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Kinect Star Wars
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"I'm Han Solo, I'm Han Solo."
Genre(s): Action
Platform(s): Xbox 360
Release: NA/EU: April 3, 2012
JP/AU: April 5, 2012
Engine: Infernal Engine
Developer(s): Terminal Reality
Publisher(s): LucasArts
Microsoft Studios
Country: United States
Series: Star Wars


Kinect Star Wars is a Star Wars video game by Terminal Reality and published by LucasArts and Microsoft Studios for the Xbox 360 that uses the Kinect motion peripheral. It was the last game to be published by LucasArts, just before Lucasfilm was bought by Disney that year.

Why It's Not Han Solo

  1. There are only five mini-games are available to play in this game.
  2. Terrible and paper-thin story that doesn't feel in-canon with Star Wars.
  3. The Kinect implementation is broken, resulting in unresponsive controls and/or movement detection.
  4. Frustrating and unfair difficulty spikes.
  5. None of the cast from the films reprise their roles. This is extremely apparent with Mace Windu and C-3PO, who sound nothing like Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Daniels, respectively.
  6. Space battles and speed-pods (pod racing mode included) suffer not only from the aforementioned unresponsive controls but also severely formulaic gameplay, meaning that they can get old and boring very quickly. What's more, they're outshone even by much older games such as Episode I Racer and virtually any game in the X-Wing and/or TIE Fighter series.
  7. The infamous Galactic Dance-Off mini-game is widely deemed by nearly everyone to be hands down the worst aspect of the game since it "ruined" the Star Wars characters, ripped off Dance Central, and bastardized several popular songs (such as "Y.M.C.A." and "Ridin' Solo") with Star Wars-themed lyrics, except the Death Star dance-off.
  8. In cut-scenes, you needed to wait to skip the cut-scenes by right arm control.
  9. One of the game modes involves playing as a Rancor rampaging in Tatooine, which comes across as being awkward and a borderline unintentional comedy and takes almost no effort to play since all the player has to do is flail their arms around.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. As noted, none of the dance mini-game's fault is about its gameplay, so it can be fun if you don't take it seriously. Amusingly enough it is probably the most responsive minigame of the bunch, too.
  2. The art style and presentation are both pretty decent for the most part.
  3. The voice actor behind Darth Sidious does a pretty good impression of him.
  4. The Death Star dance-off, while disrespectful to the source material, is pretty decent, as it doesn't use a song butched with unnecessary Star Wars lyrics (an instrumental version of "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" by deadmau5).
  5. As for the parody songs themselves, some of them (especially "I'm Han Solo", to the point where it eclipsed the original "Ridin' Solo") can be considered so bad, they're hilarious.

Reception

AngryJoe gave the game a 3/10, describing it to be a poor cash-in of the franchise. While he (jokingly) said that the events of the game are canon, this is no longer the case thanks to Disney's Star Wars Legends clause, which effectively decanonized all of the pre-2013 expanded universes, this game included.

Microsoft hyped up the game as the Kinect's "killer app" to the extent that they even released an R2-D2-themed Xbox 360 with a Kinect sensor, and a copy of the game. At best it was about on par with most other minigame collections for the console, and at worst, it was what finally killed what little reputation Kinect still had with gamers.

It is the last game to be released by LucasArts before Disney dissolved their development branch and laid off most of the staff. Games like 1313 and First Assault were canceled as a result.

Trivia

  • "I'm Han Solo" became an Internet meme.

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