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Free Content Coming To Kinect Sports And Joy Ride

More minigames and cars for your controller-free games.

It appears as if Microsoft is making an attempt to keep Kinect owners hooked on its first-party launch games for the hands-free controller. Kinect Joy Ride and Kinect Sports are both receiving DLC on the house, courtesy of Microsoft. Kinect Sports' free content is already available as of yesterday, but Joy Ride's no-cost addition will see a release a little later on January 4. 

The Kinect Sports DLC pack, the "Party Pack" as its being called, is a meaty offering that adds six new mini-games, a total of 15 "Party Play" events, more achievements, and even a new social leaderboard feature to the core game. Major Nelson whipped up this detailed list of what you'll get upon downloading:  
 


== TEASER == 

Mini Games
  • SuperStriker for Soccer lets you score as many goals as you can and avoid the boots.
  • Pinvaders for Bowling lets you stop the pins before they reach the hazard zone.
  • Rapid Runner for Track & Field lets you run the furthest distance before you run out of time.
  • Target Smash for Table Tennis lets you smash the targets to grab the score.
  • Fruit Splatter for Volleyball lets you hit the fruits while dodging the bombs.
  • King of the Ring for Boxing lets you knockout as many opponents as you can.
 
“Challenge” Feature allows you to track and compete with friends’ Mini Game scores

 
15 Party Play Events: New events variations of the original Mini Games you already love. 

 
Three new goofy mascots to use in Party Play spice up the game and include:

  • Zippy Zombie
  • Champion Chicken
  • Sportastico
   
10 achievements worth 250G keep you challenged.


The forthcoming Joy Ride offering is dubbed the "Chevrolet Car Pack," and as it outright says, it adds Chevrolet cars to the game. Hilariously, you won't be able to simply go to the Marketplace to get this pack as you normally would with DLC. According to Nelson, you'll need to click on a Chevrolet ad that pops up on the dashboard (and Xbox.com) starting on January 4. The cars you'll get as a result? The Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette, and Cruze, all of which can be used across all the game's modes.
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Posted by BradNicholson

It appears as if Microsoft is making an attempt to keep Kinect owners hooked on its first-party launch games for the hands-free controller. Kinect Joy Ride and Kinect Sports are both receiving DLC on the house, courtesy of Microsoft. Kinect Sports' free content is already available as of yesterday, but Joy Ride's no-cost addition will see a release a little later on January 4. 

The Kinect Sports DLC pack, the "Party Pack" as its being called, is a meaty offering that adds six new mini-games, a total of 15 "Party Play" events, more achievements, and even a new social leaderboard feature to the core game. Major Nelson whipped up this detailed list of what you'll get upon downloading:  
 


== TEASER == 

Mini Games
  • SuperStriker for Soccer lets you score as many goals as you can and avoid the boots.
  • Pinvaders for Bowling lets you stop the pins before they reach the hazard zone.
  • Rapid Runner for Track & Field lets you run the furthest distance before you run out of time.
  • Target Smash for Table Tennis lets you smash the targets to grab the score.
  • Fruit Splatter for Volleyball lets you hit the fruits while dodging the bombs.
  • King of the Ring for Boxing lets you knockout as many opponents as you can.
 
“Challenge” Feature allows you to track and compete with friends’ Mini Game scores

 
15 Party Play Events: New events variations of the original Mini Games you already love. 

 
Three new goofy mascots to use in Party Play spice up the game and include:

  • Zippy Zombie
  • Champion Chicken
  • Sportastico
   
10 achievements worth 250G keep you challenged.


The forthcoming Joy Ride offering is dubbed the "Chevrolet Car Pack," and as it outright says, it adds Chevrolet cars to the game. Hilariously, you won't be able to simply go to the Marketplace to get this pack as you normally would with DLC. According to Nelson, you'll need to click on a Chevrolet ad that pops up on the dashboard (and Xbox.com) starting on January 4. The cars you'll get as a result? The Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette, and Cruze, all of which can be used across all the game's modes.
Posted by CaptainCody

YAY MORE CHAIR
Posted by Moth_Pope

Nice to see these being supported.

Posted by EvilKatarn

That's nice of them

Posted by TheMartino

Well I can't disapprove of this. The party play of Kinect sports is more fun than you would expect, regardless of it just being minigames.

Posted by Vigorousjammer

really? clikcing on a chevy ad to get the cars? sounds like a dumb marketing thing.
 
The Kinect Sports thing sounds cool, though.

Posted by carlthenimrod

The Kinect Sports stuff seems interesting. I still want 100 pin bowling from WiiSports.

Posted by mrsmiley

wow i was wondering about that. got my kinect and set it up yesterday, and it actually prompted me to download the new content. i was like "wha...?" pretty cool stuff. there are at least three different ways to play each sport from what i see, which is fun.

Posted by Poki3

So where's the "Now you can control the car" DLC for Joy Ride?

Posted by BurningStickMan

I'm liking what DLC is doing this month...  lots of free releases, even for top shelf titles like AC: Brotherhood.  Then a 1 GB add-on mission for Force Unleashed 2 for $1 instead of the $10 the other "what if" scenarios went for. 
 
I like this a lot.  Don't expect free and cheap DLC to last, but I like it.
Posted by buft
I downloaded the content for kinect sports in preparation for xmas, im getting it for my kids, though the extra gamerscore will look nice on my account too.
Posted by ZombiePie

Free DLC is always a good thing.

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Posted by User_Hostile

I don't mind Kinect Sports, gotta love free DLC!

Posted by Hamz

Free DLC is never a bad thing!

Posted by AleXTanZ

 Intriguing haha Kinect sports is sweet so I shall be downloading that since its free as well 

Posted by zkins11

Free downloads?! Who can complain.  Seems like a pretty good plan to keep Kinect owners hooked and spread the word of how great it is.

Posted by RedHeadedHarpie

Completelynew to the world of actually participating in gaming , I am loving this and the other games I have.  The mini games are a blast, and they hape fine tune the skills necessary to keep from looking like a complete dolt when playing online.  I only wish all DLC was free, I'm thinking I'm going to end up working to pay  microsoft.