The lights are on
The days of hitting the gas to make a car's engine ignite may be numbered. In Criterion's Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Kinect can be used to turn on a car. That's right, folks. Saying "engine start" sparks your ride to life. You can also save yourself some time by hitting the freaking gas.
Another odd Kinect command is "look around." When voiced correctly, this command spins the camera around your car, a function that is also tied to the right stick. In a video posted on Xbox's YouTube page, Need for Speed: Most Wanted's producer Chris Roberts says, "Some people may forget that the right stick is how you move the camera around in the heat of the moment." Really? Wait. How do I start my car again? Uh... "Engine start!"
Kinect can also be used to navigate menus, change cars, and alter a car's chassis mid-race. The menu navigation actually looks pretty cool, allowing for menu shortcuts to be achieved through voice. The rest of the commands...yikes.
You can check out all of this game's Kinect functionality in the video below. This look ends with a "better with Kinect" comment from Roberts.
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better with kinect..... maybe just with easy drive.
This is just horrible. The only games that I've seen use the Kinect in any meaningful way is the Dance Central games. I'm pretty sure most people didn't buy it just to play those games and to tell their car to start when hitting a button does it faster.
I hate when they just shove Kinect into a game that doesn't need it at all. Saying "engine start," is much more intuitive than pressing right trigger...
OH SHOOT I FORGOTS HOW TO USE THE THUMBSTICK AGAIN SILLY ME
LOL did the guy really say you might forget that the rights stick is to look around?
The smart drive system is rather innovative and I kinda like the idea. Being a Forza/PGR realistic racing sim fan I've never really been too into the cartoony aspects of the need for speed games but depending on what this gets, I might have to pick it up.
All I ask is that Microsoft keeps kinect separate from the next gen xbox. I don't want to pay an extra 100 dollars for something I have no interest in using.
Criterion: 'Let's implement kinect controls in Most Wanted.
Designer: 'say Engine Start to turn on engine'
Criterion: 'Amazing! Innovating!'
Me: Who cares?
Huh I'd of thought head tracking in first person mode would be 10 times cooler.