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Kinect Sports: Season Two

Platform(s): Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Rare
Release Date: Oct. 25, 2011

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X360 Kinect Review - 'Kinect Sports: Season Two' Midnight Mountain Ski Pack DLC

by Brian Dumlao on Jan. 29, 2012 @ 12:30 a.m. PST

With six new sports to jump into and enjoy, Kinect Sports: Season Two pulls the whole family off the couch and turns your living room into a sports arena where intuitive, full-body gameplay and friendly competition reign supreme.

While the game was still fun, Kinect Sports: Season Two didn't capture the same magic of the first game, and that was mostly due to the included sports. Some, like darts, turned out well since no one was expecting much from them in the first place while others, like football, disappointed because of the missed potential. One thing the game did, however, was give the ability for Microsoft, Rare and BigPark to expand the game via DLC due to the nature of the included sports. We've already seen this happen with the golf DLC, which gave users new courses to play through, and we're seeing it again with the Midnight Mountain Ski Pack.

As the name implies, the pack gives you new ski races that all take place at night and feature new track layouts. Just like the original three courses, the three new ones vary in both features and difficulty. Backwood Blast is a pretty simple course that features very few curves or jumps and about 10 gates to pass through. Pitch Black throws a few more gates and turns into the course but changes the scenery a bit by putting part of the course inside a mountain cave. Finally, After Hours piles on numerous jumps on top of the turns and gates.

Just like the original courses, none of the three new ones are especially tricky to the point that you'll fail to finish any of them. You might miss a gate or two, but on lower difficulty levels, it'll take some effort to actually lose to your opponent. You'll still need to play those lower-level opponents to get to the higher-level ones, but since the courses don't change at all for opponent difficulty, you'll know these three courses well enough that it doesn't become much of a factor in terms of winning or losing.

The change from day to night adds a minimal amount of changes to the game's look. Aside from the color change to the sky, there are floodlights present throughout the course to help light up things. Due to the bright colors already being used for the game, the change in shadowing is rather minimal, but the tracks remain nice to look at with the different hue.

The only gripe you can come up with for the Midnight Mountain Ski Pack is that it doesn't add much else aside from the three nighttime courses. There are no new challenges, no new outfits, and no option to toggle day or night settings for the existing challenges. Nevertheless, the courses are laid out well enough, and it doubles your initial course set, which is good news for fans of the sport in this title. If you're still playing Kinect Sports: Season Two on occasion, grabbing this DLC pack for 400 Microsoft points ($5) isn't a bad idea.

Score: 7.0/10

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