Product Type: Microsoft game controllers
Newest Review: ... up but takes time. They do provide you with a smiley face on a card to help calibrate your Kinect but this doesn't help the fact that it m... more
Great idea but will it work in practice
Member Name: Red51
Date: 04/09/11, updated on 02/10/12 (30 review reads)
Advantages: fun, keep fit, good for family / parties
Disadvantages: lack of games
We went out an bought this on the day it was released full of anticipation. The Kinect Adventures which comes with it is a good starter to get you introduced to the way this works.
The sensor picks up a number of parts of your body and moves the character on the screen accordingly. I also like the idea of auto face recognition, however this doesnt always work.
Ok to have two player on the screen you do need to have quite a large living room, I think you've got to be about 2-3m away from the sensor, which is only just in our living room without us falling on the sofa. There have been a large number of instances where flailing arms have hit each other.
However, the range of games is very limited at the moment. Its great for keep fit / sporty games & for me 2 month after having my baby I was back in my size 10 skinny jeans, so it works! I am more of a RPG / Story / free roam gamer and as far as I can see there are no games like this yet. Starwars is due to come out soon, but looking at the previews it does seem to be very on rails, and the Sonic demo we tried was terrible! I think it will take time for the game makers to really get to grips with this new technology and create games to utilise this properly.
Summary: Good idea but game makers need to make proper games using this technology
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