Friday, June 9, 2017

Deca Sports Extreme Review

The latest entry in the long line of minigame compilations is Deca Sports Extreme, a collection of 10 different sporting activities, ranging from the truly "extreme" trampoline, to the "craziness" of bowling, with a few others thrown into the fray. While there are many sporting events to participate in, none of them are deep or memorable, making this a sports mix that should be avoided at all costs.
Team GameSpot trying to dominate on the hard court.Team GameSpot trying to dominate on the hard court.
Though each controls differently, all 10 events are fairly bare-bones activities. The trampoline has you time button presses while in the air for points, and sport blowdarts has you use the unit's gyroscope to aim and blow into the 3DS's microphone to shoot a dart. Then there is ice hockey, which has you using the touch screen to pass and shoot instead of using standard buttons. The problem is that the difference between passing and shooting is so slight that it's much too easy to perform one action when you want to perform the other.
The control issue that plagues ice hockey is just one of the many problems with Deca Sports Extreme. The gyroscope used in sport blowdarts is extremely finicky, and the button mashing incorporated in sumo wrestling is poorly implemented. Even racing in a snowmobile is problematic because of the loose controls and poor handling. Because it uses only the touch screen, bowling is the only game that isn't hampered by the controls. Outside of that, only a few events have alternative control setups, and none offer the ability to customize the controls to your preference, which is especially problematic for left-handed players.
The main mode featured in Deca Sports Extreme is Championship mode. Here, you create a team and face off against 29 other teams as you attempt to go from being ranked 30 to being number one. Each battle is the same, and there are three events. Your opposition selects one event, you select the second, and a third sport is randomly selected and acts as the tiebreaker. The team that wins two of the three events is proclaimed the winner, and if your team wins, you're one step closer to reaching elite status.
This might be somewhat interesting if the game weren't already riddled with control problems. The AI makes playing some sports a chore. Every sport has you selecting at least two members from your team. In every one of them, regardless of the AI skill, your partner is never reliable, and you have to make up for his or her faults. An example of this foolish AI is in the game snowball fight. Here, you and your teammate need to grab a flaglike pole in the middle of the pitch and bring it back to your end. The team that reaches 100 first wins. It may seem simple to have one person grab the pole while the other pelts the opposition with snowballs as cover, but in execution, the aim is comical, and your partner fails to perform logical actions. There are times when the AI partner is beside an opponent and still manages to miss on a throw.
Although Championship is the main mode of play, there are two other modes available. If you want to play one particular sport, you can play either a single match or a tournament against the AI or friends. Neither mode stands out, but each gives you the opportunity to play the events first to get a grasp of what is required. Multiplayer can be played either locally or incorporating the 3DS download play option.
Yes, you can blow into your 3DS to fire your dart.Yes, you can blow into your 3DS to fire your dart.
Deca Sports Extreme uses 3D with varying results. Tennis and blowdarts use 3D favorably, thanks in part to their use of depth of field, but the team-based sports like hockey and basketball are a mess. Not only do they look bad, but they also suffer from a camera that has a hard time tracking the action, and in many situations, your characters are positioned in such a way that you don't get the best view of the action. In basketball, for example, it can be difficult at times to see what's going on, and the game slows down to a crawl because too much is happening at once.
Deca Sports Extreme feels sloppy and fails to bring anything interesting to the experience. In spite of the variety of sports included, few are engaging enough to play multiple times, and you'll avoid most of them after trying them out once. Even if you are desperate for something to play on your 3DS, Deca Sports Extreme should not be considered an option.

