Review: Kinect Sports

Kinect Sports is the Xbox 360 variation of Wii sports on Wii and Sports Champion on PS3, but how does it stack up to the competition? lets find out.

Firstly I’ll mention that the developers behind this motion based sports outing are none other than Rare the team behind many Nintendo hits back in the day, and they have never really lost their touch for hitting the nail on the head and getting it right first time.

Kinect Sports features 6 sports (10 if you count all the track and field events as singular games) so lets look at each discipline individually:

Football: Rare have taken a novel approach to arguably the greatest sport on the planet, in various modes you either block, shoot or save the ball, and are able to pass the ball pretty convincingly to your team mates [fun rating 3 out of 5]

10 Pin Bowling: It really looks the business, but unfortunately the further you get into it you start to see the failings, trying to get accurate spin on the ball will sometimes see you putting it into the gutter and you really need to over exaggerate your moves to make the sensor understand what your trying to do with the ball, a real missed opportunity [fun rating: 2 out of 5]

Boxing: I was looking forward to this the least but it was really good fun, if your going to take it too seriously then you may get annoyed by the kinect occasionally missing your best moves, but standing in your living room punching into the air like a mad man is surprising fun. [fun rating: 4 out of 5]

Volleyball: easily the stand out event of the game, amazing fun especially in competitive mode against another player, allowing you to get shoulder to shoulder and really give em a “friendly” nudge to put em off their stride [fun rating: 5 out of 5]

Table Tennis: another fun event, it can be a little tricky at times depending on the difficulty settings but get in the flow and you will be serving back spin shots in no time [fun rating: 4 out of 5]

Track and Field: this mode is by far my favourite, my daughter and I spent many hours in this mode, much of it creased up on the floor laughing at our exploits. Track and field features discus, javelin, hurdles, 100m and long jump, the later three being more about running like a nutter on the spot and timing your jumps just right, and the former a mixture of running and getting the angle and power just right to break your WR or PB [fun rating: 5 out of 5]

The game is fun in every mode available but it really excels in party mode, which enables you to pick a mascot and have two teams of players pitting themselves against the other in a serious of random events from the various disciplines, add a little alcohol into the mix and you can imagine the fun to be had.

Overall Kinect sports is easily one of the best launch titles for Kinect, a real must buy to get the most out of that sleek little sensor.