Kinect Sports: Season Two
The BAFTA award-winning Season Two of our controller-free party-starter ratchets up the fun with six new sports. Golf! Darts! Baseball! Skiing! Tennis! American Football! All delivered in a reassuringly slick package bursting with new treats such as voice control and Challenge Play. Not to mention a wealth of downloadable add-on content!
Kinect Sports: Season Two
One of the top Kinect launch titles comes back for a second swing, with a brand new slate of six events in Kinect Sports: Season Two, co-developed by Rare and BigPark and launched in October 2011, a single year after its precedessor.
The new sports have been selected through a combination of practicality and in-depth research: by popular demand, Golf, American Football, Tennis, Baseball, Skiing and Darts are all there for the playing at launch. A full schedule of trade shows and events throughout the year gave these sports plenty of exposure following the demos of Golf and American Football at E3 2011. Turning the spotlight on Tennis and Darts at August's huge European Gamescom show was the second big step in attracting that coverage, with Baseball subsequently showcased at PAX and Skiing at the Tokyo Game Show.
Anyone stepping up to play Kinect Sports: Season Two can expect the polished, gesture-based, full-body gameplay provided in the original three million-selling Kinect Sports, with a raft of new features and improvements such as voice control interwoven throughout the sports and menus, Xbox LIVE Challenge Play across all events to keep those rivalries alight even when one of you is offline, a Quick Play mode for maximum same-room multiplayer involvement, and big advances in the precision and versatility of Kinect tracking. Plus more Peter Dickson! We've been busy alright.
Season Two launched in October 2011, with a programme of downloadable add-on content (both free and paid) extending through to Spring 2012. We hope the game gives you as much pleasure as we had making it, and lasts you at least twice as long. Here's to a second year of family holiday living room sporting shenanigans.
- Platforms: Kinect for Xbox 360
- Genre: Sports
- Developer: Rare/BigPark
- Released: 2011-10-25
- Game Rating: US: E | EU: 3+
- Players 1-4
- Kinect sensor required
- In-game avatar
- User generated content
- Activity level: active
- In-game voice control
Further game coverage
- April '13 Web Roundup
- January '13 News Roundup
- December '12 News Roundup
- Kinect Sports Gems: The Second Wave
- November '12 News Roundup
- Fast to the Fun with Kinect Sports Gems
- October '12 News Roundup
- September '12 News Roundup
- Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection Out Now
- Kinect Sports: Season Two Joins Games on Demand
Kinect Sports: Season Two Media
Kinect Sports Ultimate Collection Trailer
Season Two All Access Pass Trailer
Season Two Basketball Challenge
Season Two Challenge Pack #2 Trailer
Season Two Maple Lakes Trailer
Season Two Midnight Mountain Trailer
Season Two Challenge Pack #1 Trailer
Kinect Sports: Season Two Depth Trailer
Kinect Sports: Season Two Launch Trailer
Kinect Sports: Season Two at TGS
Kinect Sports: Season Two at PAX
Kinect Sports: Season Two at Gamescom
Kinect Sports: Season Two Announce Trailer
Kinect Sports: Season Two Montage
Anyone for golf? The answer will always be "yes!" once you've tried your hand at the nine holes of the Maple Lakes golf course. It's classic turn-taking stroke play as up to four players drive, chip and putt their way to the flag – or you can return to the hole of your choice and try for your personal best.
With authentic gestures and pinpoint accuracy, darts has never looked better than at the glittering 180 Arena! Up to four players step up to prove they've got steady hands and quick wits to clear their 501-point tally. Glory awaits the first player to check out and win the game!
It's game night at Galaxy Park, the Kinect Sports baseball field, and you're up! Experience the thrills of pitching, catching and batting – then take on a friend's team in a simultaneous two-player showdown that'll echo all the way to the pros!
The sparkling snow and breathtaking scenery may wow the crowd, but you'll need all your concentration to master the two hazardous slalom runs on each of the three dazzling courses. Take risks to shave off seconds as you hurtle over huge jumps and aim for big air while speeding to the end of a thrilling simultaneous race!
Smash Gardens is the place to dazzle your friends as you smash, serve and slam lightning-fast tennis balls over the net. Build up momentum in a two-player, simultaneous rally of skill and timing – then rush the net to send your opponent reeling and claim that final point!
Take the spotlight as Kinect Sports: Season Two makes you a football superstar. Kick, sack, pass and catch your way to a show-stopping touchdown with intense plays and hard-hitting action. Whether you're playing alone or butting heads with a friend in stunning simultaneous play, your team will always be there to back you up – just go easy on the showboating!
"From the moment the game begins, Kinect Sports: Season Two exhibits a level of care and polish — in its clean, attractive graphics, in its innocuous but appropriate licensed soundtrack, and in its supreme approachability — that many players may associate more with Nintendo than Microsoft. Simply put, Rare and BigPark have delivered a world class casual sports game that easily competes with the best in the genre." – Game Rant
"As the successor to one of the Kinect's most popular titles, Kinect Sports: Season Two is well placed to convince the public that there have been many improvements in Microsoft Studios' motion control based gaming, but more than importantly it proves to be an enjoyable gaming experience in its own right." – Electronic Theatre
"We'd go as far to say Kinect Sports: Season Two is the defining party sports game for the Xbox 360. Said it. It's out there. Can't take it back." – DIY
"As much as we loved the original, there was a feeling that it would take another year before we really got the Kinect Sports game we all hoped for. Thankfully, that gut instinct has proven to be entirely correct; Kinect Sports: Season Two is bigger, bolder and even more enjoyable than its illustrious forerunner, making it arguably the title of choice for Kinect players this holiday season." – Kinectaku
"The sports in Kinect Sports: Season 2 are mostly well realised and a lot of fun to play. It's by no means flawless, but if all you're after is a knockabout experience in front of the TV, it more than suffices." – CVG
"The fact that most of the featured events are so easy to pick up and play make so much sense to even non-gamers, really helping to exemplify what Kinect is all about. Now with voice control and even less barriers between the player and the sport, you really ARE the controller, more than ever before." – God is a Geek
"It's the little touches that make the big differences, such as the ability to pull faces behind an opponent in darts or trigger off-putting cow bells in a ski slalom. Rare have nailed the art of creating a package more fun than self-consciously silly. In fact, it's a Rare treat." – The Mirror
"This title seems like a great fit for the family as the game modes are easy enough for anyone to play, but offer enough of a challenge for those looking for it. Plus, the achievement list is intriguing and, like the first, there are avatar awards a plenty to unlock." – G4
"Kinect Sports Season 2 isn't a super authentic recreation of sports, but that isn't really what this series is about. No matter who you are you'll likely have fun messing about with what's on offer here, especially if you're in the company of friends." – Videogamer.com
"All in all, Kinect Sports: Season Two is a worthy successor to the first — and easily the premiere casual Kinect experience." – EGMNOW
"Having yet another quality casual title in my library that I can enjoy with my family and friends (can't wait to play my mom in tennis at Thanksgiving) that features intuitive voice commands with enjoyable, new sports to experience leaves little to gripe about." – GamePro
"Let your guard down long enough and you'll soon find you've lost hours flailing away to the game's genuine charms." – Tech Digest
"Kinect Sports was great fun, and Kinect Sports: Season Two not only matches that fun, but ups the ante, makes it easier to enjoy, and embraces a crisper, cleaner tracking capability too." – Pocket-lint
"For a renewed sense of wonder about Kinect, simply play this game. In exactly the same fashion as last year, Rare is at the cutting edge of what the device is capable of and as a result Kinect Sports Season 2 is, yet again, an essential sports game." – Official Xbox Magazine UK
"As a casual game to play with family and friends, it can't be beat. While it isn't the most engrossing and intense competitive simulation, it's still a great party game, and a great presentation of what Kinect gaming is capable of. If that's what you're looking for, Kinect Sports: Season 2 certainly delivers more than anything else in the current Kinect lineup." – Neowin
"As far as I was concerned, Microsoft had dethroned Nintendo as the family-friendly sports/party game champ. Now Kinect Sports Season Two is here, and happily I can say that it is just as fun as its predecessor, without feeling like the same old routine, just rehashed." – Game Focus
"There's nuance and depth here that goes beyond most people's preconceptions of what motion gaming is about, and yet the game never loses sight of the fact that anybody should be able to get up, have a try and have fun doing so. The sad part is that more studios aren't using the technology to this standard." – Eurogamer
"And it's just great to have the fella [Peter Dickson] be the commentator for the Kinect Sports series – his perfectly pitched voice and tone ripping the p*** out of you when you've inevitably failed at one of the six sports included in Season Two is a joyous comfort." – DIY