The lights are on
Kinect Adventures is an action-themed minigame collection set to launch with the unit this fall. One of its games, Rally Ball, was demoed at last E3 when the device was first announced. It was called Ricochet then, but it's pretty much the same game.
Two of the other games we saw had similar mechanics to one another, though there were enough differences to keep most folks from crying foul. In River Rush, two players stand in a raft and work together to pick up the A icons scattered throughout the winding rapids. To succeed, players have to communicate early and often--branching paths require some forethought, and moving targets require particularly skilled coordination. Expect to say (or hear) things like, "Left left left LEFT LEFT LEFT!" and "Ugh!" frequently.
Another game used a splitscreen and let two players race on a platform. Players have to jump over hurdles, lean away from obstacles, and duck to avoid bonking your Avatar's noggin on low beams. Jumping in place makes the platform move faster along its rail, though
it's harder to collect those A icons when you're moving quickly.
Finally, Rally Ball gives players a chance to swat at balls and blast targets that are at the end of a hallway. Do well and you can get multiple balls going. It can get pretty hectic, trying to kick and punch multiple targets.
There are supposed to be three more games in the collection, but Microsoft isn't talking about what they might be at this time. Unless the remaining ones are absolutely amazing, this looks like a case where success is dependent on pricing. The games are cute and relatively fun, but they don't seem deep enough to stay interesting for a long stretch. One thing's for sure: We'll have to wait to see what happens.
Email the author Jeff Cork, or follow on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Game Informer.
Honestly, the Kinect is starting to look kinda fun.
Yeah, E3 kind of took me off the fence a bit for Kinect...although I like the name Natal better.
Despite how simple this looks, it still looks to be pretty fun.
PROTIP: Pick up Romancing the Stone at Target for $5 and jump up and down while watching it. Save yourself $145.
I like Natal more than Kinect
Kinect = Wii + HD + the inability to cheat the system - controller clutter.
I'm definitely getting it when it comes out, I foresee great times with my kids without the usual controller issues (syncing, kids getting tired and pretend to run by shaking the wii remote while sitting down, wii board inaccuracies, dropped controllers, etc)
Win/Win for me and the family for sure.
im more interested in the interactivity then the games themselves. i want my xbox to welcom me into the room!
What Kinect seems to be is a way for Microsft to jump into the casual gaming market and drive sales of the 360. It's a smart marketing campaign essentially to take sales away from Nintendo.
Man I'm too out of shape for all of these games, I better hit the gym if I want to keep playing these games!
Ki "meh" ct
seems like they are trying to get us to spaz around our living rooms
I'm seriously hoping that they find a way to use Kinect (I agree with those that prefer Natal) for more adult games. I'd love to see them use this for a full bodied fighting game, where your movements throw the kicks and punches. Imagine that on head to head!
I don't think $150 is that bad a price. I mean, think about it.
It practically comes with the equivalent of two controllers, each worth $50.
It has an entirely new interface.
It has precise motion and voice control.
It has chat software, which also allows watching movies with friends.
It is a video camera for recording in full RGB color.
It comes bundled with 6 games.
Personally, I think that all adds up to at least $150 in value. It might be expensive, but that doesn't mean it's overpriced.
I'm not impressed with Kinect at all yet.
Suddenly the human race has returned to an age of acting like apes and orangutans.
...back to the articles about the REAL games...
How 'bout that dancing game from Harmonix? Could you imagine how ridiculously hilarious and embarrassing people would look trying to do the dance moves on screen.
Kinect, while a stupid name, could prove useful, especially for the menu interface.
do not care about the kinect
Left left left LEFT LEFT LEFT!
Sounds like fun.