Review of Kinect Star Wars for the Xbox 360
A few weeks ago we gave you a sneak preview of Kinect Star Wars, and now it’s time for our review.
Kinect Star Wars brings Star Wars to life like never before. Harnessing the controller-free power of Kinect for Xbox 360, Kinect Star Wars allows fans to physically hone their Jedi skills, wield the power of the Force in their hands, pilot iconic ships and vehicles, rampage as a vicious Rancor monster or even dance with iconic Star Wars characters. Using full body motions, players can live out the ultimate Star Wars fantasy to use the Force, battle with a Lightsaber and more — no controller required.
· Enter the Galaxy. True to the Star Wars you know and love, “Kinect Star Wars” brings to life the “galaxy far, far away” with stunning visuals, complete with iconic characters, vehicles, ships, Droids and much more.
· Use the Force. Drawing on iconic moments from the entire saga, “Kinect Star Wars” invites you to experience a wide variety of physical play, including harnessing the powers of the Jedi Knights with your fingertips.
· Customize your training. Experience the breadth of the Star Wars Universe as you wield a Lightsaber, train to be a Jedi Master, soar in command of a speeder bike, become a champion Podracer, wreak havoc as a rampaging Rancor, battle the Dark Side in one-on-one duels, dance for Jabba the Hutt, and much more.
· Join forces. Share the Force with friends through co-op, competitive and duel modes. Easy jump-in and out lets a second player join in instantly on the Jedi action.
Each games is different and brings it own challenges, and fun. For example it is a lot fun controlling a podracer and racing around the track using only your body, and the sheer amusement you get out of smashing up buildings and eating people as a Rancor cannot be beaten. And yes, ok, there is the Galactic Dance Off as well. It feels a little strange at first, but it’s actually quite fun, and I can certainly see the younger players enjoying that.
And the Duels of Fate levels – wow, being able to have a light sabre battle with Darth Vader himself it just fantastic. What I wouldn’t have given for this game back when I was a kid when Star Wars first came out! The gameplay within these levels is a little limited – lots of blocking, swiping and kicking, but who cares, you are fighting against Darth Vader!
I even played it in 3D (which usually I am not a fan of) but in this case the 3D works really well and really makes you feel that you in the game.
I can see the diehard Star Wars fans hating the Galactic Dance Off level – it’s a bit of fun, but I think it will be a source of contention for a while to come. You can “dance” in four different locations – Jabba’s Palace on Tattooine, Bespin’s Cloud City, Coruscant or the Death Star! I wonder if the Death Star Disco has glitter balls that look like the Death Star? The songs are Star Wars “themed” remakes of popular songs (I will let you find out for yourself as there are 15 of them). Yeah, probably enough said on that!
It took me a little while to get used to the controls – or rather get used to me being the controller, but eventually you get the hang of it. One thing to say though, as with most Kinect games, you really do need a decent amount of space to play it otherwise you find yourself constantly having to move back at really inconvenient moments in the game!
The graphics and gameplay are good and I can see a lot of time being spent playing Kinect Star Wars. Will it appeal to everyone? Maybe not, but is it fun and worth a go, yes indeed!
So are you going to buy it? If so, let us know what you think of it.
Here are some more screenshots:
And here’s one of the Galactic Dance Off level!!!