Microsoft recently brought in the newest build of Kinect Star Wars, and we got our hands on and bodies into some of the new modes. From dancing feet to feats of destruction, Kinect Star Wars tries to cover all the bases when it comes to taking you into this epic series. While we’ve gone lightsaber to saber before and taken the checkered flag in pod racing, these new modes take the game in a completely new direction as we burn it up on the dance floor of Jabba’s Palace and take control of a rancor and try to wreck a budding empire. These new additions had us working up a sweat while having a little fun along the way.
Out Of The Pit
When Gungans leave a little surprise for the robotic troops, it doesn’t take much in the way of imagination to understand what two stories of flesh and terror can do to an open plaza. From a third-person perspective, the player takes control of this monstrosity as you fulfill your duty in wrecking untold havoc in the new Rancor Rampage mode. Swing your arms, clap, turn, and perform a variety of other feats to cause your rancor to tear up the town.
Slapping the ground causes the beast from below to do the same, sending shockwaves across the plaza. Moving forward with a quick push causes a dash that takes out anything in your way. Even bending down and bringing your hand to your mouth will cause your character to eat one of the denizens. Chewing sounds are not required, but are greatly appreciated by anyone watching.
As your trek of terror continues, more troops appear to fire on you. Constantly moving, attacking, and knowing when to eat seems to be the key to survival. Our turn was short lived as we were still working on getting our rancor legs, but it’s a fun diversion for those seeking a little mindless destruction.
Moves Like Jabba
As everyone knows, dance is an international language, but it’s also an intergalactic one as well. Galactic Dance Off puts you into the tight fishnets of Oola as you try to dance your way into the heart, or other vital organs, of Jabba. This new mode takes more than just a couple of cues from the Dance Central series, but it all comes together in a way that makes it work within the world of jedis. As each of the moves scrolls up, pictures show you how to swing, bop, or pose for the most points. All the moves reflect action taken in the game such as force push, mind trick, or blaster. It’s this cool nod to the game that adds a bit of flavor to the mode.
As someone with two left feet, the moves seem a bit easier to grasp than some of the more complicated steps in Dance Central. Star Wars music gets a slight dance tweak, but you can still hear those familiar tunes blasting out of the virtual band. And if that doesn’t get your blood pumping, a certain princess in a metal bikini joins the dance troop to show you how it’s done. As you hit the moves just right, you’ll see that telltale ring form around you to prove that you did it right. Sure it all seems familiar, but it all comes from a galaxy long ago and far, far away.
The Pod-fic Additions
We couldn’t let the demo end without taking a few laps in one of the pod races. Graphics seem to have improved since the last time we saw them as you jet around canyons and tight corners. Pushing your boost at just the right time while still being able to handle your racer continues to be the key to victory–besides having a high metachlorian count. We’ll let you know how it all turns out when Kinect Star Wars races to Xbox 360 on April 3.