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 Dance Central 3  and other Kinect-powered titles debuted for Xbox 360

Dance Central 3 and other Kinect-powered titles debuted for Xbox 360

June 4, 2012 | By Eric Caoili




Microsoft has unveiled a number of new titles coming to Xbox 360 -- like Dance Central 3 and Splinter Cell: Blacklist -- with most of those upcoming titles featuring support for the Kinect motion sensing peripheral.

The latest iteration of Harmonix's dance game series, one of the biggest-selling exclusives for Xbox 360 Kinect, releases this fall with Dance Central 3. It will feature dance moves from the "70s, '80s, '90s, '00s and beyond."

Microsoft's E3 presentation also debuted Splinter Cell: Blacklist, a new entry for Ubisoft's stealth-focused third-person shooter coming in Spring 2013. Its new Kinect features allow players to attract enemies' attention and call in air strikes with their own voices.

The platform holder also revealed a partnership with sports apparel company Nike to produce Nike+ Kinect Training, a new fitness app that works with the motion sensing accessory. It can track players' progress, connect them with others to work out with, and remind them when they're due for a workout via their phones.

Electronic Arts took the stage, too, to show off how players can use voice commands with Kinect to call plays and hike the ball in Madden NFL 13. In FIFA 13, Kinect lets players change tactics or formations, but it also captures their reactions to referee calls, and penalizes them if they overreact.

Other new titles shown at the show included Epic Games and People Can Fly's Gears of War: Judgment (coming 2013), Playground Games and Turn 10 Studios' Forza Horizon (Octber 2012), Twisted Pixel's Lococycle (2013), and Gore Verbinski's Matter (2013).

Signal Studios, the Seattle-based studio behind the Toy Soldiers series, also showed off a new action title called Ascend: New Gods, which will feature asynchronous multiplayer gameplay that works across Xbox 360 and Windows Phones.

Several previously announced games made an appearance at the show, too, such as Lionhead's Fable: The Journey (September 2012), Obsidian's South Park: The Stick of Truth (March 2013), Iron Galaxy's Angry Birds-esque Wreckateer (Summer 2012) Treyarch's Call of Duty: Black Ops II (November 2012), Capcom's Resident Evil 6 (October 2012), and 343 Industries' Halo 4 (November 2012).


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