Kinect review round-up OF DOOM: everything in one place!

Thursday, 4th November 2010 06:09 GMT By Nathan Grayson


The embargo’s officially lifted on Kinect, and boy was it damming back a serious flood of content. As in, this may be the Internet’s Noah’s Ark. Seriously people, grab two of whatever rodent happens to be scurrying through your house, build a boat, and jump past the break. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a paddle. And some tissues. You’ll need them to dab up the tears of blood that’ll be oozing from your eyes after all this reading.

  • Hardware:
  • Dance Central
  • Kinect Sports
  • Kinect Adventures
  • Kinectimals

Kinect Joy Ride:

  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved:


If you find any more in between barely keeping your head above water and choking on a Kinectimal, let us know and we’ll toss ‘em up there.



  1. Chris2pher_Jack

    I posted many in the News section an hour ago…
    “…CVG Kinect Reviews:
    Hardware gets an 8.8 –
    Joy Ride: 5.3 –
    Kinect Adventures: 6.3 –
    Kinect Sports: 7.9 –

    Eurogamer Kinect reviews:
    (don’t see the actual hardware score)
    Dance Central: 8.0
    Kinect Sports: 7.0
    Kinect Adventures: 6.0
    Kinectimals: 7.0
    Kinect Joy Ride: 5.0

    Cnet Kinect Review:
    Hardware gets an 7.0 –;txt

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Chris2pher_Jack

    I personally don’t have a wife & kids to entertain & i got bored of the casual games very quickly after the eyetoy first came out, nothing hardcore for it on the horizon, if there is, i personally wouldn’t want to know about it. The hardware itself seems quite poor & that all the effort is in the software. Being able to navigate the menu with my voice & hands, while sounds cool, it’s something i could bet that the PS EYE could do with a firmware update.
    So for me, Kinect far from justifies the $200 (AUD) investment.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Michael O’Connor

    Quality scores for the game that interested me the most. Good stuff.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. RickyWicky

    Kinda sucks that we’re going to mostly be seeing a bunch of bull-poo games that would have been shit even without Kinect for awhile. But I’m sure that, over time, we’ll start seeing some better games and not crap pushed out in the interest of time.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. DJ Deathstar

    Main reviews i wanted to see were Dance Central and Kinect Sports and looks like both have been well received, may pick Kinect up at some point next year

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Withnail

    The Engadget score is 6/10 (look on the right hand side of the page).

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Joe Anderson


    “if you ever want to use Kinect with two players (and you should) you need plenty of room. If you don’t have room, don’t buy Kinect” – EuroGamer

    #7 4 years ago
  8. onyxbox

    I think you have to read between the lines for most reviews; most sites don’t want to upset the hand that feeds too much so I’d say they’re being cautiously optimistic rather than gunning for ‘em.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. rainer

    You missed the review on Ars Technica verdict = skip

    Seems overall needs more polish as the general response.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. back_up

    hehehe Fighters Uncaged and Joy ride failed

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Crazyreyn

    Kinect Adventures (Digital Spy) – 3/5

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Blerk

    Those scores are generally higher than I was expecting for most of the titles. Have to have a trawl through a few and see what’s what.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DBZ0wnz

    Anything that got a high score would of been rated by children.

    Does Kintect have FPS/TPS, no. Does Wii & PS Move have TPS/FPS, yes.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Blerk

    Because it’s impossible for adults to enjoy anything other than shooters, right?

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Ge0force

    No because most adults need some variety and depth in their games :)

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Dannybuoy

    Well, from what I can deduce from reading these reviews is that Kinect fails to meet the potential alluded to by Microsoft. It sounds like lag will be an issue with anyone beyond the casual crowd and the games are lack luster. A classic Microsoft launch then. ho ho ho

    #16 4 years ago
  17. ARFarokhi

    As i thought, Kinect failed in terms of hardware & software ratings, but it will sell very good because of Microsoft’s expertise in marketing and the noobism that is growing in video games industry.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Callum

    Don’t write it off yet, that’s all I have to say. The indie devs will save us! :-)

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    These scores all look very familiar. It’s like the Wii and Move launches all over again. Some good stuff, some average stuff, some utterly horrendous stuff.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. M2Kx

    that’s exactly that, what I wanted to post.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Robo_1

    The reviews are generally positive, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that the space requirements are going to gimp it for many people.

