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Microsoft Announces New Games With Kinect Capability

7 Jun

Last year was the year of Kinect for Xbox 360. This year companies deliver games that can be powered by the hands-free technology.

“For Xbox, games have always been at the heart of who we are: the world’s biggest blockbusters, enduring stories from the world’s best storytellers and innovative entertainment experiences that you can’t find anywhere else,” said Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios. “Whether it’s Kinect games like ‘Kinect Star Wars’ and ‘Kinect: Disneyland Adventures,’ or the latest installments of our most acclaimed and anticipated exclusive franchises like ‘Gears of War 3’ and ‘Halo 4,’ our existing fans, and new ones alike, will find something here to delight them and their families.”

  • “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” (Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games). The best-selling first-person action series of all time returns with the epic sequel to the record-setting, blockbuster phenomenon “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.”
  • “Dance Central 2” (Harmonix Music Systems Inc., Microsoft Studios). Following up to the best-selling dance game for Kinect, Harmonix expands the full-body dance game universe with “Dance Central 2,” which provides new multiplayer experiences and all-new routines set to an unstoppable soundtrack, featuring Usher, Rihanna, La Roux, Nicki Minaj,Montell Jordan and more. Meet the crews and dance collaboratively with friends in Perform It! or challenge them to a simultaneous head-to-head Dance Battle to determine dance floor supremacy.
  • “Fable: The Journey” (Lionhead Studios, Microsoft Studios).Set five years after the events of “Fable III,” “Journey” takes you on a magical journey with only your loyal horse at your reins, Theresa, the mysterious seer of “Fable III,” by your side, and a malevolent evil to defeat before it claims all of Albion. With the power of Kinect for Xbox 360, craft and control magic in a way that can’t be done with a controller. “Fable: The Journey” draws players deep into the action and adventure of the “Fable” franchise like never before.
  • “Forza Motorsport 4” (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios). The highest-rated racing franchise of this generation returns, delivering the most expansive and vividly realistic automotive experience across any console. With genre-defining controller-based racing, game-changing Kinect experiences, such as head tracking, and new social features that connect players in ways no other racing game can, “Forza Motorsport 4” is transforming the racing category.
  • “Gears of War 3” (Epic Games, Microsoft Studios). “Gears of War 3” wraps up the ambitious trilogy starring Marcus Fenix and Delta Squad. With civilization in ruins, Delta Squad must wage brutal war on two fronts in order to save their world. “Gears of War 3” continues to innovate with new multiplayer experiences on Xbox LIVE,* including the genre-defining cooperative campaign mode and the return of five-player Horde mode. Surpassing more than 1 million copies pre-sold to date, “Gears of War 3” hits store shelves on Sept. 20, 2011, worldwide, except for Japan, where copies go on sale Sept. 22, 2011.
  • “Halo 4” (343 Industries, Microsoft Studios). “Halo 4” is the next blockbuster installment in the iconic franchise that’s shaped entertainment history and defined a decade of gaming. Set in the aftermath of “Halo 3,” Master Chief returns to confront his own destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe. A new trilogy begins when “Halo 4” releases in 2012.
  • “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” (343 Industries/Microsoft Studios, Saber Interactive, Certain Affinity). Created in celebration of the 10th anniversary of one of the most beloved franchises in gaming history, “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” is a spectacularly re-mastered version of the original “Halo” campaign, bundled with some of the most beloved multiplayer maps in “Halo” history reimagined for Xbox LIVE.* Releasing only on Xbox 360 on Nov. 15, 2011, “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” will include a bounty of new features, including cooperative play over Xbox LIVE, new challenges and new fiction to uncover.
  • “Kinect Sports: Season Two” (Rare, Big Park Games, Microsoft Studios). The sequel to last year’s No. 1 hit for Kinect is back with more full-body action, featuring six new sports: American football, golf, baseball, winter skiing, darts and tennis. Whether you want to go for a hole-in-one in golf, throw a Hail Mary touchdown pass in American football or compete against a friend during a few sets of tennis, “Kinect Sports: Season Two” has something to appeal to everyone.
  • “Kinect Star Wars” (Terminal Reality, LucasArts/Microsoft Studios).Drawing on iconic action from many of the “Star Wars” major motion pictures, “Kinect Star Wars” allows to you to physically experience training and battling as a Jedi, using the Force and battling with a lightsaber like never before, thanks to the full-body recognition of Kinect.
  • “Kinect: Disneyland Adventures” (Frontier Developments Ltd., Microsoft Studios). This holiday, Disney Interactive Studios and Kinect for Xbox 360 invite you to take a journey where stories come to life and dreams come true — right in your living room. With “Kinect: Disneyland Adventures,” the first title coming out of a licensing agreement between Microsoft Studios and Disney Interactive Studios, children, parents and Disney fans can explore Disneyland park — from Main Street U.S.A. to Critter Country — joining Peter Pan to battle Captain Hook, high-fiving Mickey Mouse or hugging Snow White using their full bodies and voices, no controller required.
  • “Mass Effect 3” (BioWare, Electronic Arts). The galactic war has begun. An ancient alien race known only as the “Reapers” has launched an all-out invasion of the galaxy, leaving nothing but a trail of destruction in their wake. Earth has been taken, the universe is on the verge of total annihilation, and you, as Commander Shepard, are the only one who can stop them. Whether you are playing with a controller or through new voice recognition technology made exclusively for Kinect on Xbox 360, “Mass Effect 3” allows you to immerse yourself in the Mass Effect universe like never before, as you decide how to rally the forces of the galaxy in a game that will react to each decision you make.
  • “Minecraft” (Mojang, Microsoft Studios). Known for its limitless possibilities, “Minecraft” will come to life this winter in a whole new way through the magic of Kinect and also feature cross-functionality between the PC and Xbox 360 versions.
  • “Ryse” (Crytek, Microsoft Studios). Be the warrior in this cinematic, visceral, action-packed experience that brings ancient Rome to life through the stunning visuals and innovative gameplay that Crytek is famous for. “Ryse” defines what’s next on Xbox 360 by creating a truly immersive experience that only Kinect can enable.
  • “Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster” (Double Fine Productions, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment). Join your favorite Sesame Street characters Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar and Grover, and friendly new monsters in a colorful and whimsical storybook adventure filled with learning, discovery and fun. Each chapter is full of life lessons, including friendship, sharing and teamwork. “Once Upon A Monster” features co-op game play so kids can play alone, with each other or with Mom or Dad in this controller-free gaming experience only on Kinect.
  • “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Future Soldier” (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft). Welcome to the U.S. Special Forces’ most legendary unit, the Ghosts. Equipped with the most advanced combat technology, track down high-value targets in eight spectacular locales around the world in the latest chapter of the celebrated “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon” franchise. Teamwork is key, whether it is fighting alongside your teammates in the campaign, Elite Co-op, or multiplayer modes. With the magic of Kinect’s body tracking and voice recognition, a special mode called “Gunsmith” will allow gamers to customize their weapons into more than 20 million variations in a way that simply can’t be done with a controller alone.
  • “Tomb Raider” (Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix Europe). Experience the intense and gritty origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, start at the beginning of where the “Tomb Raider” adventure all began.
  • UFC.**UFC on Xbox LIVE drops you dead center into the octagon, with live pay-per-view events in full HD and exclusive live event experiences. Launching this fall, UFC on Xbox LIVE is the ultimate fan destination with pre-fight coverage and a deep catalogue of past fights to put you closer to the action than ever.





