June 6, 2011

E3 2011 – Microsoft- Kinect


Kinect was the biggest fea­ture at the Microsoft press event and with good rea­son. It was a huge hit over the Hol­i­day but with lit­tle fan­fare for the core gamer and with a very small library still no most have titles out­side of Dance Cen­tral. This issue they tried to address this E3. They brought out the big guns to try and declare that Kinect was for the “hard­core” and still appeal to the casu­al audi­ence they have already cap­ti­vat­ed.
After Don Mat­trick took the stage, Peter Moore for EA (fun­ny to have the for­mer Microsoft exec on a MS press­er again) took the stage to intro­duce that Kinect will be fea­tured in Tiger Woods, Mad­den, and Fifa fran­chis­es; to what extent it was not men­tioned. EA would con­tin­ue the Kinect dance with Mass Effect 3 reveal­ing its Kinect fea­tures in a live demo. Dur­ing the demo it was revealed that you will be able to choose dia­log choic­es by sim­ply speak­ing them mak­ing the con­ver­sa­tions more involved with the play­er.
Ubisoft would be the next to show off its Kinect tech with Ghost Recon: Future Sol­dier. They showed off a short trail­er for the game then moved on a new fea­ture of the game called Gun­smith, and this is where the Kinect fea­tures come to life. Gun­smith is a new weapon cus­tomiza­tion suite that gives around 20 dif­fer­ent pieces of your weapon to cus­tomize, inside and out. There are over 20 mil­lion dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions and pick­ing out the weapon that is built for you and your sit­u­a­tion is just a ges­ture away. Using Kinect you will be able to scroll through parts and weapons in a breeze while being able to have cus­tom load outs acti­vat­ed with just a few sim­ple words. At the end of the Gun­smith demo, it was announced that all future Tom Clan­cy games would have Kinect inte­gra­tion.
There were more Kinect “core” titles shown. A brief trail­er for Crytek’s Ryse, which was code named King­doms last year, shows a bru­tal first per­son fight­er set in, what looked like Rome. Forza 4 was shown and how Kinect will use head track­ing for cock­pit views. Forza 4 will be release on Octo­ber 11th. Peter Molyneux, head of Lion­head Stu­dios, came on to announce a new Kinect Fable title, Fable: The Jour­ney. The title will be out in 2012 and looks like a rail shoot­er with oth­er ele­ments, at least what I gath­ered from the demo. The PC hit, Minecraft, will be com­ing to Xbox 360 with Kinect sup­port more on a release date lat­er.
The tone would change and the fam­i­ly fun side of Kinect was shown. Kudo Tsun­o­da would take the stage to present Kinect Fun Labs; which seems like a cul­mi­na­tion of every­thing they left out at launch but in a hap­haz­ard fea­ture set.  The fun Labs will be avail­able on the dash­board to every XBL mem­ber, and as I am writ­ing this should be avail­able for you to use. (When I checked after the con­fer­ence it was nowhere to be seen) In the Fun Labs there are appli­ca­tions such as cre­at­ing avatars from a body scan, object scan­ning (they brought a stuffed ani­mal to life dur­ing the demo), and fin­ger track­ing that you can use in a Pho­to­shop like appli­ca­tion. I under­stand these are just tech demos of what the hardware/software com­bo are capa­ble of, but this is not what I had in mind for these fea­tures. I’ll let you know what I think of it when I get my hands on with Fun Labs at a lat­er date. Dis­ney­land Kinect was shown, look­ing like an inter­ac­tive tour though the theme park, kids were involved with the demo. Then Time Schaf­fer took the stage to show off his stu­dios (Dou­ble fine) take on Sesame Street in Once Upon a Mon­ster, kids were involved in that demo as well. The Star Wars Kinect game was final­ly shown and demoed. It looks to take some of the great­est chap­ters in the saga and you’ll relive them in the eyes of a gener­ic Jedi. It looked ok using ges­tures to hack and slash through bat­tle droids but the ges­tures and the ani­ma­tion just weren’t match­ing up and you have to say “light saber on” to acti­vate your weapon, real­ly? I real­ly am hop­ing for more from Lucas Arts.
Two of the Kinects hol­i­day hits are get­ting sequels, Dance Cen­tral and Kinect Sports. Dance Cen­tral 2 will have two play­ers danc­ing as well as the abil­i­ty to import the music and DLC tunes from the first game into the sequel. Kinect Sports Sea­son 2 will have more great motion con­trolled sports and will hope­ful­ly make you look less like a tool than the two guys doing the onstage demo. The sports this year will be foot­ball, base­ball, golf, ski­ing, darts, and ten­nis.
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2 comments

  1. Strider782 - June 7, 2011 2:38 pm

    Based on only what you saw dur­ing the event, would you tell some­one to buy a Kinect for what you seen? I’m kind of in that boat at the moment. I bought my Wii because I’m an avid fan of Fire Emblem. Games like Bleach and Smash Broth­ers were just bonus­es, oth­er than that my Wii col­lect­ed dust. And I actu­al­ly packed it up and put away in the clos­et a few days ago.
    The Ghost Recon does look aspect does look good, espe­cial­ly since it has that body reac­tion. Like you saw the scope slight­ly shak­ing and such from read­ing the play­ers phys­i­cal move­ments. Like you I also expect­ed lot more from a game like Star Wars. Like ol’ Scro­tus has been say­ing for a while, they need­ed to infuse Force Unleashed with Kinect. Ryse had a inter­est­ing look to it and you know that’s my kind of game, but I can’t help but ask myself the question…Do I buy it to play just one or two games that I like? So would you tell me that the Kinect is worth it based on what we saw?
    Also the two tools doing the demo­ing, weren’t as bad as the kids bad act­ing.

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  2. ScrotusKilmystr - June 10, 2011 3:24 pm

    I WANT MY KINECTS ENABLED FORCE UNLEADED DAMNIT!!!
    ok I’m bet­ter now… I see the tech inch­ing toward new and hope­ful­ly bet­ter ground but I can’t help but think we’re in for a lot of rail shoot­ers.…. I will be wait­ing for an ingame demo of ghost recon beyond gun­smith!!
    as far as buy­ing a kincets device we may have to in the near future being that the dash­board makeover 9.10.3.78.… will be geared toward using the device than the con­troller
    still not lean­ing toward the pur­chase side yet

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