There’s more riding on Kinect Sports Rivals than you may expect – Microsoft hopes that it’ll reignite people’s passion for the motion controlled device, just like the original Kinect Sports did back on Xbox 360.
Sadly though, review scores haven’t been too positive so far. On the bottom end of the scale there’s the 2/5 Joystiq dished out on the grounds that most of the sports are “insultingly simple” and the package as a whole “feels cheap”.
GameSpot and Videogamer meanwhile found it to be merely mediocre, both giving it a 5/10. GameSpot called it “inconsistent” while Videogamer found that although the technology is impressive, the game itself isn’t.
A few outlets handed out a higher score than the above – such as Eurogamer Italy’s 8/10 – but not enough to bring the Metacritic average any higher than 64%.
This lukewarm reception once again fuelled discussion regarding Microsoft’s decision to bundle the Kinect with the Xbox One. Worryingly, we can’t find a single other Kinect game on its way to Xbox One after Kinect Sports Rivals releases this Friday. Does this mean that a Kinect-less Xbox One is due out soon? Probably not – Microsoft insists that the device is a vital part of the Xbox One experience.
It’ll be interesting to see what the future has in store for Rare should the game fail to sell. The thought of them making sports games still seems alien to us.
Those who haven’t jumped ship to Xbox One yet may be interested in how the belated Xbox 360 version of Titanfall performs. Eurogamer has done the dirty work and put the Xbox 360 version up against the Xbox On and PC iterations. To quote: “There are times when the game feels uncannily close to the Xbox One version“.
“With just one tenth of the available RAM and far less capable silicon, it’s safe to say that Bluepoint Games has more than exceeded expectations”, they continued.
It’s a decent conversion, then. Hurrah!
LEGO The Hobbit is also out this week, launching on just about every format going – Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, 3DS and PC. As mentioned in our weekly Nintendo eShop round-up, we’re slightly worried that it’ll be too similar to the LEGO Lord of the Rings. The fact that the third chapter is rumoured to be released as DLC later in the year doesn’t sit well with us either. With just two chapters, it may be on the short side. Just like a Hobbit.