Wipeout Lovers: Activision and ABC Have Teamed Up to Create New Kinect Game

24 Apr

For all you daredevils who wish you could give the Wipeout course a real run for its money, you can, only you’ll be in your own home and running, ducking, dodging and wiping out controller-free.

While the Wipeout game franchise is already on the market, you’ll now be able to run through the obstacle course without having to use a controller.

Called Wipeout In the Zone and slated for a summer release you will be able to go through 30 unique obstacles. The show hosts John Anderson, John Henson and co-host Jill Wagner will also provide voice and commentary for the game.

SEGA’s First Kinect Game: Sonic Free Riders

21 Jun

My daughters absolutely love playing Mario on the Wii. I can only imagine how much they will love playing Sonic Free Riders on Kinect!

Right now we are solely a Wii family, but now we will definitely have to buy the XBox 360 with Kinect when it is available in November.

Sonic Free Riders will allow gamers to play in either single or multiplayer races and pick up objects and launch to win the race.

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EA Sports Active 2 is Currently in Development for Kinect

19 Jun

There are a lot of moms out there who love EA Sports Active. It has helped tons of people lose weight in a fun way, including me! And, with the economy still being in the dumps, it allows people to work out, get fit and not have to pay for a gym membership or even brave the elements to lose weight.

EA Sports Active 2 is currently available on the Wii, of course. Come winter it will also be available on Microsoft Kinect and has a MRSP of $99!

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Microsoft Kinect Pushes Limits on Motion Control

15 Jun

I have had my fair share of fun and games with the Wii. And, of course, my daughters love it! The Wii has single-handedly ushered in more moms into the gaming arena than ever before, but now there is another gaming console that is sure to make even more mothers perk up and pay attention: Microsoft’s Kinect. After all, most of Microsoft’s promo videos for Kinect have moms in them. They know we spend money and hold the purse strings on the household budget!

Built on XBox 360 you will now no longer have to use a device for motion control like using the Nintendo Wii and Sony’s new Playstation Move. Your body is the controller. Take a look!

While I didn’t attend E3, it is important to note some of the early reactions to Kinect. USA Today said is was the real deal, but PC World said it’s a bit laggy and PC Mag called it a gimmick. We won’t be able to let you know for sure until we try it out and that might not be until November. Sigh.

Microsoft’s Kinect will hit store shelves on November 4, just in time for holiday spending.

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