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Yep, we're going to have to get used to calling ourselves 'One' gamers, as Microsoft has announced it's next-gen console with the name Xbox One and a worldwide release date of 2013. There were no real shocks and a lot of things not discussed (always-on, second-hand etc) but at least MS managed to squeeze a few games in among all the TV talk and get us just a little bit enthused.
It’s a bit like Wii Sports only with full body Kinect controls. There, we’ve said it, and before the hardcore Nintendo fans start whinnying about a lack of originality and Microsoft and Rare following the market leader they should riddle us this: what gaming genre do you think would best suit a new motion control peripheral? Exactly, though that’s a hard angle to push once you see your Avatar in motion. Comparisons are going to be made, but there is a fundamental difference. Kinect Sports isn’t about casually waving a wand and you can’t play it while sat down eating instant noodles. It wants your entire body to get involved, your ceiling to be high and for participants to not mind that much if they accidentally kick each other in the shins. Despite some slight finesse issues, the results are exhaustingly excellent.
We’re training our children to see man-eating animals as cute little playthings now, are we? Apparently so, and very engaging and happy the results are too – even though you can use your own voice to make your Bengal tiger respond to the name ‘Hitler’. We’re probably not Kinectimals’ target audience, clearly, but even so there’s no denying its quality is so high that it offers far more than many of the other launch titles. It’s not just about tending to a virtual creature; it’s about showing what Kinect can do more than any current title can.
16:04, 20th May
ture the scene. It’s Christmas day, snow is falling all around, Cliff Richard has just left, his aftershave still hanging in the air as flakes fill his footprints, and so the kids’ attention goes to those presents lying suggestively under the tree. After an ecstasy of fumbling – ‘wow, a Kinect! Thanks Santa!’ And what’s this? It comes with a game? Good job, because it seems Santa forgot to provide any more.
16:00, 19th May
People who spend much of their time sitting on their bums playing games aren’t usually the fittest of human specimens, especially if we’re talking about the same sorts who spend their working day sat on their bums, writing about games. You know, us. Sure, we’ve played and even enjoyed the likes of Dance Dance Revolution and can stamp on buttons with expert timing that’s a little bit frightening. We’ve just never been asked to dance properly while not obscured by gloom and numbed by drink before, and the results were concerning. At least for this reviewer since his muscles are still begging for some Deep Heat. For Harmonix’s first foray outside the world of Rock Band in three years is surprisingly pleasing, invigorating, and commendable. Step up Dance Central, it seems that you are one of Kinect’s few must-have titles.
10:00, 16th May
If Kinect were a person, it would not be asked to pop around for tea very often. Why would it? When it first dropped by it gave our living space 4/10 and wasn’t at all happy until furniture had been rearranged as if it were our collective mother-in-law, constantly and vocally judging the way we live our lives. Now it’s having a prod at our bellies, and suggests that we really should dress in the most skin-tight of garments so it can have a proper look at us and make us work up a sweat that it plays back in real-time. Charming, but still, as far as ‘fitness products’ go, Your Shape is pretty damned effective, even though it lets itself down in a few key areas.
17:00, 15th May
Originally conceived as a free XBLA game but now, thanks to the Kinect prefix, available for a penny less than forty quid, Joy Ride would like you to relax because you don’t even have to worry about braking or accelerating. How very generous of it, but then it kind of also wants you to forget about steering.
Tags: Kinect Joy Ride
11:33, 15th May
Broken? It’s like trying to train Frankenstein’s monster to tap dance, once, that is, you have escaped from the pointlessness of the separate training mode, entered the main game and have escaped from yet another pointless training mode. Up your knee will rise and down it will go again, and only then will your fighter bother to follow suit as it puts on the ‘Ritz’. It’s the same for any motion you make. You move. You complete your move. The ironically named Fighters Uncaged moves and even then it’s not entirely sure what you just did, but will give it a go anyway, the big lummox that it is.
