A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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