Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Kinect Sports Season 2 Review

The original Kinect Sports was a prime example of how well Kinect can work. The game picked up your movements with relative ease and the sports and mini-games on offer were great fun for all ages. The video's your movements at the end of every game were at times absolutely hysterical to watch, and it was quite easy for anyone to just jump in and play.

Kinect Sports Season 2 gives you more of the same, with generally the same sort of  responsiveness that the previous game did.

The Sports on offer this time are different from the previous game, but just as enjoyable. (Golf, Darts, Tennis, Skiing, American Football and Baseball.)

This time around, the focus seems to be more aimed at enjoyment and competitiveness than physical exertion, which is a good thing in a way. It means you'll be more inclined to play for hours at a time instead of falling exhausted after an hour or two.

Needless to say, the sports are a little less strenuous this time around, mostly due to the more strenuous sports already being covered in the first Kinect Sports. Many of the Sports are longer, as in the case with Golf and Darts and could easily have been released as stand-alone titles.

Golf is my current favorite at the moment, and is quite easy to control (moving forward and back to move left and right.)

Minigames are still present as well as the videos at the end of each sport, but a few new features have been added to make the menu, gameplay and general enjoyment of the game a little more accessible and fun.

One of the great new features included in this version is the use of voice commands, particularly useful when accessing the menu or for changing clubs when playing golf. (although not mandatory if you'd prefer to use the original interface.) Voice commands are also used at certain points in American Football as well, though not as often.

The scoring system has changed somewhat, with the original levelling system being replaced by a "fan" system which allows you to acquire fans as you progress, and steadily increase the amount of applause you receive as you play the game.

As the different sports go, I found the better ones to be Golf, Baseball and Darts.

Tennis was a little too simple, and often not as responsive as the other games (still great fun, mind you.), while Skiing was difficult at times due to an unnecessarily steep learning curve.

This game was clearly more directed at an American market with the inclusion of Baseball and American Football, so for someone not as familiar with these sports........it can be a little confusing. In my opinion, they could have left one or two of the original sports with some improvements.

Overall however, Kinect Sports Season 2 is plenty of fun, and something that the whole family can enjoy. If you own and enjoy the first game, then this a worthwile buy to add to your existing collection of sports.

Still one of the most worthwhile series for kinect, it's definitely a good buy.

By the way, it makes for a fantastic drinking game as well.

8 / 10

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