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Blue Estate review

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There are only two reasons I use Kinect on the Xbox One at the moment, voice commands which work perfectly and Fantasia: Music Evolved which is just brilliant. Without those it’s a bit redundant. I hoped that Blue Estate, developed by HeSaw, would give my Kinect a new lease of life and while it didn’t quite give me another reason to use Kinect regularly, it still ended up being a bit of fun.

The first thing you notice about Blue Estate is that it’s a pretty crass game, the title sequence has a scantily clad pole dancer prancing around and frankly the tone of the game doesn’t improve. The game is a rail shooter based on the Eisner Awards-nominated Blue Estate comic books from Viktor Kalvachev. I’ve never read these comics before and I don’t think I’ll bothering after playing this, it’s just not my kind of style or humour.

You play as self styled “angel of murder” Tony Luciano, he is a bit of an idiot to be honest. He also needs a haircut. He is full of ‘quick wit’ or as I like to call it ’close to the line offensiveness’ no one in the game escapes a put down so at least he is consistent. It’s not all terrible, some of the narration is quite funny and at points reminded me of parts of the Borderlands humour, it just not going to be for everyone – without judging him (too much) Rich really liked it!

While the story and narrative is pretty forgettable, the visuals aren’t. The cartoon art at the start of each menu is gorgeous and each of the seven levels look brilliant too. Water effects are great, the character models are varied and they’re also a treat on the eye.

You can play using the Kinect sensor or by » Continue Reading.

Which Kinect Games Will Stand The Test Of Time?

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When the motion controlled Kinect technology first came to fruition in 2010 there were high hopes from gamers. Of course the Wii had really made strides in popularity, but with plenty of Microsoft clout behind this one people were expecting a revolution. Originally compatible with Xbox 360, Kinect is now available on Windows and Xbox One. They’ve constantly updated with a string of new versions, leading us to Kinect 2.0 – the second generation which came with the launch of the Xbox One.

Four years on, has it made the dent on the market it wanted and will the output stand the test of time as video game greats? Of course this is mostly a matter of opinion, but some critics praised it and the units flew off the shelves. So there is some justification to say it will have its spot in the Hall of Fame. With that said, it looks like it may have had its time in the sun and is on its way out. We must have had some good times, though, right?

As with the launch of the Wii, motion-sensored consoles and add-ons were routinely seen as entertaining folly for gatherings and social time, hence the popularity of broad-based sports games. Because of this, if you were planning a bet with one of the US’ best online casinos it would be easier to wager the single most played game on the platform would be Kinect Sports. Not flashy, easy to use, and easy to get everyone involved; definitely one of the staples that the Kinect user can’t go without.

The Just Dance series is another hit and again that’s because of the ability to have fun, share and get involved. Kinect deals particularly well with this due to its advanced full-body motion tracking, but it’s not too complex and strikes a » Continue Reading.

Xbox E3 2014 Brief – Key Announcements

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The Xbox E3 Media briefing kicked off at 5.30pm (after a pre-show) today with some of the most top titles and new announcements. If you watched the LIVE streams as it happened across many different devices and website’s – you too might have almost wet yourself with excitement!

The show opened with Phil Spencer on a smaller stage this year, with the purpose of showcasing the passion and creativity of gaming across the world to millions of viewers live from LA. Creators, publishers and gamers were thanked, “humbled and amazed” said Spencer when talking about how Xbox One gamers are shaping the future of Xbox, “we are better for it” – The entire briefing was dedicated to games to make Xbox One the best place to play games this generation.

The first look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was displayed, showing a war torn futuristic environment and truly spectacular visuals. The game is under development from Sledgehammer Games and will be released November 4th 2014. All DLC will reach Xbox gamers first (confirmed). First impressions seemed very positive and this could be the Call of Duty we’ve been waiting for, for a long time – something on the scale of the original Modern Warfare. Imaginative, action-packed and intense. Noticeably drones appear like Kryl in the Gears of War franchise, swarming in large dangerous bursts of evil.

Turn 10 came on stage to state that almost a million gamers a week are gaming on Forza games. Confirmation that Nürburgring track was to be made available today for FREE on Forza 5. It is a motorsports complex around the village of Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (google it for more info). The most important Top 10 Studio’s premiere was Horizon 2 with a full » Continue Reading.

