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'Body and Brain', Kinect software reviews
Apr 13, 2011
By John Powell - G4 Canada
Spring has definitely sprung and for many of us that means getting off the couch and getting back into shape. Namco is taking that notion one step further by combining both body and brain exercise.
Working my brain AND my body? Ouch, sounds harsh. I anticipate great agony.
'Body and Brain Connection' for the Xbox 360's Kinect is a lower rent 'Brain Age' except it works both your muscles and your brain cells at the same time. Just like 'Brain Age', players must take a quiz to assess their current skill ranking. The Brain Fitness Test is supervised by renowned Japanese neuroscientist Dr. Ryuta Kawashima. Once the results are in and you have been graded, you can begin planning your daily exercise routine either alone or with friends, family.
Sharing the pain? Now that's comforting.
The exercises are fairly short and will have you reaching, stretching, pointing and kicking in no time. Using your hands, you will have to point to the appropriate times on a clock. You will be asked to pop balloons in sequential order and punch, kick bombs. In a soccer challenge, using your math skills, you will kick the appropriate ball (answer) into the net. You will match pairs, estimate the position of radar needles, catch pizzas and direct traffic with your arms acting as bridges.
None of those exercises though compare to the Pac Man challenge. With one hand you control Pac Man keeping him away from the deadly ghosts and simultaneously with the other hand you collect familiar rewards such as pretzels, cherries, peaches and strawberries. Juggling both tasks is zany and crazy.
Examining the entire package, the 'Body and Brain Connection' challenges are just too short and there aren't enough of them. Although the developers really did make full use of the Kinect's ingenious intuitive controls, they should have incorporated more exercises so they wouldn't be repeated so often. An exercise title lives and dies on its replayability. You have to want to come back on a daily basis to improve yourself. Like a fitness instructor who gobbles down donuts and breaks for a smoke between clients, 'Body and Brain Connection' just isn't very inspiring.
Body and Brain Connection
Kinect Software Review
If you have just picked up Microsoft's remarkable controller-free gaming accessory and are wondering which titles make the most out of the all-seeing camera, check out the list below.
How have Kinect and not this title? Soccer, bowling, boxing, table tennis and even decathlon sports all in one solid package. This title alone is worth owning a Kinect for as it represents endless hours of gameplay and really shows all that the Kinect can do.
Cute animals performing very adorable tricks? How can you not love this one? A surefire winner with kids, Kinectimals has you adopting a loveable cub of your own and exploring the island you both live on while also being a responsible pet owner.
Whether you are ready to bust a move or get your groove on, 'Dance Central' has the tunes to get you off your butt and on the dance floor. Developed by Harmonix, the creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Dance Central appeals to everyone from a club scene regular to those who are the unfortunate owners of two left feet. With a vast array of downloadable content and multiplayer modes, Dance Central has something for everyone.
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