The lights are on
From the time the Kinect was first officially named until now, players have been intrigued by the concept of waving a virtual lightsaber. Today at the Microsoft press conference a demo was shown revealing an adventure through a war-ravaged Cloud City.
The beginning of the demo showed off scenes previously highlighted in the Kinect Star Wars trailer, such as pod races, speeder bike chases, hover cars, and of course lightsaber battles.
The live demonstration began with a Jedi riding a transport onto the smoldering floating city of Bespin. The goal is to save Jedi prisoners being held. The demonstrator yells "lightsaber on" to activate his radiant blade, then proceeds to flail about to hew battle droids in half. He leaps over foes, blocks blaster shots with his hand, and even uses the force to move a destroyed tank. The first time the player slowly raised his hands to move the tank (similar to Luke's attempts to save his X-Wing from the swamp on Dagoba), the force failed him. His next try succeeded, allowing the Jedi to raise the tank off the bridge and throw it into oblivion.
After more lightsaber slashing and fallen battle droids, the Jedi finds himself in the infamous carbonite chamber. Two shadowy robed figures emerge from behind the obscuring smoke, sporting dual red lightsabers. Ending the demo, an ominous Palpatine-sounding voice is heard saying "Welcome to your destiny, Jedi." Will players be able to choose between the dark and light side of the force in Kinect Star Wars?
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ohh the guy playing it on stage didn't even look like he was having fun and he is probably getting payed. Wii shovel ware welcome to kinect.
looked pretty sluggy hopefully they will continue to use kinect for star wars but improve on it
This whole demo was pretty laughable...
Gestures have no finesse. It just looked sloppy as all get out.
It looked really unresponsive and slow when it did respond. Pass.
Kit Fisto totally stole this demo. Need more of him.
Can we get videos... I'm sorry that I couldn't watch the live blog and what I did watch was rather quiet. Plus the live feed wasn't really easy to follow since the newer posts were at the bottom.
This would be the only reason I'd invest in a Kinect.
It just looked clunky and unresponsive to me.
Terrible, just terrible. Controls terrible, camera looked terrible, graphics seemed decent, but overall looks bad.
This demo was not that great. It had potential but this just looks terrible. Hopefully they can make the controls more responsive and just touch up on everything and you might have a decent game.
Dangit Microsoft, stop playing off my love of Star Wars to convince me to buy Kinect. I'm still not going to do it!