Will do, Spike.
For an extremely popular genre, the budget distribution across sports games is somewhat out of whack. You’ve got FIFA at the top of the league, with Madden and NBA 2K not far behind – but not even popular sports like tennis can get appropriate funding these days, resulting in rubbish attempts like Tennis World Tour. You’d think that a great tennis game would be able to command a budget equal to that of, say, MLB The Show – but Sony’s baseball simulation goes from strength-to-strength, while licensed titles like AO International Tennis make unforced error after unforced error.
With all that said, volleyball does seem a teensy bit niche. French publisher Bigben Interactive is no stranger to funding games based on underground sports, with its annual Handball instalments being a general source of curiosity on the PlayStation Store. Spike Volleyball, then, is a simulation of a sport we last played in our school gym, back when we were trying to get a team off the ground. We were pretty good, but the problem was that none of the other local schools played it, so we had no one to compete against.
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