5 Upcoming Games That Kinect Owners Should Be Excited About

Note: [All opinions expressed herein are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of GamerXChange]

It’s hard to believe that Kinect has been out for less than a year and a half, so far Microsoft’s hands free motion control add-on is exceeding everyone’s expectations and it seems to finally be hitting a stride when it comes to games as well as other features. One of the things that I personally like about Kinect is that it offers a diverse lineup of games, there really is something for every type of gamer. Even if you’re not into motion controls, Kinect offers voice controls and if Mass Effect 3 was any indication, those voice controls can come in handy. Sometimes Kinect shines the most when it’s not even a game that requires owning one. Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary, Forza Motorsport 4 and Mass Effect 3 have gone a long way in proving Kinect’s versatility.

The first year of its existence Kinect was mostly used for party games or dance games, and those are all well and good, but I think overall that people wanted a bit more from the device. This year were finally starting to see some games that make owning a Kinect a worthwhile experience, so I thought I’d put together a short little list that will include games that everyone can enjoy with Kinect. Even if you’re not into the actual motion controlled gameplay, you’ll still likely find something in this list to keep you entertained.

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1.Minecraft

There is no doubt about it, Minecraft is a worldwide phenomenon and Microsoft was smart to lock up console exclusivity, it was also a brilliant move to get the developers to include Kinect support for the game. When you think about the types of games that Kinect is compatible with, Minecraft springs to mind as one of the ones that would work best with the device. Minecraft is one of those games that transcends gaming cliches and stereotypes, everyone from every walk of life can find something creative to do with Minecraft, and playing it with Kinect looks to be a blast.

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2.Crimson Dragon

Crimson Dragon is a soon to be released Xbox Live Arcade game that requires a Kinect. If you liked the Panzer Dragoon games, than this is a game you’ll definitely be interested in buying. Crimson Dragon is the spiritual successor to Panzer Dragoon and it offers fully customizable dragons and the best part of all is that it will offer co-op gameplay and will be playable over Xbox Live. It seems to me that this one could be considered a “core” experience on the Kinect, and although the game is on rails, the original Panzer Dragoon was on rails as well. This game is another one that should transition well with Kinect controls.

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3.Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Ghost Recon Future Soldier is one of those games that I was talking about that doesn’t actually require a Kinect to play through it, the game does offer a mode that allows use of the Kinect. Gunsmith mode is a feature that is only available with Kinect, you can use hand gestures to slide through weapon components and break apart weapons and customize them to you every whim. One of the best parts about this feature is that even if your not a fan of waving your arms around to do this, you can always opt to use the voice commands instead. If your the type of gamer that likes to feel immersed in their games and shooters are your thing, than this is a game to try out with Kinect.

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4.Fable: The Journey

Early on in the Kinect’s life we didn’t see a lot of story driven games, some people thought it wasn’t really possible, but with games like Rise Of Nightmares, Haunt, Kinect Rush A Disney Pixar Adventure and even Star Wars, we see it’s both possible and easy to make games that feature a story that is on par with other non Kinect titles. Fable The Journey is set in the same world as the other Fable games, although it’s not a full on Fable release, it is supposed to offer a full on RPG experience, complete with spells and leveling up. Word is the way you treat your horse is very important and although we’ve seen little on this game, I’m really looking forward to going back into the world of Albion. Fable The Journey will have to tide me over until a proper Fable 4 is released, hopefully on the next Xbox.

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5.Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

Steel Battalion Heavy Armor is a game that will use Kinect and a standard Xbox 360 controller. From what I’ve seen of the Kinect features, it relies pretty heavily on them for a large part of the game, but you’ll also use your regular controller for certain things. I am definitely interested to see how the controls break down, as Steel Battalion games usually have quite complex controls. I’m sure many of you remember the monstrosity of a controller that came with the previous game.

One this is for certain, Kinect is offering a little something for everyone this year. So if you’re looking for a more casual experience you can go with something like Minecraft, if your more core and you’re looking for something that suits those needs, I’d say go with Steel Battalion or Fable The Journey, depending on your mood. Now if you’re not a fan of motion controls or your just looking for something added by the Kinect, then play Ghost Recon Future Solder. Either way, it’s a great time to own a Kinect and there is a lot to look forward to.

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