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Kinect Games Roundup 2014

2014 has been very mixed for Kinect unfortunately as half way through it was dealt a bit of a blow with Microsoft’s ridiculous and disappointing decision to release Kinect-less Xbox Ones, but then there were some decent Kinect games and games with some Kinect features released this year (even for Kinect for Xbox 360!) which I will roundup below.

There are 2 sections, “KINECT REQUIRED (Or fully supported but optional.)” and “BETTER WITH KINECT”, with each game listed alphabetically.  Click on each game’s name or image to go to its page where you can access all the news and information currently available, including videos and screenshots.

 

KINECT REQUIRED

(Or fully supported but optional.)

 

BOOM BALL FOR KINECT

(Xbox One. Console exclusive.)

OVERVIEW

Boom Ball is a lighthearted, full-body Kinect game that mixes tennis, Breakout and gratuitous explosions. Throw and bounce balls to smash all the cubes and blow up all the bombs in 55 different levels. Guest starring: Explosions! Portals! Multiballs! More explosions! Ducks! Join the fun and go ballistic with Boom Ball for Kinect!

 

 

 

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Mandatory full Kinect 2 controls: Motion controls that track your hands for hitting the ball, including the speed and angle (angle of hand/bat not graphically represented though), as well as tracking your body for moving left and right.

 

 

D4: DARK DREAMS DON’T DIE

(Xbox One. EXCLUSIVE.)

OVERVIEW

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is an episodic noir adventure that follows the story of a detective with the curious ability to travel back in time. He must use this power to solve his wife’s murder and then try to prevent it from occurring. The added power of Kinect enables players to use hand and voice commands for more interactive gameplay. D4 sucks the player straight into its world and connects them directly with the action and drama.

D4’s story is interwoven with charming characters who are brought to life through uniquely-designed original graphics, and the game is fully playable using the Kinect gesture controls. D4 recreates players’ movements and emotions on-screen, as if the players themselves are characters in the game. This reproduction of sensory experiences synchronizes the player with the main character, allowing for a higher level of immersion than ever before.

 

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Optional full Kinect 2 controls: Motion controls that track your hands and arms for navigation and interaction including grabbing objects and gestures for QTE actions & combat, plus head/body tracking so that you can lean left, right, back (up) and forward (down) to view from different perspectives. There are also voice commands.

 

 

DANCE CENTRAL SPOTLIGHT

(Xbox One. EXCLUSIVE.)

OVERVIEW

Dance Central Spotlight is the newest game in the award-winning Dance Central series, bringing authentic dance routines, chart-topping music, and the characters you love exclusively to the Xbox® One. With an all-new soundtrack and more than 50 songs available as add-on content at launch, more routines per song than ever before, and a 1- to 2-player dance experience tailored for the Xbox One, Dance Central Spotlight is the next generation of motion dance games. Step up for your turn in the spotlight!

 

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Mandatory full Kinect 2 controls: Full body tracking for dancing.

 

 

DISNEY FANTASIA: MUSIC EVOLVED

(Xbox One & Xbox 360. EXCLUSIVE.)

OVERVIEW

In Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved, players enter the magical realms of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice. Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved takes players on an interactive and immersive motion-controlled journey through worlds of music and magic, unleashing their creativity along the way.

 

 

KINECT 1 & 2 FEATURES

Mandatory Kinect 1 & 2 controls: Motion controls track your hands for conducting as well as interaction in the Realms, plus body tracking to move left & right in the Realms.

 

 

JUST DANCE 2015

(Xbox One & Xbox 360.)

OVERVIEW

Just Dance 2015 has the most interactive features and hottest track list yet. Here’s what’s new this year:

There are more than 100 million Just Dance players around the world and in Just Dance 2015, the community is as important as ever with the introduction of the all-new Community Remix feature. The feature allows players to record themselves dancing to songs from artists like Ellie Goulding, Pharrell Williams and Calvin Harris and share in the game. The community then votes on their favorites, which the development team will use to create remixed gameplay and ultimately bring fan footage into the game for millions of fans to dance against. Ubisoft is bringing the players into the actual game this year.

Fan-favorite features including the massive multiplayer mode World Dance Floor, video snippet creator Autodance and the sing along Karaoke feature are all back and revamped for the new game.

