The Last Word: Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Kinect's launch week brought with it a bevy of reviews, previews, news headlines, and video offerings.

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This week something strange was afoot at the GameSpot offices. Inside preview rooms and even in cubicles, editors were dancing with abandon, throwing virtual bowling balls, and petting imaginary tiger cubs.

Kinect in the wild.

Don't worry, readers--staffers here weren't experiencing a mass hallucination. This week saw the debut of the Kinect, the motion-sensing system that plucked players off of their posteriors and instead had them flailing their limbs like tasered news anchors.

GameSpot covered the peripheral's debut from all angles, including reviews of Dance Central, Kinect Sports, and Kinectimals. Find out more in the full Kinect coverage below.

THE LAST WORD: November 1-5

NEW RELEASES
Shippin' Out Oct. 31-Nov. 6: Kinect, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, GoldenEye, James Bond: Blood Stone
God of War Collection, Ghost of Sparta crush PSN
Street Slam dunks Virtual Console

FEATURES
Curious about Microsoft's new motion control system, Kinect? The GameSpot editors share some of their initial thoughts about the system, its games, and how it works in our Gut Reactions feature. We also give a breakdown of the setup process for the camera that includes details on ideal lighting as well as how far you should be standing from the camera for optimal tracking conditions.
Gut Reactions: Kinect
Konnecting with Kinect

NEWS
Earningspalooza continued at the GameSpot Newsdesk this week, with the latest financials from THQ, EA, Activision Blizzard, Konami, Namco Bandai, and Square Enix. Other notable headlines included the launch of the fall Xbox 360 update, which brought editable Netflix queues, ESPN channels, Kinect connectivity, and more to Microsoft's console. Polyphony Digital head Kazunori Yamauchi said that Gran Turismo 5 has finally gone gold and that work on Gran Turismo 6 is already under way. Then there was the not-so-small matter of the PSP2's existence being confirmed by a loose-lipped EA executive and NBA Elite 11 being canceled outright.
Xbox 360 fall dashboard update goes live
Sony executive hints at gaming phone
Bejeweled 3 shimmering on Dec. 7
PS3 getting exclusive Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood DLC
BlizzCon attendee to appear in Cataclysm
250GB Xbox 360 holiday bundle packs in Alan Wake, Forza 3
Microsoft explains Xbox Live price hike
US Supreme Court appears split on California game law
Namco Bandai cuts 90 jobs in US - Report
NBA Elite 11 canceled
EA posts loss, Medal of Honor sells 2 million
PSP2's existence confirmed - Report
Kinect has problems recognizing dark-skinned users
Okamiden stylizing DS March 15
Microsoft ups Kinect estimate to 5 million
THQ posts $47 million loss
Starcraft II sells 3M, Activision Blizzard reports $51M profit
Call of Duty FPS confirmed for late 2011
Konami profits surge 73% on slightly higher sales
Gran Turismo 5 release date "soon," GT6 already in development
ZeniMax buys Starbreeze founder's new studio - Report
Square Enix six-month earnings falter
Namco Bandai trims first-half losses

PREVIEWS
The week in previews was dominated by an EA Studio Showcase in London, where the GameSpot UK office saw several upcoming games from the Redwood Shores-based publisher. On the list were new looks at Medal of Honor's upcoming DLC, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, Crysis 2 multiplayer, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. And toward the end of the week once the team was done with all those EA stories, the UK office also had a look at Test Drive Unlimited 2.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 Hands-On
Medal of Honor Clean Sweep and Hot Zone DLC Hands-On
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam Hands-On
Crysis 2 Updated Multiplayer Hands-On
Star Wars: The Old Republic Impressions: Warzones and Crafting

REVIEWS
November is always a busy and exciting month for the reviews team, and this one is no exception. Call of Duty: Black Ops is coming next week, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit aren't far off, and this week Microsoft's new Kinect hardware arrived on store shelves alongside around a dozen launch titles. Reviews for a handful of those Kinect games are already up on the site, and the team is working hard to get the rest covered as soon as possible. Expect several of those to hit next week, and be sure to check out any of this week's reviews that you might have missed:
Bloody Good Time (X360) Review
Dance Central (X360) Review
Dead Space Ignition (PS3, X360) Review
GoldenEye 007 (Wii) Review
Haunted House (X360) Review
Invizimals (PSP) Review
James Bond 007: Blood Stone (PC, PS3, X360) Review
Kinectimals (X360) Review
Kinect Sports (X360) Review
Lucha Libre AAA: Heroes del Ring (PS3, X360) Review
Pinball FX 2 (X360) Review
Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (Wii) Review
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II (Wii) Review
The Fight: Lights Out (PS3) Review

