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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 CVI: I’m Gonna Ochocinco You In The Face!

Last week video games dominated the show; this week Anvil and Mr. Cuse get to hog up the Podcast with their sports talk!

On the table this week include the recent goings-on with the Red Sox, their recent trades and acquisitions, the 19 year-old golf prodigy from Japan and the recent matches from UFC and Strikeforce. Plus with the NFL Lockout over the Patriots have begun getting their team ready for the season, involving a few new players that may leave a bittersweet taste in fans’ mouths.

All this and more in a souped-up Sports Edition of the Boston Bastard Brigade. It’s Episode 106: I’m Gonna Ochocinco You In The Face!

Episode XCIX: In Thomas We Trust!

Bruins, Bruins, Bruins!!!

The Stanley Cup is ours, and Vancouver doesn’t take it so well. Hear King Baby Duck and Anvil’s take on the celebratory parade, as well as the rest of the weekly sports report from him and Mr. Cuse. King Baby Duck shares why Kung Fu Panda 2 is a worthy sequel, and Mr. Cuse give his take on Super 8. Anvil also looks at the films Sniper: Reloaded and No Strings Attached. King Baby Duck and Anvil review the demos for Eat Them! and MotorStorm: Apocalypse, and Blueonic hails to the original king with his first-thoughts on Duke Nukem Forever!

Sing along with the King & Anvil in the beginning! It’s Episode 99: In Thomas We Trust!

Rory Is On The Prowl!

Episode XCI: Three Men & A King Baby Duck

The Bastards say “Good riddance to bad Ramirez!” in an all-new episode.

This week the B3 crew discuss why they tend to avoid certain movies for obviously good reasons, and why they go too far in some cases. Anvil and Mr. Cuse say adios to the crybaby known as Mannie Ramirez, Mr. Cuse reports on the PGA Masters, Anvil gives his NFL Draft Picks and much more in the sports segment. Then the guys give their thoughts on UFC Personal Trainer, the new Twisted Metal and Sonic Generations, and King Baby Duck and Blueonic review the demos for Red Faction: Battlegrounds and The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile. Finally Mr. Cuse takes a look at the artist Eric Hutchinson and the others give their opinion of the new album from m-flo/Teriyaki Boyz member VERBAL.

It all happens here on Episode 91: Three Men & A King Baby Duck!

Episode LXXXIV: And Who The Hell Is He?!

A new Bastard joins the crew…

This week the B3 crew welcome Mr. Cuse to the team, as they chat about the massive week in sports, share their thoughts on the Super Bowl and the crazy week on the Bruins’ rink. Plus King Baby Duck & Anvil share their thoughts on the recent album by Far East Movement, and Anvil tells you why you should run to see Widow Sunday, Tight Rope and Absence, but avoid Treachery, Smite the Fight and Martyrs & Madmen like the plague. Mr. Cuse give his opinion on the game Kinect sports, and King Baby Duck and Blueonic say bye-bye to three gaming franchises and one beloved company.

The videocast:

Episode LXII: You Just Fucked With The Wrong Mexican!

The Bastards kill the bad guys dead!

This week the B3 Crew (and special guest Pandalicious) attempt their first live webstream of the Podcast show using some sweet Blue Microphones. On the table this week are new music from Disturbed & Limp Bizkit, the week in sports, demo reviews of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 and VANQUISH, PAX Prime news and a look at the films Machete and The American. And a little fan interaction, too.