Microsoft to Release a ‘Kinect-Less’ Xbox One from June for £349

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Microsoft have been famous for doing U-turns on decisions for the Xbox One platform ever since their disastrous E3 last year. We have seen them back track on almost everything they had originally said was integral to their vision of new generation entertainment with the Xbox One. Today, Microsoft have now confirmed that as from June, a Kinect-less Xbox One console will be made available for £349 here in the UK from June 9th.

Despite this decision, Phil Spencer says that Kinect is still an important to the Xbox One vision, and that should users of this new bundle decide they want to experience Kinect and the “full potential” of the Xbox One, they will be to purchase the Kinect Sensor as an accessory later this year.

Along with this announcement, Phil Spencer, head of all things Xbox, has also revealed the following for Games with Gold for June:

    Free games with Games with Gold**. Since Games with Gold launched on Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million people have enjoyed great free games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing Games with Gold titles. We’ve been learning from your feedback and have focused on making improvements each month to the selection of titles. To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold for Xbox 360 and as a thank you for helping shape this program, members will receive an additional free Xbox 360 game in June. The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and a bonus game of “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” We’re pleased to bring Games with Gold to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One in June. Members will have subscription-based access to free games ranging from top hits to » Continue Reading.

Blue Estate – Kinect Game Announced For Xbox One

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HESAW and  Focus Home Interactive are proud to present  Blue Estate, the darkly funny rail shooter based on the  Eisner Award-nominated Blue Estate comic books from Viktor Kalvachev. Designed from the ground up to exploit the unprecedented accuracy and precision of  Kinect for  Xbox One.

In Blue Estate, the players will play as Tony Luciano, the homicidal maniac son of LA’s crime boss Don Luciano, and Clarence, a broke ex-navy seal who has been hired to clean up Tony’s mess. While Tony wages war with the Sik gang in an attempt to get back his kidnapped “Helen of Troy”, Clarence has to try to end that war against increasing odds.

While experiencing the smoothness of motion control in a rail shooter, using the unique motion sensor capabilities of the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One®, the player will enter a fight for his life against the most absurd and dangerous enemies, such as scar covered champions that fight-to-the-death, Tony’s own hair and Chihuahuas that are too happy to see you. Players are given a series of primary and secondary weapons to help make their way through the hilariously perilous missions which will come in handy defeating the bosses who’ll try to end your game and your life. But sometimes firepower isn’t enough, so think before shooting and use cover to prepare your strategy, reload often, and try not to get turned into grated cheese.

A killing spree is always better when shared, and that’s why Blue Estate offers the opportunity for a second player to join the fun, through a cooperative mode where every headshot counts to show who’s the best trigger in da house!

XBox One – Media Remote To Be Released Early March

 

Xbox Wire have revealed the new Media remote control for Xbox One, which will be released in all regions in early March. The Xbox One Media Remote lets you control video playback for Blu-ray movies and streaming video on Xbox One. Additionally, there are dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons. The OneGuide button provides one-touch, quick access to your TV shows and movies through the Xbox program guide.

The Media Remote can also control TV/Receiver power and volume through Kinect, which uses IR blasting to send signals to your TV and/or receiver. The easy-to-use remote control has a familiar design with a soft, silicone finish that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. As soon as you pick up the remote, the motion-activated backlit buttons illuminate, allowing it to be used in the darkest of rooms while playing games, watching TV shows, movies and more.

The Xbox One Media Remote will retail for $24.99 ERP in the US and available in stores around the world. (Estimated retail price. Actual retail prices may vary.)

Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason

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Kinect Sports Rivals Free Trial Experience Launches November 22

The Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason will run from November 22, 2013 until March 2014, and throughout this time, players will face monthly challenges with the chance to earn points and unlock rewards only available in Preseason.

Download the free trial experience anytime from November 22 thru November 30 and start earning points to unlock the special Founder player title, an exclusive Kinect Sports Rivals wetsuit and a Kinect Sports Rivals wake racer to commemorate the launch of Xbox One.

    Players will compete against familiar faces – including a fully digital version of Major Nelson and AceyBongos who will step in as tough competition. New monthly challenges with unique objectives and rewards will become available within the Kinect Sports Rivals Hub – some will be personal, some will be co-op, and some will pit nation against nation in a global battle for international fame. Each challenge will deliver its own exclusive rewards that will carry over to the full game when it launches next spring. Complete every player challenge given and expand the fun by racing against a friend in the same room in split screen mode. Enjoy an all-new track by rising band Youngblood Hawke. They recorded Collide just for Kinect Sports Rivals.

