MotionSports: Adrenaline

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Fun motion sports game is a bit limited in scope.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This game promotes healthy physical movement and a social gaming experience in players' living rooms.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The players are the stars of this game. Expect friendly competitiveness and jibing from family and friends.

Ease of Play

This is a motion controlled game, so expect a lot of arm movements, crouching, and jumping. It takes solid timing to nail the jumps in the skiing event (noticeable lag makes this tougher), and players occasionally need to perform body contortions to score more points.

Violence & Scariness

Within the multiplayer setting, gamers can pick up power-ups and hit other players with them (like a mud bomb, or a freeze bomb), creating an effect on the screen that makes it harder to see. During some racing events (like skiing) players can bump each other while jockeying for position, but there is nothing more serious.

Language

One song ("Here We Go Again" by OK Go) uses Jesus ("Jesus, when it rains, how it pours") and another line that, in the context of a relationship, states "It starts out easy, something simple, something sleazy."

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What 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.

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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.

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For kids who love being active

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