This is the first of many reviews that I’m going to do around Kinect here on Techinfo-4u. I want to take some time to do these reviews because I really want to give the games a chance before I praise or criticise them. ( I will also be doing a full Kinect hardware review after another few days of testing).
So why have I chosen Kinect Sports over the others that I bought? Well put simply, it is the game I have spent the most time with.
Does It Work Well With Kinect?
So far I have to say I have not had any problems with this game when it comes to Kinect not being able to read where I am or anything along these lines. I will say one thing, you need a lot of room to play some of the sports within the game. Football needs a lot of space because you have to dive around to try and save the ball.
One of my personal favourites factors of this game is that it contains licensed snippets from really well known songs so when you score a goal in football or beat the world record in javelin you will hear a snippet from a song such as “We Are The Champions” or “Hollaback Girl” which just adds in a nice touch. The main announcer is also the guy from the E4 adverts and perhaps even the XFactor which makes things pretty amusing also.
Kinect is great because all of the games can be played over Xbox Live. I have played countless football games online (still undefeated if anyone wants a challenge) and the connection levels have been nothing but brilliant. The other sports that I have played online, table tennis and volleyball have been very good also.
So in terms of the sports that are available, you have; football, beach volleyball, bowling, table tennis, boxing and track and field. Track and field contains several events in one, hurdles, sprint, javelin, discus thrown and the long jump. I have to say all of the sports are great fun to play and are even better over Xbox Live.
If you are thinking about playing with a friend then you are going to need at least 5-7ft of square space between you and the Kinect Sensor so you need to take this into serious consideration. It is also worth knowing that some of the sports are not as good local as they are in single player or over Xbox Live.
They have been a lot of people out there saying there is lag in between you making the motion and the avatar on screen actually taking part in the motion you have made. Whilst I can take that point on board I have not seen anything of the sort occur in the three days I have had to fully play this game.
How Does It Compare To Wii Sports?
In truth, it doesn’t. Kinect Sports is everything that Wii Sports should have been and much, much more. You cannot sit down and wiggle a remote around to get past the game this time round, you don’t do things properly and you fail, it is as simple as that when it comes to Kinect. Yes Wii Sports is one of the biggest selling games of all time but do not forget that it is packaged with the Wii so of course it is going to sell!
Even if you just buy this game, Kinect is still worth the investment.
If you want a good, solid title to keep not only younger members of the family entertained but everyone that enjoys a good laugh then this is the Kinect title for you. Rare have done a good job with this game and with flawless Xbox Live play, great single and local play, I have to say, I am very impressed indeed. The fun doesn’t end with the core sports either, each sport has a number of mini games to take part in also so this game will keep you busy for a while. As previously stated, I have taken part in 25+ football games online and am yet to get any less bored with running around celebrating each goal.
This game will get you working, and if you really work for it, get the swear pouring too. Whilst it is not going to work you out as much as games like Dance Central it will get the blood pumping so remember to keep drinking and take a break!
What are your experiences with Kinect? Let us know in the comments below