Sports video games fall into two kinds. Firstly, there are games where you control a footballer or drive a car with a standard controller. Second, there are games where you yourself have to play the sport using your body and a motion controller. The latter kind of sport game has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to the various forms of motion control offered by the consoles. Here we take a look at two of the most popular sports games available that encourage you to get out of your seat and get active.
As with the Wii, the Xbox 360 has its own flagship sport video game. Kinect Sports has been especially designed to take full advantage of the kind of motion control offered by the Kinect full-body motion sensing device.
There are plenty of great things about Kinect Sports. Firstly, there are several sports on offer which include volleyball, soccer, bowling, boxing, ping pong and track and field. Each of these has several mini-games, giving a wide range of sports to play.
What really makes Kinect Sports stand out though is the controller-less control through body motion alone. Playing in this sort of environment is great fun and is the ultimate way to enjoy exercise as you play. This really does make you use your entire body, so you’ll have to be prepared to get out of your armchair and on your feet if you want to play this.
The graphics on this game are decent, and certainly outclass sports games available on the Wii. This can help to make playing games more engaging, helping you to stay motivated as you play. While this won’t guarantee that you’ll get that much fitter, it’ll help send you on the right track.
If you’re looking at the Kinect Sports primarily as a means to get active and start to improve your health, then you won’t be disappointed. Apart from the bowling, you really will be using your whole body for all the games on offer.
Some other highlights from this game include the automatic photo and video recording that happens as you play. This can be equally fun and embarrassing, but no pictures or videos are saved without first asking you, so if you don’t like what you see you can just get rid of it.
Another clever feature of this game is that you don’t need to set up a new game to start multiplayer. All you need is to have the second player step into the arena and the game will register this automatically, opening the game up for two players instead of one.
There are a couple of downsides to this game. Even though it’s still very popular, it is getting a bit old now (it was released in 2010). On top of that, the tracking doesn’t always work properly. However, this issue is rare, so it shouldn’t be too much of a concern.
Otherwise, this game is great fun and a good way to get active even if you prefer to stay in the comfort of your own living room.
Wii Sports Resort
The Wii is the console that made motion-sensed sport games popular. The Wii still ships with Wii Sports included, and that game remains a classic in many player’s minds. However, it was released quite a few years ago now, and has long been due an update.
Nintendo finally got around to this with Wii Sports Resort. This offers a larger range of games than the original Wii Sports, going from just 5 sports to a total of 12 in this title. These include: wakeboarding, swordplay, Frisbee, archery, basketball, table tennis, golf, bowling, power cruising, canoeing, cycling and air sports!
Wii sport titles have always been great at getting players up on their feet and enjoying themselves. However, that doesn’t always mean you’ll be getting a lot of exercise. For example, bowling and golf require very little movement from the player other than a swing of the arms. However, other sports do make you break a sweat if you put the effort in. While it’s not a game for those wishing to get a real workout, it’s a great first step for those looking to get into a more active lifestyle.
Fortunately, the game is a lot of fun, especially if there are multiple players. That makes you more likely to get exercise when playing Wii Sports Resort, and guarantees a good time while doing it.
As family fun it’s hard to beat games like this and the original Wii Sports, but there’s one downside to this game: it needs the Motion Plus Wii controller, not the standard Wii remote. So if you don’t already have Motion Plus controllers you’ll have to pay for those too in order to play this game.
Overall, this is a really good fun game with loads of variety to keep players of all ages interested. However, if you’re looking for a game that’ll really make you break a sweat you’re better off with something else – even just the original Wii Sports boxing game.
To sum up, Kinect Sports is going to give you a better workout than Wii Sports Resort thanks to the inclusion of games that require more physical activity, and the fact that the Kinect uses your whole body as the controller. However, Wii Sports Resort isn’t without its merits, and if you already own a Wii but not the Kinect then this would definitely still be a worthy purchase for those looking to get a little bit more active.