While Guitar Hero and its spin offs have been relegated to history, Rock Band – though it hasn’t received a retail release since Rock Band 3 in 2010 – has lived on through constant song DLC; every week for the last 275 week. In some sad news to those who still rock out using their faux plastic instruments, Harmonix have announced that their weekly music updates will cease, and they’ll be releasing their last DLC in April.
Last week, we told you the nominations for the Game Critics Awards, a “best of E3” as decided by a panel made up of members of the largest, mostly North American video game publications. The results are now in - and coming as no surprise to anybody at all, Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us has pretty much cleaned up.
No, I obviously don’t mean commercially. Kinect has sold like proverbial hotcakes, becoming the fastest selling consumer electronics product pretty much ever. The 20 or so million people who’ve shelled out money for the thing must be pretty disappointed though - because in the year and half since its release, there’s just a handful of fun, genuinely good titles to play using Microsoft’s motion-sensing Kinect.
While I love the hell out of Dance Central (don’t judge me!), The Gunstringer, Child of Eden and Fruit Ninja Kinect, there’s been very little else for real gamers. Hardly any of the stuff we were shown at the technology’s reveal at E3 - at the time called Project Natal - has to come to fruition, and instead we’ve got sub-par, frankly insulting on-rail experiences. Where Kinect was supposed to herald the future of gaming, it’s really - as far as I’m concerned - taking it two steps back. It’s genuinely amazing technology, but so far for games? It sucks.
Let’s not even mention Star Wars Kinect, ok?
Do you agree with me? Do you think Kinect is a failure, or does it just need more time to live up to its potential?
Though it’s probably still far from over, this generation’s given us some of the very best in video games. New IP’s like Gears of War, Resistance and Uncharted have changed the way we perceive games - and helped push gaming in to the hearts and minds of a wider, more mainstream audience. Such is the impact these games have had that many of them have become whole franchises within a few short years.
Everybody has their favourite, but which is the most critically acclaimed franchise this generation?
Business magazine Fast Company, citing inside expert advice, believes Rock Band and Dance Central developer Harmonix has pretty much been sitting on its ass since the Guitar Hero days - and in order to stay afloat in this stagnant, but cut-throat world of video games, they should make a shooter game.
I’m not sure what I find more disturbing about this advert to be honest. Whether it’s that there is an ozzie in it that I don’t dislike, or that I feel sorry for the people up north who need to live in that awful weather or that I’ve just seen some guy’s ass in a pair of gold shorts.
It’s a bit of a combination really and just to share the mentally scarring love I’ve decided to post up this trailer for Dance Central that was released a couple of months ago but that I was lucky enough not to ever see.. until now.
There are questions â€“ as there always are â€“ about whether Sonyâ€™s Playstation Move or Microsoftâ€™s controlerless Kinect offers the better motion gaming experience. Instead of trying to answer that question, Youtuber SpikeDaPenguin tries to play them both â€“ at the same time.
On the left, youâ€™ll see Sports Championsâ€™ Gladiator, while on the right youâ€™ll see Harmonixâ€™ Dance Central. In the middle? You get to watch the fellow engage in just far, far too much waggle for just one man to handle. Of course if you just focus on the middle screen â€“ with some twat dancing about waving glowsticks about, he looks like a relic from some of the dodgier parties i went to in the 90â€™s.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the MicroSonyâ€™s Kinectimove!
Microsoft has announced the titles that will be released in the launch window of Kinect, note they didnâ€™t say at launch but rather more around launch.
Anyway there is a core set of 14 titles that both America and PAL areas will receive which are
A couple of weeks back my wife went out and bought a copy of Just Dance for the Wii which I have to say is a bucket load of fun. Granted flailing around like an epileptic monkey in the lounge isnâ€™t everyoneâ€™s idea of a good time but after a couple of beersâ€¦ and then a few more we really did get into it.
And now I am really looking forward to Dance Central on the Kinect which is apparently a much more refined experience.
According to Kudo â€œBam, there it is!â€ Tsunoda, Kinect is capable of true 1:1 tracking â€“ and that the systemâ€™s response time is now â€œas fast as pushing a button.â€
How did Microsoftâ€™s Kinect team reach that conclusion? Why, Science, of course!
So we learned what Kinectâ€™s final pricing would be â€“ and all those retailers that â€œguessedâ€ $149 just happened to be right. We also learned how much the motion sensing peripheral would cost locally; a whopping R1999, the equivalent of nearly $265. Thereâ€™s been a fair bit of outcry about $150 being too expensive for the American market â€“ making our price worthy of riots!
That is, to be frank, just too much. There are some intriguing applications for the device; Dance Central, Kinectimals and Milo and Kate in particular have made me interested, but so far thereâ€™s no killer, must have app. Considering the price â€“ and what else could be done with 2K â€“ are you going to be buying Kinect? Me? Iâ€™d rather spend that money on vodka, caviar and a Swedish hooker. at least I know I can play with that sitting or lying down.