Tags: Kinect Fighters Uncaged
10:20, 13th May
We’ll get straight to the point: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows is terrible. To all intents and purposes, it’s complete tripe; a game as bland, soulless and broken as any you could have the misfortune of playing this year.
16:00, 12th May
Inevitably it had to happen, and right enough, here’s a multilayered trifle of exquisite failures in ‘sport’ form. So where do we start? How about right at the creamy top with the worst motion detection we have ever had the misfortune to encounter, wave at, and find that we’ve been taken to the wrong menu?
10:00, 12th May
You know who has had ample opportunity to try out shallow sports games that are controlled via human motion? The entire bloody planet, and for four bloody years thanks to something called the ‘Wii’ that was released by Nintendo in 2006 – you may have heard of it. Now, we get that at least one family friendly sports title would have to emerge for Kinect, but another and another and another of ever decreasing quality? What exactly is the point of muddying the water with so much guff and twaddle? Money, obviously, and a total lack of shame or integrity.
16:00, 11th May
We don’t mind admitting that of all the early Kinect games, Sonic Free Riders was among those that we wanted to work the most. Conceptually, the device and game are a good match, with the former offering gamers the chance to mimic controlling an actual hoverboard and the latter providing a sense of tempo that few other Kinect games can match.
10:00, 11th May
Kevin Rudolf, please report directly to the headmaster’s office for an unholy beating. Don’t argue, boy – you let Mindscape use your Let It Rock tune for loading screens in its Kinect game and we’ve had complaints that can only be satisfied physically.
16:00, 10th May
High energy Eurobeat dance ‘music’ has its place, and that place is in a rocket full of angry wasps that’s being launched into the sun. There’s not a single track in Konami’s Kinect incarnation of Dance Dance Revolution that doesn’t make us want to climb a tall building with a high-powered rifle slung over our shoulder.
12:00, 10th May
Although Microsoft’s own Kinect stuff has generally been pretty handy so far, the same can’t really be said about the third-party offerings for the all-new sensor. But although the bulk of such titles seem to be either cynical knock-offs of existing first-party titles or well-meaning but horribly broken efforts, there are the odd few that work reasonably well – Crossboard 7 being a good case in point.
11:24, 18th Apr
Surprisingly, this is nothing to do with taking on the enviable role of Alan Carr dressed up in black pyjamas, lurking in shadows and waiting for the right moment to lacerate a celebrity with a throwing star. It’s about chopping fruit, as a ninja, for points – and we’ve got previous experience with it because it’s an iPhone and iPad game that we’ve played on trains, in the way that God intended.
Tags: Fruit Ninja Kinect
14:25, 16th Apr
It’s a telling – and some may say damning – comment on the state of gaming that the biggest games of 2011 have all been threequels. Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Gears 3, Deus Ex, Uncharted 3, Killzone 3… and 2012 isn’t shaping up much differently, with the likes of Mass Effect 3, Diablo III and BioShock Infinite. Factor in sequels of any denomination – Arkham City, Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Elder Scrolls V – and it’s a sad condemnation of the industry’s lack of originality.
16:45, 22nd Mar
It’s not often that we get outwardly uppity about other magazine’s scores or opinions. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, after all, and we’re sure that a couple of ours in this issue might raise some eyebrows among our competitors. Still, when we saw the official Xbox mag’s appraisal that Kinect Rush is “the best Pixar game to date, by a country mile” (not to mention the 8/10 score), it really rubbed us up the wrong way.
11:01, 21st Mar
Thanks to leaked images of the Xbox Durango XDK, we know that the new console requires Kinect to work, only plays installed games and is “Always On, Always Connected” – does that mean the dreaded DRM?
15:29, 19th Mar
You know the story. “Lightsabers!” was everyone’s first thought when Kinect was unveiled and, sure enough, Kinect Star Wars was one of the very first Kinect games announced. Sadly it was a massive disappointment when we played it last year, causing Microsoft to yank it from its planned Christmas release for some serious fine-tuning. So, five months and one re-released 3D Star Wars movie later, what’s the verdict?
Tags: Kinect Star Wars
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