Kinect Launches, World Still Intact

Kinect Launches, World Still Intact

Microsoft’s answer to the Wii lands today.

And if you live under a rock thick enough to have protected you from this information, let me outline it a bit for you. It’s a camera, not unlike the eye toy, that uses your body as the controller. But this is no eye toy, oh no. This camera is much more sophisticated, and  tracks what is essentially your skeleton in a 3D space, which it then uses as a controller.

Now I’m sure many of you are already dismissing this as an exercise in casualness, but let me tell you, you’re pretty much right.

I played Kinect about two weeks back at my local Kinect store, and the games they had for us to try were Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, Kinectimals, Kinect Joy Ride, and Dance Central. Now I by no means  played enough of the games to write a full review, but I will tell you that when I went back to the store a week ago, they were not nearly as fun. In fact, despite what I originally expected, some weren’t even as fun as their Wii counterparts, Kinect Sports and Kinect Joy Ride being the worst offenders. The tiger I got to play with in Kinectimals was extremely cute though, almost to the point of agony.

So yeah, Kinect launches today, and if you’ve got a spare $150, you can go pick it up if you don’t mind battling, battling your way through hoards of parents and children to get it. And you’ll have these games to look forward to once you’ve wrestled one from the grip of the once-kindly old grandmother named Mavis:

  • Kinect Adventures (Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Kinectimals (Frontier Studio/Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Kinect Joy Ride (Big Park/Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Kinect Sports (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Dance Central (MTV Games)
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft)
  • EA Sports Active 2 (EA)
  • Deca Sports Freedom (Hudson)
  • Dance Masters (Konami)
  • Adrenalin Misfits (Konami)
  • Zumba Fitness (Majesco)
  • Sonic Free Riders (Sega)
  • The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout (THQ)
  • Motion Sports (Ubisoft)
  • Game Party: In Motion (Warner Bros.)

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