Shout It Out! - Impressions of Skyrim's Kinect Abilities


Posted May 7, 2012 - By Rob Manuel


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Dragonborn, let your voice ring true with the new Kinect-enabled abilities in the latest patch hitting Skyrim. With the DLC already on the way, we thought now would be a good time to test out our dragon shouting skills.

And it works. Instead of having to flip through the menus of Skyrim to switch shouts, you can simply say what you want. Even if you don’t know your OD AH VIING from your STRUN BAH QO, you can simply say what you want from the shout. That is if you can remember the names.

The patch adds support for other actions such as pausing the game or equipping weapons. Here’s where things get a little sticky. Some of the abilities work better than others, and much like the shouts, you need to say exactly what you want or it won’t work. I find that the pause between switching items or weapons gives me a moment to think when I’m looking down the snout of a dragon.

When it works, the Kinect features really make you feel like you’re a part of the action. Missing a shout by a word or waiting that second for the system to try to figure out what the hell you’re saying kicks you out of the experience. Luckily, it’s all for free so you can try it out without loosing a cent.

Warm up those vocal cords. We’re going to war!

Shout It Out! - Impressions of Skyrim's Kinect Abilities


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