VIDEO
The Microsoft Kinect for the Xbox 360 was released this week, and the GameSpot Live team worked hard to bring the latest video reviews. Justin Calvert took a stab at Kinect Sports, Kevin VanOrd got cuddly with Kinectimals, and Chris Watters got jiggy with it in Dance Central. GameSpot also brought a double dose of Bond with James Bond 007: Blood Stone and GoldenEye 007 for the Wii. Today On the Spot featured games like Dead Space 2, Fallout: New Vegas, The Fight: Lights Out, and more! Rounding out this week's coverage, we had a Now Playing episode featuring Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer.
Kinect Sports Video Review
Kinectimals Video Review
Dance Central Video Review
GoldenEye 007 Video Review
James Bond 007: Blood Stone Video Review
GameSpot Presents: Now Playing - Call of Duty: Black Ops

Discussion

62 comments
udmatador
udmatador

bottom line: kinect is, for right now, a great family game night accessory. nothing more. you show me a reason to buy kinect (like when steel batallion comes out). i've seen the games coming out and im really unimpressed at this time. further more KUDO IS A MORON who presented the kinect like it was gods gift to gaming. honestly though, the technology IS a good start to motion controlled gaming, but eff man....we need buttons....the sony move is trying to come out with games that are beyond casual, but they're not giving us anything to write home about either. lets all go over to the GT5 launch center a bicker about GT5 vs. Forza....at least there were not debating against a technology that hasn't matured or even been given enough thought yet.

DDR_Midian
DDR_Midian

@HUNTER-VENOM Sony whore? Son, I've got over 50 games for the 360. I buy all consoles and sometimes one of them just drops the ball when it comes to a hardware release, this time it's MS with Kinect. I'm not basing my opinion on Move on myth, I OWN one and I've played games with it. The technology genuinely IS amazing, and given the accuracy and response time, makes for much more intuitive and natural motion gaming.

orestes1981
orestes1981

I see a bunch of Kinects on eBay. I bet people thought it would be super popular. Heh heh heh.

noturfangirl
noturfangirl

Most of the kinects are on ebay right now. It isn't selling and staying in people's homes, and for good reason. After about 20 mins playing it with my friends, it got boring just like the wii and move.

calvegas04
calvegas04

I work at Best Buy and we are sold out of the Kinect by itself but have way to many bundles no one is buying them. The move seems to be moving very well, I would say it is selling more now than the first few weeks of the launch. Over all from the demos I would say the Move is a better product.

bboysleepy32
bboysleepy32

@DDr__Midian The Move got a higher rating than the Kinect on IGN, just to back up your point.

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

The Last word? Gamespot, you got that from Birth by Sleep.

Knutte79
Knutte79

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XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

@DDR_Midian Wow, your so not a Playstation Fanboy. You know I have an opinion too. You can't just get pissed because I said Kinetic looks better than Playstation Move.

Calum947
Calum947

Im in no hurry to pick it up, however I've seen many people play it and it looks fantastic - possibly something I may pick up in the future.. the misses definitely wants one!

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@DDR Midian, I don't think either Move or Kinect are going to be doing things perfectly, not yet anyways. Should we expect it to? Especially with the new tech. I played the Move, and yes it is very responsive, or accurate, but the overall games I've played on it weren't that captivating. I'm sure though, that both these devices will eventually pop out a few hits off those machines. Also , have you played or had a chance to mess around with Kinect? If not, it may be a little too early to judge it.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I agree with punanisher, which I'm not really into the motion gaming stuff, and is the reason I haven't invested in the Wii yet, but the Kinect does offer me a few things that I do find appealing. Voice recognition and the ability to recognize the user is a pretty neat feature. I am also looking forward to navigating the menus hands free, especially once they get the games up and running on the ESPN feature that's now available. I'm sure a lot of the games for the Kinect will be shovelware, but I also believe there will be a few good titles, and therefore I will have to be forking out some loot before the holidays, unless I can't find one! I know a lot of people are hating on Kinect , but I think it is rather interesting, and it shouldn't come as a shock to anyone that both Sony, and Microsoft were going to try to emulate the Wii, and rake in some of that $$ that Nintendo was. So, I hope it succeeds to a extent, but not to the point where my preferred, sit my fat @ss on my sofa and wiggle my thumbs, are phased out.

