Kinect SportsX360/$49.99/Available NowFollowing in the footsteps of Nintendo, Microsoft has decided to use sports to show off its motion-controlling device, the Kinect. While it may seem like a simple way to display how the hardware works, there's something special about head-to-head competition with friends, as you jump around your living room waving your arms and kicking your feet.
"Kinect Sports" features boxing, table tennis, volleyball, track and field, soccer, and bowling -- each of which has you mimicking the motions as your avatar on the screen reacts accordingly. Running in place will make your on-screen persona run; jump and he will jump as well. Whether you're young or old, playing in groups or alone, the game's easy-to-learn "controls" will have you earning the gold in no time flat.
If you happen to have a Kinect and you've exhausted your time with the included game, "Kinect Adventures," be sure to try out your athletic skills with the intuitive and enjoyable "Kinect Sports."
Media Link: Boxing airs live Friday, Jan. 7, on ESPN2.
Your Shape Fitness EvolvedX360/$49.99/Available Now
Gamers have been labeled unhealthy and lazy for years. The stereotype of basement-dwelling do-nothings who fear daylight and social interaction was quite common since the invention of the home console ... until now. Now that the world has been blessed with motion controls, developers have been finding fun and inventive ways to get gamers off their beanbag chairs and engaging in some good old-fashioned exercise. Thanks to the Kinect motion-capturing hardware and Ubisoft's creativity, this concept has leapt to the next level with "Your Shape Fitness Evolved."
The game, while disguised as a mere exercise title, is actually a technological wonder that places you on the screen using the Kinect camera. From there, the software tracks more than 50,000 points on your body to seamlessly analyze your movements. Whether you've chosen to play simple minigames or set up a full exercise schedule with a personal trainer, you're sure to find a bevy of activities that will have you smiling and burning calories.
If you're looking to shed a few of those holiday pounds or just want to feel a bit healthier, Ubisoft has made it entertaining and easy with "Your Shape Fitness Evolved."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun