Kinect Sports offers a diverse range of sports fully in line with competitors, with the only difference that here you actually get involved in sports using your whole body. Kinect and its two cameras are watching you closely.
This means that shaking the controller when running will not be sufficient and because there is no controller with Kinect, you really have to lift your legs, jump, kick or hit with your hands. The variety of sports includes, but is not limited to, soccer, volleyball, boxing, bowling, ping pong as well as athletics such as running, hurdles, jumping into the sand hour drive, and javelin. The game has 3 slightly different modes for each discipline: Party Play mode for two teams designed to fit your party; Main Event offers all disciplines for a single or multiplayer; and Quickplay mode to get you fast into action.
The game is pure fun and it is the best with more players, whether on TV or through the Live. Single player is only offered a good training and good feeling when beating an AI at four different levels of experience.
The most robust of all the games is soccer, which offers not only shots on goal, but the whole match for one or two players. It is not a standard FIFA, but it shows how EA could incorporate Kinect in this popular series. During the match, the game will automatically switch between players who are the closest to the ball and gives you an option of passing the ball, or if the opponent has the ball you can prevent his pass by moving yourself in front of the shot. You have an option to shoot at the goal when you are close to the net or to have a moment to catch the ball when switched to a goalkeeper. The actual running is excluded, allowing you to focus only on the ball.
If you miss running in soccer you can get enough of it in athletics, where you will get a really good workout, whether it is a simple runnig or hurdles. You will be running even when you do sandjumping or javelin. The principle is to lift your knees as high as possible to achieve higher speeds. Only in the disc throwing can you get a little rest because you only need your hand. All the disciplines works without any problems and they are easy to get used to.
Bowling is a sport where you can relax the most. It’s a game that everyone will enjoy, whether it be for fathers, mothers,grandparents or children. Bowling is not as physically demanding as boxing. Giving upper and lower hooks can be very hard especially if the opponent doesn`t want fall for a very long time. Three rounds will feel especially painful in the morning when you wake up with sore hands. Your hands won`t be resting in ping pong neither, which doesn`t look difficult, but when you play your hands will be sailing over half the room as you try to catch the ball. It’s not a ping pong simulation, so don`t expect any crazy tricks, but rather you will have to be focused on testing your reflexes. Volleyball is very easy since you only have to hit in a place where you expect the ball to go.
Compared to volleyballping pong is more difficult to play, particularly in 2 player mode because of the variety of moves and players can easily get in their way while playing. Fortunately, this is not a problem in boxing where you are boxing only forward and the sideway moves or turns are not necessary.
Standard sports you can play only in the Main Event. Party and Quickplay play offer entertaining modifications such as ball games. For example, in soccer you have to prevent or score as many goals as possible within a certain time and it is the same in volleyball. In addition, you can play all the sports in party mode in a special costume adding to a party atmosphere. For example, your avatar can wear a foam alien costume or a crocodile costume. He then becomes the team mascot.
Kinect Sports is a great game and in addition to Dance Central it offers the highest quality title for Kinect. It has excellent content, plenty of options, lots of fun and it gives you a good workout. It’s a title that will last and always have something to offer. Kinect Sports makes a perfect game for a whole family.