while Kinect Sports: Season Two ultimately awaits, this week i thought i would take a trip back and contexualize next week's review by first revisiting the original Kinect Sports. cast your mind back then, if you will, to the winter of 2010: wooo-wavyflashbacklines-wooo... read now
i have never been to Disneyland and always assumed that i'd hate it if i did, so it was refreshing to have my instincts confirmed by Kinect Disneyland Adventures, which is now almost certainly as close to the experience as i will ever by free choice come. however, whilst i thought i'd dislike it because of all the twee sparkles, menacing, giant, wide-eyed Disney character-employees with their painted-on smiles and the gender-essentialist, plastic-crap paraphernalia i'd be put under pressure to leave with, what i actually discovered in this game, however, was in fact far more sinister... read now
my challenge this week, should i choose to accept it, or not, was to push back the sofa, move the rug aside, put on my dancing shoes and get on point with Dance Central 2 for Kinect. and the level of cliché in that opening sentence should instantly give you an idea of just how tired of life it has left me. on a scale of one to protest-suicide, i'm at about a 7.8 right now... read now
to mark this year's Hallowe'en i treated myself to a festival of horror stories, movies and games, the eerie creeping, delicious jumps and gruesome oozes of many of which are still fresh in my psyche. alas, my task here is to tell tale of one of the more forgettable experiences of the season... read now
Forza 4 (360) is a favourite with Dad alongside F1 2011 for the 3DS. In this week's Family Gamer TV we talk to a family about their current gaming loves, to see how Forza 4 is a dream title for car obsessives, Kinectimals is still going strong, Air Wings provides a great family distraction without competitive arguments and App Mates 2 mixes toy and videogame play without damaging the iPad's screen... watch now
At the risk of sounding like an infomercial I'm going to say the Dance Central Odyssey just gets better and better. It's a pop Odyssey that speaks to the masses -- if you're brave enough to enter the arena for an online challenge... read now
Kinect Rush is more than Disneyland Adventures for Pixar films. It brings both ambition and common sense to steer the Cars, Toy Story and Incredibles themed exploration and adventuring in an engaging direction... read now
the release of the new Tintin movie prompted a recent TV broadcast of Tintin et Moi, Anders Østergaard's fascinating 2003 documentary about the comic book character, and, more centrally, his creator Georges Remi, who wrote and illustrated twenty three Tintin books between 1929 and 1983 under his famous pen name Hergé... read now
Like Toy Story did for rendered animation, Disneyland Adventures Kinect translates technological potential into creative reality. By doing so it turned disinterested onlookers in my family into participants with a surprisingly human experience... read now
Kinect Sports Season 2 extracts more fidelity from Kinect to create an engaging and surprisingly deep sports experience. Online multiplayer, voice control and some really magical moments are more than enough for me to forgive the odd wobbly moment... read now
Sesame Street Once upon a Monster brings the Double Fine touch to Kinect's hands free controls. The result is a surprisingly unsentimental set of six emotionally engaging and genuinely interesting children's stories... read now
My dad loved Sesame Street Once Upon a Monster, but I think most five years olds would prefer playing Costume Quest with their parents. The Kinect controls are too fiddly when you are little, and there are not so many things to do... read now
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
What sort of gamer are you?
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: