Originally Posted by bcab17
Sorry for the newbie questions...
My son's old xbox 360 died last week, and I just ordered the new 250gb slim. I'm intrigued by the Kinect concept, but I'm not sure about it's application other than it's "controller-less".
Some friends have been touting how they've been getting in shape with their wii fitness games/programs. Is that one of the market segments that Kinect is aimed at? Is there any info about Kinect fitness/workout discs yet?
The game most people who are interested in Kinect is Dance Central. It's a dance game that doesn't need anything. No dance pad needed, no controller in the hand. You just dance the dance steps on the screen. It's a semi diverse list of music. dance tracks, hip hop, pop, old skool, etc.
Another dance game is Dance Masters which is by the same people who made the DDR games. This game looks terrible in my opinion but people who grew up on para para paradise would probably like it. The moves are very flowery (the DDR creator is really flaming gay; not that gay is bad but all the dance moves in this game reflect his dance style) with Japanese influence.
There's going to be a Michael Jackson game. so if you want to moonwalk, you now have your chance.
There is a dance/fitness game called Zumba. It's based on the dance class which is a mix of fitness moves with traditional ballroom dancing (meringue, salsa, etc.). So if you ever paid so much to do Zumba at the gym, now you can do Zumba at home.
And then there's the true fitness games.
Ubisoft has the Your Shape: Fitness Evolved game which looks pretty cool.
There's also The Biggest Loser based on the TV show. This doesn't look so good but they've barely previewed it.
There's also EA's active sport 2.0 which is the sequel to the Wii version. It's also coming to the PS3 and Wii but those games require you to strap controllers to your body. The Kinect version requires nothing but does come with a heart monitor to "justify" the exorbitant price.
There's another fitness game called get fit with Mel B (of Spice Girls). It's a timed exclusive to the PS3 (LOL) but will come to the Kinect as well.
then there's the snowboarding/skateboarding/any boarding games. Sonic on jetboards.
Adrenalin misfits. cartoon characters on jetboards.
then there's the party games, ala Wii Sports.
Kinect comes with Kinect Adventures which has 20 minigames (they've only demoed 3 so far).
another game I'm looking forward to is Child of Eden. It's a shooting game that is a spiritual successor to Rez with psychedelic visuals.
and then there's the nurturing/sandbox games. in the spirit of Tamagotchi, Nintendogs, The Sims, harvest moon, etc.
Kinectimals (you take care of various cats like lions)
With only a little over a year to make games for the Kinect (and software libraries are still constantly being adjusted), this will very much be a first gen feeling. MS is emphasizing the casual crowd and these first release games are the easiest to make in the short amount of time.
That's why I think there'll be carnage among the first gen games. like how many party sports games do people need? Or fitness games?
there's a lot of promises that Microsoft is making which sound intriguing but they won't be implemented until next year (if at all) for the most part. headtracking. voice command. games that combined gestures with a game controller.
and you can use Kinect to control your Xbox with hand gestures and voice command. that has me excited. hopefully they add the controls to Windows Media Center (which is far more important to me than the xbox dash).
Kinect is definitely not for everybody. But it is for me. I grew up on DDR, karaoke games (Singstar, Lips, Karaoke Revolution), Rock Band, Guitar Hero, etc.
if all you do is play Resistance or Halo or Gears of War or Modern Warfare or Uncharted, you definitely don't want a Kinect.
but from the games they've talked about so far, I'm definitely getting Dance Central and Child of Eden. the maybes are Zumba (I like to dance), Ubisoft's fitness game, and one of the sports party games. They've barely demoed the sports games so I have no clue which one. the trailers are very early and barely show anything.
The nervous part is they want to release in time for Christmas purchases but the developers barely had time with the development kits. It's almost November and barely any of the games have been demoed and the few that have been demoed are very limited demos. So I'm wondering if they're going to push back the release (which would be kind of devastating to miss a holiday season). Or are they holding their cards for a big advertising push.
at least retailers feel good about Kinect. preorders have been good and retailers are excited according to various industry sites like Gamasutra.