Sports Island Freedom Reviewed
Despite the Wii being on sale for over 4 years now one of the best and most loved games for it is Wii Sports. The Sports Island titles are a compilation of different sports games just like Wii Sports and despite appalling performances on the Wii, Hudson have decided to release their latest Sports Island game to the Xbox 360. Can Kinect make this a good title though?
Boasting ten different sports there is a lot of variety on offer in this title with all available to played in a league or tournament system, Online play is also available but the chances of it being popular are slim to none.
Despite this title wanting to be Kinect’s version of Wii Sports what we have is a game that is never really that much fun. All the sports available to play are rather drab and boring affairs with not really much difficulty to be had. Well, not in the traditional sense anyway.
Each of the ten sports has you mimicking the moves you would do in real life to play the sports. Unfortunately most of the sports just don’t work, with noticeable lag between when you the player performs an action to when the game does it. Some of the sports also have an amazing amount of different moves, it can all get a little overwhelming.
If having noticeable lag wasn’t bad enough the game also struggles to recognise what you are attempting to do a lot of the time. This makes fighting the controls the only thing difficult about the game, not to mention very frustrating as well.
Only three of the sports are really playable a hundred percent of the time. These are the more simple games, and while playing archery, snowboarding and kendo are fun at first they soon get boring as winning in these events is extremely easy.
Even if the controls work the sports that you would expect to be played out at a more frantic pace are not, with the likes of tennis, paintballing, dodge ball and volleyball being really slow and ultimately unfulfilling.
Presentation wise this title does look a lot like a game that was released on the Wii. Yes, the textures are a little bit sharper than what the Wii can do but other than that its very much a ported Wii title at heart. The menus are fairly easy to access, though at times your hand signals will confuse the game a little and the on screen cursor will end up shooting all over the screen for no apparent reason.
With uninspiring sports, noticeable lag and Kinect struggling to recognise your movements this is definitely one of the worst titles to be released so far for Microsoft’s newest hardware. Hopefully we will not be seeing too much shovel ware like this in the months to come, and if you are looking for a Wii sports title then the infinitely better Kinect sports is the way to go.