With more than 40 tracks, there’s quite literally something for everyone. Get “Happy” with Pharrell Williams, “Walk This Way” with Run DMC & Aerosmith or try “Holding Out for a Hero” with Bonnie Tyler’s 1980s power anthem. Whether it’s pop, hip-hop or rock you’re looking for, check out Just Dance 2015.

 

KINECT 1 & 2 FEATURES

Mandatory full Kinect 1 & 2 controls: Full body tracking for dancing.

 

 

KINECT SPORTS RIVALS

(Xbox One. EXCLUSIVE.)

OVERVIEW

“Kinect Sports Rivals” is the next generation of the best-selling Kinect franchise, “Kinect Sports,” that brings your favorite sports back in re-imagined ways, and delivers new sports and events made possible only with Xbox One’s revolutionary technology. “Kinect Sports Rivals” puts you in the game like never before, tracks your movements and expressions with incredible accuracy, and offers never-ending competition with your friends and rivals.

The all-new Kinect instantly scans and creates a stylized digital version of you, your Champion, then drops your virtual athlete into the ever-evolving world of “Kinect Sports Rivals.” Compete in a world full of competitors on one of three global teams, each with its own philosophy and playing style. As you enter into competitions with players from around the world, Xbox One uses the power of the Cloud to create an always-evolving experience that responds to how you, the champion of the game, play.

 

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Mandatory full Kinect 2 controls: Full body tracking motion controls, body & facial scanning for stylised character creation and voice commands:

  • Get in the game. “Kinect Sports Rivals” puts you in the game like never before by scanning you and stylizing an on-screen “super” version of you — a Champion you — that looks like you, learns to act like you, and competes like you against your friends, even when you’re not around, using Xbox One Living Games technology.
  • All new tech. The all-new Kinect sensor for Xbox One offers three times more fidelity and 10 times more power than its predecessor. The new Kinect fidelity and precise tracking of not only limbs, but fingers and hands, creates the most nuanced and responsive gameplay ever. You can play a variety of ways including full body, partial body and seated experiences. With “Kinect Sports Rivals,” skill is important, precision is rewarded and small movements make big impacts.

 

 

RABBIDS INVASION: THE INTERACTIVE TV SHOW

(Xbox One & Xbox 360.)

OVERVIEW

Rabbids Invasion allows kids and families to rediscover their favourite TV show through a brand new, innovative video game. While the episode is running, kids will not only watch, but use the motion camera to jump, dance, and interact with the events on screen. There are more than 400 wacky challenges to complete in 20 episodes such as Rabbids Launcher, Chicken Dance, Run Rabbid and Bwaaah-meter. For a true Rabbids invasion, the augmented reality capsules bring the Rabbids into your living room and allow you to take selfies together and capture memorable moments.

 

KINECT 1 & 2 FEATURES

Mandatory full Kinect 1 & 2 controls: Motion controls and voice commands.

 

 

SHAPE UP

(Xbox One. EXCLUSIVE.)

OVERVIEW

Shape Up combines a foundation of proven fitness methods with entertaining and rewarding workout routines displayed in a unique arcade style. Each of the three game modes keeps players engaged and motivated with quirky, points-driven fitness challenges. The Quick Play Mode features 90 second rapid-fire training bursts that turn the chore of working out into an exciting experience. These quick fitness activities include 12 practice sessions for a more intense focus on muscle building and cardio, with the guidance of in-game coaches for better efficiency. The Training Quest Mode blends those exciting challenges together into individual 4-week programs that target increasing lean body mass and reducing body fat. Each quest is designed to take gamers on an epic adventure for 45 minutes each week, and ends with a final boss battle as the ultimate workout reward.

Using the Kinect camera, players will have a head to toe image of themselves projected into the game which will aid in keeping track of their workouts and calories burned each session. The innovative online mode uses rePLAY technology to push gamers to never work out alone. After recording their activity sessions in the game, they can then be shared with friends to workout alongside each other and even challenge them to beat their highest score.

 

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Mandatory full Kinect 2 controls: Full body tracking motion controls along with 3D body scanning and video compositing to put the player in the game.

 

 

SKYDIVE: PROXIMITY FLIGHT

(Xbox 360)

OVERVIEW

Skydive: Proximity Flightis a unique wingsuit flying sim that puts you inside the suit for an amazing—and totally safe—extreme skydiving experience. With actual wingsuit flying, the suit restricts your motion, and the terrain can threaten your safety. In Skydive, your movements are completely unrestricted. Use Kinect to speed up, maneuver, and soar through the air. Learn mid-air tricks that only professional skydivers can do, or make up your own tricks alone or with friends. Lose yourself in this exciting airborne adventure with realistic graphics, precise sounds, and stunning aerial landscapes. Best of all: enjoy the intense adrenaline rush of wingsuit flying without putting yourself in any real danger!