Sports in the City: Denver To Host International Events and Traditional Classics

DENVER, May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With seven professional sports teams, more than 300 days of sunshine and the Rocky Mountains as its playground, Denver is known as a sports and recreation capital. This summer, The Mile High City will take its reputation as a top sports destination to new levels, with a new, international professional cycling event and world-class soccer matchups, in addition to its already abundant outdoor sport and recreation activities. 
"Denver's natural assets and its diverse professional sports fan base and outdoor lovers continue to attract new, exciting sporting events and recreation opportunities," says Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau. "As a destination, we are happy to welcome these events and their fans, creating more reasons to visit and showcasing the inherent spirit of urban adventure throughout the city."
Professional cycling returns to Denver, Colorado this summer with the Colorado Classic and Velorama Festival. Credit: Elaine Gulezian
Below are some of the highlights happening this summer in Denver – for more information on schedules, tickets, special events and hotel deals, go to the VISIT DENVER website.
Blockbuster Summer Sporting Events FIFA World Cup Qualifier – U.S. Men's National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago, June 8 In conjunction with U.S. Soccer, the Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced that Dick's Sporting Goods Park will host a FIFA World Cup qualifier between the United States Men's National Team and Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday, June 8.
Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo, July 7-9 The Rocky Mountain Regional Gay Rodeo is one of the country's best and biggest gay-centric rodeos. It features classic rodeo events, live music, food and merchandise vendors and more.
CONCACAF Gold Cup, July 13 Denver will host a 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup group C stage double header at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, featuring matches between the Mexican national soccer team and the Jamaican national team, and El Salvador against Curacao.
NEW Colorado Classic & Velorama Colorado Festival, August 11-13 Professional bike racing will return to the Centennial State with the new Colorado Classic, a four-day series of races that will bring together top international men and women cyclists. Races are scheduled in Colorado Springs and Breckenridge with a big finale weekend in Denver, where the women's criterium will be on Friday, followed by the men's Peak to Peak Highway out-and-back race on Saturday, and the exciting men's city circuit through Denver's neighborhoods and the beautiful City Park on Sunday, all culminating in an exciting finish in the center of the hip RiNo Arts District. 
The Denver stages will also include a three-day street party spanning more than 12 city blocks. The aptly-named Velorama Colorado will feature live music – including headliners Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie – a bike expo with 150 exhibitors, food, craft beer and various cycling events in the River North Art District (RiNo). It will be coupled with an expanded Denver Flea highlighting nearly 200 artisan vendors. 
Rocky Mountain Showdown, September 1 The Rocky Mountain Showdown celebrates a 120 year-old football rivalry between the University of Colorado Buffaloes and the Colorado State University Rams. Played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos, the game features pregame events, music, entertainment, marching bands, cheerleaders and giveaways.
Denver's Professional Sports Teams Denver is home to seven professional sports teams, including Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies, Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids and Major League Lacrosse's Denver Outlaws – who all play throughout the summer. Schedules for all teams can be found online.
The Rapids play the Seattle Sounders on the Fourth of July, and fans can stay late to watch the fireworks display over the field after the game. The Outlaws will also have fireworks after their July 4th game against the Atlanta Blaze.
Sports Museums & Attractions Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre Recently named to the National Historic Register, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre is a world-famous outdoor concert and recreation venue located approximately 30 minutes from Denver. The only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater in the world, Red Rocks is recognized for its star-studded concert roster, natural acoustics and ambience, as well as its awe-inspiring hiking and biking trails. Several local studios also run organized fitness series throughout the summer at Red Rocks, including Yoga on the Rocks, Red Rocks Fitness Challenge and more.
Rafting World-class whitewater rafting can be found just outside the city, often only a half an hour away. The mountains received a hefty snowfall this winter, and the runoff will make for high tides and exciting rapids throughout most of the summer months.
Extreme Sports Parks  The Mile High City loves all sports – extreme sports are no exception. Denver features a collection of extreme sports parks where visitors can bike, kayak, skate and more, all within the metro area. From year-round rugby at Infinity Park to BMX and mountain biking at Evolve Action Sports Park to whitewater kayaking in the center of downtown at Confluence Park, extreme sports are readily available all around Denver.
City Parks & Denver Bike Trails The Mile High City boasts more than 4,000 acres of traditional parks and parkways, which include 2,500 urban natural acres, more than 300 acres of designated rivers and trails and an additional 14,000 acres of spectacular mountain parks, plus 85 miles of paved, off-street bike trails. Whether visitors rent a bicycle through the Denver B-cycle program or select their favorite recreation activity (kayaking, paddle boating, running, etc.), there is no shortage of space to enjoy.
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Denver is home to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. Sports Authority Field at Mile High – home field of the Denver Broncos (NFL) and Denver Outlaws (Major League Lacrosse) – features the Hall of Fame, which highlights the remarkable achievements of Denver and Colorado sports teams and athletes.
National Ballpark Museum Recognized as one of the finest baseball collections in the world, highlights at the National Ballpark Museum include tributes to Colorado baseball history, seats from classic ballparks around the country, one-of-a-kind baseball artifacts, autographed jerseys, baseballs, uniforms and bats. Visitors can take a personalized tour led by Curator Bruce Hellerstein.
About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau Celebrating 108 years of promoting The Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. A record 16.4 million visitors stayed overnight in Denver in 2015, generating $5 billion in spending, while supporting nearly 55,000 jobs, making Tourism one of the largest industries in Denver. Learn more about Denver on the VISITDENVER website and at TOURISMPAYSDENVER or by phone at 800 2 Denver. Denver International Airport (DEN; flydenver.com) connects The Mile High City to more than 180 destinations worldwide including nonstop service to 23 international destinations in 9 countries. Follow Denver's social media channels for up-to-the-minute updates at: Facebook.com/visitdenver; Twitter.com/visitdenver; Instagram.com/visitdenver; and YouTube.com/visitdenver.
With press or photo inquiries, please contact:Jesse Davis: (303) 571-9450 or jdavis@visitdenver.comAshley Taufen: (303) 571-9451 or ataufen@visitdenver.com Rochelle Jones: (303) 571-9418 or rjones@visitdenver.com 
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SOURCE VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau
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DECA SPORTS Extreme Now Available On 3DS

DECA SPORTS Extreme Now Available On 3DS
Sports fans, listen up! DECA SPORTS Extreme is available now, bringing an extra-dimension to ten complete sporting events.
Check out its full launch press release below for more information:
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced DECA SPORTS EXTREME is now available for the Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system. DECA SPORTS, the hit sports compilation series that has sold over 4 million units worldwide, has arrived for the Nintendo 3DS with 10 complete sporting events entirely in 3D that will take sports to a whole new dimension!
Players will kick, shoot, and bounce as they make their way to the top of the leaderboards in 10 complete sporting events in 3D including Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Bowling, Snowball Fight, Sumo Wrestling, Snowmobile Racing, Blowguns, and Trampoline. This all-new handheld version includes several features never seen before in a DECA SPORTS game, like power-ups, where players will have to collect enough Power Stones during each event allowing them to unleash powerful bonuses. Some of the power-ups included in the game are a giant racket in tennis, a cannon dunk in basketball, and a rainbow shot in soccer. Players will also be able to unlock equipment in Champion Mode and customize their own team’s home court and training room in Customize Mode. With 4-player multi-player available through download play or wireless play, there is always an eager challenger waiting to take players on.
Deca Sports Extreme is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and is available now for $39.99 on Nintendo 3DS.

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