Tokyo Game Show is quickly proving itself far, far more interesting than E3 and Comic-Con combined, with new games being announced left, right and centre, as well as every other possible direction. And with Kinect's release less than two months away, it should be no surprise to hear that a number of those are Kinect games.
But wait, don't stop reading yet! These aren't rubbish Wii-style party games or total wastes of space. The following six games are developed by some of Japan's greatest developers, most of whom are really trying to make worthwhile games with the impressive technology in the Kinect sensor. You never know, they might turn out to be pretty great games...codename D (Grasshopper Manufacture)
As if Suda51 wasn't working on enough games, Grasshopper Manufacture announced that they are making a Kinect-exclusive XBLA game currently known as "codename D." The game places you as the controller, unleashing devastating effects to destroy enemies and objects while as fight for your life in an evil amusement park, filled with twisted and eerie creatures.Steel Battalion Heavy Armor (Capcom, From Software)
Set in 2082, Steel Battalion Heavy Armor depicts a world devoid of computers, where war is waged with rudimentary weapons as new superpowers struggle for dominance. In a twist of fate, the US army has been forced to begin major landing operations on what was once its own soil. In this low-tech era there is one weapon class that will determine the course of the war – the Vertical Tank. VTs are guaranteed to instil fear in enemy forces when they burst onto the battlefield; but they are nothing without the crews who man them. Lacking computer aided weapon and piloting systems, these brave men and women must now rely on skill, intuition and each other to ensure victory.
Project Draco (Grounding)
From the director of Phantom Dust and Panzer Dragoon - Yukio Futatsugi - comes this epic 3D flying shooter. Utilising Kinect, you'll be able to "nurture and learn to communicate with your dragon as you develop its skills and train it as a partner in combat." Seriously. the game will include Xbox Live multiplayer, engaging in huge battles together while flying over breathtaking vistas in the skies.Haunt (NanaOn-Sha)
Masaya Matsuura's company, most famous for the Parappa the Rapper series, are another of the Japanese studios stepping up to make a great Kinect title. Judging from their past, you'd expect it to be another rhythm-based game, but you'd be dead wrong. Haunt is a light-hearted horror game set inside a mystery-ridden haunted house, hiding a dark, dark secret. The game requires you to dodge traps, outwit the ghosts, ghouls and frights that lurk behind every spooky corner.Rise of Nightmares (SEGA)
Rise of Nightmares is a gruesome, spine-tingling horror game, that fully immerses the player into the fright-filled world. The game promises to use Kinect to make players experience fear and tension like never before.Dr. Kawashima’s Body and Brain Exercises (Namco Bandai)
Chances are, every person reading this has heard of Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training games; the series has sold approximately eleven billion copies worldwide. So the title of Namco's Kinect game alone should give you a rough idea of what to expect. Yep, its got loads of maths, logic, reflex, memory and physical questions and activities to test your mind and body. The game will include online multiplayer modes for up to four players to compete in fun and engaging challenges (supposedly).
All of these games are scheduled for release in 2011.