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As another example of Microsoft's push to incorporate Kinect controls into hardcore games, Ubisoft showed off Ghost Recon: Future Soldier's Kinect support, which goes above and beyond simple menu navigation.
In a live demo at Microsoft's press conference, an Ubisoft rep showed off Kinect support for Future Soldier, which includes both voice and gesture controls. The first example was navigating the impressively deep customization options for guns. By swiping his hand back and forth, players can scroll through available weapons. After choosing one, you can rotate the gun in three dimensional space by moving your hands in front of you. The most impressive moment was when the rep moved his hands apart, causing all of the components of the gun to disassemble and hang in space. You can then select individual parts (there looked to be about a dozen components in each gun), swapping them in and out at will. The whole demo looked like a scene out of Minority Report, and if it works as well as it did during the demo, it should be relatively simple to customize your weapons quickly.
In the event that your arms get tired, you can also use voice commands to tweak your guns as well, by saying simple menu commands ("Next," "Select," etc.). While this functionality didn't seem very helpful, you can also switch to custom loadouts by saying commands like, "optimize for close combat." When the rep gave this simple command, the gun instantly rearranged itself into a completely different weapon. Ubisoft says the number of custom gun combinations will range in the millions.
Finally, Ubisoft showed off actual Kinect controls for gameplay. It's unclear if this is just to test fire your custom weapons or if you'll be able to play the entire game using motion controls, but the rep managed to competently aim the gun by hunching down and moving his right hand (as if he was holding the barrel), and then opening and closing his left hand to fire. I can't imagine many players will use this functionality in place of a controller, but it worked better than I would have guessed.
At the end of the demo, Ubisoft announced that all future Tom Clancy titles will utilize Kinect support in some form or another, another sign that Microsoft has bigger plans for the motion camera beyond casual Avatar games.
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The gun customization through Kinect so far seemed to be the best part. The managed to play with Kinect but that seemed like it would still be far better with a controller. It does seem that for the most part the AAA titles are adopting the kinect voice features, not sure if that justifies the price of kinect.
coolest thing kinect has shown yet, still don't want to but it yet though
i want it now with or without the kinect
I have not been a fan of previous ghost recon games but I will probably give this a shot. I think it will be cool to utilize the kintect other than to stop movies...which already makes it totally worth the buck fifty I paid
This was actually the highlight of MS' conference for me. The demo of how Kinect worked for the Gunsmith thing was awesome.
I thought the live demo went well and looked sick. Now has me considering a kinect use for this game.
im sorry but that gun customizable thing was so stupid, change the gas system... stupid, not realistic at all
I just found out my friend worked on this trailer, dope.
As long as it will feel like actually normally playing the game, all for it
i have no desire to incorporate kinect into GRFW. this was supposed to be out like a year ago it seems. uggh.
This looks awesome.
I think the kinect shooting controls will only be practical when fooling around with weapon customizations, I couldn't imaging playing campaign that way.
The gestures used to control the game sure look... convoluted. Wonder how my brain will respond to trying to correlate opening my hand to fire a rifle...
This game is going to light up COD, Battlefield, and Homefront. What Ghost Recon did is ground breaking with the gun smith application. To break apart the gun, piece by piece, this will probably cause a ripple affect to most FPS's. I'm very happy, especially that they decided to have it for the kinect and the simple controller. Good Job Clancy.
I'd like to see ME3-style voice commands on the field as well, but what this article describes sounds really cool on its own. I'm starting to wonder if I should get Kinect...