If you’re gonna jump on the motion controller bandwagon, you’re going to need a namesake sports game. Take Wii Sports for example. Upon launch, Wii Sports defined the Wii’s motion controlled impetus. Everyone remembers rolling a bowling ball, swinging a bat and playing tennis for the first time. It was novel and unlike anything we’d ever played before.
Kinect Sports is Kinect’s take on ‘Wii Sports’ packing an impressive roster of sport activities that all crucially drop the stalwart controller for hands free sporting goodness. Kinect Sports is a surprisingly robust Kinect title that, along with Dance Central, is probably the best advert for what Kinect can do at this early stage in its lifecycle.
It’s clear from the outset that Kinect Sports is more polished then say Joy Ride. It’s visually impressive, extremely well presented and has wide array of fun activities and sports. Each sport requires a different action and a different body motion. Play it as you see it. If it’s track and field, run as fast as you can on the spot. If it’s bowling, bowl your invisible ball towards the pins. Table Tennis is an impressive sim that’s actually quite responsive. The same can be said for most of the sports on offer. Everything works quite well and doesn’t REALLY suffer from too much delay or lag. Sure, you’ll look like an idiot in your living room kicking an invisible football but if you we’re worried about looking like an idiot then you should not have bought Kinect to begin with. It’s not the mindless experience you might think it is and is actually extremely fun on almost every level. The only real disappoint is the soccer component.
With its slick presentation, impressive controls and original and wide ranging sports activities, Kinect Sports is one of the hardware’s first must buy.
TGL SCORE 8/10
Formats: Xbox 360 Kinect
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Release Date: November 10th 2010