Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. If you want your Christmas to be characterised by tears of laughter, this is an essential purchase.
  2. Dec 29, 2010
    88
    A brilliant showpiece for Kinect. [Jan 2011]
  3. Dec 23, 2010
    85
    Good graphics, great licensed music and fun gameplay, Kinect Sports is a must have title for your 360!
  4. Nov 24, 2010
    85
    Kinect Sports may have a simple premise, but that very simplicity is what allows it to shine. As much a tech demo of the Kinect's abilities as a game, it is somewhat surprising that Kinect Sports wasn't chosen as the featured pack-in title. If you own a Kinect, this is a game that really should be in your collection.
  5. Nov 18, 2010
    83
    It may not be as legendary as Wii Sports (yet), but for a debut sports compilation for Microsoft's high-priced gadget, Kinect Sports does more than enough to push the thrill of competition. It's good fun with friends, and the easily adaptable controls make it very user friendly, no matter what your height and age is.
  6. Something for everyone. [Jan 2011]
  7. Dec 11, 2010
    80
    I can say that Kinect Sports is now my second favorite Kinect title, right behind Dance Central.
  8. Nov 29, 2010
    80
    Kinect Sports is fun, challenging and a great addition to your collection. This is another Kinect game you really should buy if you are planning to buy Kinect.
  9. Nov 26, 2010
    80
    Kinect Sports is a brilliant example of how good a mini-game compilation can be and proves to be an excellent demonstration of how well Kinect can work. It does lack a little depth in some areas but proves to be an excellent title to play with friends.
  10. Nov 22, 2010
    80
    No game since Wii Sports has done so much to capture Nintendo's mixture of initial accessibility, entertainment value and wide appeal. [Christmas 2010, p.95]
  11. Nov 13, 2010
    80
    I'll go so far as to say that the genre of sports-themed minigame collections probably isn't capable of really being revolutionized, but Kinect Sports gets dangerously close, simply by virtue of doing the one thing other motion-controlling technologies haven't been able to yet: Tracking your feet.
  12. Nov 11, 2010
    80
    A good party game, very funny to play with friends at home or over Xbox Live.
  13. 80
    There are moments of pure unadulterated joy packed into this sports compilation, and although it's all over rather rapidly, it's a great ride while it lasts.
  14. Nov 6, 2010
    80
    It's cool, fun and full of sporting attitude which is incredibly hard not to fall in love with.
  15. 80
    This is Rare and Microsofts version of Wii Sports. It hasn´t got as precise control as Sports Champions or as great graphics, but it delivers on the fun part. Party Mode is an excellent addition to a solid line-up of disciplines.
  16. Nov 4, 2010
    80
    Despite its ups and downs, and its limitations, Kinect Sports is a great game, with such an ability to turn something new, Kinect, into the center of many hours of fun and magic.
  17. Nov 4, 2010
    80
    An easily accessible but surprisingly nuanced game. While there are some stumbling points here and there, such as the strange local multiplayer omissions in Table tennis or the muddled co-op mechanics of soccer, Kinect Sports still manages to be fun and different.
  18. Nov 4, 2010
    80
    Rare's work on Kinect Sports really demonstrates what the camera is capable when it's used by a capable developer. If you've already got the hardware to play it on, consider Kinect Sports a must-have.
  19. Nov 3, 2010
    80
    In the end, if you're looking for a way to show off your new Kinect, this provides a great complement to the pack-in title, Kinect Adventures.
  20. 79
    Every bit as fun as it is unoriginal. And football's ace.
  21. Nov 16, 2010
    78
    There's just not enough to do in this game. If you're playing by yourself, you may only get a few hours of unique content out of this game. You'll want to replay them, but it will only last so long. Families should have a blast with this though.
  22. Jan 3, 2011
    75
    Wii Sports has got some competition breathing down its neck with Kinect Sports. While the game doesn't support much outside of two-player competition (and even that's questionable) and has its reading issues, it's a well-planned collection that you shouldn't hesitate to pick up with your Kinect device. Let's hit the lanes!
