Kinect's controller-free gaming potential is the cornerstone- nay, the entire point of the peripheral's existence... but according to a new interview with Rare's George Andreas, many of Kinect's major players were absolutely convinced that it wouldn't work without buttons.
“We were absolutely adamant that we needed a button, something with haptic feedback, that would initiate an action.”
“It took a long time – we threw some prototypes together and then we saw you didn’t need one. We were very vocal to Kudo [Tsunoda, Kinect lead] at the time, and Peter Molyneux was as well, that you needed something in your hand.”
From what we've experienced, Kinect is shaping up to be an perfect fit for casual gaming... but without the haptic feedback that an actual button or two would provide, developers will have to get very creative in order to affect fine inputs. Or, you know, just use the existing comfortable controllers with it. Just my two cents. [CVG]
The original Dead Rising was a breath of fresh air in the survival horror genre, providing innovative freeform zombie slaughterage whilst getting back to classic zombie movie roots (i.e. slow, stupid zombies in everyday environments). Dead Rising 2 is shaping up to deliver more of the same... but according to series creator Keiji Inafune, it has much loftier goals than its predecessor.
Forget the genre; Dead Rising 2 is angling to replace Resident Evil as the Capcom's key survival horror franchise... and become the main earner for the entire company.
Big words, Inafune, but this is going to take some serious sales to pull off. After all, Resident Evil 5 shifted over 5 million copies compared to Dead Rising's 1.6 million. Whilst the latest undead rampage will be releasing on the PS3 as well as the Xbox 360 (effectively doubling the sales potential), there's going to be a significant mountain to climb. I wish Dead Rising 2 every success... though it may well face stiff competition from the rumoured upcoming Resi 6. [Eurogamer]
Dead Rising Case 0 has now been released to give Xbox 360 owners a taste of the upcoming game in action. Check out our full review here!
The Wii has enjoyed massive sales success and brought gaming to an audience that most industry professionals ever thought possible. However, it almost certainly doesn't have the processing power to support a ten-year life cycle, prompting many to believe that a new console is on the way. Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime has stated that the next console is still a long way off, but legendary game designer Yoshio Yakamoto has hinted that it'll blow our socks off when it arrives.
“At Nintendo we always have the obligation to surprise users with a new game console. We have never done what others have. We prefer to create something new that catches attention, and I think this will continue this time as well. Surely the new Nintendo machine will leave you all with your mouth open."
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