Xbox Kinect’s Game Launch Lineup Revealed

If you are a keen gamer who keeps up with all the latest news, or you’re a Tech Bod who likes to know what Microsoft is up to next, you’ve probably heard of their soon-to-be-released latest innovation for the XBox, the Kinect. For those who haven’t, Kinect is a controller-free gaming system that aims to remove the need for any type of physical controller in games, and instead use your own body as the controller, through the medium of motion detection.

Kinect is due to be released on November 4, but it’s no use without games for the device as well, right? Which is why Microsoft has just announced the list of games for the device that will be released at the same time, to give gamers a choice of games to use the device with as soon as they get it. 17 Kinect-enabled games will be available when the device makes its début, and here’s the full list:

  • Kinect Adventures: This is the game that is included with every Kinect device. It helps introduce gamers to the Kinect interface, letting them transverse the rapids, float around in space and challenge their friends to races, among other mini-games.
  • Kinectimals: Think Nintendogs, but with no controller.
  • Game Party: In Motion: This includes a collection of party mini-games like Darts.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 The Videogame: You can now control Harry’s magic with your hands.
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved: A fitness game from Ubisoft that is similar to Wii Fit.
  • Dance Central: This game, made by the creators of Rock Band, tracks your dance moves. We’ve heard good things about this one.
  • The Biggest Loser Ultimate Workout: A game from THQ based on the TV show.
  • DanceMasters: Konami’s version of getting your groove down.
  • EA SPORTS Active 2: A fitness game with body tracking, heart rate data and the ability to share workout data. EA has gone all-out with this game, which sort of explains its $100 price tag.
  • Zumba Fitness: See a pattern yet? This is a dance fitness game.
  • Kinect Sports: Microsoft’s version of Wii Sports.
  • MotionSports: This game from Ubisoft includes live in-game commentary and 40+ sports challenges.
  • DECA SPORTS FREEDOM: While this game only has 10 sporting events, there is a focus on making it feel as real as possible. Figure skating should be interesting.
  • Kinect Joy Ride: Controller-free kart racing.
  • ADRENALIN MISFITS: This racing/battle game focuses on fantasy worlds.
  • Fighters Uncaged: Fulfil your Fight Club fantasy without the bloody concussions and stitches.
  • SONIC FREE RIDERS: Yup, Sega is bringing Sonic the Hedgehog to Kinect.

What do you think of Kinect’s launch day line-up? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  6. The Kinect is on my X-Mas Wishlist and i really hope i will get it ! 🙂