Get Your Head and Whole Body Into This Game
What It Is
One of the best ways to get accustomed to a new motion-sensing game system is through a compilation of sports games. I know people that are still playing (and loving) the Wii Sports game that came with the Wii when it was first released. Kinect Sports is exactly what it sounds - a collection of sports games for the Xbox Kinect system.
The sports include soccer, beach volleyball, bowling, table tennis, track and field, and boxing. Each of the sports can be played in one of three different modes. The Main Event mode is your basic sports game for one or more players, Party Play mode allows up to 12 people to compete in a frenzied mini-mode version of each sport and the Mini Games mode presents variations on the sports, such as time trials and survival matches for up to four players.
Why It’s Fun
The sports themselves are fun because of Kinect, which turns your body into the only controller you need. The Track & Field events in particular are a blast because they have you running in place to get your game avatar to run. The faster you move, the faster your avatar runs. In addition to the basic Sprint event, there is also Javelin, Discus, Long Jump and Hurdles, which requires you to run and jump at the right time.
Party Play is what really distinguishes this game from other sports games and turns it into one of the most fun games currently available for Kinect. You start by dividing into two teams that can range from one to six people on each team. Teams select a mascot from an incredibly bazaar cast of characters that includes a snowman, a carrot and an alien. Next, the teams compete in six short rounds that are derived from the six sports, such as trying to kick soccer balls past the goalkeeper and hit targets in the goal area. Between each round players are treated to upbeat, dance music that keeps the party-like atmosphere in full swing.
Who’s Going To Love It
Kids and adults are going to love teaming up and challenging each other in the Party Play Mode. The game will also be a hit with sports games fans who will enjoy the high attention to detail that is often found in popular sports games such as packed stadiums of cheering fans that react to your avatar.
What To Be Aware Of
The Kinect scanner will recognize each player’s height and the space needed in front of the TV will vary according to height. The taller a player is, the more distance from the TV the player needs. Regardless of each player’s height, you need a large, open space in front of the TV, ideally a clear area of 10 x 10, to play Kinect Sports.
Kinect Sports is an Xbox 360 exclusive that requires the Kinect accessory to work.
For a single player, finding a favorite sport in the game can easily lead to a high level of replayability. Players will want to return to their favorite sport repeatedly in an attempt to beat their best score. For multiple players, the fun and energy of the Party Play Mode will be a hit anytime there is a get-together.
4 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Rated: Everyone 10+
System: Xbox 360 (with Kinect)
Players: 1 - 12
Launch Date: Holiday 2010
Date of Review: February 16, 2011