Reviews and Problems with Kinect Sports: Season Two
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Kinect Sports Season 2 – Review (360)
7 September 2013
Excerpt: From the 1st time I played Kinect sport around a friend’s house on a drunken evening, I have loved it. To an old man like me it is some form of witch craft that allows you to jump around your front room/bedroom like a crazy person and have your avatar ( mini me ) perform for your acts on screen. You had the choice of Bowling, boxing, track and Field, Table Tennis, beach volley ball and soccer (or as we like to call, it as we invented it, Football).
Summary: Last year's Kinect Sports was a rather tepid collection of games which showed some of the capabilities for Kinect as a control scheme and filled the much-needed role of "casual motion-controlled sports game" for the Xbox platform. A year later, Kinect Sports Season Two arrives to broaden our horizons to more simplistic, sports-based games. Same as it ever was.
Kinect Sports Season Two - Midnight Mountain Ski Pack
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: Generally gamers look at DLC's in two different ways. The first camp absolutely loves them because for a few dollars they get additional content to their favorite games. The other camp sees it as a way to fleece the consumers. Family Friendly Gaming falls somewhere in the middle of the two camps. Some of us are into DLC's, and others are not so big on them.
Excerpt: There were a couple of games that impressed me at Microsoft's E3 Press Conference in the year of our Lord 2011. You may have already read those reviews. Well here comes another one. Kinect Sports Season Two was one of those games that I could not wait to get my hands on. The more I talked about this game to our team the more excited everyone became.
Excerpt: Here comes another compilation of sports related minigames for another motion control peripheral on another of our beloved game consoles. By now it might be hard to tell the difference between games like Wii Sports, Sports Champions, and Kinect Sports since, as of this point, each respective system has covered all of their bases in terms of minigames in the major sporting events.
Pros: The football, and darts minigames, Voice control options, Multiplayer
Cons: Same old minigames you’ve played before, Imprecise controls compared to competitors, Overall shallow gameplay
Active game burns calories and is fun to play in a group.
Common Sense Media
3 February 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that Kinect Sports: Season Two is a family-friendly sports compilation game that requires Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. It’s barren of profanity, sexuality, and, aside from a few hard-hitting football tackle animations, violence. The movements required to play can be mastered by even young gamers, and avatars and computer controlled characters seem to be good sports.
Excerpt: Kinect Sports Season 2 is every bit as entertaining as last year's original, but it's also got similar flaws. As a party game for when you're amongst friends there's nothing more immediate and fun on the Xbox 360, but anyone wanting Kinect to deliver accurate representations of the included sports will feel quite disappointed. The sports offered this time around are darts, golf, baseball, skiing, American football and tennis.
Conclusion: In addition, challenges you can send to friends & multiplayer add to the appeal of the whole package over the first game. All in all then, something of a mixed bag with some inherent problems that should've been picked up before release. That said, it's essential if you own a Kinect and intend to play it with family & friends.
Summary: Be a good sport and play the real versions instead
Pros: Baseball, Skiing, and Golf are all fun motion controlled approximations from the real thing; cute avatar based graphics and presentation; great soundtrack; motion controlled celebrations are a hoot; some nice Xbox Live features.
Cons: Darts is a broken mess; football is limited and lame; tennis is practically the same as every other motion controlled tennis game; a lot of Kinect tuning necessary to get certain games to work right; game constantly records you; not a ton of gameplay in the package; not all games feature online play.
Excerpt: And so the Wii Sports / Kinect Sports parallel continues. Just as Nintendo’s killer motion-controller app shot its sports wad the first go-’round and left second-tier activities for its sequel, Kinect Sports also returns with a decidedly weaker roster in Season Two . Darts is no track-and-field, and even golf — the definite highlight here, provided you learn to use the Practice Shot feature — can’t compare to the irresistible brilliance of the first game’s bowling...
Pros: + Voice-controlled menus work well and are easier to navigate.