Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Mass Effect 3 Kinect Integration may Suprise you


Microsoft's presentation at E3 was an interesting one. As usual, there were more than a few games that stood above the rest, and of course Microsft's arm-waggling, controller-free peripheral - Kinect was back in the spotlight after being showcased the year before.

Then came the shocking news.....Some of our favorite franchises will be integrating Kinect into their gameplay!!!!

Hardcore gamers rioted on every continent in anger, whole city blocks were looted and destroyed, and the economy collapsed with only small groups of mankind surviving the apocalypse.....IT WAS THE END OF THE WORLD.....or at least that's how a lot of people made it out to be. Reactions all over the gaming industry were a mixture of Disappointment and outright disgust.

But really, can we honestly say we were surprised....be honest now. The Kinect was a massive success for Microsoft, selling over 10 million devices in the year since it was released in November 2010. If Microsoft didn't run with it,..... they'd be crazy.

One of the games in question was Mass Effect 3 (The third in the series of hugely popular Science Fiction RPG's)

Mass effect has been one of Bioware's most successful and well thought out franchises, with its excellent focus on characters and story, a decent leveling system and combat that combined a good duck-and-cover system with interesting weapons and abilities.

To many, the integration of Kinect into Mass Effect was a bad idea, but recently one of the IGN crew got a chance to test it out and only had positive things to say about it.

Mass Effect 3 will only be utilizing the voice capabilities of the Kinect and none of the motion-sensing functionality, which due to it's extensive menu system and upgrade options is definitely a blessing.

For this particular game, moving around fast is extremely important as well, and Kinect would only hamper movement. Instead, they have included voice capabilities for interacting with your squad members and changing your own arsenal of weaponry.

Instead of pausing the menu and selecting squad commands (as with the previous games) you will now be able to refer to them by name and issue movement commands and other orders through your voice, as well as changing your own weaponry and abilities.

According to those who have had the opportunity to play the game, the voice commands are completely responsive and accurate, with almost no issues.

Other less important voice controls are used within the game, like item interaction and opening doors, but if squad combat is as good with Kinect as they say...then this is certainly going to be fun.

If it works, then maybe they'll be introducing it into Dragon Age 3 as well.(their other successful single player RPG)

I personally cannot wait to scream commands at my TV and finally have it respond correctly.

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