The lights are on
I'll be honest: I wasn't that enthusiastic about Kinect Sports when it was announced. Like a lot of people, I saw it as a me-too version of Wii Sports, right down to its name. After playing of a few of its games, I'll admit I may have been too harsh initially.
The hurdles game isn't particularly interesting, though it does what it sets out to do. Maybe other people like running in place and jumping more than I do. It's certainly more fun going head to head with another player, as I did, but running in place and jumping isn't going to make my list of favorite activities anytime soon.
The bowling game, on the other hand, was really fantastic. I've played a lot of Wii Bowling in my time, and I was skeptical when I saw Rare's version for the first time. Rare says that they decided from the outset that if they couldn't succeed in making a bowling game without all the button-pressing setup that Nintendo's version had, they wouldn't do it. Wii Bowling is a lot of fun, but having to move your bowler's position and spin with the d pad is a tough concept for some people to understand. (Cut my parents some slack--they're old!) In Kinect Sports, bowling is simple. Reach over to grab the ball and you're set. Moving your body left and right shifts your bowler's placement on the lane. Adjusting your arm changes where the ball will go, represented by highlighting the darts on the alley. There's no button to push to release the ball. Just make a bowling motion and you're set. If you use spin on the make-believe ball, Kinect can detect it and replicate it on-screen. It's pretty amazing, actually.
You can even do dumb things like throw the ball overhand, which puts a temporary crack on the lane. If you want to bowl like a little kid (or someone who thinks they're hilarious), you can bowl with both hands, granny style.
We didn't get to play any of the other games, such as boxing, table tennis, soccer, volleyball, or track and field. Even if they're all terrible, I suspect that I won't be alone in sticking with bowling and being perfectly content.
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Wii Sports is coming to XBox.
I want to see the soccer game in action
yep, another hit and miss for rare
sorry but wasn't the point not to copy Nintendo and rip them off and offer a bunch of shovelware, i mean i get it, its neat... neater that Wii but still.... not much depth, just another minigame really, your gonna haft to try harder microsoft
Someone told me that going to a f'reals bowling alley to actually bowl is cheaper than buying a Kinect doohickey. I'm still running tests on that; I'll let you guys know when results start turning up.
I can't help but feel even more skeptical of the insane amounts of shovelware, though I do think it has much more potential once the developers become more proficient with the software. I understand it is not directed at the hardcore audience which I am happy to say that I am a part of, but I am open to something to augment my gaming experience even if it is just a small diversion. In other words, I want to like it, but there is nothing that appeals to me in the least.
"but running in place and jumping isn't going to make my list of favorite activities anytime soon."
The Kinetic should be able to detect when the user gets on their knees and starts slapping the ground really fast just like the NES running pad.
Every company has released these same types of games before but, seeing what these Kinect games look like, and reading how well they actually play, I foresee myself getting rid of the Wii at some point, or at least just keep it relegated for the Mario or Zelda games.
These Kinect games trump anything that's available on the Wii visually speaking. Upgrading the Xbox360 with Kinect is like getting a Wii-HD. Time to consolidate?
I feel like people are forgetting that Sony is trying to reign in 'casual gamers' as well and will have their own silly sports montage for their Move.
Microsoft might be following Nintendo down the rabbit hole but judging from what I've seen the Kinect looks nearly flawless. The Wii looks less so. As far as main consoles go I think Microsoft is still making a (slight) sweep on Sony and Nintendo.
Not that I won't go buy a 3Ds though. That thing looks amazing.
I always wanted to play the wii but never bought it becouse ALL it had was little mini-games like this one, but now with kinect i can play those "stupid" mini-games that i have been wanting to on system that actually has good games.
I always wanted to overhand throw a bowling ball.
It's cool to hear that their bowling works well.
We'll see how it works. I've been bowling for 13 years and I hope it's just like real bowling. What would be cool is if you could scan your own bowling ball into the game. I'd be sold if they did that.
It's "KINECT" not "kinetic"!
Wow! Such an original game concept, with such intriguing twists and gameplay mechanics! Whoooaaa!!
"running in place and jumping isn't going to make my list of favorite activities anytime soon."
I don't know you but, with how with so obese so many children are, maybe this should be everyone's favorite activity.
Don't put me to sleep guys! Why do people get excited about something like this? We've seen it before. Wii has it. PS3 will undoubtedly have it. Frankly, since everyone seems to love the "numbers don't lie" phrase, how likely is it that the casual gamers are going to put down the $450 it will take to buy the XBOX and the Kinect just to play a little bowling? Wii is $150, tons of people already own it, and it already has been established as a friendly family console.
Both Microsoft and Sony are going about this the wrong way if they are trying to attract some of that "casual" slice of the pie. At least Sony had enough brains to make some more mature games for it.
I can't believe you people. This should of been expected, and sure it's another sports game, but is there really anything wrong with Wii Sports or this? As far as I can tell, it's legitimate fun for short bursts of 20-30 minutes.
its wii sports without wii motes and nunchucks
Hm, just as Jeff said, bowling is going to be the only satisfying sport.
Boxing might be interesting but not much else, hopefully some good 1st party titles are in the works and not all casual friendly games.