While football may not live up to its potential, darts is almost unplayable and requires a lot of fine-tuning with the Kinect sensor to get it running in a reasonable manner. The object of darts is simple: Take your score from 501 to zero before your opponent. The problem with darts in Kinect Sports Season Two is that the sensor has a hard time determining where a particular throw is intended to go. In too many situations, a shot that is meant to go to the lower-right side ends up landing on the upper-left side of the dartboard. A game like darts requires accuracy to win; thus, having to fight with the sensor to line up the proper shot results in the greatest degree of frustration.
As for modes, a concern with Kinect Sports last year was that you needed to play with others either online or in the same room to get the most out of the game. While Season Two still features both local and online play, a new mode called Challenge Play gives you the opportunity to play with friends without having them online or available at any given moment.
Challenge Play allows to you play a number of different games and sports, then submit your score to a friend and have him or her try to better it. Every sport, with the exception of football, gives you the opportunity to challenge others. In tennis, you have Smash Alley, which has you hitting tennis balls at mascots on the court and trying to amass the highest score before a timer runs out. With skiing and golf, you can submit your score/time on a particular course and see if a friend can do better. Because it doesn't require both participants to be online at the same time, Challenge Play makes competing with friends a much bigger and more convenient part of the Kinect Sports experience. You can send a number of different challenges to friends, and they can either accept or reject the challenge when they wish.
Among the other additions to Season Two is the ability to issue voice commands. Navigating through menus by stating what you see onscreen makes getting to your sport of choice a much simpler affair. Voice commands are also implemented in a few of the sports, with football taking the most advantage of the feature. Not only can you select your plays verbally, but you can also hike the ball by command and even issue an audible at the line of scrimmage if you see a weakness in the defense. Outside of the problems with darts and gripes about the lack of options in football, there is bound to be a sport here that will keep you and others occupied for long periods of time. While the single-player side of things hasn't seen much of an improvement, if you have friends to submit challenges to through Challenge Play, then there is bound to be a lot of smack talk. Kinect Sports Season Two might not offer a huge change over last year, but it is still a fun experience for Kinect owners.