 

KINECT FEATURES

Optional full Kinect controls: Full body tracking motion controls.

 

 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES TRAINING LAIR

(Xbox 360. EXCLUSIVE & FREE!)

OVERVIEW

Step into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle lair and train to become a ninja. In this action-packed Kinect driven experience, use your skills to complete various missions using different Ninja Turtle weapons. Unlock photo backgrounds and pose with your favourite Ninja Turtle to share photos with your friends on Facebook.

This is a promotional XBLA game, for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, that you can download on Xbox Live for free!

KINECT FEATURES

Mandatory full Kinect controls: Full body tracking motion controls plus AR (augmented reality) to put the Training Lair in your room and you in the game.

 

 

VOICE COMMANDER

(Xbox One. EXCLUSIVE. & FREE!)

OVERVIEW

Voice Commander, a Microsoft Garage project, is a fast paced, space themed, RTS and top-down shooter combo. Pick up a controller and work with Vox using voice commands to try to stop relentless attacks. Voice Commander can be played with up to eight controllers, and anyone in the room can issue voice commands.

You can download Voice Commander on Xbox Live for free! (Although it currently seems to be only available in North America.)

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Mandatory Kinect 2 controls: Voice Commander is a hybrid Kinect 2 game, so you control a spaceship with the joypad and use Kinect 2 to issue voice commands to build defences and control Vox, which appears to be an armed satellite. (Voice Commander has very basic 2D graphics so it’s hard to tell exactly what Vox is.)

 

 

BETTER WITH KINECT

 

ALIEN: ISOLATION

(Xbox One)

OVERVIEW

Discover the true meaning of fear in Alien: Isolation ™, a survival horror set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger. Fifteen years after the events of Alien™, Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda enters a desperate battle for survival, on a mission to unravel the truth behind her mother’s disappearance.

As Amanda, you will navigate through an increasingly volatile world as you find yourself confronted on all sides by a panicked, desperate population and an unpredictable, ruthless Alien.

Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.

 

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Optional Kinect 2 features: Some head tracking and it also uses Kinect 2′s microphones:

  • The head tracking is available when you hold down the left shoulder button to enter Peek Mode and as the name suggests it lets you peek around corners, over objects and look around when hiding in lockers. The head tracking works really well as it actually tracks your head movements 1:1 (well, some of them, in context) as well as body leaning, rather than just tracking leaning as gestures that trigger movement like in D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die.

  • Kinect 2′s mics are used to pick up any noises you might make while playing which will attract the Xenomorph (the Alien), so try to keep as quiet as possible when the Xenomorph is around!

 

 

DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION

(Xbox One & Xbox 360.)

OVERVIEW

A cataclysmic event plunges the land of Thedas into turmoil. Dragons darken the sky, casting a shadow over lands on the brink of chaos. Mages break into all-out war against the oppressive templars. Nations rise against one another. It falls to you and your allies to restore order as you lead the Inquisition and hunt down the agents of chaos.

Explore, lead, and battle: Tough choices define your experience, and even one decision can change the course of what’s to come.

 

KINECT 1 & 2 FEATURES

Optional Kinect 1 & 2 features: Voice commands, the majority of which are to switch characters and issue orders to the other members of your party.

 

 

FORZA HORIZON 2

(Xbox One & Xbox 360. EXCLUSIVE.)

OVERVIEW

Race through a massive wide-open world featuring dramatic weather and day-to-night cycles. Instantly connect with friends in the ultimate celebration of speed, style, and action-packed driving. Explore beautiful and exotic locations in more than 200 of the world’s greatest cars, all created with precise detail in stunning 1080p.

 

 

 

KINECT 1 & 2 FEATURES

Optional Kinect 1 & 2 features: Voice commands to control a Cortana-style digital personal assistant called ANNA. The Xbox 360 version of ANNA is a little less advanced than the Xbox One version.

