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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution
Published By: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developed By: SCE Studios San Diego/Team Ramrod
Genre: Sports
Players: 1-2
Rated: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Up)
Release Date: December 7, 2007
Screenshots: Link
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Written By: Matthew Prunty

September 21, 2010 - High Velocity Bowling is one of the few titles currently on the PS3 console that supports online multiplayer and actually has a steady stream of players still logging online. While the game has played home some of the most memorable bowling experiences for the PS3 console, Sony and Team Ramrod are looking to revitalize the experience through the inclusion of PlayStation Move and 3D support. Do these additions making the experience all the richer, or is this titleís time in the spotlight long and gone.

When High Velocity Bowling was first released, it was a download only title. As of today, Sony has released the title on a blu-ray disc, which comes loaded with 20 plus characters and themed alleys, trick shot packs and additional goodies to complete the experience. For those who already owned the title from its initial digital release, you will be happy to know that the patch to include stereoscopic 3D and PlayStation Move support is now available via the PlayStation Store for those who subscribe to PlayStation Plus. For those who donít have PlayStation Plus can expect the same patch to release real soon.

When it comes to utilizing PlayStation Move support with HVB, I have to say that Team Ramrod did a good job of implementing the controls in order to making the experience feel all the more better. I will admit at first it took a bit before I was able to start pulling off strikes in a consistent fashion. The reason for this is because the distance between my HDTV and where I stand to play the game isnít the recommended distance for playing the game. The closer you are to the PlayStation Eye, the more you must adjust to the limited space you have to swing your arm forward in a bowling like motion. I will admit the motion controls were implemented in Sports Champions a lot better, though that game was built from the ground up to be utilized the PlayStation Move motion controllers.

Unlike Sports Champions which relies only on the PlayStation Move control scheme, High Velocity Bowling now offers up the DualShock 3 and PlayStation Move as possible control schemes. Some may prefer the controller setup over the PlayStation Move and vice versa; but at the end of the day, they both were implemented solidly. However, for those who decide on the PlayStation Move control scheme, you will find it to be easy to implement. You move the PlayStation Move left or right to line up your bowler and press the Move button in order to accept their position on the bowling lane. From there, you will move the Move controller left or right if you want bowl at an angle instead of straight down the middle. Once thatís done and you it the Move button, you will hold down the T button on the bottom of the controller and perform a swinging motion with the controller to bowl. If you rotate the Move controller to the left or right while swinging your arm forward, you can add some spin on the ballÖ making yourself look more like a professional bowler. Due to the PlayStation Move requiring the use of the PlayStation Eye in order to track your movements, staying within the viewing eye of the camera is very important. When swinging the Move controller forward in a bowling motion, if your wand goes off camera, itís no longer keeping track of your movement, which can result in a gutter ball or knocking down a couple pens.

With the inclusion of stereoscopic 3D support, the immersive experience within High Velocity Bowling enters another dimensionÖliterally. For those who are used to playing this game in Full HD, I want to inform you that you wonít have that luxury o more with 3D capability turned on. I spent a decent amount of time playing the game out on a 3D enabled HDTV and I have to say the experience was different to say the least. The environment seems to pop out of the screen, making it seem like you are actually bowling on a bowling lane. With the stereoscopic 3D turned off, the visual quality looks the same as it did when the title first released back in December 2007.

High Velocity Bowling is a fun and engaging experience that the whole family can enjoy. With the inclusion of PlayStation Move and stereoscopic 3D support, Sony has added yet another title to their library that will help usher the console into another realm. Team Ramrod did a fantastic job on implementing the PlayStation Move controller scheme into the game. For those who never picked up this title, for $39.99, High Velocity Bowling is a deal of a lifetime. From 3D support, to PlayStation Move support and the inclusion of the released dlc for the title, High Velocity Bowling has yet again given gamers a reason to pick up their controllers and take to the bowling lanes.

For an in-depth impression of High Velocity Bowling, be sure to check out our proper review here.


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