The new features for Kinect 2.0 include putting yourself right into the game using body and face scanning and better controls and reaction times over the Xbox 360 Kinect.
How does it put you in the game? The Kinect scans your body and once it has completed that you step closer to the Kinect and follow the directions for turning your head this way and that. It will pick up your skin color and hair color. After it’s done scanning you can then customize it to change anything you think it got wrong. When I did this it picked up my face shape, skin tone and hair color to my satisfaction, only leaving me to change my hair style, but others trying out this “Kinect Sports: Rivals” feature were left with hit and miss results.
The face scan seemed pretty accurate for most of the people I saw having it done. It wasn’t perfect, but as a cartoon impersonation of them, it was recognizable.
The Kinect 2.0 responded really well and quickly to most commands; it turned when you positioned your hands as if you were turning a jetski and the controls were a huge step up from current Kinect games which often require awkward crouching, leaning and jumping movements just to move, let alone pull off stunts.
It was fun. You can’t really ask for more from a video game, can you? This isn’t something you’re going to get hundreds of hours of gameplay out of unless you’re a huge racing fan, but it will tickle your fancy for a little while.
You’ll get some exercise. You have to stand to play the game; you’re not going to be able to laze on the couch and just use your hand movements to get through this game as you can with other Kinect titles. Standing, moving your arms around, you’re not going to work up a sweat, but you will burn some extra calories.
Load times are pretty slow between each round.
There was some lag during play, however, it was not consistent and I’m unsure if this was caused by the setup at the convention, having so many machines on and all the lighting in the room interfering with the sensors, or if this is a genuine con of the game and the new system.
Lasting appeal seems lacking. This game felt like one that is going to get played over and over for a few hours and then put on the shelf and never touched again except once in a blue moon. It just didn’t have anything to make to make it pop out from the myriad of similar games you can find with the current Kinect or even with controller games.
All in all, this was a pretty strong game to advertise Kinect 2.0’s new features and viability as a replacement for the original Kinect. It showed off how much more detail the Kinect 2.0 can pick up and how much smoother the controls are. Is it going to be a game you want to purchase right away though? For me, no, but for someone that can’t get enough of these sports and racing games, it might be worth the starting sticker price.