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Kinect Sports has been released on 360 Kinect and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"while Kinect Sports: Season Two ultimately awaits, this week i thought i would take a trip back and contexualize next week's review by first revisiting the original Kinect Sports. cast your mind back then, if you will, to the winter of 2010: wooo-wavyflashbacklines-wooo..."
- Tired Gamer (Fri, 30 Nov 2012)
"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..."
- Dressup Gamer (Thu, 09 Dec 2010)
"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..."
- Family Gamer (Thu, 04 Nov 2010)
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.
The DLC pack also offers three new mascots. These are the outfits your avatars wear during the part modes of Kinect Sports. The existing characters are joined by Zippy Zombie, Champion Chicken and Sportastico. This is all rounded off by another 250 achievements to be won - unusually generous for a free DLC title.
Kinect Sports turns video sports into full body activities. An appetising prospect from Rare providing they can deliver a well thought through control scheme that walks its own path rather than imitates.
Kinect Sports leads the charge of exuberant control free Kinect games. Developers Rare have the pedigree to deliver and it is easier to see how well games like Soccer, Boxing, Volleyball and Track and Field will suite the limb tracking camera.
However, it remains to be seen how much fine control Kinect offers for sports like Bowling and Table Tennis. The key will be to innovate here rather than trying to match the fidelity of experience offered by Wii-Sports Resort and MotionPlus that even the fine-tuned controls of Move's Sports Champions struggled to beat.
Whether it's powering through kicks in a crucial penalty shoot out, hurdling to the gold or returning with power and accuracy, Kinect Sports is an exciting proposition.
Kinect Sports is released on 10th November 2010.
Kinect Sports 360 offers full-bodied competition, no strings.
Kinect Sports is a the showpiece sports game for Microsoft's new Kinect camera controller. Like other Kinect games it is controlled by standing in front of the camera and moving.
Kinect Sports offers soccer, beach volleyball, bowling, table tennis, track and field, and boxing played solo or in teams. Each are played with your full body as the Kinect camera calculates your limb, torso and hand movements.
Unlike Wii-sports Resort and its focus on fidelity of control, Kinect Sports offers a more exuberant and accessible experience that is closer to real exercise. What it lacks in precision it aims to make up for by the freedom of not needing to hold a controller.
Visually more impressive than Wii-Sports, Kinect Sports makes use of the 360's Avatars greater visuals and online functionality to offer an impressive all round experience.
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: