Video games get a bad rap. They just make you fat and lazy, critics say. And sure, if you’re spending four hours a day moving only your thumbs, that may be fair. Thankfully, with Kinect Sports Rivals, developer Rare Ltd. coaxes gamers off the couch with the first next-gen game to push the boundaries of Xbox One’s new and improved Kinect.
The successor to the popular Xbox 360 Kinect Sports series combines the Xbox One’s superior motion sensor with cutting-edge graphics to deliver a dynamic, full-body gaming experience that’s also visually stunning. You’ll want to keep moving—and gazing at the gorgeously detailed graphics—as you play through each of the game’s main events, like:
Wake Racing. Lean, weave and leap to pilot your personal watercraft through a challenging course filled with nasty obstacles, high-flying ramps and hairpin turns. Not all the moves are drastic though. Subtle gestures—like opening and closing your right hand to control the Jet Ski throttle—also matter.
Bowling. Bowling is popular in any movement-based video game, but Rivals promises the most realistic experience yet. Step left or right to set up your aim, then swing your arm forward to send your ball down the alley. Rotate your wrist to put some hook on your shot. Great for parties.
Tennis. Toss the ball into the air with your left hand and swing hard with your right to send a powerful serve rocketing toward your opponent. Smaller gestures allow you to put spin on the ball and control your shots like a pro.
Soccer. The game’s motion sensing technology allows you to control the ball’s trajectory based on the angle of your kick. You can also “steer” the ball after the kick by turning your foot to replicate a shot that curves toward its target. Or play as the goalkeeper and stonewall your opponent’s shots.
Target Shooting. Take aim and hit targets faster than competitors for maximum points.
Climbing. Pull yourself to the top of a cliff or obstacle. It’s a race, so climb quickly—but be careful. Your adversaries will try to pull you off the wall and send you tumbling down.