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Platform: Xbox 360

Kinect Star Wars Review

A mediocre game that fails to deliver on what it sets out to do, and what many fans were hoping for

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The most annoying aspects of Star Wars Kinect come with its visual glitches and inability to properly recognize the player and tie the game to their account (including achievements). The game’s visual glitches include a number of occasional camera issues, mostly during cutscenes, which will have you looking through the bottom of the level or staring straight at a wall for several seconds. While I have never personally experienced this problem with any other game, Star Wars Kinect seemed entirely unable to recognize me and log into my profile automatically. I was required to pause the game at the beginning of each level, menu, or event section of a level at times and then manually log into my account in order to properly receive things like achievements, be listed on leaderboards, etc. This led to me missing out on a number of achievements I should have received as well as properly being integrated into the game’s leaderboards, records, and leveling systems.
Kinect Star Wars

Star Wars Kinect isn’t a horrific game and I’m sure that the franchise has had considerably more terrible games in the past. That said, it also isn’t a good game by any stretch of the imagination. As such, I came off feeling entirely indifferent to it overall, but certainly not wanting to participate in its overly-long and limb-tiring game modes that require little more from me than simply quivering in place and moving my feet a bit. Star Wars Kinect’s biggest issue though is the fact that it fails to properly replicate any of the memorable moments from any of the films, instead deciding to create new characters and events which only feature a small number of franchise characters and, even then, only in cutscenes. As a romp through the franchise similar to Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Star Wars Kinect could have been gimmicky fun, but as something this generic and forgettable, it fails to be much of anything at all.

Our ratings for Kinect Star Wars on Xbox 360 out of 100 (Ratings FAQ)
The visuals are good, for the most part, but tend to vary from activity to activity.
Long mission lengths will leave limbs tired and everything can be accomplished just by waggling your arms about while walking in place.
Single Player
Lengthy missions and a vastly varying degree of difficulty riddled with tiny cinematics make the singleplayer rather grueling.
Almost every game is more fun with friends, but when you are both essentially just playing singleplayer side-by-side, what’s the point?
Visual glitches and the game’s inability to properly recognize the player and their account make for an annoying experience from time to time.
A mediocre experience that only the most hardcore of hardcore Star Wars fan will have any fun with.
Kinect Star Wars
Kinect Star Wars box art Platform:
Xbox 360
Our Review of Kinect Star Wars
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Game Ranking
Kinect Star Wars is ranked #1334 out of 1890 total reviewed games. It is ranked #112 out of 145 games reviewed in 2012.
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