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Commander Cherry's Puzzled Journey review: Perplexing fun?
2 weeks ago

Commander Cherry's Puzzled Journey review: Perplexing fun?

Commander Cherry's Puzzled Journey may be one of the strangest games to be released on the Xbox One to date. Heralded as the world's one and only yoga-action-platformer, Commander Cherry lets gamers stretch and platform in unexpected ways. Read More

Slice Zombies for Kinect review (Xbox One)
4 months ago

Slice Zombies for Kinect review (Xbox One)

Slice Zombies for Kinect was developed and published by MADE on Xbox One. It was released on May 7, 2015 for $9.99. A copy was provided by MADE for review purposes.

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"I don't want to play this anymore." Those are the words of disillusion I started to utter within 30 minutes of playing Slice Zombies for Kinect. This is a painful reminder that for every game that tries to raise the bar from its contemporaries, others are happy to coast along as a sub-par, unoriginal effort. It’s not fun to rate a game poorly, but what else can you do for one that aims to be nothing special?

If you've ever played Fruit Ninja Kinect's classic mode on any platform, you’ve seen most of what Slice Zombies game has to offer. For the rest of us who have not, the one game mode available in this title features players slicing up zombies. Shocking, I know. The player is given three lives (a fourth is available as an upgrade), and each time a bomb is sliced or a zombie is missed, a life is taken away. When all lives run out, the current game ends. Once the round is over, the player is given the option to play again or to go to the shop to buy upgrades earned from playing. In the store, you can buy power-ups to make the experience easier as well as view the modifiers that make the game slightly more challenging. Unfortunately, that’s all there is to the game. For the sake of this review, I decided to play longer, but after an hour I couldn't take it anymore. It's the same thing over and over. No more, please.

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Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 review (Xbox One)
5 months ago

Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 review (Xbox One)

Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 was developed and published by Halfbrick Studios. It was released on March 17, 2015 for $14.99. A copy was provided by Halfbrick Studios for review purposes.

Fruit Ninja Kinect 2

Who knew fruit could be so fun? Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is the follow-up to the popular Fruit Ninja Kinect on Xbox 360. As an avid Xbox 360 Kinect user experienced with games such as The Gunstringer and Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, I was used to the usage and limitations on the last-gen device. Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 was my first Xbox One Kinect-only game (Blue Estate being my first Xbox One Kinect-optional game), so I was eager to experience it.

The gameplay is very simple. Slice, dice, chop and cut up fruit to gain high scores. Along the way, different obstacles will attempt to impede your path to success. With the power of Kinect, players will feel like they are in the moment on screen and look good in the process. But can such a simple concept carry a second game in this franchise?

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Boom Ball for Kinect review (Xbox One)
9 months ago

Boom Ball for Kinect review (Xbox One)

Boom Ball for Kinect was developed and published by Virtual Air Guitar Company on Xbox One. It was released on November 28, 2014 for $9.99. A copy was provided by Virtual Air Guitar Company for review purposes.

Boom Ball For Kinect

Raise your hand if your favorite Kinect-based experience was the “Rally Ball” game in the original Kinect Adventures on Xbox 360. Me too! Well, good news — now we’ve got that same idea expanded into a full ID@Xbox game in the form of Boom Ball for Kinect.

If you’re like me, the idea of a first-person, 3D, motion-controlled Brick Breaker sounds like an absolute blast. Indie studio Virtual Air Guitar Company seems to agree and created 55 levels of brick breaking to satisfy that craving. The only question: is it any good?

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Microsoft announces blue Xbox 360 as part of its 2014 holiday bundles
11 months ago

Microsoft announces blue Xbox 360 as part of its 2014 holiday bundles

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If blue is your favorite color and you've always dreamed of having a blue Xbox 360, then you're in luck. Microsoft's Major Nelson has announced three new holiday bundles …
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Phil Spencer changes Kinect outlook

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When the Xbox One was originally debuted the Kinect was stressed as an integral part of the system and was required to even be able to run the console. …
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Phil Harrison: Kinect-free Xbox will lead to a 'virtuous cycle'
1 year ago

Phil Harrison: Kinect-free Xbox will lead to a 'virtuous cycle'

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In the wake of the recent announcement that Microsoft will soon begin selling Xbox One consoles sans packed-in Kinect sensors for $399, gamers and the media have wondered aloud …
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$399 Kinect-free Xbox One coming June 9
1 year ago

$399 Kinect-free Xbox One coming June 9

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Microsoft's Xbox One will achieve price parity with Sony's competing PlayStation 4 on June 9. It's on that date that a new One SKU sans Kinect sensor will become available for a $399 MSRP, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced today on Xbox Wire. This cheaper Kinect-free take on on the Xbox One will be sold in all markets in which the console is currently available.

Spencer noted the importance of fan feedback to the console holder, alluding to changes such as the elimination of the once-planned always-online feature of the Xbox One due to massive gamer backlash. "Today, we’re excited to share more ways your feedback is impacting the products we build," he added.

The Head of Xbox also took the opportunity to point out that Microsoft isn't forgetting about the millions of gamers who already have a Kinect sensor. "To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision," Spencer wrote. "Many of you are using Kinect for Xbox One every day. In fact, more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console."

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Microsoft says Kinect could be used to measure TV audience reactions
1 year ago

Microsoft says Kinect could be used to measure TV audience reactions

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Polygon published an interview this week of Nancy Tellem, Microsoft’s entertainment and digital media president, about the possible benefits that Kinect could offer with the new Xbox Originals programming. …
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