New Year’s Resolutions
Shape Up

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 7th, 2015


ā€ˇYears ago, Ubisoft ushered in a videogame fitness revolution with their Your Shape series on the Nintendo Wii. It wasn’t a surprise when the Kinect came out for the Xbox 360 that Ubisoft was on top of the situation with a Your Shape game specific to that platform. Of course, other developers ended up populating the space with superior products. Ubisoft’s Your Shape series was decent on its own, but in comparison with other fitness games, it didn’t deliver enough benefits relative to its serious tone, and would become less engaging as time went on. Now, Ubisoft has changed gears, releasing Shape Up for the Xbox One. This Kinect-exclusive fitness title puts more of am emphasis on the “game” aspect in an attempt to get players to exercise more. Honestly, this game is a lot more fun than any other game in the Your Shape series, thanks to a great exercise list and hilarious presentation.

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Fantasia: Music Evolved

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 25th, 2014


Magic is such a large part of so many cultures and our imaginations that sometimes it’s hard to deny that it might actually exist. When we were kids and first saw Mickey Mouse “borrow” Yen Sid’s hat to perform sorcery, it was a truly magical moment. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a sorcerer? I know that I’d love to be able to command the magical elements of the universe by waving my hands about, causing nature to bend to my will. While I can’t do real magic, Harmonix and Disney Interactive have managed to create something that certainly makes me feel like I do, thanks to the Kinect for the Xbox One or the Xbox 360 consoles. Their recent release, Fantasia: Music Evolved (which they sent us to review) is definitely a magical game that will not only have you waving your hands around and enjoying yourself immensely – it will also have you tapping your toes to they rhythm!

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Dance Central Spotlight

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 3rd, 2014


The last installment in the Dance Central franchise (developed by Harmonix), Dance Central 3, had an interesting campaign that had a dancing army and time travel. While I found it fun, there was a certain amount of cheese to the story, and too much cheese can sometimes slow you down. Compared to that last iteration in the franchise, Dance Central Spotlight for the Xbox One is a lean, mean, dancing machine. Whereas Dance Central 3 was like a banquet that left players with a lot to digest, Dance Central Spotlight is like a light meal: satisfying and exactly what you need when you need it, without any extra trappings.

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Kinect Sports Rivals

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 26th, 2014


Just before the Xbox One launched in the retail space, I attended a media event in Yorkville where I got to try out some yet-to-be-released titles for the Xbox One. One of the sports from Rare’s Kinect Sports Rivals was made available for people to experience (it was the Wake Racing). I enjoyed it a fair bit, as there have been many refinements in the world of Kinect since the last console generation. Evan Bergstra, one of the Thumbers, went to a preview event recently, and wrote about his experience – and it was a positive one overall. Now that Kinect Sports Rivals has been tried and tested in the living room, what do we think about it? Well, it’s pretty satisfying and fun, that’s for sure. It’s not without its flaws, but it definitely gives you a really great reason to own an Xbox One, and it presents a nice glimpse of the possible future.

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Doodle Jump for Kinect

By Jorge Figueiredo - July 24th, 2013


Doodle Jump for Kinect (from Smoking Gun Interactive) is a cute game that will have you running from side to side, working up a sweat. While the style is charming, the overall feel of the game is that of a hand-held game blown up (in both size and price) to capitalize on an input method that, while fun for the first little while, becomes tedious and eventually causes the game to become somewhat boring.

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Holiday Ideas
Dance Central 3

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 16th, 2012


Do you find yourself longing to learn the various moves used in dance crazes of the past? Well look no further: Harmonix has you covered with Dance Central 3. The latest title in the popular dance series has been on the shelves for a little while now; but with holiday parties coming up, keeping this Kinect title in your play list might be a good step toward navigating through celebratory feasts and keeping a smile on your face.

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Nike+ Kinect Training

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 3rd, 2012


When the Kinect first hit the market, Ubisoft was on top of the game with the YourShape series. With a plethora of exercise routines and a simple feedback mechanism, YourShape was a helpful tool to help people keep in shape. Other companies tried to duplicate this with their own exercise games; but none of them were able to match the sheer usefulness of YourShape – until now. Nike and Sumo Digital take the exercise game to the next level with Nike+ Kinect Training. The bar has been raised pretty high, folks.

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