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5.0 out of 5 stars Kinect Sports Season 2? Touchdown!!!, October 26, 2011
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
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This review is from: Kinect Sports Season Two (Video Game)
If Wii Sports proved that we could all get off our couches and have a good time in our living rooms moving, diving, and jumping -- Kinect Sports proved that we don't need no stinkin controller to get the job done - once again, jumping, diving, and all around have some good family time. Not only that, but Kinect Sports made games playable for my friend's 3 year old son Joey -- a bunch of the minigames (Knocking Pins, Shootout) just had you hitting, kicking, or throwing as many balls as you could -- no need to necessarily be accurate or precise about it. Joey loved it so much - he beat all us adults!! In my opinion, Soccer and Track and Field were the best games ever done for a sports game.

Kinect Sports Season 2 continues the fun with six new games: Football, Baseball, Skiing, Darts, Golf, and Tennis. In my humble opinion, Darts and Tennis were excellently done. With Darts, the accuracy of the Kinect picking up your movements comes fully to the fore - with Tennis, the workout you get while playing can get quite intense.

You'll probably hear alot of people tell you that Football was probably the most-looked forward to addition, and yet - kinda isn't so hot. Football's not too bad, but they definitely missed out on critical areas: only one person (the offense) goes at a time, no way for the defense to pick a play to stop the other team, always needing to be the quarterback, and the lack of available plays to make (you only have 6, and only one changes when you hit 4th down, depending on your distance from the goal (either Punt or Field Goal)). When you're running, you are able to dodge, as long as you time it right -- for instance, if someone's coming from the left to hit you, if you lean right just as they jump at you, they'll miss. I suppose to increase the fun, the game also makes it pretty much impossible to score after the kick, or to make a 100 yard run. I think the only thing I really don't like is that you don't have 2 people playing at the same time.

Voice recognition seems to be the new "in" thing for Kinect games - and Kinect Sports Season 2 is no different. All the games now give you some kind of voice commands you can say, which is pretty impressive. I don't know if anyone else noticed this, but the Kinect seems to be able to tell voices apart. After I signed into my profile, and yelled a couple commands to start a game -- after I was done, my friend wanted to play, but it wouldn't respond to his voice. I yelled it out, and the Kinect picked it up. I don't know whether I'm more impressed or annoyed -- impressed at the fact that the Kinect actually could do that, or annoyed at the fact that there's no way to reset this feature. My friend just ended up using his hand)

It's also always enjoyable as ever to see various photos the Kinect takes throughout your game, and see it put them through a little mash-up of your game.

Whether you've played Season 1 or Season 2 is your first game, know that you're getting a quality game right here -- one that honestly the entire family can enjoy. Even the 3 year old...
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2011 7:37:29 AM PDT
abizzell says:
"playable for my friend's 3 year old Joey"

Your friend has a baby kangaroo? That's awesome!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2011 7:40:01 AM PDT
Haha - whoops, didn't realize it was worded like that. I meant my friend's 3 year old son Joey.

Thanks for pointing that out - my bad!!

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 7:47:27 AM PDT
abizzell says:
I would actually love to see a video of a kangaroo boxing on the kinect.

Posted on Oct 26, 2011 1:16:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 26, 2011 1:16:54 PM PDT
Jadryx says:
I was wondering about the voice recognition as well. When I was playing the demo it would not recognize my 5 year old daughters voice at all. It was pretty frustrating for her as saying something would be easier than using the manual controls. I don't think it's an issue of which profile is signed in though, since my wife yelled out a command and it responded even thought it was signed in on my profile. I'll have to wait and see if the full game is any different, but based on your review it might not be. :(
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