Summer Heat Volleyball isn't as fast, exciting or intuitive as you might expect. It actually has a bit of higher learning curve than 'I' expected, and the pace is slower than, say, a Tennis game. But the controls work well and it definitely serves up a fun game of volleyball once you learn them.
It doesn't look good though. The models are simplistic and overly shiny (I know skin shaders on the PS2 weren't great, but these gals and guys really look like bad dolls), and worse still it looks REALLY blurry. I don't know what it is about the engine powering this, but yeah, it does not look great. It's weird because I can't think of another Acclaim game from this era that blurs so much; everything from Showdown: Legends of Wrestling to Vexx actually look pretty sharp... today... like, on HDTVs even. Maybe Summer Heat is going for some kind of weird post-processing effect to try and simulate heat haze or something? Whatever is going on, it's unfortunate. Luckily the game as a whole looks fine and the soundtrack is pretty nice. So you just kinda get used to it after a bit.
For such a cheap price, sure yeah - give it a shot if you're interested. I got it for a summer game, and it certainly fits the bill. Is it as good as, say, Sega's Beach Spikers? Heck no. But it also doesn't do much wrong at all, so it still makes for a good time and at a cheap price. Give it a shot if you're interested!
Reviewed by: Vince from Pennsylvania on 6/10/2020