I only bought my Xbox because of the Kinect. I was intrigued by the next level of advancement of motion sensor gaming. In contrast to the Wii, with the Kinect there are no batteries are needed because your body is the controller. I was able to buy Xbox 4GB console and Kinect on sale for around $250. There are several memory options of the Xbox console, but if you are not a real serious gamer like me, the 4GB is fine. However if, you want to play games like Halo, Call of Duty, or Far Cry, you might be better off splurging for the 250GB console (which is going to be about $100 more expensive). If you don’t, you might end up running out of memory and have to buying the larger memory console later. Save yourself the time and money and buy what you need the first time around.
When using the Kinect, you need a lot of room. A good playing area is about 6-8 feet away from the sensor. They recommend at least 10 feet if there are 2 players. I play in an area less than 6 feet, so my head is a little cut off on the projection image. This means that on some games I am lose points because the sensor does not full recognize my movements. But for the most part, the sensor does a pretty good job of knowing where I am and what movements I am trying to make.
If you buy the Kinect new, you will probably have the Kinect Adventures game to come with it. Since the Kinect is fairly new, most of the Kinect games are going to be the most expensive. From what I have seen, the average prices start at about $40. Most of the games that I want are $50, so I am waiting for sales and specials. During the Christmas holidays, there were Amazon specials and I was able to get Dance Central 2 for $30 (regular price $50) and The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout for $20 (regular price $40).
I can rent games from Blockbuster, but since the Kinect games are newer, it cost $2-3 a day unless I buy the gaming subscription. I have Blockbuster Online which allows me to put games in my queue. As of yet, I have not received any games because there is a long wait for all the Kinect games.
Overall, I love my Xbox with Kinect. It is worth the money spent. I am able to exercise without feeling like I am doing a workout. So far, I have lost 5 pounds. I am motivated to keep on playing my games and burning off the pounds.
Dance Central 2 is dancing game that is a lot of fun but be sure to have plenty of room so that you can move around.
When I bought it, I was confident that I would have high scores because I have plenty of rhythm. I know Spanish dances (bachata, salsa, cumbia, merengue) by basically learning the steps. If I can do that, I should be able to do this game. Right? I did not realize that most of the dance moves were like the choreography that is on music videos. Plus, my overconfidence did not prepare me for the fact that I would not get full credit for the dance moves if the whole body is not EXACTLY like the dance on screen. The graphics are so good so that you can really see the body positions for the different moves.
Of the different dance settings to choose, I like the exercise workout setting called “Fitness”. There are various fitness playlists that play different upbeat songs to get the heart racing. It tracks the amount of time spent playing and even counts calories burned. I don’t use the calorie counter because it seems to underestimate calories. I have unlocked different options on the game by getting high scores and playing times.
My favorite dance is Lil T.
My favorite song is Satellite by Lena (it has a high difficulty rating probably because of the Catwalk move-not as easy as it sounds).
I like that there is a wide variety of song. There is hip hop, dance, techno, R&B, old school, slow and fast beats. Here is a list of some of the songs and the artists that I have danced in the last month that I have had this game.
- “Baby Got Back (Mix Mix)” Sir Mix-a-Lot
- “Bad Romance” Lady Gaga
- “Born This Way” Lady Gaga
- “Body to Body” Electric Valentine
- “Bulletproof” La Roux
- “Club Can’t Handle Me” Flo Rida ft. David Guetta
- “Conceited (There’s Something About Remy)” Remy Ma
- “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” Usher ft. Pitbull
- “Fire Burning” Sean Kingston
- “Get Ur Freak On” Missy Elliot
- “Grenade” Bruno Mars
- “I Like It” Enrique Iglesias ft. Pitbull 2010s 3 Riptide Emilia
- “I Wish for You” EXILE
- “Impacto (Remix)” Daddy Yankee ft. Fergie
- “Last Night” Diddy ft. Keyshia Cole
- “Like a G6” Far East Movement ft. Cataracs and Dev
- “Mai Ai Hee (Dragostea Din Tei)” O-Zone
- “Massive Attack” Nicki Minaj ft. Sean Garrett
- “Meddle” Little Boots
- “My Prerogative” Bobby Brown
- “Nothin’ on You” B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars
- “Oops (Oh My)” Tweet ft. Missy Elliot 2000s 3 The Glitterati Jaryn
- “Real Love” Mary J. Blige
- “Rude Boy” Rihanna
- “Run (I’m a Natural Disaster)” Gnarls Barkley
- “Sandstorm” Darude
- “Satellite” Lena
- “Sexy Chick” David Guetta ft. Akon
- “Somebody to Love” Justin Bieber
- “Technologic” Daft Punk
- “The Breaks” Kurtis Blow
- “The Humpty Dance” Digital Underground
- “This Is How We Do It” Montell Jordan
- “Toxic” Britney Spears
- “Turn Me On” Kevin Lyttle
- “Venus” Bananarama
- “Whip My Hair” Willow Smith
- “You’re a Jerk” New Boyz
Overall, I really like this game. This is the first dancing game that I bought, but I have found that the graphics are better than some of the other dancing games on the market. To some, the song selection may get old after a while, but there is the option to download more songs using XBox Live. I do not mind because I think the songs have nice beats that get me moving. I am glad that I found something that can help to keep me active, burning calories on a regular basis, and there are enough songs and difficulty levels so that I won’t be bored any time soon.