Electronic Theatre Preview: PDC World Championship Darts 2009

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Electronic Theatre Image            Oxygen Games are set to bring the latest official PDC videogame release, PDC World Championship Darts 2009, to Wii and NintendoDS on May 29th, 2009, and for those of you who have been paying attention, Electronic Theatre can now bring you the first of the two promised previews, PDC World Championship Darts 2009 on Wii.

            Any preview of Rebellion’s WiiElectronic Theatre Image build would do the team a disservice should it not begin by explaining the game’s unique selling point: the translation of throwing a dart to the Wii Remote’s motion and pointer capabilities. Eschewing all previous attempts at bringing the sport to the console in favour of an entirely new throwing system, Rebellion’s effort builds upon the foundations established in the Bowling and Golf featured in Wii Sports. The player begins by aiming their on-screen reticule at the desired target on the dartboard, holding the A Button to lock in-place. As the player draws the Wii Remote back a forth, a power meter increases and decreases atop the reticule, which also displays an additional circle on the outer layer symbolising the “sweet spot”; the point at which releasing the A Button will provide the correct amount of power to hit the desired target. For the sake of accuracy, the throwing gesture must be complete – stopping at the point of releasing the A Button will often result in wayward darts.

            Uncomplicated and easily the most effective representation of the sport yet seen on consoles, fans of Darts will undoubtedly be rushing to get the pre-orders in at this point; but what is there to entertain the average Wii owner? Along with Exhibition Matches, an extensive Career Mode, Practice options and the usual assortment of Mini-Games, the package also features the aptly titled “Play It Your Way” gameplay mode. Here, players can customise Electronic Theatre Imagematches to the nth degree – including the option to have up to four human players competing in a single match. Play It Your Way may just be Rebellion’s attempt at glossing-up the traditional multi-player mode, but through the added sparkle have created that which will most likely be the biggest attraction for the Friday night Wii-with-friends event that has become so regular in many UK households.

            Putting the cherry atop the cake, fairly extensive character customisation and a decent variety of detailed venues earn the right to be classed as an official PDC product, with PDC themselves reportedly very keen to keep the game faithful to the sport. That PDC World Championship Darts 2009 is a fantastic vision of the sport on home consoles is already without question, though whether the package can sustain interest for enough hours to warrant it’s £39.99 price-tag remains to be seen. Electronic Theatre will bring you more details on PDC World Championship Darts 2009 for Wii very soon.




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