Dan: I invited a mini focus group around last weekend to playtest the Kinect software and hardware. Much to my surprise, Joy Ride was one of the games the group (comprised of gamers and nongamers alike) was most interested in. For those who have not followed every Kinect development detail, just the concept of air-steering a car with your hands seems like a very natural way to use the technology. The game itself is well-done, but like almost all Kinect games, takes too long to get into actual playtime.
Scott: Driving a racing game with no physical controls can get a little taxing, but Microsoft's Kinect version of Mario Kart is actually a lot of fun to play, provided you relax your perfectionist tendencies. Various modes, including a clever stunt track, offer a relaxing arcade-style experience, more so than any other Kinect launch game. Virtual air-steering also makes for one of the most impressive ways to show off the futuristic capabilities of the Kinect.
November 3, 2010 9:00 PM PDT
Photo by: Microsoft
| Caption by: Dan Ackerman, Scott Stein
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