Ace Gamez: PDC World Championship Darts 2008 Review

Ace Gamez writes: " Darts is a sport that can be played by pretty much anyone, which makes it instantly accessible, and it can be quite entertaining to watch on TV, especially a tournament final, which can be a really exciting and tense experience. The question is, can you truly recreate the same feeling of tension in a videogame? Mere Mortals have had a good go at it and in some ways they have succeeded.

One of the most important things to note about PDC World Championship Darts 2008 is that it has a really good control scheme. Although everybody seems to be doing it these days, Mere Mortals has taken a leaf out of EA's book entitled '100 ways to utilise the right analogue stick in a different way', so the left stick aims your targeting reticule and the right stick controls your player's throwing arm. Pulling back on the right stick pulls your arm back and raises the power bar, then pushing it forward throws the dart. In order to throw your dart where you want it to go though, you must hit the sweet spot on the power bar when you pull your arm back, which is indicated by a dart in the bottom left corner of the screen. The thing about this, however, is that the sweet spot moves depending on where on the board you are aiming; for example, if you are aiming for the top of the board then you have to let the power bar get further back than you would if you were aiming at the bottom. It's a nice, simple mechanic and it works rather well."

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