A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about how to play 13 different sports activities and practice moving their bodies to correctly respond to onscreen cues. This will encourage recognition-reaction responses. Strategy also comes into play in boxing, where the goal is to protect oneself while hitting open areas on your opponent. Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection is an active way to virtually explore sports and competition with others on the same gaming console.
In Microsoft Studio's Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection, players are not lauded by an announcer, but there are celebratory results for winning events. In addition, players who set the best marks in each competition have their signed-in character's name attached to the in-game leaderboard. There is no online mode, but players can have bragging rights for record-setting performances on their own machines.
Positive Role Models
Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection does a good job of keeping players within the parameters of rules for each event. Of course, when competing side by side, players can jostle the person next to them to knock them off stride. This puts the onus on each player to be his or her own positive role model.
Ease of Play
Each of the 13 mini-games has a mild learning curve. The game does not come with a manual, and the in-game instructions per event are minimal at best. Still, if players have any athletic intuition, they can figure out what they are supposed to do pretty quickly. The menu navigation needs to be approached with slow motions or the cursor will fly all over the screen.
Violence & Scariness
Boxing, in Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection, can have players fighting one another. There is no contact, and as the health meter falls, the on-screen character may appear woozy or stagger. There is no blood, and while there are knockdowns, the characters are not irretrievably injured. The boxing element is the most violent of the 13 mini-games included in this collection. Other games, like soccer and beach volleyball, may require characters to dodge or block shots, but the on-screen characters are uninjured as a result of getting hit.
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Products & Purchases
Microsoft's name occasionally is seen branded on items in the game, but the overall product placement is minimal.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection is a series of 13 mini-games that require the Kinect motion control system to play. (The game will allow the use of a 360 controller, but the game is intended to be used with the Kinect.) This is a re-packaging of Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports: Season Two. If you already own those two games, there is no need to buy this product. It is also necessary to know that this product contains mild violence (boxing) and is athletic in nature, so make sure your child is safe while exercising and has plenty of room to play.
Is It Any Good?
Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection is a fun series of games that don't take too long per event to play. This could be used as a Kinect party game. The title also records player's movements during each event and plays them back to the embarrassment of the one recorded and the laughter of others watching -- so check your ego at the main menu screen. While Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection is enjoyable to play in a solo-player setting, the game's value really picks up when competing with and against other players.
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