I'm fortunate to have some great friends in the Marine Corps. I've noticed that more often than not, when one of us picks up a new toy, we can't wait to show it off to someone we work with. For that reason, when a Staff Sergeant got bored with his Kinect while waiting for Star Wars to come out, he asked if I wanted to borrow it. I've been eager to get my hands on a Kinect ever since I first heard of Project Natal, but wasn't impressed by the look of such games as Adventures, Kinectanimals,etc. My main thought was, "Man, kind of disappointing," but I can see why this would appeal to kids. However, my Staff Sergeant outranks me, so he convinced me to at least give it a try.
I'm glad he did! The Kinect takes the Wii and pretty much kicks the stuffing out of it. My nine-year-old daughter used to like the Wii until she realized that she had to be at a perfect angle in order to use it. With the Kinect, all she has to do is be near the screen! And the games are way too fun. I've played with the Fun Labs entries Kinect Me and Googly Eyes, animating a couple stuffed toys that the girls have so that I can put on a brief puppet show. And Adventures has been way too addictive! Finally, a game my wife and I can both play that also is extremely active! The final game I've tested is Dance Centralwhich is probably Harmonix's best rhythm entry to date.
I'll share more about these later, but my initial impression is that I have to get my hands on my own Kinect before my Staff Sergeant asks for his back!