    I’m seriously not sure if it’s worth their effort to release Kinect in Japan, given the typically smaller living spaces found there.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Keivz

    How does an 8 out of 10 equal for a launch game equal failure for the device? I have a feeling that when the ball gets rolling, gamers will be eating this up (i.e., wait for Child of Eden & the like).

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Jan

    #21 Robo_1 – You forgot how small people are in Japan, they are tiny, so its no problems :D

    #23 4 years ago
  24. M2Kx

    @22: CoE is a bad example. Several mags had already their hands on and said the game is brilliant, as long you don’t have to control with kinect :D

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    “I have a feeling that when the ball gets rolling, gamers will be eating this up”

    Real Gamers? Never. Casuals? For 130 GBP and e.t.c.? I want to see that first.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Blerk

    “Never” is a very strong word.

    I’m curious to know what the definition of a ‘real’ gamer is, btw.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. StolenGlory

    “Never” precludes me from expanding my horizons.

    A ‘real’ gamer is not always a conservative one.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. M2Kx

    @26: “real gamer” = “core gamer”

    comprendes? :D

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Erthazus

    “I’m curious to know what the definition of a ‘real’ gamer is, btw.”

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Johnny Cullen

    I’ve said never to Kinect, only because I’m not sure if the space in my living room is big enough.

    But even now, I am getting very tempted.

    A pre-order might be in by the weekend with Dance Central and something else.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. The Hindle

    They say Kinect can see you on EG, surely now its only a matter of time before it goes self aware? The machines will rise :D

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Psychotext

    It’s all fun and games until the robots start crushing skulls.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Petulant Radish

    @29, from your own link:

    “There is currently no unanimously agreed upon definition for the term.”

    #33 4 years ago
  34. cookiejar

    Ironically, its probably some of the ‘hardcore’ Xbox fans that are lining up over night to get this thing! I can’t see Aunty Mary waiting in line to get this for her Tarquin.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Blerk

    Poor old Tarquin. Socks for him again this year.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Erthazus

    @33, ““There is currently no unanimously agreed upon definition for the term.””

    Because there are many of them: Pro Gamer, RetroGamer, Hardcore Gamer and e.t.c.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Psychotext

    You’re all casuals to me bitches.

    /speed runs Super Meat Boy glitch worlds for fun
    /completes Trials HD extreme levels for platinum ranks
    /puts Demon’s Souls into pure dark tendency for teh lolz

    /pats Kinectimals kitty

    #37 4 years ago
  38. DrDamn

    Aren’t those just more terms rather than definitions?

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Panou

    I’m very surprised of Kinect Sports results… I was expecting lower grades for this one.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. Blerk

    @36: And they’re pretty much all complete bullshit.

    Something either appeals or it doesn’t, but that doesn’t mean that it’s an instant fail or somehow less worthy. Limiting the types of games you play because of some bizarre ‘image’ that you want to maintain is completely ridiculous and bordering on snobbery.

    By all means take the shovelware to task, but don’t discount something as “worthless” to the more traditional gamer just because you don’t much like the look of it.

    There’s nothing at all appealing in the current Kinect line-up for me either. But who’s to say that next month they won’t show something that’ll look fantastic?

    #40 4 years ago
  41. freedoms_stain

    Man, I obviously need more coffee, I clicked on this article fully expecting reviews for DOOM the game ported for Kinect.

    From what I played of Kinect I’m not surprised the scores are not great, shame for early adopters. You get to pay the premium price point without any premium benefits.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Tomchoucrew

    Xboxygen for french people :) : (no score)

    #42 4 years ago
  43. OlderGamer

    Just for the record so called hardcore gamers can become more and more casual as they get older. It doesn’t some how make them or the games they enjoy any less important. I would argue that because of the buying power of a say 40yr old is sizable compared to a 17yr old, the imporatance of a aiging gamer may well be MUCH larger then many of you folks think.

