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- Features six team-based and individual sports - tennis, golf, American football, baseball, skiing and darts - with unique challenges and activities for each
- Showcases Kinnect's intuitive gameplay and effortless immersion
- Get personal in a one-on-one showdown with your family, or send a challenge for your friends to tackle when they jump on Xbox LIVE later
- With new Achievements, exciting activities and unlockable avatar awards, every player of every skill will find something to challenge and enthrall them
- Log onto your KinectShare account to download photos and videos captured in-game, and share them with your family and friends
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Kinect Sports: Season Two” sprints out of the box at full speed, taking full advantage of the revolutionary Kinect technology and its latest exciting features like in-game voice commands and enhanced motion tracking.
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Play Sports, Feel Great!
Step up to the plate, reach for your driver to tee off, or serve up an ace as the most popular Kinect franchise returns with "Kinect Sports: Season Two" – only on Kinect for Xbox 360. With six thrilling new sports to jump into and enjoy, "Kinect Sports: Season Two" pulls the whole family off the couch and turns your living room into a world-class sports arena where intuitive, full-body gameplay and friendly competition reign supreme. Following the top-selling and award-winning “Kinect Sports”, the second season amps up the action and delivers sporting gameplay like you've never seen – or felt – before!
"Kinect Sports: Season Two" sprints out of the box at full speed, taking full advantage of the revolutionary Kinect technology and its latest exciting features, such as in-game voice commands and enhanced motion tracking. Bringing the family together and introducing Challenge Play to Xbox LIVE and living rooms worldwide, "Kinect Sports: Season Two" harnesses the power of friendly competition to provide a more immersive experience for everyone from casual players to top-notch athletes and hardcore sports fans.
Game, Set, Kinect!
- A whole new ball game. "Kinect Sports: Season Two" features six full, new, team-based and individual sports – tennis, golf, American football, baseball, skiing and darts – with unique challenges and activities for each. With three difficulty levels ranging from rookie to champion, you can choose to hone your skills in a full-length game or just have instant fun with your friends and family in a Quick Play session – no setup required!
- New ways to play. As you experience each new sport, you'll see and feel the latest advancements in the revolutionary Kinect technology at work. Whether you're calling an audible in American football using in-game voice commands, or crouching down to get a detailed read of the green in golf, "Kinect Sports: Season Two" showcases the intuitive gameplay and effortless immersion that only Kinect can deliver.
- Anytime is game time. Can't seem to find the perfect time to meet in person? "Kinect Sports: Season Two" lets you send a challenge for later. Get personal in a one-on-one showdown with your family, or send a challenge for your friends to tackle when they jump on Xbox LIVE later.
- Bring your A-game. "Kinect Sports: Season Two" is the ultimate party experience for friends and family of all skill levels; it also rewards those who want to take their game to the next level. With new Achievements, exciting activities and unlockable avatar awards, every player of every skill will find something to challenge and enthrall them.
- One for the highlight reel. Log onto KinectShare.com to download photos and videos captured in-game, and share them with your family and friends – and now, for the first time, post your sporting triumphs directly to your Facebook wall!
- Doing it for the fans. The only way is up! Every victory adds to your fan base, giving you the chance to see legions of new supporters beat a path to your door. Compare your fan-following with your friends' to find out who's the true sports star! And if you've played "Kinect Sports," your fans are just waiting to make the journey into "Kinect Sports: Season Two" and support you in all the new sports.
- Go pro on Xbox LIVE. Through the power of the biggest gaming and social entertainment network connected to the TV, Xbox LIVE opens the playing field to the world. "Kinect Sports: Season Two" encourages you to connect and compete with friends and family no matter where they are in the world, as well as test your skills against millions of Xbox LIVE members.
Golf – fore! Anyone for golf? The answer will always be "yes!" once you've tried your hand at the nine holes of the Maple Lakes golf course. It's classic turn-taking stroke play as up to four players drive, chip and putt their way to the flag – or you can return to the hole of your choice and try for your personal best.
Darts – nerves of steel. With authentic gestures and pinpoint accuracy, darts has never looked better than at the glittering 180 Arena! Up to four players step up to prove they've got steady hands and quick wits to clear their 501-point tally. Glory awaits the first player to check out and win the game!
Baseball – batter up! It's game night at Galaxy Park, the "Kinect Sports" baseball field, and you're up! Experience the thrills of pitching, catching and batting – then take on a friend's team in a simultaneous two-player showdown that'll echo all the way to the pros!
Skiing – hit the slopes. The sparkling snow and breathtaking scenery may wow the crowd, but you'll need all your concentration to master the two hazardous slalom runs on each of the three dazzling "Kinect Sports" courses. Take risks to shave off seconds as you hurtle over huge jumps and aim for big air while speeding to the end of a thrilling simultaneous race!
Tennis – faultless. Grand slam Gardens is the place to dazzle your friends as you smash, serve and slam lightning-fast tennis balls over the net. Build up momentum in a two-player, simultaneous rally of skill and timing – then rush the net to send your opponent reeling and claim that final point!
