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Here are your Kinect Launch Games

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So Microsoft’s E3 keynote has come and gone – and with it all the news about Kinect you can shake a stick at.

After the jump you’ll find the list of all 15 launch games – and then feel saddened by the fact that all 15 appear to be casual stuff for the general Wii audience.  You’ll also notice that Kinect games feature new box art and branding – and for the first time ever, Xbox games won’t be shipping in their green boxes, instead being a lovely shade of purple for games that require Kinect.

  • Kinect Adventures (Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Kinectimals (Frontier Studio/Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Kinect Joy Ride (Big Park/Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Kinect Sports (Rare/Microsoft Game Studios)
  • Dance Central (MTV Games)
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (Ubisoft)
  • EA Sports Active 2 (EA)
  • Deca Sports Freedom (Hudson)
  • Dance Masters (Konami)
  • Adrenalin Misfits (Konami)
  • Zumba Fitness (Majesco)
  • Sonic Free Riders (Sega)
  • The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout (THQ)
  • Motion Sports (Ubisoft)
  • Game Party: In Motion (Warner Bros.)

See what’s missing from that list? Games of substance. The launch titles comprise of 2 dance titles, 2 kart racing games, 4 fitness games, 4 sports games and the rest of them – barring Kinectimals – being mini game collections. It’s the Wii all over again!

I had high hopes for Natal/Kinect – and some of them are being realised in the interaction with the Xbox for uses other than gaming. As far as games go though, there hasn’t been a single thing shown that quells my fears of Kinect being made to appease the casual market. I’ll admit though that Kinectimals and Dance Central look like they make exceptional use of the technology – and will keep the kids in my home very, very busy.

Kinect launches in the US on November 4 – with a wider release to follow shortly.

Last Updated: June 15, 2010


  1. Parker

    June 15, 2010 at 14:31

    Well there is Star Wars, a masterstroke by Microsoft imo.


  2. Geoffrey Tim

    June 15, 2010 at 14:46

    It’s not a launch title – and with it being a guided “on rails” slasher I kind of lost interest.

    Kinect needs a sub-controller of some sort before it can properly tailor games to the core player. The core – as demonstrated by piss poor sales of games like Dead Space Exytraction and resident Evil Umbrella/Darkside chronicles – do not care about guided experiences.


  3. mY nAME

    June 15, 2010 at 14:55

    Kinect You’re looking like a spastic chop in you’re own living room!


  4. Bobby Kotick is not impressed

    June 15, 2010 at 15:03

    It’s like Wii games only on the xbox. :getlost: I always thought the “Wii” was a terrible name, but MS has done one better… “Kinect”. Sigh!


  5. Bobby Kotick is not impressed

    June 15, 2010 at 15:28

    The demo was hilarious, the “gamer” was just a few seconds behind the action in the “game”. Shenanigans!


  6. RSA-Ace

    June 15, 2010 at 16:20

    That was from the Pre-E3 show. It was admittedly staged by actors.

    Still not acceptable though.


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