Big League Sports for Kinect

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Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Challenging and familiar action, but more fun in groups.

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Positive Messages

The overall message of the game is to get up and move and have fun while doing it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Big League Sports is based on scoring the most points in the individual skill challenges, or beating your opponent in the multiplayer setting. The little characters in the game will show happiness when they have done well (jumping up, or doing flips, or sliding belly down on the ice) or look sad when they have failed a task.

Ease of Play

Moving too fast might not be read by the Kinect sensor, such as swinging a baseball bat, or hitting a golf ball. Timing is everything in this title. The menu navigation, though, is easy and the game may require a wide range of movements, from ducking to jumping (in basketball, particularly) to moving from side to side. In most respects, the actual movements used in the six sports represented here are emulated to a simpler degree.

Violence & Scariness

In the hockey game players will check the opposing player off the puck by skating in at the right angle and performing the right moves. If successful, the player that is checked will fly through the air and land awkwardly on the ice. Though there are no lasting effects to the player, this simulates the physical and violent aspect of the game. Of course, in football, the idea is to tackle an opposing player. While players can dodge, duck, or jump over would-be tacklers, Big League Sports does incorporate some of player-hitting-player aspects of the sports it presents, albeit in a cartoon way with no ill effects after the collision.

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The Activision logo appears throughout the game's venues.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Big League Sports is a sports simulation game that requires the Kinect sensor to play. The game itself features six sports, each with a mini-game and two skill-specific games (for example, in basketball, there is a shoot-out competition and a shot-blocking competition). Up to four players can take part in the games. There is some mild cartoon violence in elements of the game -- such as in hockey where players will body-check opponents off the puck and send them flying.

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What's it about?

Big League Sports is a cross section of six sports (football, soccer, hockey, golf, baseball, and basketball), divided into three competitions each that can be played by 1-4 players. Players can select single events to participate in, or take part in a tournament of three sports to crown a champion. Players use the Kinect sensor to perform actions similar to what would be done in the real game (like throwing a football or baseball, or swinging a golf club or baseball bat) and the actions are translated into movement by the cartoon characters on the screen. The skill challenges of each sport is scored and high scores are recorded.

Is it any good?

Big League Sports is an active athlete game that will definitely get players moving. The sports venues are a little cartoonish and sometimes moving slow gives the best chance for the Kinect sensor to read the action. The single-player mode is decent enough for learning the control schemes, but the game really becomes much more entertaining in a multiplayer setting. This is the type of game that the whole family can enjoy, and the different antics could provide a fair share of laughs as players contort to perform the various skills.

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