Yes being the original Lazygamer dance professional it falls to me to talk about the brand new Dance Central Disney Fantasia that was just announced.
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.
The yearâ€™s winding down down â€“ and I have close to zero compulsion to get any proper work done. Instead, Iâ€™d much rather eat, drink and partake in the associated revelry. Yesterdayâ€™s public holiday provided just such occasion, as well the answer to the question youâ€™ve all been asking.What happens when you take 1 part Lazygamer, add Kinect and Dance Central in equal measure â€“ and combine with 44 parts alcohol?They say white men canâ€™t dance, and Iâ€™ve got video evidence of that particular stereotype ringing true. Enjoy!(PS : If you don't hear from me next year, it's because I've been fired)
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!
The music genre is declining â€“ rapidly. With the recent release Rock Band 3, MTV and Viacom (owners of Harmonix) are now looking to offload the development studio. Rock Band 3 received very good reviews, but the sales have not reflected this at all.According to the Wall Street Journal, Viacom has just announced a 59% drop in profits and as a result is hoping to recover some losses through the sale of Harmonix. There are obvious companies waiting in the wing as possible buyers.
Kinect is available in the US, and with that we have delightful relations of first hand experiences. Dance Central , the most exciting of kinectâ€™s launch games is proving to be a hit. As one gamer found out though, itâ€™s probably best not to play in the buff â€“ and warrants a little extra care when playing.Why? Do Kinectâ€™s infra-red sensors get confused with all the extra dangly and wobbly bits? No, itâ€™s far simpler than that.
Remember last week, when Oprah gave away free Xbox 360â€™s with Kinect, causing a microcosm of mass hysteria? Because shilling your product on just one incredibly popular daytime television talk show isnâ€™t enough, Microsoft have engaged in another bit of ingenious product placement thatâ€™s bound to stir up more Kinect interest. Or kill it. Whatever.This time, Kinectâ€™s been showcased on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Naturally, they showcased the one launch title that I think has the ability to â€œsellâ€ Kinect; Harmonixâ€™sÂ Dance Central. Quite a brilliant fit really, as the funny vegan blonde-haired rugmuncher has been known to bust out a move or two.She too gave away an Xbox 360 and Kinect to every audience member, but youâ€™re saved that particular insanity in the video after the jump.Whether you as a "core" gamer like it or not, this thing is going to sell by the boatload.
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!