  23. Nov 15, 2010
    75
    Kinect Sports is a robust package that offers a lot of variety on one disc.
  24. Nov 9, 2010
    75
    Kinect Sports is a fun and accessible sports game. This game does an admirable job as a launch tittle.
  25. Nov 4, 2010
    75
    Kinect Sports works well enough as a launch title and has more than enough heft to ensure that it's not labeled as just a tech demo. Yes, there are some kinks that need to be addressed, particularly with the hardware, but if you're looking to pad out the library for your shiny new peripheral, Kinect Sports should be a definite consideration.
  26. 75
    The world won't be able to resist comparing Kinect Sports to Nintendo's Wii Sports gold standard, and the newcomer doesn't disappoint. Bowling and boxing are the two overlapping sports, and in the Kinect edition they're just as responsive and immediately accessible as you'd expect after four years of playing the Wii-mote version.
  27. Nov 4, 2010
    75
    This motion-controlled sports collection doesn't do much for solo players, but it's fun to play with friends both locally and online.
  28. Nov 30, 2010
    70
    Overall Kinect Sports can be seen as a success and gives the peripheral a strong foundation. A must have default option for every Kinect owner it offers a great night in if you don't wish to venture outside.
  29. Nov 29, 2010
    70
    And that's really about it. Like Wii Sports, you will probably have a lot of fun while the Kinect technology is still new and exciting, but after that wears off, you'll only bring this one out for parties or over-energetic kids.
  30. Nov 21, 2010
    70
    Kinect Sports in a good party game, and offers some great experiences like volley and ping pong. Just like any other multi-event game, it offers good and bad sports, but the final result is a nice and entertaining product.
  31. Nov 19, 2010
    70
    This should have been bundled with Kinect instead of Kinect Adventures: it's competitive, social and fun.
  32. Nov 15, 2010
    70
    As party games go, Kinect Sports is infectiously good fun. It's highly doubtful that this title will be enough to woo Wii owners over to the Xbox 360 on ts own. But for players who already own Microsoft's console and a Kinect sensor, it's more than worth a look.
  33. Nov 10, 2010
    70
    Some mini games are really funny, others may be too simple. Soccer for example is only kicking with your feet. The players are moving automatically. Like all the casual stuff Kinect Sports will offer its complete potential at your party.
  34. Nov 4, 2010
    70
    The football is shoddy, avatars glitch out and every now and again and the responsiveness of the game is occasionally brought into question - but none of this stops the experience being enjoyable. To conclude then, the answer to a question that has been on everybody's lips: is Kinect Sports better than Wii Sports?... Without a doubt.
  35. Nov 4, 2010
    70
    But as a lively, funny, polished and varied genre title that will slap a smile on the face of the most jaded cynic, Kinect Sports does its job admirably.
  36. 70
    Kinect Sports as a launch title though is extremely promising and it does show that Kinect could very well have a future in every living room – big living rooms that is. As it stands now though, Kinect Sports is perfect for short bursts with friends and is certainly unique, but there are a few annoyances that regrettably hamper the whole experience.
  37. Nov 30, 2010
    68
    An entertaining product, a must have for every Kinect fan out there. Some minigames and sports are not well developed as other, and some polish is lacking, yet you'll have a lot of fun with it.
  38. Nov 18, 2010
    65
    While Kinect Sports falls flat in the single player experience the fun to be had with friends carries it. Occasional motion control issues and the space required can hinder some of the fun but overall, and in a market flooded with choice, Kinect Sports holds its ground and should bring some high energy entertainment to your living room.
  39. Nov 10, 2010
    65
    Kinect Sports has some interesting activities, but some of the minigame are dull and laughable. Boxe and Table Tennis lacks precision, while Volleyball is the best activity included in the package.
  40. Nov 4, 2010
    65
    There's some fun to be had here, for certain; it's definitely a more well-rounded package than something like Wii Sports. But ultimately, there aren't enough fresh ideas here to vindicate it as the new king of motion-controlled sports mini games.
