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The first true hardcore kinect title.,
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This review is from: Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
When I first heard the announcement of this game, I was ecstatic. Being such a fan of the original Steel Battalion, I was anxious to see how they would utilize the functions of the Kinect to make a true hard core title for us Kinect owners. One that doesn't involve us jumping in place or dancing. And I have to admit, they pretty much nailed it. The game itself is difficult, yes. That's one of the main complaints behind this game; that they teach you the ropes (and there are a lot of them) and then they just throw you in the middle of a beach assault. I died close to a dozen times before I finally managed to finish the level. But the satisfaction of beating these levels is what this game is all about. It didn't feel like the same feeling you got when you beat a level in Call of Duty or Gears or the next generic title; it felt rewarding.
The Kinect itself was a perfect companion for this title, as well. It recognized all the movements almost every time. Whenever it didn't, I realized that it was something that I was doing wrong; not holding my hand out long enough or just being overly spastic due to the high intensity of the gameplay. I was overly joyed by how well the Kinect and controller played together. Game studios need to take a lesson from Steel Battalion, even if it didn't sell well.
The one gripe that I have with this game is the co-op. But unfortunately, nothing can be done about it since the average reviews of this game keep it out of the hands of skeptics. When you get in a game with 4 players, the outcome is awesome. It's like a mech version of a scene from the Expendables. Everyone just decimates the enemy and reaps the benefits (customizable items. Another perk). But these co-op missions need to be played to proceed and if you don't have 3 more human players, you end up with 3 incompetent AI teammates that (I'm pretty sure) just race to the middle of the map to see who can get killed and impact your score negatively as fast possible. Don't plan on getting an A rank on your first attempt on any of the co-op missions. It ain't gonna happen.
But ultimately, this game is great. Difficult, rewarding, and an awesome addition to any Kinect-owners library. Just be warned. I've said it before and I will say it one more time: this game is difficult. So if you don't have the patience to tackle a more challenging game, then skip this and stick to the plethora of easy games out there. For those that take the leap, enjoy!