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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 CXXXVIII: Quoth The Raven, "Piss Off!!!"

Recorded once upon a midnight dreary, while Bastards pondered weak and weary…

This week the B3 crew takes a look at the demos for Dragon’s Dogma, Ninja Gaiden 3, Bloodforge, Deep Black – Episode 1, and The Walking Dead – Episode 1. John Cusack’s performance in The Raven is critiqued, the week in sports is examined, and the Bastards listen with delight to Jack White’s new album.

What they utter is their only stock and store. It’s Episode 138: Quoth The Raven, “Piss Off!!!”

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 CXXXII: My Name Is NOT Virginia!!!

Much blue blood was spilt creating this episode.

This week the B3 crew looks at the demos for I Am Alive and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, and the betas for Diablo III and Family Guy Online are examined. John Carter, Conviction, and Goon are reviewed, Anvil gives his weekly sports, Blueonic has a few choice words for Dana White, and Anvil gets on people who post inappropriate pictures on Facebook.

It’s all here in Episode 132: My Name Is NOT Virginia!!!

BONUS TRACK (exclusive to the website): Teg Joins Twitter

Episode CXXVIII: I Need More Porn At Work!

When PC gaming reviewer (and Blueonic’s cousin) Teg is in the house, no one is safe…

This week the Bastards share their thoughts on the new Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds film Safe House, Anvil gets pissed at some Jedi and Sith people, and discover a little gem from 2008 known as Beer For My Horses. The week in sports is also analyzed, including — yes — the disaster known as the Super Bowl. King Baby Duck tries his best to describe the awkwardness of the Kinect Disneyland Adventures demo, Teg & Blueonic share their thoughts on current gaming trends and their predictions for the future in gaming, and the sequel Shank 2 gets played with guns blazing.

It’s coming straight from the horse’s mouth, and no that’s not a double entendre (though it could be). It’s Episode 128: I Need More Porn At Work!

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 CXXV: I’ll Show You A Ghost Protocol!

The three Bastards and Bastette-In-Training rev one up filled with tangents and topics galore!

This week the B3 crew review Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Green Lantern, and Colombiana, and King Baby Duck gives a rundown of the demos Final Fantasy XIII-2, EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis 2, Asura’s Wrath, Amy, and Choplifter HD. Anvil gives his weekly sports report, and a quick look at one of 2011’s best albums from The Knux.

Buckle up your seatbelt! It’s Episode 125: I’ll Show You A Ghost Protocol!

Episode CXIV: Where Are All The Sharp Things?

The Vagabonds stop by the Bastard realm for an all-new episode.

This week the Vagabonds share their experiences at the first annual Great New England Steampunk Exhibition, where they took part in many panels and witnessed some unique artifacts and designs being displayed by the con-goers. Anvil shares the sour week in sports, including the failed run of the Red Sox season and the farewell of Terry Francona. Next the nominees for the 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are looked at, as the discussion of a couple nominees are put into question. Finally the demo for Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster is reviewed for our parental fanbase, and a longer discussion on Dead Island is held for Anvil and Locke.

Stabby-stabby kill-kill things sold separately. It’s Episode 114: Where Are All The Sharp Things?

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.

Episode CX: Bloody Vengeance From A Rock

Because they know you’d like to recover from the Labor Day weekend the Bastards present a new bite-sized episode for your consumption.

This week the B3 crew looks at the new TsuShiMaMiRe album Giving Blood, and explain why that particular group had a hand in creating the B3 realm in the first place. King Baby Duck and Blueonic give their thoughts on the demos for The Gunstringer, Rock of Ages, The Baconing and Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon, and Anvil dives into his sport segment with Patriots preseason, the downward spiral of the recent Red Sox games and his visit to the gym of Team Pradal Seray.

It’s hot off the grill on Episode 110: Bloody Vengeance From A Rock.