Andy Robinson said: "Rare has overcome nearly all preconceptions of motion control - Rivals is responsive, accurate, deep, reliable and well integrated. It just needs the space."
To give you a taste of what other critics thought, we've rounded up a number of review scores below, along with short excerpts from the verdicts.
- CVG: 8/10 - If you want to experience Rivals at its best, you'll need to be prepared to move furniture. If you do, the game's few inconsistencies will subside, and this masterful and surprisingly deep sports package will truly begin to shine. If you don't have the space, it's probably not worth the full price.
- GamesRadar: 6/10 - Ultimately, Kinect Sports Rivals will produce some good times, but it's far from a killer app. Unfortunately, only a few of the sports are fun to play, and its long-term appeal seems firmly rooted in the novelty party game camp.
- OXM: 7/10 - Accomplished, polished and fun while it lasts, this is the most definitive proof we've seen so far that Kinect can be more than just a gimmick. That said, we're not quite at the point where we'll immediately be racing back for more.
- Eurogamer: 6/10 - For all the extra power of Kinect 2.0, and the surrounding artifice of online competition, at its best the game only equals the highs of older, more familiar games - games whose players and makers have moved on.
- Polygon: 6/10 - I went into Kinect Sports Rivals with the mindset of an over-active kid. I wanted to jump around the room, enjoy the goofy vibe and pretend to be a badass athlete. Kinect Sports Rivals feels like it's halfway there. But I spent too much time fighting the game, rather than feeling empowered by it, and the game's inconsistent controls and eye-rolling dialogue kill its momentum.
- Digital Spy: 3/5 - Despite their execution, the story and creation suites contribute to what is already a ton of content, with online leagues, challenges, unlockables and multiplayer modes. It's a package that rivals the very best party games for volume, so ultimately when the whistle blows and the action is go, there's plenty of fun to be had with Kinect Sports Rivals.
- IGN: 7.3/10 - Kinect Sports Rivals isn't the Kinect's killer app, but it comes closer than anything else I've played. The various games, aside from soccer, feel great to play and offer more control than I expected. And even though the challenge grows in later levels, I felt like I was able to maneuver through them without fighting the controls.
- The Verge: No score - The best parts of Kinect Sports Rivals are games that you've already played. It may look better and have more variety, but Rivals won't turn you on to motion controls the way Wii Sports did. Rivals tries so hard to do things that the Kinect can't quite manage yet, at least not consistently, and that makes its faults all the more glaring.
- GameSpot: 5/10 - Kinect Sports Rivals is an inconsistent collection that will get you up off the couch and moving around for a bit of mild fun, but that's about the best you can say for it.
- Destructoid: 7/10 - A solid game that definitely has an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.
- VideoGamer: No score - KSR is fun in short bursts. Any session beyond 20 minutes and you'll be frustrated by the long load times, feel self-conscious because you look like a pillock, and get bored by the lack of challenge. The tech is there. Sadly, the game isn't yet.
- ShopTo: No score - Kinect Sports Rivals is what motion sport should have been all along. It works, has well designed environments and is packed full different sports and many ways to play them. I'm not sure it's the sort of game that you'll play constantly, however if you have friends or family around and are looking for something to amuse, then Rivals certainly fits the bill.