Kinect Sports Review
Kinect Sports box art
System: X360 (KINECT) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Rare Ltd. 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Microsoft Game Studios 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 4, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Some games, like Track and Field, are fun, but aren't very kind if you don't have a space where you can be loud. It requires you to pound your feet on the ground as you run and then leap into the air. As I've noted a couple times before in other Kinect reviews, this kind of thing is anathema to apartment dwellers. So consider your living quarters carefully before getting your hopes up about Kinect Sports.

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The Kinect camera also works well in this game. I had a lot of problems in some sections of Motion Sports that made me appreciate the level of control Kinect Sports offers. Many other games I've played on Kinect have had a hard time registering my jumps, kicks, etc, but here everything worked almost flawlessly. It stands with Dance Central as one of the better games at utilizing the camera effectively.

The graphics may have surprised me the most though. It's not so much about how good individual things look, but rather how well some scenes are put together. I laughed myself silly when I saw my little avatar come strolling into the arena in Boxing as thousands of individual avatars cheered in the crowd. And that was before I noticed that I had two little avatar body guards, an older balding avatar trainer, and even an avatar ring babe accompanying me to the ring as pyrotechnics went off everywhere. This amount of polish is afforded to every segment of the game.

The only complaint I can levy against Kinect Sports is that there's just not enough of it. While Sports Champions achieved depth by offering a huge amount of opponents and difficulties, Kinect Sports does no such thing. Without some friend/family to play with, you'll probably run out of things to do pretty quickly. That said, I think most of the games are good enough to make you want to replay them many times.

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I never would have guessed that Rare's return to form would come as they released a game like Kinect Sports, but in this case they did a great job. It's certainly not going to be a legendary game by any stretch of the imagination, but anybody looking for a compelling experience for their new Kinect unit would do well to give Kinect Sports a try, especially if you've got some friends or family that can experience the fun with you. It easily could have become a weak game that nobody cared about, but Rare gave it a special touch that elevated this game to the level of other great motion-sports games.

By Andrew Groen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
You see most of these graphics every day on the dashboard, but the presentation is absolutely top-notch.
3.9
Control
Kinect Sports does a very good job of utilizing Kinect to provide a solid control experience.
4.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The amount of songs involved in this game was truly surprising and the use of them to amplify great moments adds a lot to the game.
3.0
Play Value
There's just not enough to do in this game. If you're playing by yourself, you may only get a few hours of unique content out of this game. You'll want to replay them, but it will only last so long. Families should have a blast with this though.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Become a multi-sport athlete. Kinect Sports features six team-based and individual sports: soccer, beach volleyball, bowling, table tennis, track and field, and boxing, with many challenges for each experience. Getting into the game is as easy as stepping in front of your TV.
  • Kinect Sports includes a variety of fun game modes for solo, cooperative, and competitive play with levels to encourage and challenge players of all ages and skill sets. Sports Party mode allows you to compete against a friend, rally a whole room full of players into teams with everyone jumping in and out to catch a breath, or bring your team to victory.
  • Live your sports star dreams. Kinect Sports puts your avatar in the spotlight and lets you experience what it is like to be a world-famous sports star. Bask in the glow of the paparazzi fervor with your teammates after a big victory and deck out your avatar with stylish rewards for your proudest gameplay feats.


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