Kinect Sports is a Sporting game available on the 360. It can be played in Competitive modes.
Kinect Sports is a Sporting game. Sports games recreate a wide variety of real life competitive activities. Depending on the sport, these will either have an action or strategy focus. Popular sports games are often released on an annual basis, each year the game receives new player rosters and game improvements.
Kinect Sports can be played in a Competitive mode. Competitive Multiplayer games provide experiences where players compete against each other and the computer. Obviously lending itself to sports and team games, these competitive engagements have also dominated the shooting and fighting genres because of the direct combat and expertise involved in each. Although these games were originally played in a split screen style, more recently they are played online via services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and the Nintendo Wireless Connection.
Kinect Sports gets some post-sales love with free DLC adding new party play modes and characters. The download pack is free and available with a Silver (free) Xbox Live account.
Football SuperStriker tasks you with scoring as many goals as possible and avoiding the boots - in similar fashion to Wii-Fit. Bowling Pinvaders gets you to stop the pins before they reach the drop zone. Track and Field Rapid Runner sees who can run the furthest in the allotted time. Table Tennis Target Smash offers a target challenge. Volleyball Fruit Splatter gets you to hit the fruits and dodge the bombs. And finally, Boxing King of the Ring is a knockout contest to see how many contest you can get to hit the desk.
Kinect Sports is ample proof of concept for Microsoft's controller-free gaming, but lacks the depth to keep me playing past the seasonal parties.
The original unveiling of Kinect hugely impressed me, even though I knew deep down that the experiences Microsoft had in mind were not aimed at me. As we got closer to launch I became less enamoured by the innovative tech and more focused on the lack of any games that I could sink my teeth into.
Kinect Sports establishes a high bar for the 360 motion controlled games. Although limb tracking best fits the exuberance of Football, Running and Boxing, Kinect's unexpected detection of bodily location and orientation means that it also offers enough control fidelity for games like Table Tennis.
There's something about video table tennis that captures my imagination - a combination of accuracy, touch and power that stretches both me and the technology to breaking point. And with the recent move towards motion controlled gaming it's become my go to game to put a new controller through its paces.
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