Kinect Prepares For Round Two
Microsoft played it safe with Kinect's launch lineup, essentially following the path set by Nintendo with the Wii. Replace Wii Sports with Kinect Sports, party games, dance titles like Dance Central. To their credit, they were rewarded with solid sales - both Kinect Sports and Dance Central both topped a million - and Kinect became the fastest selling consumer electronics device ever. As expected, sequels are inbound, so if you're interested in either Kinect Sports 2 or Dance Central 2, you'll be pleased to hear Microsoft has released demos for both titles on Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
Neither title is particularly ambitious with its ideas, but fans should be pretty pleased with whats on offer. What's most pleasing is that both Kinect Sports 2 and Dance Central 2 have improved their relations with the Kinect sensor, resulting in a far more precise, responsive motion-sensing system. The former offers new sports such as baseball, darts and American football, while Dance Central 2 boasts an updated track list featuring the likes of Gnarls Barkley, Lady GaGa and - sigh - Justin Bieber. Dance Central 2's demo can be found here, while Kinect Sports 2 is hiding here.