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"Kinect Sports" Sequel Gets The Competition Going

Okay kiddies, Kinect Sports: Season Two is pretty sweet. It’s definitely a great game to be playing with the hellions, er, young kids in your family. It’s an awesome little set up where it puts you through the activities of the sports with multiple aspects between the sports.

From the video you can see we have baseball, football, golf, skiing, darts, and tennis. Each game has its own fun dynamic. You’re probably asking yourself, “Why Darts? How is that a sports?!” It’s sad to say that this back alley bar game has become a sport; not by Olympic standards, but a sport nonetheless. It is a challenging game they bring to the table, where you have to score 500 points before the other player/computer beats you to the punch. Sadly, I had bought a dart board for my game room recently and it seems almost pointless, but playing the real darts compared to the game is so different from one another. If some one plays the game of darts and they do really good at it they will think there a master, but if they go and play the real thing they will probably suck. (I would know this now due to the countless people who have come over and played darts, missed my dart board, and hit the wall.)

GAMEPLAY:

I’ll take a few moments to explain how to play, because you don’t got all day to really get into it! We will start with America’s past time sport: baseball! This game is interesting because it gives you the chance to both bat and pitch. When you’re at bat you put your arms up and stand at whatever side your comfortable with, and when the pitch is tossed at you take a swing. Easy enough, right? BUT if you don’t crack a home run every time, you have to run in place to get your character to first base. Believe me: if you have carpet then you’re lucky, but if you have tile floors like I do running in place is painful. Baseball will do a number on your body, so prepare to sweat and want to sit down. For the pitching its setup has you step forward into the pitch with your opposite leg (which kind of confused me) to get a fastball. Coming across with your arm a certain way will also get you a curveball. This part of the game it self is great, along with Home Run Derby.

One of my favorite sports that I have been playing since I was in diapers (as if you wanted to know this) is golf. Comparing this to Wii Sports Resort with the added Motion Plus to the controller, I feel that Kinect Sports has it beat for the maneuverability aspect of the game. With the Wii you have to hold the controller and hope the band on it doesn’t break as you swing it into your TV. With the Kinect you stand in front of it to the side you’re comfortable with, setting up your shot by moving side-to-side to where you want the character to shoot it. Then as easy as 1-2-3 you swing, and you basically put the ball where you want it. I’m not saying I don’t like a good challenge, but this game simplifies the movement and makes it a bit more fun than when I’ve had dealing with those trees in Wii Sports Resort.

The last one I’m going to explain is, of course, football. Not football as in soccer, but the weird looking pigskin American football. They designed the game in the sense that you are the quarterback, and you have to toss it to the receiver, and not only that when that receiver catches the ball you have to run in place and make movements to get past the other team. The kicker on this is that its setup has you trying to score a touchdown in four downs. There is no getting past the usual ten yards, which makes the game that much more challenging. For the other team what it does is represent what the other team would do if they got a touchdown, field goal, or stopped. When you play the game make sure you get a field goal or touchdown, because that will effect the outcome for the other team scoring. One problem that I had was my damn couch behind me, to kick a field goal it has to register when you bring your leg back then kick through. In my sense I had to go for it all the time, so no field goal kicking for me. All in all, though, it is very very fun.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

All together Kinect Sports: Season 2 is another great family-oriented game. It has great multiple applications from all the sports, along with the add-on now of basketball for about 400 XBL points. It seems that this game does have great competition against the Wii Sports series, and the reason for this is that the Kinect isn’t all up to spec yet of taking care of the motion capture, whereas the Wii remote has more of the sensitivity towards the game. The Kinect is still working its way up to the full movement, but it needs to also create a better setup with the distance you have to be at for the sensor to read you. That all aside, Kinect Sports: Season 2 in my book is a great.

PROS:

  • Great to play with the family
  • All the sports are very likable
  • Darts is always a good drinking game with friends

CONS:

  • Kinect still doesn’t read all the movements
  • Not happy on the price for the Basketball add-on

GAME: Kinect Sports: Season 2
DEVELOPER: Microsoft Studios, Rareware
PLATFORM: Xbox 360
FINAL GRADE: 8.8 (out of ten)

Episode CXXXIX: Ave–PUT THOSE NIPPLES AWAY, HULK!!!

Avengers time. C’mon, grab your friends. We’ll go to very distant lands!

This week the gang tear a new asshole in parents who bring their children to a film that is neither appropriate or would hold their short attention spans, before going into the movie of the moment: The Avengers. Anvil gives his weekly sports report, tributes to the late Patriots player Junior Seau and Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch are held, and the demo for Dirt Showdown is examined.

The action-packed madness can be found here in Episode 139: Ave–PUT THOSE NIPPLES AWAY, HULK!!!

Episode CXXXVI: You Don’t Drop The Soap. The Soap Drops You!

After spending last weekend at two conventions, the Bastards reconvene for an all-new episode.

