Excerpt: Family Friendly Gaming was very impressed with Kinect Sports Season Two. I then realized that we had never reviewed the original. So I went out there, purchased a copy so we could get some education into the roots of the franchise. I am so very glad that I did.
Excerpt: Kinect Sports came onto the scene along with the shiny new Kinect hardware last year. Much like Wii Sports did, it served as an example of what the tool was capable of. However, though it had its frustrations, it still was an enjoyable experience. Getting up off of the couch and going through the basic motions of the included sports carried with it a sense of novelty. Your body was the controller. It was cool . It wasn’t a fantastic video game, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Conclusion: So the final verdict, is it better than last year? It offers a more complete package and the interfaces are much improved, but some of the sports lack the pace and excitement which really makes this a key party piece. It still goes down though as one of the best Kinect titles money can buy.
Excerpt: Last year's Kinect Sports gave players the chance to experience a wide array of sports in the comfort of their homes. Building on that success, Kinect Sports Season Two brings six different sports and a new Challenge Play mode to the fold. From American favorites football and baseball to individual sports like downhill skiing and golf, there is bound to be something for everyone to enjoy.
Pros: New sporting events offer a lot of variety, Downhill skiing is blast, Voice commands make menu navigation a lot quicker, Challenge Play allows you to play against friends for bragging rights, Good fun to play with others
Cons: Darts is extremely difficult to play and plagued with sensor problems, Football is under utilized
Conclusion: Even so, if you're bagging yourself a Kinect and are trying to decide which launch titles to pick up, Kinect Sports is definitely worth considering. There are moments of pure unadulterated joy packed into this sports compilation, and although it's all over rather rapidly, it's a great ride while it lasts. Kinect Sports is out now on Xbox 360 in the US, and available November 10th in Europe.