    The problem that I can tell you is that as a gamer in my 50s, far less of the games being pushed apeal to me. I don’t need fiveplus online MP shooters(with a new one every three months). There is a huge misconception in the industry(media, dev/pub, retail, and gamer base) that games are for the younger only crowd. I mean think of it this way, lets say your 17, 27, or 37 right now…do you plan to stop playing games someday? I don’t mean slow down because you have less time, the kids need shoes, you bought a new house, or the wife looks at you with a twinkle in her eye, I mean stop. Out and out stop buying systems and playing games? The answer is no, for the overwhelming majority of us.

    However what we like does change. You don’t watch the same kinds of movies/tv shows or listen to the same kinds of new music that you used to. Your perspective on life and the way you see things changes. The games you want to play change too.

    So get off of your self made crown. In this day and age there is no such thing as a hardcore gamer. None. I own Halo Reach, BFBC2, Gears, and I own Move and the Wii. I play Pop-Cap games as much as Capcom ones(maybe more)(Plants VS Zombies ftw). I can’t get enough diablo style action rpgs(Titan Quest, TourchLight, Phantasy Star Online/Universe). I laugh at Forza and GT now, 10-15 yrs ago I played and enjoyed GTone. I can’t wait to get my copy of NFS:HP. I play Civ like my life depends on it. I love Music games(RB/GH). My point is that I own games from all different corners of the game industry. I don’t simply line up for CoD games when they launch. I hate the God of War games. My tastes are wide and varried.

    I think THAT is what happens when you get older. I don’t buy at all into the idea that you somehow stop being important or that there is some secret handshaking club called hardcore. There are no elite gamers, only gamers that think they are elite.

    As far as Kinect goes. I am not interested at this time. I just don’t see a game jumping out at me. I just got a Move a bit back and am enjoying that. When the line up for Kinect changes I may pick it up. But to each their own. If a gamer wants to buy and enjoys Kinect, whats the difference to me or to you?

    #43 4 years ago
  44. spiderLAW

    these scores are really not that bad at all. Good job Microsoft!

    #44 4 years ago
  45. OrbitMonkey

    Theirs no *hardcore* gamers. Theirs teenage boys & everybody else. If your still judging folk on what & how they play by the time your in your twentys you missed the maturity boat.

    #45 4 years ago
  46. DrDamn

    As a Kinect sceptic I’d say I’m also impressed with the scores overall. Some of the damage limitation they were doing in the run up I was expecting more of a train wreck. However there is some good stuff in there. Reading into the reviews I’d say it does have some concerns with depth and control, *but* the general feeling in them is that is outweighed by the fun factor. How long the fun factor can maintain it is another thing, but it does add something new.

    #46 4 years ago
  47. Johnny Cullen

    I’ve added those links in and given the full list a massive edit to make it cleaner.

    #47 4 years ago
  48. Gekidami

    The hardware scores are far from ‘glowing’ for the most part.

    #48 4 years ago
  49. DrDamn

    True, but what they are reviewing is not just the hardware but also the current state of the software libraries. Which more than any other recent hardware release has the greatest potential to improve (in my opinion).

    #49 4 years ago
  50. JonFE

    Once again OlderGamer lives up to his nickname and shares his wisdom.

    As someone on the edge of turning 40, I salute you; Well Done Sir!

    #50 4 years ago
  51. Petulant Radish

    I’m a hardcore porn viewer, I literally only watch hardcore porn. That casual porn is bollocks.

    #51 4 years ago
  52. Filofax

    @8 I think you hit the nail on the head.

    #52 4 years ago
  53. Patrick Garratt

    @51 – CotD.

    #53 4 years ago
  54. Psychotech

    No wonder most of these reviews are a little on the soft side with the hardware’s obvious flaws.there’s half a billion marketing campaign after all ;)

    #54 4 years ago
  55. NoxNoctisUmbra

    Seems like Kinect is not for me.. The games are just TOO casual, and so far none of them have great and fun controls, well maybe DANCE game has good ones, but its too gay for me.

    #55 4 years ago

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