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Kinect Sports (Series) Review
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Posted: 22 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, @boersc, Jo Robertson and Ben Kendall.

OverviewOverview

Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports Rivals are a pair of games offering the Xbox equivalent of Wii Sports. Although these games use the Xbox Kinect camera so you simply move in front of the screen to control the different activities.

The different Kinect Sports games are as follows:
  • Kinect Sports (2010) on the Xbox 360 and offers Bowling, Boxing, Track & Field, Table Tennis, Football and Beach Volleyball
  • Kinect Sports: Season Two (2011) on Xbox 360 and offers Golf, Darts, Baseball, Skiing, Tennis, and American football.
  • Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection (2012) on Xbox 360 includes the above sports and adds basketball, golf and skiing.
  • Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason (2014) is on Xbox One as a stand-alone Jet Ski game.
  • Kinect Sports Rivals (2014) is on the Xbox One and features more detailed interactions for Bowling, Jet Ski Racing, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Target Shooting, and Tennis.

The Xbox One version of the game is more ambitious in the number of players and detailed movement. Although you do need some space to play this and a well-lit room, if you get it right it is a hugely involving and enjoyable experience, unlike any other game you will play.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 03/11/2010, updated in 2014

Platforms: Xbox One

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Rare Ltd (@RareLtd)

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online. Kinect Sports support multiplayer both locally and online, with a mixture of competitive and cooperative play options. In addition, players can also take part in eight sport-based mini-games, or join in the Party Play mode designed to accommodate a larger number of players amassed in the same room, divided into two teams.

CostsCosts

Kinect Sports usually costs £42.99. 

Kinect Sports Rivals

XBox Store Xbox One £42.99

Kinect Sports Rivals Demo

XBox Store Xbox One Free
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. In-game purchases are available to unlock more activities individually and in packs.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 12.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Kinect Sports Rivals is rated PEGI 12 with frequent mild violence. It's rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ with mild violence.

Kinect Sports Season Two is rated PEGI 3 and ESRB EVERYONE because it doesn't include the boxing sports that elevates the age on the other titles.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We've chosen to highlight the most recent game, Kinect sports rivals, on Xbox One, in this report, so some of the older games on older platforms may not have all the accessibility features listed here.

Because it uses the motion camera, you need to stand up and move all your limbs, make hand movements, and sometimes subtle gestures. In some games, such as waterskiing, you move very quickly so need to be able to quickly react to changes in the environment.

There are 4 difficulty levels in each sport, and in each, the opponent becomes more adept at the sport. Each sport also has a practice area where you learn the basics and can practice how to play.

All the dialogue is voiced, some of it by Hollywood star David Tennant, and all the subtitles, along with other text in the game is large and of high contrast. The game in general is bright and each element is easy to distinguish.
 
Our Kinect Sports Accessibility Report documents 17 accessibility features:

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