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Kinect - Faddish gimmick or valuable addition

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#26 OFFLINE   RasputinAXP


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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:22 PM

I make "Casual" gamers look hard core in comparison. ... As for me, by the second day I didn't even touch the xbox. So in my opinion it will appeal to casual gamers for a limited time, at best.


So it's not your thing, and you're not really the intended audience, and you didn't care for it, so it's doomed?

Sales say the opposite.

"Belligerent and numerous."

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#27 OFFLINE   sum_random_dork



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Posted 22 November 2010 - 12:33 PM

I have now had my Kinect for a few weeks, as was said the included game is kind of boring to play but it helps teach you how Kinect really works. I think it's a great item for sports games, you are actually now more or less in the game. It keeps you moving and active. I like that it can respond to both body movement and voice commands. I hope to purchase a few more games in the coming month to play with it more. I like the fact you don't have to be holding a stick or something else to get it to repsond. I am really looking forward to some of the future launch games that have been written about.

#28 OFFLINE   papa_azteca



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Posted 15 December 2010 - 01:14 PM

We purchased the Kinect on launch day and Kinect Sports. We have since been "renting" Kinect games from Gamefly to determine which games we are getting our kids for Christmas. We have a range of gamers in our house and a range of ages. Everyone from our 4-yr-old to me enjoy the variety of titles out there. We had no issues with multiple players of varying heights (I'm 5'11" and I played along side my 4-yr-old with no issues in tracking the differences). That being said, some titles fell flat for us.

The games that were enjoyed best in our house were: Kinect Adventures (own) Kinect Sports (own), Dance Central, Joyride and Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. All of these games had great response to all shapes and sizes of player with no tracking issues.

The games we were disappointed in were: Zumba Fitness and Sonic Free Riders. Both of these games had terrible tracking issues. Zumba Fitness didn't give any feedback responses to what my daughter and wife were doing incorrectly and they got frustrated with just trying to attempt the same move over and over. They decided to do the tutorial and they seemed to get all the steps by just standing than actually moving. Sonic Free Riders didn't feel comfortable for us and felt we had to "lllleeeeaaaaannnnn" in order to control the character. Our 11 and 7-yr-olds got tired of it really quickly and these 2 games were returned within a couple of days of receiving them.

We are awaiting Kinectimals (although we think that our 4-yr-old will enjoy this one more than the other kids), Adrenalin Misfits and Dance Masters to try out before our final Christmas rush to the store.

All of this being said, we as a family, have really enjoyed the Kinect as an addition to our gaming collection. We do own a Wii and right now it is not getting any game time. I personally do enjoy the voice-command function of it and it works quite well (although our 4-yr-old thinks I have totally lost my mind by talking to our XBOX; his looks to me are priceless!). My cousin has one as well and we have tested the video chat and it works quite well and my daughter is looking forward to using this feature after Christmas when her friend in another state receives one.

We don't think that it's for everyone but we do think that everyone should give it a try. And try different games because not all games are for everyone.

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