Kinect Sports Rivals was announced at Microsoft’s E3 conference last year. It was originally planned for release alongside the Xbox One however was delayed for further polish. The game is finally coming out and it actually has a basic story. The story based events in the game have you competing for three of the island’s dominant teams. These include The Viper Network, Wolf Clan and Eagle Legion. I found the characters to be a bit bland and found the cutscenes unnecessary. I completely understand that they’re there to give the game a ‘story mode’, but it just doesn’t seem necessary to have unskippable cutscenes before events.
Kinect Sports Rivals is an amazing looking game. It’s easily the most colourful and vibrant game available on the Xbox One and it really shines in this area. Your champion looks incredible and cutscenes are just as good. It was evident from the start that this was a massive step up from the last Kinect Sports game.
Unfortunately navigating the menus is easily one of the most frustrating things about the game. Voice commands just don’t work well at all for some reason and gestures worked for the majority of the time but at least once or twice in every session, I’d actually press the wrong button. For me, this basically ruins gesture controls. It needs to be 100% useable and easier than using a controller, or shouldn’t be included at all. You can use a controller but it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the nature of the game.