Star Wars Kinect is filled with automatic doors.
%Gallery-125589% I'm speaking metaphorically, of course -- although I don't remember any manual doors, come to think of it. Star Wars Kinect, at least the portion involving lightsabers and Jedi, employs some nifty tricks that should appeal to anyone with dreams of embracing the Force.
Players have no control over the camera, and movement is largely restricted to a predetermined path, but there is a degree of freedom in dispatching enemies. Dropping onto the sky-bound platforms of Cloud City, I found myself surrounded by hostile droids. My Jedi avatar automatically chose his targets, but it was up to me to decide how to dispatch it.
Placing one foot forward, I used the Force to dash to the nearest droid. A swing of my right arm brought my lightsaber searing through its mechanical guts. Doing this, honestly, feels a little awkward. My saber swings always came out broad and slow, so players hoping to recreate the feather-light, balletic movements of the most recent films may be out of luck. Also, for what it's worth, stabbing motions didn't seem to be recognized.
Dashing feels similarly powerful, especially when combined with jumping. Physically jumping off the ground caused my avatar to flip behind an enemy, leaving it open for whatever punishment I chose to dole out. Combining everything together, it's easy to dash, leap over an enemy's head and then send it sailing with a Force push.
All the mechanics are entertaining enough, though I'm not sure how satisfying Star Wars Kinect will be as an actual game, especially without seeing the other available game modes. As a quick and dirty Force simulator, however, it's hard to top. At the very least, it beats the pants off of sending a ball up a tube.
- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 500 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Camera / optical
- Video outputs HDMI
- Released 2013-11-22