American football – Gridiron Glory. Take the spotlight as "Kinect Sports: Season Two" makes you a football superstar. Pass and catch your way to a show-stopping touchdown with intense plays and hard-hitting action. Whether you're playing alone or butting heads with a friend in stunning simultaneous play, your team will always be there to back you up – just go easy on the showboating!
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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.
I've been searching ever since for something equally as fun. Didn't find it in Kinect Sports 1, which was mildly amusing but failed to really hold my interest. But I wanted Season 2 for the basketball add-on because I LOVE basketball (specifically, free throwing, not playing an actual game so much).
Season Two has proved to be so much better, in my opinion, than One, but there's a qualifier -- I hated it until I dug out my Nyko Zoom for the Kinect. Surprise, surprise, here's a title that's actually noticeably improved with the Zoom (which I had given up on). Without the Zoom, baseball and tennis seemed unplayable because I couldn't judge when the ball was within hitting range. The Zoom fixed those issues for me, hallelujah.
Okay, breakdown by sport:
Skiing: First thing I tried. Basically shooting straight downhill, only able to shimmy left or right to go through gates. I really thought video games had come farther than this by now. It's not terrible, but won't replace my Shaun White Snowboarding titles on the Wii balance board, or the skiing on Motion Sports Adrenaline for Kinect which is far, far more entertaining.
Golf: Ugh, hated this. I played the best game of my life (-3 under par), which makes the game feel very, very dishonest and artificial because I am not good at golf. I was making shots I felt I didn't deserve, and the strength of my swing seemed to have very little to do with how much effort I was actually putting into it. Again, no competition with golf in Sports Resort.
Darts: This takes some fiddling to get used to the aiming system. Basically when the reticle is where you want it, you have to pull back and throw very quickly or it will shift again on you. But it is nice for a break between more aerobic activities.
Tennis: This is a good workout, even if it's mostly arms (doesn't seem possible to shift your avatar's position on the court, which is a drawback when playing champion level and your opponent gets you every time with a ball far opposite you that you can't get to). This was the only one I've played all three levels of difficulty so far, and I'm pleased that they do become noticeably harder.
Football: I gave this a try despite knowing nothing about how it's played in real life, and was actually pleasantly surprised. You start as the quarterback and pass to a runner, whereupon you become the runner and try to gain yards. You also get to be the kicker if you get close enough for a field goal. The game thoughtfully skips over your opponent's turn (although you never get to tackle anyone). Only bad about it is long annoying pauses while the coach hogs the screen and shows you the upcoming play, which is pointless since it's obvious who you should pass to when the green dot appears over their head. Maybe to mimic the actual pace of football games which seem to involve a lot of standing around in between flurries of action.
Baseball: This surprised me by being my favorite (once the Zoom made it possible for me to hit the ball). You get to bat, run for first (the game deprives you of sliding into home, unfortunately), then switch and become pitcher and outfielder to catch fly balls. All these activities provide nearly a full body workout, and I find myself sweating and waking the next morning with sore muscles everywhere -- this is why I bought a Kinect, to get some exercise without noticing I'm really exercising.
Basketball: Guess I should mention this since it was the reason I bought the thing. It's not terrible -- you have the same 3-point game of horse that came on Sports Resort, and a fun variation called Alley Oop where you pass balls to your teammates while avoiding passing to the opposite team (not as complicated as it sounds), but it's pretty much exactly what I had on Sports Resort minus the ability to play a game like Wii provides. I despair of anyone making a basketball game that just lets you make free throws, which I used to do at my gym until it became a life-or-death struggle with guys taking over the court and muscling me out constantly.
Add-on packs: There are 4 available. Challenge pack 1 and 2 are free, and (in my opinion) include plenty of goodies for the price. Then there's the basketball pack which you can get for $4.99, or the All Access Pass for $9.99, which includes all of the above plus I think one extra ski and golf course (not worth it, since those are my two least favorite anyway). Let me add I think it's pretty petty of Microsoft to sell parts of a game piecemeal like this, nickel and diming us when they're already richer than god, but guess they've got us where they want us.
In general, the game suffers when compared to Sports Resort -- controls aren't nearly as precise and translation to avatar movement just feels...mushy (don't know how else to describe it). As I stated in golf, the Kinect is hopeless at detecting force exerted, so everything you do shows up as full strength. But this is a real nitpick and it's a fair trade-off to not have to hold a controller all the time. I did get a whiffle bat at the dollar store to use for baseball, golf and tennis, because it still feels more natural than holding air (good thing -- I walloped the furniture once or twice at full strength, which would have been disastrous if I'd used my actual wooden bat). But I think I'm going to give Season One another try with the Zoom, might be more enjoyable.
Two other quibbles: It would be great if it would bring you back to the game selection screen and not the home screen after every single play. Also would be cool if there was a way to integrate the two seasons together instead of having to back out to the Xbox menu to change games.
I guess I'll hold onto my Wii, these aren't game-changers, but if you can get them used at a good price they're still worth your while.