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1. Track & Field: This area includes a variety of different activities that work well with the basic body movements the Kinect can control. These include running , jumping, and throwing things (javelins & discus). I think young and old would both have fun with this! This may actually be my favorite activity in this game.
2. Bowling: Not as much control as Wi Sports bowling--but it is actually feels more like bowling when you can just stick your hand out to pick up the ball and then swing your arm to bowl. No controller to hold on to or push buttons. Once again this is an activity that would appeal to both young and old. Personally, I still like the bowling in Wii Sports better because of the more precise control.
3. Boxing: I like this better than the Wii Sports Boxing--but there is still some lag time and I just don't get the feel that all my moves are translating accurately. Plus, like an earlier reveiwer indicated it seems like punching wildly is actually a winning approach in this game. I do like how you can just hold your arms up to block--this felt very natural. I'm waiting for the Kick Boxing version because when you kick your legs in this activity your avatar kicks its legs--but they don't seem to translate to "hits" in the game.
4. Beach Volleyball: This one will take some time to master. It can get a bit confusing because there are several different techniques involved--jumping, hitting, and blocking. If you're tall--make sure you don't have a ceiling fan above you--or at least make sure it's not on!
5. Table Tennis: Once again it was fun to play without a controller in my hand but I felt there were a few times when the intensity of my hits were not reflected in what actually happened on screen. For example, when an opportunity comes up for a "smash" the game announces it and then actually does it regardless of whether I swung harder or not.
6. Soccer: Fun and interesting. You don't have to run around the field yourself. Your player magically appears where the ball is kicked to. Simple body movements control your kicks and blocks. Gray directional lines on the screen show the directionally options when kicking and your location when blocking.
Throughout the games the Kinect takes photos and short videos of your movements. These are played at the end of each game. The images are saved so you can share them with others. This feature will appeal to some and not to others. For example, I find the images of my son interesting and humorous--but I need to find out how to erase the images of me!
Adding a second player was extremely easy. If I wanted to join my son all I had to do was step in front of the TV and the Kinect added me to the in-play game. The graphics are also much better than the Wii! Kinect Sports looked great on a 40" HDTV. We don't even play the Wii on this TV because of how bad it looks.
Bottom line: If you have an XBOX already--adding the Kinect and Kinect Sports really adds a nice dimension to your video game experience. If you have young kids or older folks that have trouble remembering what buttons to push on a remote--it doesn't get any easier than the Kinect.
P.S. It is a neat and strange sensation to be standing in front of your TV and the avatar on the screen is doing the same movements that you are. You can sway, move your arms and legs, and dance, and the avatar mimics it. This alone makes for good entertainment!
You can't imagine how much fun we have had with this simple game. Ok, so there are different games to play ( from Table Tennis,Boxing, Running and Jumping on a field, Soccer and I believe I'm missing one more) the great thing is that you can play with the computer, with a friend or family member who is with you, or if you are with more people you can make groups and play against them.
This is so much fun!!!! We literally spent the entire night playing this on my friends house. They invited us for beer and BBQ the other night and since they have kids (5 and 11 years old) I decided it'll be fun to play all together. Kids and adults.
Oh my God!! All the boys (grown up boys) were having a blast!!! They were competing between each other and they were sweating like if they were at the gym!!!
I said, Wow you guys are training for the Olympics? !!!
So hilarious to see everyone having so much fun, no matter the age.
I like that it's easy to understand (like for small kids) and that you are active all the time. You have to stand up and jump, move, run, you exercise.
My husband was joking and said this was more fun to do rather than going to the gym to loose weight. There you go! I said.
Trust me, buy it. You will enjoy it.
Kinect Sports is broken down into 6 different "sports". I'll write a brief summary about each one.
Track & Field - This is one of my favorites. Compared to the other sports in the series, this one is much more extensive simply because of the different "events" within the game. These events include running, long jumping, javelin throw, discus throw, and hurdles. Because of the series of events, this one will take the longest to complete but is also probably the most involved as it truly shows you what the Kinect is capable of by giving you a wide range of movements to test.
