What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MotionSports Adrenaline uses the Kinect motion sensor and requires players to get off the couch and use their bodies as controllers. The game cannot be played without the Kinect. There are six events (skiing, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, wingsuit and kite surfing) and each event has several ways to play (time trials, coin collections, posing and point-based games). Parents should note that players can receive and issue challenges online if the mode is activated.
What's it about?
MOTIONSPORTS: ADRENALINE consists of six extreme sports that allow players to compete for high scores individually, against another player, or in teams of two. Players use motions to control on-screen characters in a variety of ways. For example, in skiing, players use their arms to work ski poles to gain speed, jump to go sailing off ramps, and crouch to land. Mid-air poses help accrue more points. There are customization options for player avatars, unlockables (such as new costumes or color schemes), and items to collect during the game to boost scores.
Is it any good?
MotionSports Adrenaline is a vibrant-looking game that seems a little bit like a missed opportunity. What's here is fine and fun, but there are instances when controls for different events are very similar, and the number of competitive events is limited.
The real fun in this game is in playing against others on the same machine. It is a workout and the gyrations that others make can be very entertaining.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how to play games that require motion in a safe, and fun way.
Parents can also talk to their kids about the dangers of extreme sports and why they should not attempt to emulate what they see in video games.
A discussion can be held on how to manage the amount of time spent playing games or watching television in a healthy way.
A talk can center on how to play games for fun and not to play merely for high scores.