I know it’s an unpopular opinion, but I kind of like Microsoft’s Kinect. Don’t get me wrong, the actual peripheral, at least the one that launched on the Xbox 360, is terrible. It’s imprecise, inaccurate and resulted in some of the worst motion-controlled games ever unleashed.
The version that launched with the Xbox One was meant to change that. With vastly superior tracking and a much better microphone, Kinect Version 2 was meant to deliver on the promises of the first one. Instead, gamers revolted and Microsoft dropped the peripheral like a hot potato, relegating it to history. It’s unfortunate, because there was indeed some promise for the peripheral, with only Harmonix’ Fantasia giving us a glimpse of the sorts of things that could have been.
Instead, the Xbox One is now available to purchase without the expensive peripheral, and newer versions of the system won’t even have the necessary ports to easily attach Kinect.
If you’re a displaced Kinect owner looking for something to use the tracker with, there’s some light. There’s a brand new Kinect game available, that places you in your own comic book. Called Kung-Fu for Kinect, the game allows you to be a Kung Fu hero and kick and punch your way to victory.
“Kung-Fu for Kinect is suitable for all ages, shapes and sizes and may result in getting you seriously fit,” said developer Virtual Air Guitar Company. “Following on from Kung-Fu High Impact on Xbox 360, Kung-Fu for Kinect makes full use of the improved Kinect for Xbox One in the form of more accurate punches, faster motion response and smaller space requirements. So that priceless Ming vase of yours is safe. Well, relatively speaking.”
The game is available for $15 (R169) and comes with “a story mode with 22 levels, 9 replayable challenges for daily fun and a special mode for staging your own finishing moves.”
Last Updated: June 27, 2016