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.

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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:

Kinect Adventures
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.

Fighters Uncaged
GameSpot score: 2
Mini-review: Poor motion controls and unrewarding gameplay prevent you from having any fun at all with this terrible fighting game.

Kinectimals
GameSpot score: 7.5
Mini-review: The minigames are shallow and repetitive, but Kinectimals is too lovable to stay mad at for long.

DanceMasters
GameSpot score: 6
Mini-review: Though the novel camera feature fuels some goofy fun, DanceMasters only holds lasting appeal for dedicated dance fiends.

Kinect Sports
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.

Dance Central
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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