As Microsoft prepares to launch Project Natal, gamers are heaping negativity on the unexplored tech. It is only fitting that TQcast.com flip the script and give the most ambitious motion gaming device some love. Former Vice President of Microsoft Game Studios, Shane Kim, has already gone on record as saying that Project Natal is backwards compatible with the entire Xbox 360 library once the game is patched which gives us with many possible Natal titles. So without further ado here’s the top 5 games we would like to play in no particular order.
5: Fifa 2010
While several people have already denied that motion controls will be used in FIFA, you cannot stop a man from dreaming! Imagine the game is in Extra Time and Messi chips ball into the air towards you. You jostle with Carvalho and bend backwards trapping the ball on your chest. You see John Terry sliding in from the left, so you jump over him and as your left foot hits the ground, you swing your right leg in real time hammering the ball past helmet-haired Peter Cech. As you dance around your room, your onscreen character replicates every move. Just imagine the celebrations you will see online. Sure you could just go play soccer outside, but you will not get the chance to nutmeg David Beckham in your backyard.
4: The Sims / Xbox Live’s “Game Room”
Sure…laugh it up. You would never be caught dead playing The Sims, let alone walking around some virtual world. You might not but there are a lot of people who would. Your body would be the controller as you move around the world interacting with physical objects, participating in events, and of course chatting it up with your friends via the microphone in Natal.
What would really be nice is a game similar to LittleBigPlanet except you use Natal to navigate your Xbox Live Avatar through courses and levels. Sure Sackboy is cool and all, but nothing beats using your likeness to smack around your friends or building levels with caricatures of your family. Hopefully the debut of My Avatar World is not far off.
3: Fight Night Round 4
Recreating moves in UFC 2010 without a partner would be difficult, so one has to consider Fight Night Round 4 the number one choice for simulation fighting on Natal.
Your onscreen character mirrors your physical features and adjusts as you get into shape training with heavy bags, speed bags, and sparring partners. Then you head into your first bout, bobbing and weaving through your opponent’s onslaught of punches. Your cardio in real life is up is horrible and your out of shape avatar is hit by a vicious right cross to the temple. Your only savior…the bell rings. As you count the stars on the screen, a friend/partner steps in and becomes the interactive trainer repairing you in real time! They clean your face, patch up a cuts, and hydrate you before the next round. After your pep talk, you get back in there…eating lightning and crapping thunder until you zing your opponent with a punch to the family jewels. Just be sure to stay out of the clinch and cover your ears when your opponent gets up because payback is coming.
2: Madden 2010
EA Sports Be A Pro Modes changed video games by putting you in the role of an actual professional athlete, but with Natal’s help, you can virtually fill those shoes. Play quarterback and use a wireless headset to receive plays from your coach. Go into the huddle and watch your teammate’s faces as you rattle off the next play. Maybe you grab your running back’s face mask and remind him to watch your blind side. Hopefully he likes you or that little stunt might cost you your career. Spins, stiff arms, and sprinting would all be based on your movements. Lean forward and jump a bit to dive over the players in the trenches to get that goal line touch down. Go up to grab an interception on defense or strip the ball from an unsuspecting QB. Celebrate with a cell phone or perhaps a little Riverdance. If it’s in the game…you made it happen
1: Dead or Alive 4
Are you sick of your friends talking trash and not being able to do anything about it? Thanks to Natal, you can shut his/her mouth up in Dead or Alive 4. Watch the tutorial, learn the moves and then use your body to unleash severe bodily damage to your pal without real life consequences. Throw them off a mountain or into a passing car. Listen as their bones crunch under the weight of your impressive palm strikes. Laugh as they tumble down a long flight of stairs and then off the edge before you pummel them again. Taunt them verbally as you end the match with a powerful special move and watch your friendship dissolve right before your eyes.
So you have seen our five, what games do you want to see patched for Natal?