Launching in spring of 2014, Kinect Sports Rivals is the next generation of the best-selling Kinect franchise, Kinect Sports. Kinect Sports Rivals brings favorite sports back in re-imagined ways, and delivers new sports and events made possible only with Xbox One’s revolutionary technology. Kinect Sports Rivals puts players in the game like never before, tracks their movements and expressions with incredible accuracy, and offers never-ending competition with friends and rivals.

Zumba Fitness World Party Coming To Xbox 360 In November

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International publisher of video games, 505 Games, today announced thatZumba World Party, the latest installment of the  multi-million selling international fitness phenomenon will launch on November 22nd on Kinect for Xbox 360. The game will also be available for Xbox One, release date still to be confirmed.

Zumba Fitness World Party invites you to escape on a culturally rich fitness adventure around the world. Immerse yourself in the movement and music of exotic destinations in this fun, effective at-home workout packed with fitness features to maximize your results. Work your body to 40+ new high-energy routines and a world class soundtrack highlighted by Lady Gaga, Pitbull and Daddy Yankee. Zumba Fitness World Party also includes a new World Tour mode and brand new visual presentation that makes it feel as if you’re actually on location around the world with Zumba’s celebrity instructors.

Xbox Fitness For Xbox One Is On A Whole New Level

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The Xbox team has today lifted the lid on “Xbox Fitness,” a new online service built exclusively for Xbox One that takes the world’s most popular fitness videos and makes them interactive – to top it off it will be available for free with Xbox Live Gold memberships through to December 2014!

Using precision Kinect technology, Xbox Fitness can read your heart rate without a monitor, see which muscles are most engaged by measuring the power, force and transfer of weight in your body, and track the quality of your performance by measuring your balance, tempo and form. Xbox Fitness will deliver personalized program recommendations based on your workout history and past performance, highlight the most popular workouts among Xbox Fitness users, and offer a variety of workouts, from 10 to 60 minutes in length.

Xbox Fitness also helps you push yourself to work harder and stay motivated. Challenges are integrated into your workouts through Xbox Live, tracking your performance history and awards and delivering competitive social challenges. Take on your previous scores, challenge your friends to beat your performance and compare with the Xbox Fitness community.

Xbox Fitness will launch this holiday, just in time to get a jump-start on your New Year’s fitness resolution. With an Xbox Fitness Pass, included free with your Xbox Live Gold membership through December 2014, you’ll have unlimited access to the world’s best workouts, only on Xbox One.

Via Xbox Wire

Just Dance 2014 Track List Revealed

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Ubisoft has recently unveiled the full tracklist for Just Dance 2014, which includes more than 45 top songs and features Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” The dance game franchise continues to include a variety of the hottest new songs and old school hits and this year is no exception.

Highlights this year include “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Kiss You” by One Direction, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk Ft. Pharrell Williams and “Starships” by Nicki Minaj. Just Dance 2014 has a range of top pop, rock, Hip-Hop, R&B and even funk songs. The complete tracklist:

    Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) – ABBA The Way – Ariana Grande Ft. Mac Miller Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley Isidora – Bog Bog Orkestar Fine China – Chris Brown Limbo – Daddy Yankee Get Lucky – Daft Punk Ft. Pharrell Williams Moskau – Dancing Bros. She Wolf (Falling To Pieces) – David Guetta Ft. Sia Prince Ali – Disney’s Aladdin It’s You – Duck Sauce Turn Up The Love – Far East Movement Ft. Cover Drive Alfonso Signorini (Eroe Nazionale) – Fedez The Love Boat – Frankie Bostello Careless Whisper – George Michael I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor Rich Girl – Gwen Stefani Ft. Eve Feel So Right – Imposs Ft. Konshens Wild – Jessie J Ft. Big Sean I Kissed A Girl – Katy Perry C’mon – Ke$ha Applause – Lady Gaga Just Dance – Lady Gaga Ft. Colby O’Donis Just A Gigolo – Louis Prima Blame It On The Boogie – Mick Jackson In The Summertime – Mungo Jerry Pound The Alarm – Nicki Minaj Starships – Nicki Minaj Troublemaker – Olly Murs Ft. Flo Rida Kiss You – One Direction Feel This Moment – Pitbull Ft. Christina Aguilera Gentleman – PSY » Continue Reading.