With its deep, varied gameplay, Sportsfriends is the most exciting local multiplayer game since Wii Sports.
To complain about that would be missing the point, though. Sportsfriends is a celebration of the social side of games, their ability to bring a room together in one loud, raucous moment and how they're so much more fun when enjoyed with company. Alongside like-minded titles such as Towerfall and Nidhogg, this compilation is a pleasant reminder of that power - and, just like its companions, Sportsfriends represents video games at their very, very best.
If you've got a room full of buddies and a handful of controllers, Sportsfriends is a delightful party game that will have everyone smiling and elbowing each other in the ribs.
A superb mini-game compilation that's as addictive and raucously entertaining as it is ugly, with Johann Sebastian Joust blurring the lines between video and parlour game.
Sportsfriends hardly feels like a video game, and that's what makes it so special. It's an experience that anyone can enjoy, regardless of their gaming experience, totally irrespective of their specialty at sports or team-based games.
Sportsfriends' simple games provide some of the best local multiplayer you and a few friends can have.
Despite the fact that I don't think I'll be playing Barabariball or Super Pole Riders for very long, Hokra's level editor gives it legs, and Johann Sebastian Joust shouldn't be missed by anyone who enjoys having company over. It's a very uneven package in the sense that there could have either been a few more games and a few could have been better, but honestly -- $15 isn't a terrible price just for Joust alone.
If you're one of those people who lives to party (and honestly, who doesn't?!), Sportsfriends deserves an immediate addition to your game library.
[T]hose who can get three or more friends together for a lengthy Sportsfriends play session will come away feeling like they did back when local multiplayer was an endless addiction fueled by caffeine and heated arguments. Some of the games are more successful in delivering that feeling, or in generating excitement, than others, but as a whole the collection works more often than not. Get a group of friends together – even those who might not be particularly adept at video games – and you'll likely have a good time.
A collection of fun, forgettable mini-games, Sportsfriends demands local players but struggles to be the life of the party.
Sportsfriends is a party game for the type of people that appear in Nintendo Wii commercials – but real-life is never quite that perfect. As such, this is a fun package, but one that will rely on the right kind of investment from your buddies if it's to become the life and soul of your social gathering. With a low price, it may be worth splitting the cost between close pals for an evening's worth of entertainment – just make sure that you know what you're getting into first.
We've had two Sportsfriends sessions at the House of Edwards, and I get texts daily about when we are going to play it again. Each game in the Sporstfriends collection brings something enjoyable to the couch co-op experience. All the games are tight, polished, and aesthetically beautiful, making Sportsfriends the quintessential party game for all PlayStation platform owners.
If you have the friends and the number of controllers required, Sportsfriends is enjoyable and easy to recommend. Otherwise, you may want to stay away.
Correction: We incorrectly stated that the secret code and options in J. S. Joust don't save and reset to defaults each time you restart the game. This was an error that occurred when we ended up on D'yani's account instead of mine without realizing it. We've gone back and verified that options do actually save which makes hopping back in and playing with your favorite settings a breeze! Our apologies for the mix-up and thanks to Die Gute Fabrik for pointing out our mistake.
Sportsfriends is the most-fun party game I've played since the days of the original Mario Party. It mixes the competitiveness of real sports with video game conventions and is the absolute best reason to own a PS camera on the PS4.
Sportsfriends deserves to sit on the same list of fantastic multiplayer games like Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Street Fighter, and Halo. Make an opening for it at your next party.
Sportsfriends isn't a game that you will play every day, it isn't a game that is for a lone gamer, it is purely for getting out when friends are over, at parties, when the whole family is at home, those sorts of occasions. It may only be played a handful of times a year, but we can guarantee you, that those handful of times, will be wondrous and full of great memories.
Sportsfriends reminds us how local multiplayer can be.