Holiday Shopping Guide: 5 Awesome Xbox Kinect Games from 2011

The Kinect is still a young peripheral, and while several games promise that they’re better with Kinect, here are the 5 that had the best showing from 2011.

Child of Eden Kinect box artChild of Eden

Metacritic: 84

Average price: $39.99

As a rythm-based shooter, this is nothing like the rest of the games on this list.

The game is a mixture of light and sound. Players, as the controller, take aim and fire into corrupted stages. As they purify the stages, they open new worlds and challenges.

The concept is simple, and some players will rush through the game in a few hours. But players who work towards completing the unique challenges will find far more enjoyment.

Dance Central 2Dance Central 2 box art

Metacritic: 86

Average price: $49.99

As a launch title for the Kinect, Dance Central was the embodiment of great software to new hardware. It wasn’t perfect, but even The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has glitches now and then.

The biggest complaint from the first game was addressed. Now, two players dance simultaneously, rather than taking turns.

As an added bonus, owners of the first game can import all songs and dances into Dance Central 2, allowing for twice the options while trying to bust a move against your cousin this holiday season.

The Gunstringer box artThe Gunstringer

Metacritic: 76

Average price: $39.99

The best thing about this game is that it was developed to interest hardcore gamers. The worst thing about this game is that it was developed to interest hardcore gamers.

The controls take getting used to, as players control the marionette sheriff with one hand and shoot with the other. The game offers more variety to the gameplay than most Kinect games, and the story (while short) is interesting.

Also, a free download code for Fruit Ninja Kinect comes with the game.

Kinect: Disneyland Adventures box artKinect: Disneyland Adventure

Metacritic: 75

Average price: $49.99

This is a title that is only good for families who have been to Disneyland.

Players can explore every part of the park, ride the rides, and interact with the characters.

However, avoid this game if you have never been or have never taken your children to the most magical place on earth.

Sesame Street: Once Upon a MonsterSesame Street: Once Upon a Monster

Metacritic: 79

Average price: $49.99

From the creators of Stacking and Brutal Legend comes a game for children.

It’s somewhat educational and all fun. The game features several minigames especially fun with multiple players.

The game is good for everyone in the household. However, older kids and adults will have much more fun playing with the young kids in the family. For young families, this deserves a place in the collection.


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Posted on December 8, 2011, in Holiday Shopping Lists and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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