The Kinect is a revolutionary piece of technology but it is going to take a while for developers to get the best out of it. So far Kinect Sports and Dance Central have been good whereas Motion Sports has been pretty dire.
I really was hoping for more from Deca Sports as the game on the Wii isn’t that bad.
Deca Sports is a sports compilation that quite a few unique sports that you don’t often see on a sports game (although Sony’s Sport Champions does a pretty decent job with a few of these games).The initial excitement soon turn into major disappointment as you grapple with the awkward controls and realize that the makers really haven’t got the best out of the Kinect.
You have quite a decent choice of games (even though you’ll probably not play all of them often): There are ten sports to choose from in the package: Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Archery, Kendo, Mogul Skiing, Figure Skating, Dodge Ball, Snowboard Cross, Paintball and Boxing. You can play them on your own, with an opponent (locally and online).
While the actual games do a good job of emulating the actual sport, the problem I found was that trying to get your onscreen avatar to actually do what you wanted is pretty difficult at times. Archery and Figure Skating as perhaps the least frustrating, but the problem I found was that when you tried to do some of the more varied moves the lag really becomes a problem, and often due to the complexity the Kinect simply did the wrong move – this was really frustrating and not a great advertisement for the Kinect.
The game does look great though, and as you find yourself failing in event after event at least you can admire the scenery. The character animations are generally good to, so it really is a surprise that a quality looking game doesn’t deliver.
I must admit that I am surprised by the lack of control – Kinect Sports did a fantastic job, but this is now the second sports game that has really disappointed. It’s hard to decide whether to blame the Kinect or the makers of the game for trying to get too complicated – it also shows a potentially problematic future for the Kinect as the more complex action games come on board – how will they deal with the potential control problem?
Deca Sports Freedom is a poorly executed game, that features some decent graphics but aside from Archery really delivers no playability whatsoever. The implementation in Sony’s Champion Sports is far more effective and playable.
This game is definately not worth the price you have to pay for it, and I doubt it’s worth it when on discount – if you can get it for less tha $5 then that’s a good price if only because of the archery.