it's very early for the shovelware on Kinect but here it is with
Sports Island Freedom or DECA Sports Freedom in the US. Sports
Island Freedom by developers Hudson attempts to target the casual
"sports" game market just like the Nintendo Wii but
unfortunately the gameplay and accuracy leaves a lot to be desired.
Boasting 10 different games that require you
to use your body to play, the problem with Sports Island Freedom is
that only a handful of the games are actually enjoyable. The rest
are actually annoying to play due to the lack accuracy by the game
though my Kinect was successfully configured, the sensitivity of the
games just wasn't there. I tried to reconfigure my Kinect about 5
times but the end result was still the same.
about the games? In essence, Sports Island Freedom
is a collection of mini-games like Wii Sports or Wii Resort and just
like the other two aforementioned titled, some of the games are good
are some are bad. I really wanted to enjoy this game and I do
realise that they were targeting younger gamers, including casual
gamers but even those genres require a little bit of respect.
includes in Sports Island Freedom
Boxing & Paintball
mentioned and I'll say it again like a broken record, the biggest problem with Sports Island Freedom is
the Kinect controls which don't seem to work very well. Another
issue with the controls is that they are quite simplistic, opposed
to the very impressive Dance Evolution which really matches the
movements of your body. And then you have the game paintball which
is a total mind mess where you use your arm as a gun! <has another
sip of Scotch>
gameplay is like playing online when you are experiencing severe lag
and when you're playing tennis in Sports Island Freedom, sometimes
it's very hard to hit the ball or hit it where you want it to.
Dodgeball is another game that also suffers from poor sensitivity.
were a couple of
gems that somehow I did enjoy that include Kendo and Archery but
once again, even those suffered from some control issues. Then you have a really
frustrating menu system and once again a note to developers...
please ensure that your menus are basic because the frustration of
navigating the menus translates back to the game. That's probably
why I enjoyed boxing in this game because it took out my
game that is almost a clone of Wii Sports, the title only supports
two players locally or up to 4 payers online. Unfortunately we
couldn't find anyone to play the game online. The local 2-player
mode was "ok" because as the old saying goes, misery loves company.
Still, it was quite uninspired!
Graphically, the title is reminiscent of a Nintendo Wii game with
its basic characters and backgrounds. The music sounds way too
third party for my liking and the sound effects don't exert any
excitement either. Even your Avatar looks a little boring,
especially when it's not moving in time with you in the real world.
Oh the misery. <sips more scotch>
reason, I get déjà vu while I'm playing this game because surely the
developers, especially Hudson would have learnt by now that games
like this are not acceptable on the Nintendo Wii, especially on the
XBox 360. Oh well, just like the Move for the PlayStation 3,
Microsoft can finally enjoy shovelware like all the other consoles.