The Kinect sensor for Microsoft Xbox 360 is breaking all sales records for its intuitive casual gaming appeal to the regular users; however, it hasn’t been able to garner much support from the more hardcore user segment of the console. Similar to the perception for the Sony PlayStation 3 Move and also the Nintendo Wii, the Kinect motion controller has been looked down upon as being meant only for casual gamers and people who aren’t very serious about gaming. However this image might soon be up for a change according to the claims of Ubisoft and Twisted Pixel. Both these companies are at the moment working on projects which feature two shooting games which will be compatible with the Kinect motion controller and thus can be the incentive for the hardcore gamers to see it as a genuine gaming controller option.
Ubisoft’s upcoming sci-fi shooter Child of Eden takes place in a setting inside a computer system. The players go through the game fighting adversaries such as computer viruses to ensure that Project Lumi which is an experiment succeeds in creating human intelligence. It is Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s brainchild who also produced Rez, the cult music and shooting title. In a way, Child of Eden can be considered as a sequel to Rez because both the games share thematic similarities and prioritize soundtracks and music. The users are provided control through Kinect and can aim their weapons by waving in front of the screen and use gestures and clapping to use special features and change weapons in the game. Twisted Pixel has on the other hand created a more comic, wild-west themed title called the Gunstringer. The controlling of this game involves aiming with the right hand and controlling movement with the left. The game allows a lot of control to the user by providing an array of different gestures for a higher degree of control.