OXCGN’s Kinect Review: Does Microsoft Successfully Kinect the Dots?

"Let’s take a moment to reflect on the spectacle that was E3 2009 and try to remember one Steven Spielberg who so elegantly walked onto the stage and summed up Microsoft’s Kinect (Project Natal as it was known then) in one simple sentence,

“It’s not about reinventing the wheel; it’s about no wheel at all.”

Coming from the man who brought us such great movies as the Indiana Jones trilogy, Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, and Jurassic Park, just to name a few, was all I needed to be convinced that Kinect was not only going to be Microsoft’s entrance into the casual gaming market but also a chance to bring something new to the table, driving innovation as well as competition."

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BadCircuit2953d ago (Edited 2953d ago )

Right now the games for the Kinect might not be the best but I think that the hardware has the potential for great games.

XboxOZ3602953d ago

I suppose it depends on what you want out of these styles of games. As the reviewer points out, they are more for the family, and those simply looking for some fun with friends in the lounge room etc, rather than those who are used to gaming.

They are a much hard group to satisfy - sadly.

Bigpappy2953d ago

Or he hasn't played the retail version enough. You do level up in those sports, and it does get more competative as you do. It is a slow process to get to higher levels. So far I am a pro boxer (Have not losted) but I am not yet a champion. I am also a pro bowler with a high score of 284. You have to bowl over 200 to beat the pro-opponents. So that part he got wrong. I also do not notice any lag is selestin options. They make you stay on the option for a few seconds so you don't select thing un-intentionally.

XboxOZ3602953d ago

The games were all pre-release, and given to him about 6-4 weeks prior to launch, so I'd say most were pre-release code.

I've heard good things about the other games, with some getting more praise than I thought or expected, which is good.

Death24942952d ago (Edited 2952d ago )

said it best and most people would agree. I'm all with for moving the industry forward but people seem to be buying it more for the potential it has than it's actual functionality. I'll be impressed when we see those ideas in physical form, but until then it's just a shiny webcam.

Proeliator2953d ago

I'm still not sold, but it is quite an interesting technology.

gaminoz2953d ago

Yeah...I'll wait until there is some decent software. It has huge potential, but it seems nobody has gone beyond Wii stuff yet.

Belgavion2953d ago

I'm picking Kinect up this week and just hoping it works in my small living area!

Godem2953d ago

When AAA games start to implement kinect I might consider buying one, but until then, im happy controller the dashboard with my standard controller

XboxOZ3602953d ago

I'm not the social gamer, so the current game line-up is not mt style, but I do see the huge potential this has, as does Move for its audience.

With Wii's drop in popularity over the last 6 months, while still selling strong, it is slipping, these two new kids on the block could just rather nicely this holiday season.