PDC World Championship Darts 2009 review

I don’t often play darts unless the person I’m talking to in the pub is really boring. However, it might be a fun experience on the Wii using the remote as an over-sized dart. The good news is, if you’re a darts fan, the game sort of works. The bad news, at least for me, is it’s probably cheaper and more satisfying to just play the real thing. This time developer Rebellion are making the game and the control system has been reworked to use just the Wii remote. You hold the remote a bit like a pen and keep the A button pressed down to lock your aim. You then use a throwing action and let go of the A button to release the dart. Your aim is down to getting the quick-moving power meter to stop at the right place.

So, if you’re a darts fan, does it recreate the experience of being a top-flight player? Well, it’s certainly got the official seal of approval. 18 top players are in there including Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and Sid Waddell provides an amusing and sometimes annoying commentary on the highs and lows of the game. Player likenesses, however, are a little bit ropey and all look a bit ‘lumpy’.

And if you don’t just want to play the standard game of darts there are some party games in there for two to four players including my personal favourite, Round The Clock. There’s not really much more to say about the game. It’s darts but without the need for securing a dartboard to your wall and making lots of holes in the wall and getting told off by your Dad.

As I said before, my real problem is if you’re into darts you probably play it anyway and own a dartboard. If you’re not, you really won’t care to get your hands on it in the first place. It’s not my cup of tea so PDC World Championship Darts gets an average 5 out of 10.

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