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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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What's it about?
KINECT SPORTS ULTIMATE COLLECTION is a compilation of Kinect Sports and Kinect Sports: Season Two. It contains 13 mini-games that can be played as a solo player or in competition with another player on the same machine or in teams of two. The games include: football, golf, baseball, skiing, tennis, darts, soccer, bowling, beach volleyball, table tennis, boxing, basketball, and track & field. Because the game uses the Kinect motion-recognition system, players need room to move without hitting each other or furniture. A variety of motions will be employed from running in place to jumping to boxing and dodging.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to stay safe and healthy while playing games that involve exercising, even in fun mini-game settings.
They can also discuss different sports and why a child may like a certain sport. This can be expanded to include what a child thinks are necessary preparations (such as stretching, warming up muscles, and a good diet) in order to perform well in a certain sport.
Parents can talk about cooperation in team-based events and what attitudes team members should bring to the competitions.
- Platforms: Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, strategy
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: $49.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Microsoft Studios
- Release date: September 25, 2012
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Comic mischief and mild cartoon violence
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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