punanisher
punanisher

I don't care for motion controls but my wife wants the Kinect for Christmas. While I personally believe it is overpriced and not that spectacular, it is selling like crazy. Today alone, I went to 2 Best Buys and 2 Gamestops. All sold out (except the system bundles). One of the Best Buys had a demo tent set up with the Move and Kinect. Lets just say one side had a huge line while the other was empty.

HUNTER-VENOM
HUNTER-VENOM

@DDR_Midian depends on the game and developers behind the game because not all Move games are "perfect" or Moves functions. Sounds like your a Sony whore and just listen to what they say and not with the end result such as "The Fight: Lights Out" yeah but hey! sense Sony's Move "response time is amazing, the accuracy is amazing, the fact it has buttons... is amazing" the game should work right? Move doesn't do anything "perfectly" ether 3.0 on IGN buddy lol. Everyone knows Kinect isn't perfect from the reviews but it's playable and a lot of it's games wont make you throw it against the wall and that's good because they can keep improving.

Triton
Triton

Problem is all the Nursing Homes and VFW / bars already have the Wii. So big N has already hit the non-gamer market. Been months since I have fire up my Wii. Still play my 360 all the time and my PS3 sometimes. Just not in any hurry to buy. But thats just me...

DDR_Midian
DDR_Midian

@XboxGuy1537 Yeah not biased at all. Try being a gamer instead of a MS whore. The Move response time is amazing, the accuracy is amazing, the fact it has buttons... is amazing. Kinect is a clever bit of tech, but it just doesn't do anything perfectly.

tequilasunriser
tequilasunriser

@PseudoElite Thanks for typing 3 paragraphs to inform me that my opinion was, in fact, an opinion. Derp.

Saije
Saije

@atc-fanatic Alas... If people followed that wisdom the world would be a silent place indeed. Very silent.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I'm not in any real hurry to pick up a kinect

zzamaro
zzamaro

@PandaBear86 I don't own Move or kinect but problem here is that after reading several reviews, kinect is not what microsoft promised, it has limitations like games, it's slower to navigate through the dashboard than using a X360 control and you need a lot space, it's not just one website, many websites said this. Just like move, launch titles are really bad and those don't make kinect worth the price. And we don't to try those games, many of those games is not what we want to play. Games for us, not just casuals, will make kinect a worth purchase.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Kinect looks sooo much better than Move.

inferno394
inferno394

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mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I'm still waiting for the DS James Bond reviews. It got two James Bond games, I want to know if they're any good. Even IGN hasn't reviewed them.

Rikudo-Pein
Rikudo-Pein

@atc-fanatic There are always Negative people, just ignore them.

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

Kinect had games at launch, Move has still virtually no game...

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

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PseudoElite
PseudoElite

@tequilasunriser You're wrong, my first comment wasn't directed at you and the fact that you think it was just shows how self-conceited you are. It was a general statement referring to the army of angry people who somehow seem to find their way to every single Kinect or Move related article to flame it (as they have here). The fact that you think you are the next authority on video games is laughable, telling people what is hip and not and what is hardcore and not. Newsflash: No one but yourself really takes your opinions seriously, you really think customers are going to buy or not buy the product based on a clueless post? I also love how you assume that you are right because you "own all systems and hate them all equally in favor of your PC". Why buy them then? Let's all take advice from somebody who wasted $1k of his parents' money on systems he dislikes. Oh let's not forget this is the internet, so he CAN'T be lying. The verdict so far from reviews on different websites (not from my own personal experience because I do not own a Kinect) is that it's a good piece of technology that has a lot of potential based on how good its software will be in the near future, regardless of your biased and baseless opinion. PS: I'm not gonna waste any more of my time on an obvious troll like you, so flame away because that's all you know how to do, I won't be checking back.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