This week King Baby Duck and Blueonic share their thoughts on PAX East 2012, and Anvil manages to find reasons why he had some sort of fun at Anime Boston. The week in sports is discussed, as are the demo version of Sniper Elite V2 and Fez.

It’s short, sweet, and will get you extra clean! It’s Episode 136:¬†You Don’t Drop The Soap. The Soap Drops You!

Episode CXXXV: Con, The Wrath of Titan!

With PAX East and Anime Boston a couple days away the Bastards get their final gear together before embarking on their amazing journeys.

This week the B3 crew share what they are looking forward to at PAX East 2012 and Anime Boston 2012, and cross their fingers that they have their minds blown away by what will be happening. Anvil gives his weekly sports report, and the Bastards wonder why Wrath of the Titans was such a bore. Finally the demos for Zack Zero, Closure, and Wrecked Revenge Revisited are examined.

Grab your sword, and prepare to battle Kronos! It’s Episode 135: Con, The Wrath of Titan!

 

Episode CXXXI: Pictures Of That Chick From "Lost"

Teg returns. Hijinks ensue.

This week the B3 crew are pissed at a new law in Russia that was solely passed to punish their favorite metal band, but are then happy to hear the sounds of Busdriver’s new album Beaus$Eros. The demos for FIFA Street, MLB 2K11, and Nexuiz are looked at, and Teg gives his initial thoughts on Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning and Vessel. Last year’s hit film Real Steel is reviewed, and Anvil watches Adam Sandler as both Jack and Jill, followed by a quick sports report. Plus the Bastards premiere a brand-new track from Molice’s upcoming album Neugravity.

Wild tangents are all over the place! It’s Episode 131: Pictures of That Chick From Lost.

Episode CXXX: What’s He Doing With His Hands?

The Bastards get all patriotic on your ass on a brand-new episode. (WARNING: This episode will contain spoilers.)

This week the B3 crew look at the new movie Act of Valor, dissecting its story, realism, and portrayal of real-life SEALs in action. Anvil gives his weekly sports report, the demos for Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm – Generations, SSX, and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare are put under review, and Saignement and Anvil give their first impressions on the full version of UFC Undisputed 3.

Even the Camptown Ladies will be singing about this one! It’s Episode 130: What’s He Doing With His Hands?

Episode CXXIX: Even Twinkies Can’t Decay

Have yourself a good Valentine’s Day? Who cares?! It’s a brand-new episode that will cure all your heartache!

This week the B3 crew looks at the demos for Mass Effect 3 and Binary Domain, Blueonic shares his take on Warp and Gotham City Impostors, and King Baby Duck and Saignement gripe about the beta for Starhawk. The movies Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and This Means War are reviewed, and Anvil touches on the retirement of Tim Wakefield in this week’s sports segment.

No need for any finger-painting in this one! It’s Episode 129: Even Twinkies Can’t Decay!

Episode CXXVII: "Don’t Pay Attention To Us! We’re Mormons!"

Our Bastette-In-Training returns for an all-new episode!

This week the B3 crew looks at the week in sports, including a final wrap-up before Super Bowl Sunday (since this was recorded the Saturday before the game). The new movie Chronicle is reviewed, Saignement tries her hardest to forget Underworld: Awakening, and King Baby Duck gets riled up when the best movie of 2011 gets screwed over at this year’s Oscar nominations. Finally the demos for Twisted Metal, Syndicate, Gotham City Impostors, Happy Action Theater, and Rhythm Heaven are looked at, and Saignement shares her initial thoughts on Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Soul Calibur V.

A lot to discuss, and it all fits into place. It’s Episode 127: “Don’t Pay Attention To Us! We’re Mormons!” (You’ll have to see Chronicle to know the meaning behind today’s title.)

Episode CXXVI: Thank You, Gina, May I Have Another?

After a break, the Bastards regroup for an all-new episode.

This week the B3 crew look at the demos for UFC Undisputed 3, The Darkness 2, and Quarrel, and Blueonic shares his reasons why Call of Juarez: The Cartel is such an awful game! Anvil gives his weekly sports report, the Bastards give their Super Bowl picks, and reveal a special bet they have made with Toronto rockers Hunter Valentine on what happens if their Patriots win or lose. An Oh For Fuck’s Sake about annoying people in the movie theater is thrown on the table, and Contraband and Haywire are both reviewed.

Don’t tap out just yet! It’s Episode 126: Thank You, Gina, May I Have Another?

Episode CXIII: The Renegade Driver

King Baby Duck and Anvil come together to bring you Bastards, Bastettes and Wenches another short, informative show.

This week the duo chat about the recent Fucked Up/Wavves show at the Royale, and tell why Damian might be one of the world’s best frontmen. KBD gives his reasons why Drive might be one of the greatest films ever made, and Anvil pulls a double-duty with the films Paintball and Paul. The demos for NBA 2K11, Burnout Crash! and Renegade Ops are placed under the microscope, and Anvil wraps it up with the week in sports.

It’s all right here on Episode 113: The Renegade Driver.