New Video Claims Mass Effect 3 Will be "Better With Kinect"
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New Video Claims Mass Effect 3 Will be "Better With Kinect"

Today we bring you a new commercial touting the capabilities of the Xbox 360's Kinect motion control peripheral in Mass Effect 3.  The Kinect has been a whipping boy for many gamers since it's announcement, and this video is probably not going to change that.  At all.  As a semi-proud owner of the device, I can definitively say, "It's okay, I guess."   

The new video displays some very cool commands.  I can appreciate what they're trying to do, but I'd rather tap a button than say "Shotgun," especially if I'm trying to down a triple Baconator while I play.  If the VC work well this may really change the way people game.  A lot of my friends already scream at their TV's when gaming, so this seems like a natural progression.  Fair warning, if I walk into a room and hear you yelling "Carnage," and "Liara - Move," I will take it upon myself to constantly work the word "frag grenade" into the conversation.  God help you if ME3 will let me pause/unpause your game. 

I know I can use my Kinect to run my Xbox 360 dashboard, either through motion controls or with my voice.  It works very well, but after about two minutes I went back to using the controller. I have not played Mass Effect 3 with the Kinect, so I can't attest to the accuracy of the voice commands.  If they're anything like the voice commands in my car, I expect to be making calls to my Grandma whenever I really want to throw a grenade.

Of course, all of this is fine and dandy, until I have to hear you issue voice commands on the other end of the mic.  If I ask you to use your shotgun, will I switch to my shotgun?  How exactly is this going to work with co-op?   Easy answer: It won't.  There won't be any Kinect voice commands in Mass Effect 3's co-op mode. Logistically, it makes sense.

What do you think, folks?  Do you enjoy verbally ordering characters around, or would you rather use your tried and true controller?  Do PS3, PC, and Kinect-less 360 owners feel slighted?  Let the Kinect love/hate fest begin!

Mass Effect 3 will launch on March 6th for the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.  It supports four player online co-op.

 

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