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Gears of War + Kinect = Yay? Or the exact opposite? We may find out soon

As far as inspiring ambivalent reactions goes, this news is on a par with being offered a million pounds but being told you have to tongue-kiss a silverback gorilla to get it.

Kinect, so far thought a casuals-only party toy/stupidity facilitator by the core gamer, may be getting a Gears of War game. And if the rumours are true, it could be confirmed very soon. But would such a thing improve Kinect, or would it ruin Gears?

It's a tricky one to answer at this point, given the unsubstantiated nature of the story and the lack of details on how such a game would work. Word currently is that Microsoft and Epic are working on a GoW title for Kinect, and that said game will be revealed at the upcoming Spike TV Games Awards/Gratuitous Advertising Opportunity next month.

But how could it work? There are several options. First and most obvious is an on-rails cover-shooter like Time Crisis, in which you'd duck up and down (possibly behind furniture; we know how much Kinect loves making you rearrange a room) in order to hide from incoming gunfire. Given Kinect's emphasis on body gestures over button and stick control, a traditional Gars game would be friggin' impossible to impliment using Kinect alone, so a dedicated spin-off would probably be a better idea.

If a controller was used in addition though, the options would definitely open up. Obviously large body movements would be tricky to perform with both hands on a pad, but some manner of evasive ducking and weaving could work, as could some Uncharted-style motion-aimed grenade throwing. Then again, it could easily turn out to be a great festering nightmare.

Would a Gears game convert the core to Kinect? Would it tank like so many core games have on the casual-centric Wii? And would Microsoft have the balls to make Gears 3 or an existing entry Kinect-compatible? Or is a spin-off much more likely? Let me know what you think.

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23 comments

  • MisterFish - November 17, 2010 5:52 a.m.

    What developers need to do is to implement Kinect support into what people expect in a game. Things such as head tracking and voice recognition would be a great thing to have in an existing game. If you wore video glasses as well you could easily do a super-immersive shooter or rpg
  • Defguru7777 - November 17, 2010 4:07 a.m.

    No no no no no no no. No.
  • Embolado - November 16, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    Im up for it, I plan on getting the kinect for me and my daughter. I dont see why so many people hate on the Kinect, it is just an add-on an if you dont want it you dont have to buy. Hell I dont enjoy MMO's but dosnt mean there isnt a market for them.
  • Timothy_Lemon - November 16, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    chainsawing mini game thats as far as they should go
  • Th3Joker - November 16, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    To the three people who have pointed out that gears 3 will not have kinect support ... Could you point out where in the article it states otherwise . oh thats right it doesn't! did you's even read it .. it is talking about a standalone game not gears 3 sheesh .. back on topic yawnn personally i think that microsoft should give up on kinect buy out betsheda and put all there money into making TE5 .. but thats just me =).
  • Slayer11496 - November 16, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    This is the gaming holocaust
  • Tronto13 - November 16, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    erm cliff blezinski said on his twittter feed today Gears 3 will NOT have kinect support!
  • Cleanser247 - November 16, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    What are they going to do?? Maybe you can rub Cole's face, or tug on Dom's new beard!
  • Nodoudt - November 16, 2010 6:21 p.m.

    They COULD make it like that one iPhone game, and just automatically fire then gun, so long as you're crosshairs are on target. I could live with that...surprised nobody up-top thought of it sooner.
  • veksink - November 16, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    this could be great if they do it the right way..you could gesture to your a.i.teammates where to take cover at, you could yell commands via the voice recognition, you could act out curbstomps or other executions..remember people it doesn't have to be controller free they could easily make it a controller kinect hybrid and you don't have to stand to play it, that's up to the developer..why are so many gamers so shortsighted????
  • NanoElite666 - November 16, 2010 5:41 p.m.

    Ooh yeah, gotta remember to watch the Spike TV Can't-Believe-They-Try-To-Pass-This-Off-As-A-Legitimate-Video-Game-Awards, if for nothing but to see what game they award GotY to that somehow fails to win in it's own genre category.
  • Rediix - November 16, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    a shit idea if ever i heard one its not a game that gimmicks should trifle with
  • DLSemen - November 16, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    Both CliffyB and GearsViking have come out and flatly denied Kinect in Gears 3...
  • DecoyOctorok - November 16, 2010 5:06 p.m.

    I keep hoping that it will be like the DS when everyone thought the touchscreen was gimmicky until developers started using it in neat, creative ways. Unfortunately this arguably hasn't happened with the Wii after 4 years with the exception of stuff like Boom Blox and Zak and Wiki.
  • TheJuda - November 16, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    http://twitter.com/#!/therealcliffyb/status/4387793136525312 No Kinect in Gears of War 3.
  • db1331 - November 16, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    @Rinaldvonizeburn Yes, but worse somehow. Like if Gerard Butler's character was played by Matthew Lillard.
  • JMAN1156 - November 16, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    @ llyere Agreed. If you put time into it, this could be freaking amazing, but if they release this half baked, you just ruined Gears of War 3. What I really want is a system where you actually run around and shoot shit, where you have to duck behind cover, pull volt over it, and shoot the guy in the face. Basically I want paintball with actually accurate weapons, chainsaws and aliens. The only other thing I've seen do this is the military hamster ball video game trainer thing.
  • Ilyere - November 16, 2010 4:21 p.m.

    I'd prefer it as optional then. If it's mandatory... Hoo boy.
  • Rinaldvonizeburn - November 16, 2010 4:12 p.m.

    @db1331 so it'll be like in that movie called "gamer"?
  • kriscotw9 - November 16, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    No no no!!!

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