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Are you a PS3 owner suffering from Limbo Envy? Have you been playing Little Big Planet Limbo-themed levels in effort to fill that void? It looks like the wait may finally be over. After almost a year of Xbox exclusivity, the artistic platformer could be making its way to the PSN. This rumor comes after a Korean ratings board listed that Sony Computer Entertainment Korea has rated the game. This doesn’t completely seal the deal, but it definitely points things in the direction of a possible announcement. If this does add up, hopefully PlayDead will do what The Behemoth did with Castle Crashers’ PS3 release and add some extra content.
Got plans to pick up an Xbox 360 Kinect bundle this weekend? Want a $100 gift card? Then you want to be sure to head on over to Toys R Us! Starting June 24th and ending on June 25th, you’ll be able to score a $100 Toys R Us gift card with the purchase of a 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle. Now we know this may not top a $100 Walmart gift card, but you can definitely pick up a couple of games for your new system, or do something creative like reserve a PS Vita or Wii U.
Want an Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle? Have an obsessive urge to spend money on Amazon? Want $100 in Amazon credit? If you’ve answered yes, yes, and yes, then head on over to Amazon and pick up their Gold Box deal of the day. If you purchase a 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle, you’ll get $100 credit added to your Amazon account within two days. The credit has some limitations (Kindle books, MP3s, and video rentals and downloads), but this surely beats buying a new system to only walk away with a receipt as an extra.
Just four days ago during their E3 keynote, Sony announced that inFAMOUS’ Cole would be appearing in Street Fighter X Tekken for both the PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game. Not too long ago Kratos from the God of War series was an exclusive character in the PS3 version of Mortal Kombat. Looking at the recent run of cross platform fighting titles, we can’t help but ask, where’s the Xbox exclusive characters? We know that exclusive characters have nothing to do with hardware limitations, they really come down to making deals with game developers. So has Microsoft forgotten the art of the deal?
Ready for another dose of what might be happening at E3? Word around the campfire is that Microsoft is planning on raising the stakes in Xbox Live’s online entertainment sector. The going word is that the software giant is in the closing stages of last minute negotiations with a variety of media groups that will possibly participate in the announcement of their new premium grade of Xbox Live. The new service is said to carry the internal codename “Orapa,” which is the name of a South African town famous for having one of the world’s largest diamond mines. This reminds us of what Microsoft did with Kinect by giving it the codename “Natal” before giving it an official name.
Major Nelson has posted on his blog that effective tomorrow Xbox Live subscribers Gold and Free alike will be treated to a free week of Hulu Plus. This all comes from a promotion with Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. Microsoft also promised that Hulu Plus would launch with Kinect support. The experience is said to be similar to what they already offer with Netflix. The Xbox 360 will become the second gaming console to support the TV streaming service, no word if Nintendo’s Wii will follow.
You don’t have to be in the Xbox Dashboard Beta to get you hands on, or should we say hands off of the controller for some Kinect controlled Netflix action. All you’ll need to do is sign into Xbox Live, launch the Netflix app and accept the update, 43MB later “you become the controller.” It’s good to see Microsoft make good on part of their CES promises, especially considering this has been available with their Zune video store since Kinect launched last fall. The only remaining question is when will Hulu Plus hit?
In an effort to improve your Xbox Live experience, Microsoft has released a new network testing app called Xbox Live Labs. You can download the app via Xbox Live’s community channel. While the app is in use you will not be able to play games or movies. In exchange for your time and services, you’ll receive Avatar items such as: a lab coat, mad scientist hair, and a brain helmet. You can download Xbox Live Labs now through March 27th. Or if you’re just curious head past the break to take a look at the app in action.
In case you don’t own a PS3, or if GT5 just wasn’t your thing, there’s still hope! Turn 10′s Forza Motorsport 4 is coming Fall 2011. The Xbox 360 racing sim is claiming to be, “the most expansive and vividly realistic automotive experience across any console.” We’re pretty sure the addition of Kinect controls have something to do with these confident claims. Only time will tell if the game lives up to the hype, but at least we know for sure this will be a major mainstream title that will feature Kinect controls.
I don’t want to label this as a review because most new game console’s first year tend to fall under development. It is really unfair to “review” something in early stages. If you look back at the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii launches and consider where they’re at now as platforms you’ll see a huge difference. This is more of a look at Kinect and how things are starting. So after spending some time “being the controller” here’s what I’ve come up with. Kinect is pretty neat and definitely something new in the world of console gaming, but you might wanna consider some things before taking the leap. As far as performance goes Kinect works fairly well, depending on a few things. The sensor requires 6-8 feet of space to function properly during use. This can be a problem for dorm rooms, bedrooms, and small or crowded living rooms. This is something you want to consider before purchasing if the person will be gaming in any of these mentioned settings. If your setup meets the requirements then you’re pretty much in the clear.
The first time I used Kinect to navigate my Xbox Dashboard menus felt pretty cool. It wasn’t completely smooth like navigating screens on an iPhone or Android device but it did get the job done. To get started all you have to do is wave your hand and the system will begin tracking your gestures. What really impressed me was the voice command functionality, they’ve done a really great job with this. The system handles voice commands very well and avoids background noise and sound pretty consistently. The real letdown was that the Kinect controls aren’t fully integrated into every menu yet, so you’ll still need a traditional controller for some areas. I can see this changing in time with software updates, but it would’ve been a nice way to launch this new platform.
Considering myself a hardcore gamer I went into this expecting shovelware-city, but tried my best to keep an open mind. Kinect Adventures was surprisingly fun, sure there isn’t any of the intensity you’ll find in a FPS like Call of Duty but if you have a competitive spirit you’ll easily get sucked in. There are also demos for Dance Central, Joy Ride, and Your Shape Fitness Evolved. Being honest I’m a gamer, I’m lazy! I haven’t experienced Your Shape Fitness Evolved yet but as far as the other titles go, controls were responsive with some lag but there wasn’t any deal breakers. These types of games are best played with friends and family and realistically that appears to be Microsoft’s aim. It really is to be determined how or if Kinect will be incorporated into more single player and mature themed titles. As long as you understand that there shouldn’t be any major problems.
In the end some people call $150 a high price tag but consider this, you’re getting near an additional console with a game that accepts two players. Two wireless Xbox 360 controllers retail for $49.99 each and a new non Kinect game retails for $59.99. So you’re pretty much looking at the price of two controllers and a game. When you look at it that way, it really doesn’t sound so bad. However, I would advise visiting a kiosk and giving it a try before making an impulse buy. Now if you’re a parent and this is at the top of your kid’s Christmas wish list then it’s a must buy. Just be sure the area they’re playing in has the required space for the system to operate, or they’ll be terribly disappointed and your money will be wasted. Microsoft is billing this as “the future of gaming” and treating Kinect practically like a new console. Though they seem ambitious in their efforts, coming along for the ride is entirely up to you.