Video Game Reviews | Kinect Star Wars: Instant Hit or Miss?

Posted on Mar 27 2012 - 12:36am by Dan Adcock

Kinect Star Wars is trying to bring the Star Wars Universe to life like never before. Harnessing the controller-free power of Kinect for Xbox 360, Kinect Star Wars allows fans to physically experience training as a Jedi, using the Force and battling with a lightsaber. Using full body motions, will players live out the ultimate Star Wars fantasy or a gaming nightmare?

The playable character in Star Wars Kinect is a Jedi and one of several new characters who will be introduced by the game. Using the controller-free Kinect system, the player stands in front of the television and uses hands to lift and throw objects with the Force or wield a lightsaber, uses body movement to drive to control X-wing starfighters and podracers, or uses a voice component to make additional commands.  Being that we are huge Star Wars fans, this has been one we have certainly kept our eye on. The idea behind using Jedi powers through the Kinect has a lot of potential but the Kinect itself hasn’t exactly tailored to any hardcore markets yet. Let’s take a look at what features are to be expected come this April.

  • Use the Force. Drawing on iconic moments from the motion pictures, Kinect Star Wars allows to you to enter the Star Wars Universe to experience a wide variety of physical play.
  • Customize your training. Experience the breadth of the Star Wars Universe as you wield a lightsaber and train to be a Jedi master, become a champion Pod racer, master the Force, pilot iconic ships and Speeder Bikes, 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.

It takes places during the prequel trilogy timeline of the Star Wars universe, beginning shortly after Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and concludes during the events ofStar Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The game also includes settings from the original trilogy, such as the planet Bespin featured in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. The player will indeed fight Darth Vader in the game. Having watched various gameplay trailers it seems like it will be a basic “on rails” adventure.  This doesn’t mean it won’t be entertaining at moments but it still might not appeal to more hardcore crowd looking for a deeper experience in the SW universe.  Thankfully we won’t have to wait long to find out since it releases next week.  Stay tuned for our full review and be sure to leave your thoughts on whether or not you are psyched for Kinect Star Wars.

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