As you explore the world, you’ll be able to take advantage of Horizon 2’s all-new onboard assistant ANNA. Part GPS system and part game guide, ANNA can give you directions to any spot on the Forza Horizon 2 map, including the most relevant challenge for the car you’re driving. If you’ve got a Kinect for your Xbox One, you’ll be able to control ANNA with your voice, leaving your hands free to get on with the business of collecting victories. ANNA will also make intelligent recommendations based on your progress through the game. If your friends kick off a new Online Road Trip, ANNA will alert you and offer to seamlessly connect you into their online match. At any point in the game you can ask ANNA, “What should I do next?” and she’ll reply with great options designed specifically for you.

 

 

NBA 2K15

(Xbox One.)

OVERVIEW

On the heels of NBA 2K14’s 70 Game of the Year Award Nominations, the NBA 2K franchise is the ultimate basketball simulation experience. Featuring NBA MVP Kevin Durant on the cover, NBA 2K15 hits the court with unprecedented life-like graphics, ultra-realistic NBA gameplay, and more.

 

 

 

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Optional Kinect 2 features: 3D face scanning to create a player with your own face in the “My Career” mode (more photorealistic than Kinect Sports Rivals’ stylised caricatures), plus voice commands.

 

 

PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE

(Xbox One. Was a timed exclusive.)

OVERVIEW

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare digs into the trenches with an explosive new action experience. Blast zombies, plants and new characters across a mine-blowing world that delivers the depth of a traditional online shooter blended with the refreshing humor of Plants vs. Zombies. Plus command the battlefield from Crazy Dave’s RV or Zomboss’ Blimp in Boss Mode with Kinect and Xbox SmartGlass.

 

 

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Optional Kinect 2 controls: Motion controls and voice commands in Boss Mode.

 

 

PROJECT SPARK

(Xbox One. Microsoft exclusive.)

OVERVIEW

“Project Spark” is a digital canvas where gamers can create, play and share games across Xbox One and Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets.  Play “Champion’s Quest” – our campaign mode — explore tens of thousands of user-made games, remix a game we’ve made for you, or hop right in and make your own game with our easy-to-use suite of “koding” tools.

Project Spark is a free-to-play game available for download via the Xbox One and Windows 8.1 stores.  There is also wide variety of add-on content that can be unlocked by using in-game credits earned during play, or by purchasing tokens to buy add-ons immediately.

More than one milion Project Spark creators have already logged four million hours making 70,000 game levels that invite gamers to unlock their imaginations and create and share their ideas with the world.  “Project Spark” brings creation to life and presents endless opportunities to create, play and share.

 

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Optional Kinect 2 controls & features: Performance capture, voice recording and voice commands, with possibly more to be announced in future updates.

 

 

THIEF

(Xbox One.)

OVERVIEW

Garrett, the Master Thief, steps out of the shadows into the City. In this treacherous place, where the Baron’s Watch spreads a rising tide of fear and oppression, his skills are the only things he can trust. Even the most cautious citizens and their best-guarded possessions are not safe from his reach.

As an uprising emerges, Garrett finds himself entangled in growing layers of conflict. Lead by Orion, the voice of the people, the tyrannized citizens will do everything they can to claim back the City from the Baron’s grasp. The revolution is inevitable. If Garrett doesn’t get involved, the streets will run red with blood and the City will tear itself apart.

 

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Optional Kinect 2 controls & features: Body tracking for some motion controls which let you lean left & right to peek around corners and lean forward to swoop, plus there’s noise tracking via Kinect 2’s mics to attract/distract enemies.

 

 

TOMB RAIDER: DEFINITIVE EDITION

(Xbox One.)

OVERVIEW

TOMB RAIDER®: DEFINITIVE EDITION is the character defining action-adventure where a young and inexperienced Lara Croft transforms into a hardened survivor. This fully re-built version for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One features an obsessively detailed Lara and a fully realized lifelike world.

The Definitive Edition of the award-winning action-adventure includes all of the original downloadable content, plus digital versions of the Dark Horse comic, Brady Games mini-art book and the Final Hours developer videos.

KINECT 2 FEATURES

Optional Kinect 2 controls & features: Some motion controls that let you lean to get different viewpoints during certain parts of the game as well as using your hands to pick up and examine relics, plus voice commands.

 

 

Which of these Kinect games have you bought this year and which were your favourites? What did you think of Microsoft’s decision to release Kinect-less Xbox Ones? And were you disappointed by such a small amount of Kinect games and games with Kinect features released this year? Let us know in the comments below.