If you really MUST play this game for yourself, try to find some place to rent it first. You really do get what you pay for in this game: the bargain $30 price tag results in a crappy game that will not provide much entertainment.