What I really get annoyed about is that these TIME OF FLIGHT camers are NOTHING new and MS has not even come up with the tech. but every news stroy never gets into that. Its always MS new tech is going to change the world. This new gesture tech will bring the future soon. -_- Sony can, and I think will NEXT gen incorporate the same TIME OF FLIGHT tech with its MOVE controlers.

atc-fanatic
atc-fanatic

i dont get why some of you come here just to critcise! if you hate ms&kinect dont respond why is it that every1 that says they own and like kinect get all thumbs down. and the people who bash and hate high5 each other and thumb each other up. i dont plan on ever gettin kinect my stepson plays the 360 exclusively in our home. and im the ps3 exclusive player. but after reading the bitter ps3 fans trollin out the hate im ashamed to be a ps3 fan. didnt you're mothers ever teach you. if you dont have anything good to say then dont say anything!!!

PandaBear86
PandaBear86

I bet you $50 that most of the people that hate Kinect havent even TRIED playing a single game on it. They just love to complain. Makes me laugh whenever people slam the PlayStation Move. I had the Move since launch day and I love it, it actually works perfectly and all the haters are wrong about it. I bet the same is true for Kinect.

iloveyourface
iloveyourface

if the sweater comes with it, i'll buy 10 of them.

phatmatt030
phatmatt030

tequilasunriser what do you mean you don't consider those hardcore games?

StArDr1fTeR
StArDr1fTeR

I know the Kinect isn't anything new. Its a bit of everything that has already come out.... but I could not help myself after seeing it being used at a Best Buy. Yes, got it for the holidays. Its a pretty neat device. I think everyone should at least give it a try.

Knutte79
Knutte79

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nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

i had a blast playing kinect adventures today. gonna play it with the wife tomorrow. kinect does everything microsoft said it would. i have no problems with voice commands, face recognition, or the body and hand tracking. i dont really see any lag either my self with your body movement versus when your avatar does it on screen. i love the device. now if tuesday would get here faster so i can get my hands on cod black ops. after seeing that 1 hr long thing gamespot just had on the MP, it looks the multiplayer is WAY better than that crappy MW2 multiplayer.

monson21502
monson21502

i played the dance central demo tonite and my gf laughed so hard she was crying :(

monson21502
monson21502

@PseudoElite, that was a good one :lol:

monson21502
monson21502

kinect even got gamespot alot of internet hits i bet. behold the power of the kinect!!!!

blasterchief
blasterchief

@inferno394 That was a terrible article and you should be ashamed for posting it.

tequilasunriser
tequilasunriser

@Gelugon_baat If you've ever used an eyetoy you'd now that Kinect is a glorified eyetoy. If you've used a gyroscopic air mouse you'd know that the Wii's motion controls are nothing new. The Playstation Move? Combine eyetoy with Wii motion controls. Simple as that. Maybe hearing that takes away some of the magic surrounding those pieces of hardware, but it's all been done. Of course a lot of these technologies have been improved over time, but such is life with all technology. All I was saying is that none of these motion controls are revolutionary, and of the three Kinect has been executed the worst.

killa32130
killa32130

Kinect works, i've had blast with it so far and the only people that dislike it have not tried it. Online alone is great, don't put something down if you've never tried it to it's full extent.

tequilasunriser
tequilasunriser

@phatmatt030 "I play hardcore games. I play the cod and halo games." :lol: Mainstream of the mainstream, my friend. There is nothing hardcore about those games.

VVhiteVVolf
VVhiteVVolf

I have a wait and see attitude towards Kinect. While I'm not really interested in any of the launch titles except maybe Dance Central, thats not enough to justify buying it for that one game. I just like having the precision you get with a controller when playing games and from what I've seen so far, these games are just not the type of gameplay that interests me. Maybe when games like Project Draco, Rise of Nightmares, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor and Child of Eden come out I will give it a shot. Hopefully developers will make more games to attract XBOX 360 core gamers instead of what we are seeing at launch.