Feeds

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Launch Games

We rate the first six titles

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Dance Central

RH Numbers

Of all Kinect's first-party launch titles, Dance Central is the most complete videogame.

Given developer Harmonix's pedigree in the rhythm-music genre that should come as no surprise. As creator of the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, Harmonix has proved master of measuring controller inputs against chords and beats, all wrapped up in highly polished gameplay. And Dance Central is no different, marking a logical progression afforded by Kinect to measure a whole new instrument: you.

Dance Central

I like to move it, move it

Of course, just like those wannabe-rockstar games, not everyone is comfortable dancing around their living room. But for those who are, Dance Central's 30 songs and 650 individual moves, covering hip hop, dance, disco, pop and Latin disciplines, will keep players bopping away for months to come.

With easily the most impressive responsiveness of the launch games – not to mention the most impressive menu system - Dance Central has no problem tracking individual limbs at the speed of some seriously fast dance moves. And it provides instant feedback in the form of red outlines if you're not quite nailing a move. Impressive enough in single-player mode, with two players battling out together, the game proves the Kinect technology by dispelling any fears over latency.

Dance Central

Schmove criminal

Even though players will likely first experience Dance Central as a party game, Harmonix's trademark progression and Break it Down systems provide the enticement to keep playing and the tools to keep improving. All but the most two-left-footed of dancers will be able to attain a decent level of performance, as they build upon basic steps to master some dazzling moves.

Dance Central is easily the best Kinect launch title, if not one of the best motion-controlled games on any platform. With its high degree of polish, tough, progressive challenge, and all-round fun factor, it's the one Kinect launch title you'll be playing for months to come.

Dance CentralReg Rating 85%
Price £40
More Info Harmonix Games' official Dance Central website

 More Kinect on Reg Hardware

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Next page: Kinectimals

More from The Register

next story
WTF happened to Pac-Man?
In his thirties and still afraid of ghosts
Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics
LightwaveRF and Arduino: Bright ideas for dim DIYers
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES
I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't let you text that
Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola
The part that Google never got will play ball with Redmond
Happy 25th birthday, Game Boy!
Monochrome handset ushered in modern mobile gaming era
Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc
Take a look at this new NFC jewellery – why, what were you thinking of?
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.