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Not quite what I expected,
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This review is from: Kinect Sports Season Two (Video Game)
I've played this game for a total of 10 hours now, and I've looked at just about every facet of the game. The game is not nearly what I expected, both in good ways and in bad. Here's a rundown of the different sports:
American Football: This is probably the most disappointing of the sports. It was the one I was looking forward to the most, and perhaps that is why I would consider it last. To start, you only get to play offense. The game begins with the kickoff where you wait for the ball to come to you and then run in place and try to dodge tackles. Then you take over on offense. The game only lets you pick between 6 passing plays. These get very repetitive after a while, and I noticed myself constantly calling for the deep pass every time because it's the easiest to run. When you score a touchdown/field goal or punt, the screen switches to a summary mode to show you what the opponent did. You never get to play defense or even see the other team score. It simply tells you whether they did or not. Then the whole process repeats until the game ends. As far as motions go, the sensor read my movements fairly accurately, but the running in place part did have some glitches. Don't expect to go through the motions just like a real quarterback, though. The motions are a bit dumbed-down. Overall I give this a 1/5.
Baseball: This was a bit better, but still disappointing. The batting part is pretty fun, as is running/sliding to first base if you don't hit the ball into the outfield. The pitching and defensive part of the game is a little boring. The pitching motions can be interesting, but the sensor didn't always read my movements correctly. I never once got a strikeout. I never even threw a ball (as opposed to a strike) for that matter. When the opponent hits the ball, you have a couple seconds to play to outfielder and get your hand in the right part of the screen to catch. This game tends to be much more fun when playing multiplayer though, as it gets to be more challenging that way. I give this sport a 2/5.
Darts: When I bought the game, I never thought I would play darts much at all. It seemed like another random sport they just decided to throw in there. However, after playing it a couple times, it has come to be one of my favorites. The computer difficulty levels are well programmed, as the Rookie level is not good at all, and the Champion level requires you to be on your A game. The sensor detects even the slightest movements of your arm as you aim. When you pull back for the throw, a target locks on to a part of the board where you started to pull back and your throwing movement determines how accurately the dart hits. You can change your throwing motion ever so slightly to get the dart to go higher or lower or left or right of where it locked on. You can even distract your opponent when its his/her turn to make them less accurate. I thought that was a bit clever. Overall I give this sport a 5/5.
Golf: I was somewhat pleased with this game, but unfortunately the motions for this are not as complex as I would have liked. When swinging, there is very little difference between trying to whack the heck out of the ball or gently moving your arms. The ball will go almost the same distance. The best way to change the distance your shot goes is by changing the club, not by changing how hard you swing. The holes are pretty fun, but ultimately the Kinect falls short of the Wii on this sports. I give this a 2.5/5.
Skiing: I was pleasantly surprised by the way this sport was put together. The motions used in this make it feel more like the real thing than the other sports. This is also the only sport that requires you to jump, which is one thing it has over Wii Fit (in which you can't actually jump off of the board). There isn't much else to say about this sport, but I give it a 3.5/5.
Tennis: This sport is probably my favorite. While the motions are pretty simple, it is more strategy oriented than the other sports. The Champion difficultly level is actually quite challenging. I noticed that after playing it so many times my shoulder and arm started to ache, but in a good way. Once again, there isn't much more I can say. The game is pretty simple, but it's still quite fun. The best part, though, is definitely multiplayer/Xbox Live gameplay. I give this sport a 4.5/5.
One of the features I also like about this game overall is the calorie counter. After every game you play, it estimates the number of calories burned and totals the number of calories burned from the entire playing session. This is a great motivator and makes the game more fun and exciting when trying to reach a calorie goal for the day.
I give the game as a whole a 3/5, about on par with the first Kinect Sports.
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Initial post: Oct 28, 2011 8:11:10 PM PDT
Jonathan K. Vargason says:
Is there a way to avoid tackles? It seems slightly possible on the kickoff, but I'm not sure it actually allows you to juke or not. I agree though with your review, it's not horrible, just nothing to write home about either.
All in all, I'm like you though, I still find it fun even with the flaws.
Posted on Oct 28, 2011 10:11:43 PM PDT
I read it and everything explains a whole lot. I rented the game and the controls of the selected sports I played are not responsive in my game room. Tennis simply works the most while football does not. Baseball has a hard time syncing to match the batter. They should have give us about 12 sports instead of six. Yet, it's a rushed product. You know what? I think Rare should stick back to making fighting games and first person shooters instead of making motion games. This Kinect Sports sequel is a bad one. Some developers never listen to us, won't they?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2011 10:00:10 AM PDT
Big league sports here I come
Posted on Nov 15, 2011 6:32:59 AM PST
T. Lu says:
It is a British company. They don't know American football.
Posted on Nov 27, 2011 6:30:46 PM PST
Bellevue Native says:
Really thought about getting this and you saved me some money. Thanks. If someone creates a quality golf simulator for Kinect, it will be a top seller. A way to play on rainy or cold days. Tournaments within your state that get you into national tournaments and even create online tours you have to qualify for. Wake up Tiger Woods golf sim, this is your next move. Go ahead and dump Tiger while you are at it.
Posted on Nov 28, 2011 7:31:09 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2011 7:31:58 PM PST
C. Tanner says:
I got it, and it's exactly what I expected from a Kinect "GAME". For the most part I love it. That's probably because I treat it like a game and not a simulator, I mean what did you really expect it to feel like? Did you think you would some how confuse it with playing the real sport outside with your friends.
I personally give it a 4 out of 5 because there are some thing that they could work out and I agree you should be allowed to play defense in football.
Posted on Nov 29, 2011 6:29:13 AM PST
David Sarnoff says:
Regarding your golf post. As a person who has been playing real golf for over 10 years, this game as you describe it sounds like a very accurate golf simulator. As anyone who plays real golf will tell you, you never swing hard. In order to hit the ball further you choose a longer club. To hit the ball 150 yards in real golf you would choose the club you most likely will do this with a nice smooth swing then to hit the ball 200 yards you would again choose the club you would most likely do this with a nice smooth swing. A great tip a golf instructor once gave me was to hit the ball with effortless power. Now regarding your golf review, the game sound very true to real golf.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2011 7:22:06 PM PST
J. Cromartie says:
That's interesting. I didn't know that, as I'm not really a golf player. Something I should note about the game in that case is that the "caddy" who gives you advice in the game tells you how hard to hit the ball (easy, medium strength, hit as hard as possible). This is why I mentioned it, though I suppose you can just ignore her advice.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2011 12:12:09 PM PST
J. Page says:
The new Tiger Woods will have Kinect support. They also added Ricky Fowler to the cover, first time it hasn't been just Tiger
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2011 11:11:10 AM PST
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