Platform: Xbox One
Release Date: August 8th, 2014
Kinect Sports Rivals is the third entry in Rare’s Kinect Sports franchise. Exclusively for Xbox One, Rivals utilizes the next generation of Kinect to allow for more precise and accurate gameplay as well as the ability to scan the player directly into the game. The robust features of Xbox One’s cloud also ensures that players are always competing against other real-life players online.
Champions: Rare’s exclusive 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.
Power-Ups: 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.
Coins and Experience Points: 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.
Level Up and Fans: 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: The new Xbox Live for Xbox One gives incredible 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.
As a child, Blake fell asleep staring at posters of Eagle Legion champions on his bedroom ceiling. They embodied everything he aspired to be: noble in victory, gracious in defeat. His rise through the ranks has been fuelled by a mighty work ethic, but the captaincy is a badge of honour that weighs heavily. With both Viper and Wolf snapping at his heels, he refuses to let the long-established Eagle Legion name lose its lustre on his watch. And he believed this duty to be his entire life… until the day Carmen signed up.
The equal of Blake’s natural sporting talent couched in an attitude that’s far more fun-loving and laid-back. Carmen shakes up her captain’s world in a way that keeps his perspective in check, and gets away with backchat that treads the line of insubordination by delivering win after win for the team without breaking a sweat. She doesn’t question Blake’s effectiveness as captain, but she also sees it as her solemn – and entertaining – duty to keep him firmly grounded.
Nobody knows sports like Coach! He’s done his time in the field and is now a seasoned expert on any event under the sun, which makes him the perfect candidate to fast-track all new competitors through their training duties. A former drill sergeant, he hustles players through the learning process with a blend of military precision, whooping motivation and irreverent feedback. Up-and-coming Champions really feel like they’ve earned any compliments that come from Coach.
Eve’s days of roaming the island, living wild and carefree are all but over; now she strives to match her father’s pace as destiny and duty bring her the challenge of leadership. She feels the clan bond as strongly as any Wolf, her skills growing by the day as she wields them with a bright-eyed determination to make her father and Wolf Clan family proud… but by her own rules. With the wisdom and experience from her travels, Eve will trigger the evolution that could never happen on Vargu’s watch.
Vargu’s achievements are the stuff of legend, earning huge respect from teammates and opponents alike. While still immensely strong and animal-fierce in competition, his place assured in a long line of Wolf Clan champions, Vargu knows that his days as leader are numbered. The towering strength of his spirit can’t overrule the physical effects of ageing forever. So to safeguard the stewardship of the Clan and the island, it’s time to set his only daughter on the path she was born to follow – all the while struggling with his own resistance to change.
Viper Network’s Captain didn’t reach her position by making friends. Her rise to power was meteoric, each victory leaving her opponents hopelessly outclassed. Failures are forced to endure her withering disapproval. Zara’s tactics may be ruthless but her results speak for themselves, and Viper Network has risen exponentially under her unwavering hand. She’s their star athlete and rock-solid figurehead, operating alongside publicity-shy CEO and stone cold tech genius Max.