Kinect: A Guide to What's Hot and What's Not
With Kinect launching this week, GameSpot AU gives you the pick of the best titles for moving, shaking, bending, twisting, and dancing.
Microsoft has a lot to be pleased about at the moment, with the worldwide launch of the publisher's motion-sensing control system Kinect already making headlines after selling 1 million units globally in its first 10 days on the market.
Today, Microsoft launches the Kinect in Australia, complete with 3D depth-perception sensors, full-body control, and 15 software titles. We know that having that many games available at once can be a bit daunting, especially when dealing with a new technology. So, to make things easier, we're giving you a simple guide to the biggest Kinect games reviewed on GameSpot AU to make choosing between them easier.
Already got an Xbox 360? Then you can snap up a Kinect bundle starting today that includes a Kinect camera and Kinect Adventures for A$198. Kinect and Xbox 360 console bundles will start from A$449 and vary by retailer, so shop around.
Of the 15 Kinect titles at launch, four are from Microsoft and the rest come from third-party developers. Without further ado, here is what you can look forward to and which ones are worth your hard-earned dollars:
GameSpot score: 7
Mini-review: This motion-based minigame collection is inconsistent, but it gives you a good excuse to start leaping and scrambling around with your new Kinect.
GameSpot score: 2
Mini-review: Poor motion controls and unrewarding gameplay prevent you from having any fun at all with this terrible fighting game.
GameSpot score: 7.5
Mini-review: The minigames are shallow and repetitive, but Kinectimals is too lovable to stay mad at for long.
GameSpot score: 6
Mini-review: Though the novel camera feature fuels some goofy fun, DanceMasters only holds lasting appeal for dedicated dance fiends.
GameSpot score: 7.5
Mini-review: This motion-controlled sports collection doesn't do much for solo players, but it's fun to play with friends both locally and online.
GameSpot Score: 8.5
Mini-review: Dance Central welcomes wallflowers and hot steppers out on the dance floor with great routines and engaging visuals.
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved
GameSpot Score: 7
Mini-review: It's not the evolution the title leads you to believe, but this fitness product is a good first step at using Kinect as an exercise tool.
Sonic Free Riders
GameSpot Score: 4.5
Mini-review: Lousy controls hinder almost every attempt Sonic Free Riders makes at being a fun racing game.
Kinect Joy Ride
GameSpot Score: 6.5
Mini-review: This motion-controlled racer is fun, but it'd undoubtedly be better if you could play it with a regular controller.
For a full list of games that support the camera accessory, check out our Kinect Launch Centre here.
With such a wide diversity of review scores for the device's launch software, will you be picking up Microsoft's motion-sensing hardware? Tell us in the comments below!
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