Bowling - Compared to Wii Sports Bowling, this one isn't as good. With Wii Sports Bowling, you have more control and can add a spin to the ball depending on how you throw it. This is not really the case in Kinect Sports Bowling because to spin it, you have to move your arm across your body. It's a little different but at least the graphics are good (but it's clearly better than Kinect Sports soccer).
Boxing - Compared to Wii Sports Boxing, this one is clearly the knockout. The problem I had with Wii Sports is that it was much more juvenile and a lot of times when I observed/played with others, most of them just flailed their arms like they were having some kind of panic attack. With Kinect Sports, there is a big more strategy than just flailing your arms. In Kinect Sports, you have the option to hit high or low and also BLOCK high or low. In addition, if you rear back and make a swing, that signals to the game that you're attempting to make a "haymaker" swing which can severely damage your opponent. But what I like most of all is that if you experience someone who is repeatedly trying to punch you as quick as you can, you can block them and you'll gain a notch on "3 meter bar" that indicates you blocking punches. When you fill that up, your next punch will severely damage your opponent as well. So because of this, it takes a bit more "technique" than that of Wii Sports. Standard boxing rules apply too, as KOs are done by punching "stars" while laying on the canvas to get up and TKOs by several knockdowns in the same round.
Beach Volleyball - Beach Volleyball in my opinion is fun but has a quirk that is somewhat offputting until you get used to the lag. First off, it's fun because you have the option of not just hitting the ball, but being able to set it (toss it up vertically for the other player) or spiking the ball (after your teammate sets it). The quirk that I have with the game is the lag. Beach volleyball requires fast reflexes, especially when your opponent ends up spiking the ball. When they spike, you have a roughly 1 second opportunity to attempt to block it, which is indicated by a colored circle on the screen showing you where the ball is going to go. In order to block it, you need to reach into that area to successfully block. The problem is that given a 1 second chance to block, it's difficult (especially for newer players) because of both the fast pace of Beach Volleball and your movement on screen is slightly lagged. So what you need to do to successfully block is have fast reflexes and attempt to block as soon as you see the icon on the screen. Once you get used to the lag, Beach Volleyball for the most part is really fun.
Table Tennis - I hate Table Tennis in real life and because of it, I would assume that I would have hated Table Tennis on Kinect Sports, but this is not the case because there are no balls to chase when it goes off the table. In essence, it plays like any other tennis game (especially like Wii Sports) where all you have to do is move from side to side and just swing your arm to hit the ball. What I especially like about Table Tennis is that it makes you move around from side to side and from time to time, you get the opportunity to "smash" (hit the ball with high velocity).
Soccer - This one is probably one of the more boring games of the Kinect Sports mix but I understand the approach that Rare (the company that made this game) had to take because you have to keep it simple. With soccer games in general, you have to pass the ball to your teammates and attempt to score as you run down the field. While Kinect Sports soccer does keep this concept in mind, the running is totally removed as an element of gameplay. Essentially, you (the player) control all the people on your team. However control is limited to the player who has the ball. So what you do is pass (either left or right) to another player on your team. Each pass has an opportunity to be blocked by the opponent. As you pass to each teammate down the field, you gain control of that teammate who received the ball. When you finally get to the goal, you have the opportunity to score. It's that simple. In the case of being on the defensive, as your opponent makes a pass, you can move either left or right to the path that the passed ball is taking in an effort to block it. If the opposing team reaches your goal, you get a chance to block it as the goalie. Overall I think this game is just OK, but it's really slow paced (especially with the pass/block chances).
Overall, I ended up paying full price for this game on Amazon ($49.99). It's currently on sale for $29.99 (only a week or 2 after I bought it). Amazon doesn't do post-price matching so I am slightly peeved that I had to pay $20 more for the game, but given how much I like it and how much time I've spent playing it, I'm not that upset.
Graphically, it's very flashy and every game puts you in an "arena-style" setting which is nice. The inclusion of using your own Xbox avatar in the events (a la Wii) is a nice personal touch. Of course during all the sports, you get to see snapshots of your different movements which can be humorous at times.
Bottom line is that this is a good demonstration of the Kinect's capabilities as a party game and I can only expect later games to be better on the Kinect hardware. Recommended!