Excerpt: Time Crisis is a series that has ran in the arcades and latterly on PlayStation consoles since 1995. The franchise is known for its “on the rails” shooting; moving the player from set piece to set piece whilst they do the targeting and firing. Time Crisis: Razing Storm sees Namco Bandai Games try something new with a First Person Shooter (FPS) story mode whilst still converting across the arcade original for fans to enjoy.
Excerpt: The inevitable sports compilation rears its head again and this time for the Xbox 360s Kinect. But with the Nintendo Wii having so many titles and the strong Kinect Sports already on the shelves, is there any more space for these games? Hudson Soft offers ten sports to try out as single or multiplayer – while that does sound like a good amount there are sadly too many factors that get in the way of the games even before you play, specifically the menu navigation.
Excerpt: Sports Island Freedom is one of the three sports compilations currently available for Kinect. Three . This presents a predicament for Christmas: Kinect Sports, Motion Sports or Sports Island? It's a £40 dilemma, but do allow me to take the strain off by eliminating Sports Island Freedom from the equation. Hudson's attempt sits right up there with Sonic Free Riders ( 3/10 ) and Fighters Uncaged ( 2/10 ) as one of the worst games for Kinect.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is There’s a reason I don’t play sports-themed games, and that’s because I’m almost as bad at the video as I am with the real sport. But I can take some comfort this time around as the game in question is the illogical and deeply flawed Sports Island Freedom for the Xbox Kinect. Don’t let the game’s title fool you – there’s certainly not a lot of freedom to be had while playing this game.
Excerpt: Uh oh... it's very early for the shovelware on Kinect but here it is with Sports Island Freedom or DECA Sports Freedom in the US. Sports Island Freedom by developers Hudson attempts to target the casual "sports" game market just like the Nintendo Wii but unfortunately the gameplay and accuracy leaves a lot to be desired.
Conclusion: You have probably gathered that we didn’t have a great time with Sports Island Freedom; it stands at the moment as the worst game we’ve played for Kinect, presenting little to promote or demonstrate the device’s abilities as well as offering no competition to the now aging Wii Sports. We can only hope that its unenviable position at the bottom of the pile is one that it doesn’t lose any time soon; gamers – and Kinect – deserve so much better. Defintely one to avoid.
Conclusion: The insane thing is that we know sports games can work out pretty well when controlled via Kinect, so it's not as if the controller is at fault even though it feels like it must have at least been drugged. No, design and implementation are the villains here, and major issues with both highlight Sports Island as being the worst thing we've encountered for so long that it may actually be the worst thing ever. It's broken.
Summary: It was inevitable that after the Kinect peripheral was announced that a barrage of 'average' games were going to be created simply to try and milk the cash cow that the Kinect peripheral has created. Hudson's Sports Island Freedom is unfortunately one of those titles that almost every games reviewer doesn't want to review but has to. Don't skip to the review score yet though as I need to tell you why the game is so bad and should be avoided at all costs.
Pros: A lot of games you can play, Could win an award for worst game of the year?
Cons: A lot of games you don't want to play, Terrible, broken game physics, Time better spent elsewhere
Conclusion: Despite the Wii being on sale for over 4 years now one of the best and most loved games for it is Wii Sport s. The Sports Island titles are a compilation of different sports games just like Wii Sports and despite appalling performances on the Wii, Hudson have decided to release their latest Sports Island game to the Xbox 360. Can Kinect make this a good title though?