  41. Nov 4, 2010
    64
    It would have made a nice pack-in, but package ends up feeling uninspired, relying on little more than the fast-fading novelty of motion controls.
  42. Nov 22, 2010
    62
    Kinect Sports showcases what Kinect can do in a sports setting. While its not a perfect package there is some fun to be had here in social gatherings. Some refinement is definitely needed, but hey, this is the first round. If a substitute Kinect version of Wii Sports sounds interesting then by all means pick up Kinect Sports.
  43. Dec 11, 2010
    60
    Kinect Sports can bee lots of fun when played with other people, but there is a huge Déjà Vu, especially when compared to Wii Sports.
  44. Nov 12, 2010
    60
    Kinect Sports is a nice surprise among the launch line-up of Kinect. Granted, it's nothing outstanding, but still good fun. It's easy to pick-up, and family-friendly. And actually pretty physical! All we would ask is a new iteration with more mini-games, fun and ideas.
  45. Nov 10, 2010
    60
    Lushly presented, and with enough of that trademark Rare wit to keep you smiling, it's inoffensive enough fare before the real games arrive, but it's going nowhere Nintendo's not been already.
  46. 60
    Just as shallow and unoriginal as you'd expect, and with some fairly obvious technical issues. But it still offers hope for the future of Kinect.
  47. Nov 4, 2010
    60
    If you're not too keen on soccer or table tennis, then feel free to knock a few points off this score, since those are the main reasons to play the game.
  48. Nov 8, 2010
    58
    Ultimately, Kinect Sports is a rough launch title that's all about the novelty of Kinect.
  49. Nov 19, 2010
    50
    Kinect Sports show us the possibilites of Kinect, but also the flaws of it. You can have some fun with the game if you are a group of people playing, but the game lacks in the necessary precision to make it a good game.
  50. 50
    The football mini game is fun. The rest so-so. All of them suffer from Kinect's sluggish response.
  51. Nov 8, 2010
    50
    First of all destined to all the family and festive, Kinect Sports is a preview of the capabilities of Kinect, but it's not with this title that the Xbox 360 will widen the gap in the race for motion gaming.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. Nov 11, 2010
    9
    Wow. Again, I see low ratings, but likely from people who don't own the game or a Kinect. I've played through all of the sports, and while some work better than others, overall this is a GREAT game. Boxing was a blast. Ping Pong, Volleyball, and Track were sensational. Bowling and Soccer were pretty good, but not my favorites of the bunch. Most movements were intuitive, after winning challenges, you're welcomed with select video clips of your performance which made for good fun. If you have decided Kinect is for you, this is a must own game. If you have no interest in Kinect, why are you reading this review? I'm hooked. I'll be playing this game quite a bit. Full Review »
  2. Nov 20, 2010
    10
    This game is sooo much better then most of the reviews state. the average of this games reviews should be no less then I'd say about 85.

    Reviews who reviewed this low just don't want to say the Kinect can offer awesome games. But, it can, and no you can't be a lazy person and play this game. You actually have to get up off you butt and get active. You will lose weight playing this game. I was sore for 3 days straight after getting this game, but kept comming back for another game. Don't let mediocre reviews sway your decision this game is is. Me and my friends have had a blast playing this game and so will you! If you like fun interactive games that is!!!!
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  3. Nov 16, 2010
    10
    If you don't like a bit of getting off your feet or having fun with your friends and family, then avoid this title. But, if you are planning for the upcoming holidays a get-together with family and wondered what you could do that will make all have a good time (aside from stuffing yourself) then you can't go wrong with Kinect Sports.
    I've played it alone, with my family and with friends over. Everyone - and even the skeptics - loved it, and wanted more. If you know Wii Sports (Resort) then this is at least ten times better and more enjoyable. The sports are presented in a very enjoyable way, and there are options to play with others or on Xbox Live. The mini-games are also great fun. This game is definitely a good buy for a fun night with friends and family in order to get sociable, but if you'd rather play Call of Duty: Black Ops online the whole weekend with your friends, then this title may not be your forte.
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