“Dead Space 3” Is Better With Kinect
EA Games has unveiled a new promo video, showcasing off the features available on Dead Space 3 when playing with Kinect.
As the video shows, players can use Kinect to perform basic gameplay commands in order to have a more fluid playing experience.
Most notable, however, is that Dead Space 3 is the first game to feature co-op specific game commands, meaning there are multiplayer-specific commands such as “give partner ammo” — something which will certainly make facing hordes of necromorphs with a friend all the more easier.
Dead Space 3 is set for a February 5, 2012, release.
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Oh dear. I can’t tell whether I should be excited or worried.
In a recent interview with CVG, Dead Space 3’s executive producer Steve Papoutsis said, “We actually have some commands that people will need to figure out. But there are commands where you might be in a certain situation and you might yell a specific expletive and it might behave in a way that you want it to. We definitely have done some things there…”
Sounds…interesting? And strange. I mean the Kinect is great for games like Dance Central 3. The motion controls aren’t perfect, but they do a good job overall. While the Kinect’s microphone is amazing, voice commands integrated in games do not really add much. It is a cute feature (I did enjoy shouting commands to my squad members in Mass Effect 3, despite my parents thinking I was insane…), but did it really add anything substantial to the game? Not really.
Could it be different for Dead Space 3? Possibly, we will have to wait and see.
12:52 - Fable: The Journey is using Kinect. Looks fun - I wanna shoot fireballs at my enemies!
12:54 - I missed the guy’s name, but he’s right - Xbox does get the best games. ^^ (fans of other consoles, please don’t kill me!)
12:55 - GEARS OF WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Looks epic as usual…BAIRD! <3 But what happened to Marcus?
Well, comes up in 2013. Can’t wait to see where Gears of War: Judgment is going. That was way too vague and short!
12:56 - Nice dubstep! Some new racing game is being previewed, could it be…? Yep, Forza Horizon. October 23rd, 2012!
12:57 - Entertainment update! So, we can search shows by genre by fall using Kinect + Bing. 12 additional countries are being added as well, so more language variety!
12:59 - Welcome Nickelodeon, Paramount Movies, Machinima, and Videos (Spanish tv) to the Xbox family!
1:01 - Microsoft’s portfolio of sports is growing - NBA is being added with highlights and live games. And next season NHL is also being added. Replays, live games, whatever you want. ESPN is also getting an upgrade - 24/7 live programming events. Sports fans, I’m sure you’re all jizzing yourselves right now. Pardon my French. XD
1:03 - Live preview of all that was just said! I wish I liked sports so I could feel as excited as the crowd…
1:04 - MUSIC TIME! Xbox Music is going to have a huge library, not just for the Xbox, but for Microsoft PCs, phones, tablets, etc. And cue video preview…
1:05 - I do like that share option. I can stalk what my friends are listening to! ^^
1:06 - More announcements for Kinect. Looks like a fitness preview…
1:08 - “If you have a body, you’re an athlete.” I like that, Nike. They’re partnering with Xbox to make Kinect Training. If you want a hardcore exercise method, this is it.
And this will be me.
So a few days ago I watched a trailer for Kinect support for the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. A bit cheesy, I’ll admit (I’m a huge dork and probably will use the Kinect to use shouts), but it could make the game a bit more fun. The quick save and load commands are a nice touch, and you don’t have to always pause your game to switch weapons or powers. Also if you have a hard time finding stuff on your map, saying where you need to go and having the map find it for you is really cool. I don’t know, many gamers are saying it is a bit useless considering there are still plenty of bugs that need fixing, but I approve nonetheless.
Mass Effect 3 won’t be available for another few weeks, but those of us with the Kinect can start prepping our vocal cords for the voice commands! Check out this set of commands released by EA.
Game Informer does make a good point - there haven’t been very many good games available for either accessory (rated above an 8 by GI), and when given the option to use a regular controller vs. motion controlling, most people go the traditional route. On top of that, big title games such as BioShock Infinite and Mass Effect 3 will incorporate these controls into their games, but that’s not why people are excited for those games. So the question is: will the Kinect and the Move really make much of an impact on gaming, or is this just a fad? What have your experiences been with either?
Side note: I’m finally getting a Kinect for Christmas - yes, I caved. But I’m actually really excited to use it for some games, like for giving out commands to my squad in Mass Effect 3 verbally!
Microsoft’s latest announcement may be of interest to folks looking for gift ideas or anyone who has been waiting for the perfect time to buy a new Xbox 360. The two new bundles revealed on Major Nelson’s blog are tailored to different types of gamers: those who like a some motion in their gaming, and those who enjoy shooting aliens and leveling up.
One bundle includes a 250 GB Xbox 360, Halo: Reach, Fable III, and three months of Xbox Live Gold for $299. The other also has a 250 GB 360 and three months of Xbox Live Gold, but swaps out the core games with a Kinect, Kinect Adventures, and Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do.