The Thanksgiving vacation is over and I’m back up at school. That means I’ll be blogging regularly again and playing games and all that good stuff. Graev and I did do some gaming over the break. I posted our thoughts on Donkey Kong Country Returns in my last entry and just want to add that we’re four levels away from the final boss. It’s so ridiculously hard at some parts that we just threw ourselves at it repeatedly until we beat it. There were definite times when I had to take Diddy and just attach him to Graev who was playing Donkey Kong just in order for us to move in unison and give him a Jet Pack (DK can use Diddy’s when they’re joined). We still love it and highly recommend it.
I also got to play with the Kinect for the first time. We don’t have any real games for it except for Kinectimals and Kinect Adventures. Kinect Adventures is definitely just a tech demo like Wiisports. Kinectimals is cute though and I can see how little kids would really enjoy it. I even found myself enjoying many of the little activities that I could do like throw a ball or drive a RC car. I like how it integrates itself with a menu and allows for voice commands. I also like how the sensor/camera moves on its own. What you really want to know though is whether or not the Kinect is any good, right? Well, it’s decent. It requires a rather large space to use it — the entire free space we have in our big room is just “Good” according to the calibration and not “excellent” (in other words it’s half the space it really wants.) It’s also not entirely true 1:1 and at times you must endure wonky movement. It’s much better than the Wii’s motion technology, but I’m still skeptical that they would be able to pull off any true motion games really worth playing — unless you like that dance one, but I don’t. If any of these motion gimmicks have the potential, it’s Kinect.
I’d be happy to answer any questions you guys have about DKR or Kinect.