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Deca Sports Freedom

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Collection of easy, active sports mini-games for Kinect.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like many games for the Xbox 360 Kinect camera, this game encourages players to play together, to get up and move, and to develop an interest in becoming active. The many sports in the game can deliver a pretty good workout, and they can all be played with others.

Positive role models

The point of this game is to perform in sporting events as well as possible. Whoever manages to get the best score is the top dog and the one to look up to. The game creates healthy, sportsmanlike competition.

Ease of play

It is very easy to step into this game and start playing. Games like tennis have very basic controls that really only require players to swing their hands when the ball approaches the screen. But the controls aren't precise, so you don't feel as if you have control over winning the game.

Violence & scariness

This game lets players compete in numerous sports -- some which come with a little violence. In the boxing game, there are punching sounds and characters wobble amidst flashes of light when hit. There is also a paintball game that looks and feels somewhat like a shooting game, but players will easily recognize no one is in any real physical danger. Given the sporting context of the game, the violence comes across as more of a genuine representation of a sport than anything gratuitous or over-the-top.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

In many of the sporting venues, just like in real-life, there are signs and billboards advertising real world products and brands such as Adidas and the game's publisher, Hudson.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Deca Sports Freedom is a very active sports game. It requires players to move their hands and arms around to swing tennis racquets, spike volleyballs, and set up defensive postures in boxing. It's designed to pick up and play, so players can easily get into the action. It's pretty basic and doesn't get too involved with strategy or unlockable features, but it does offer a good number of sporting events to mix things up.

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What's it about?

DECA SPORTS FREEDOM lets players get up and move and to virtually compete in a whole bunch of sporting events. There are 10 sports to choose from -- tennis, boxing, archery, paintball, beach volleyball, dodgeball, kendo, mogul skiing, snowboard cross, and figure skating. The goal is for players to push themselves to do the best they can.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The controls in Deca Sports Freedom are very basic, and work more to just get players to move around than provide a good simulation of the actual sport. As such, some players might find frustration with the lack of depth. However, it does make it more accessible to younger players, and allows non-gamer parents to play along as well. The large selection of events also introduces players to the variety of sports that exist in the real world. In the end, there are other games, like Kinect Sports, that do a better job at simulating the actual physical activity involved. Deca Sports Freedom is fun and easy, but its lack of good, solid controls makes it difficult to recommend.

Online interaction: Players can compete with others online, but it is the same kind of gameplay experience as playing with other people in the same room. It's good, clean competition. However, voice chatting is possible between players. Common Sense Media advises parents of younger players to disable unrestricted voice chats.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to include video games as part of a regular exercise routine. How can this game help keep you fit?

  • What are other fun ways of staying active?

  • Which sport do you like to play the most in real life?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360
Price:$39.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:Hudson Entertainment
Release date:November 18, 2010
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Cartoon Violence

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