Two games will be on sale through the Kinect Central hub on the Xbox in the coming weeks. As of right now until September 24th Dragon’s Lair is 50 percent off of its normal $10 price point which means it can be had for 400 Microsoft Points or $5. Next week, September 25th to October 1st, Kinect fans can pick up a Kinect Star Wars Snow Rancor for 80 Microsoft Points or $1 which is 50 percent off of its normal price. This little piece of DLC allows players to use a Snow Rancor in Rancor Mode rather than the regular one from The Return of Jedi that Luke encounters. There is also avatar gear available now for fans of the upcoming game: Fable: The Journey. Links for the products can be found below.
Kinect Star Wars Archive
My poor Kinect is at this moment sitting with its head down, looking all depressed. It and I haven’t played together in over a month. Every once and a while it’ll look up at me as a walk by, but then go back into “sad mode” once I pass. (Okay, so technically it’s trying to calibrate to someone standing in front of it) I’ll have to dust the poor guy before I play with him next time.
To be fair, it’s not because I don’t want to. I was thoroughly enjoying my playthrough of Kinect Star Wars, and I recently purchased Forza Motorsport 4. I’m interested to try the Kinect features there. Nope, it’s due to having a new baby. He’s still on oxygen and monitors, having been born a preemie, so my wife camps with him on the living room couch, surrounded by tubes and cords. (Don’t worry, he’s fine, it’s just a precaution) That being said getting opportunities to play are few and far between. When I do it’s usually shorter stents, so I typically play XBLA games.
I can’t wait until I can buddy back up with my Kinect, who I shall name George. George looks cute, like a body-less WALL-E up there on the entertainment center. He’s my fitness coach, and I need to get back to the gym.
So, anyone else suffering from Kinect Separation Anxiety?
We may have given Kinect Star Wars a skip it rating in our review but a demo of the game has been released to convince all those turned away by low review scores. The description doesn’t reveal what modes are part of the demo so it will be a fun surprise for everyone. This really does give the game another shot and getting gamers convinced to pick it up. The link to the marketplace will be provided below.
So last time we talked I was on a mission to eliminate soda from my intake for three weeks straight. Well, my wife had our little baby boy seven weeks early and it threw a majorly wonderful wrench in our plans.
I did fairly well, though. It was on day 5 of week 3 when he was born, and though I wasn’t perfect I did cut my soda intake down to a third of what it was–that is until my son was born.
When a child is born sleep is at a premium. You might average four hours each night, and it’s broken sleep at that. So for about 10 days I survived on my old friend Mountain Dew. I’ve since dropped my intake back down, however and even though I wasn’t perfect I feel like my experiment was a success.
As far as exercising with Kinect goes I’ve been doing as much as I can when I can. Even though the critics have been rather tough on Kinect Star Wars (including our own Andy Tran’s review) I find that it’s great for being active. I don’t dare try the Dance Central knockoff mode, but flailing my arms like a Jedi with a lightsaber or rampaging like a Rancor is loads of fun and keeps me moving constantly. Podracing is also a lot of fun, but my arms get tired quickly. You have to hold them straight out to race, and the races are fairly long. I’m not the only one, either. My sister and her teenage son were wore out by it, too. I’m pretty sure by the time I can finish a longer, three lap race I’ll have huge arms. I highly recommend it if you’re a Star Wars fan, especially if you find it on sale. You have to be able to laugh at Star Wars and not take it too seriously, but it’s loads of fun.
The above image is courtesy of my talented sister-in-law.
Kinect Star Wars is developed by LucasArts and Terminal Reality and published by Microsoft Studios. It was released on April 3 2012, and retails for $49.99 MSRP.
Kinect: Star Wars is another title that takes a big step in the right direction to showcase the Kinect’s capabilities in living rooms. But be warned – if you’re hoping to get into the shoes of a Jedi as a grown adult – this isn’t the one for you. The podracing and dancing are interesting modes to say the least, but once you start the game you realize it’s made for a younger demographic.
Story mode puts you in the shoes of a Jedi padawan and takes place during the Clone Wars. You follow a Jedi Master and experience their journey through memorable Star Wars moments like speeder bike chases, and a Death Star attack. The other modes are: Rancor Rampage, Galactic Dance Off, and Duels of Fate. One of the most memorable modes is Podracing; it pits you against other racers in a mode called Destiny which gives a back story to all the racing going on. Just don’t play it for an extended period of time or your arms will get tired.
Brisk announced yesterday that it is teaming up with Kinect Star Wars. During the months of April, May, and June consumers can buy one liter bottles of Brisk that feature R2-D2 and C-3PO on the bottles. These limited edition versions of Brisk will only be available at participating 7-Elevens. In addition to the great art there will also be a special M-Tag on the label. This will allow gamers to unlock the exclusive Anakin Podracer in Kinect Star Wars. The tag will be redeemed by scanning it through the Kinect. In case the art of our favorite droids isn’t enough to recognize the bottle it will also be equipped with a gold cap. All in all sounds like a pretty good deal, we drink a great iced tea and get a sweet podracer too.
Just in case the image of Han Solo shakin’ his groove thang wasn’t forever burned into your skull by our harrowing look into Cloud City’s night life, we wanted to throw out a gentle reminder that Kinect Star Wars released today. With reactions pouring in from around the internet, initial responses have been a bit underwhelming. Hopefully with a big name game like this we will get a demo soon. Of course, there is one uncontested success arising from the partnership between LucasArts and Microsoft, the totally awesome looking Kinect Star Wars Limited Edition Bundle. If you’d like to take the plunge on the game, you can find it on Amazon here, or reel it in with an Xbox as part of the bundle.
Most people know that there is a dancing mini game in Kinect Star Wars, although when it was first shown off some people actually took it as a joke. With the game releasing tomorrow some videos have hit the internet of full songs being performed, and let us just say… Actually no, you’re going to have to see it for yourself.
Granted, these videos may have made you hit your head multiple times against any object you could find, blunt or sharp. We can’t pass judgement on this game mode quite yet though. It could actually be fun and it looks as though LucasArts took the time to make it look polished and come up with unique parodies of popular songs. And hey, maybe all that carbonite messed with Han’s head and he actually loves dancing now.
With the Kinect Star Wars launch one week away otherwise known as April 3rd, Microsoft has released the final trailer for the game. No new information can really be gleaned from the trailer minus seeing the Star Wars Xbox in action and that apparently people like to play Star Wars at work with big smiles on their faces with or without Kinect. The rancor sequences, pod races, and co-op lightsaber battles are all shown. Oddly the dancing mechanic is left out of the entire trailer. With the game’s release so soon we can’t wait to get it in our hands.
A new Kinect Star Wars video unleashes more footage of all the playable modes. A combination of a trailer and a detailed overview of what’s to expect in the game, this new trailer gives some insight into what the modes entail. Check out the video below to get a further glimpse into what’s arriving on the Kinect April 3rd.