51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Average not bad but not great,
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This review is from: Kinect Sports: Rivals - Xbox One (Video Game)
I pre ordered this game because I was excited about the new more accurate Kinect. It needed an update just as soon as I popped in the disk. That is normal. After the install completed I finally got to the game. First thing I needed to do was set up my Champion based on my appearance. A few head nods and face turns the champion was complete. I could change some aspects of my champion to make it more personal.
Now it was time to play or so I thought. The game forces you to play all of the tutorials for each game in the order they want you to play them. Starting with the watersport. This has been out for a while as a free demo for the game. It is an okay part of the game. It takes a lot of practice so I get the need for the tutorial. Then you move on to the other parts of the game again in the order they want you to play them. You can not deviate from the order they set. You can do a quick play but it will not give you virtual dollars or champion achievements for this. You will be playing as one of the team members and not your champion. I get why they did it but I did not like this aspect. I don't like the soccer game and won't be playing it so why force me to play the tutorial for it ? There is a way to "force" your way past them. Start the tutorial then quit playing it by either walking out of the kinect view or use the home button on the controller. Then select the quit. It will give you a warning that if you quit you won't be able to do this tutorial and earn the point for it. You can see use the tutorials again during the quick play so it isn't that big of a deal.
There is a new shopping feature. You can buy power ups, equipment, and costumes for the game using your virtual dollars you earn playing the game.
Moving on to the accuracy of your motions vs what is detected by the kinect is a bit off but not horrible. It is better than 80 percent but not more than 90 percent. I think peoples awareness for what they are actually doing vs what they think they are doing maybe a bit off so it seems less accurate. The kinect also can't see through things. My dog ran in front of me while I was rock climbing disrupting the kinect view of me. It though I jumped when I didn't. Another time I was playing tennis and it though I had served the ball when I didn't . I beleive I moved faster than what it though I should have and registered a swing when none had occurred.
The different games. The Bowling, Tennis and target shooting are probably my most favorite and easiest to play with the new kinect. The rock climbing is fun but a little difficult. More practice will be needed for this one. The watersports are just eh. Soccer is by far the worst part of the game. Difficult to play and not very fun.
I agree with the users comparing this to the wii sports. It is very similar as far as the games but the graphics and kinect make it much better. I miss the skiing, boxing and volleyball from the other xbox games. Hopefully these will be on the next version of this video game.
Overall I would buy it but I wouldn't pay more than $35 for the game. Wait for a sale or a used copy to make this worthwhile. It is playable and fun for the whole family.