Kinect Sports Rivals

Platform(s): Xbox One
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Rare
Release Date: April 8, 2014 (US), April 11, 2014 (EU)

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'Kinect Sports Rivals' (XOne) Wants You To Be Competitive - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on March 17, 2014 @ 2:29 p.m. PDT

Kinect Sports Rivals brings your favorite sports back in re-imagined ways, and delivers new sports and events made possible only with Kinect.

“Kinect Sports Rivals” is built entirely from the ground up to take advantage of all that Xbox One has to offer to create a more tailored and immersive experience than was never possible before. For the first time in motion-based games, subtle movements and timing are tracked with precision – now every move you make matters and every decision is critical to secure your victory. Additionally, players have an all new way to get in the game with Champions, a stylized on-screen version of themselves that participates in each of the challenges and continues to compete with friends, even if the player isn’t there.

To take the competition to the next level, “Kinect Sports Rivals” is bringing a new level of depth to the game with the introduction of teams and captains. For the first time in franchise history, players will choose one of three epic teams, each with a unique identity, ethos, and equipment attributes that can prove valuable in competition. Each team will also provide players with gameplay tips and motivation, and will join in certain challenges to take on rivals. Led by Vargu, the members of Wolf Clan are island natives with a primal and uninhibited nature and a culture that prizes excellence. Eagle Legion is a loyal and honorable group that, under the leadership of Blake, have formalized the various events on this island and defeated countless teams in the process. Finally, Viper Network, led by Zara, is the newest addition to the island, bringing with it a crafty and ambitious drive coupled with a corporate sponsorship. Each of these teams will issue unique challenges and invite players to join their team. It’s YOU versus the world. Which team will you choose?


Rare’s scanning technology plots 86 points on your face, scans your skin color and hair color to create your Champion, an awesome, stylized version of you, to use in-game. After your face and body are scanned, your Champion will appear on screen and you will have the opportunity to customize it to look even more like you or individualize it to express yourself in a unique way. This is next-gen character creation only possible with the Xbox One.

No self-respecting Champion would enter an event unarmed – every sport has a selection of equipment that bestows a variety of Power-Ups. Some magnify your abilities, some hinder your opponents, and others protect you from attack. Remember to choose your Power-Up wisely before entering each sport, as your choice will accompany your Champion when it appears in other players’ matches, even when you aren’t online.

The only way to gain coins is by competing in events, with a higher pay-out awarded based on your final position. Compete and earn coins to be able to purchase new equipment and kits from the in-game store. Additionally, you can earn Experience Points, or XP, in each sport. The more you please the crowd, the faster you’ll break through XP levels and gain access to more prestigious items. If you accumulate enough XP, you can unlock advanced challenges, like new wake racing circuits, climbing routes, and much more.

Each of the six sports gives you the ability to level up and become an elite Champion for that sport.  As you level up, you will gain access to unique outfits and equipment. The equipment gives you more impactful Power-Ups to give you the best advantage over your rivals. Every victory you have adds to your fame, which gives you more and more fans. The fans you win over in your living room will follow you as you go online to battle for ultimate Champion glory.

Xbox Live for Xbox One gives access to Cloud-powered computing. Your Champion will play on your behalf using your skill level and your play style if you are not online. Of course, you can also play with your friends when you are both online, just like you are in the living room together.


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