A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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?
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.
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