There was no way Kinect, Microsoft's hands-free, motion-sensing peripheral, was going to launch without a fighting game to go with it. Ubisoft, which has been particularly keen to embrace Microsoft's vision of the gaming future, has gotten out of the gate first. Fighters Uncaged is the French publisher's offering. If you were going to try to describe it quickly, you would probably go with 'Fight Club for Kinect'.
It's a single-player offering, which might seem odd for a beat-'em-up, but when you see how it works if makes sense. Coming out on top is all about seeing and anticipating your opponents' moves, be it with a dodge or a counter attack. There are an impressive 70 moves available, designed to closely mirror your real-life movements. You can string them together for combos or even yell out 'Hiya!' before you deliver a blow in order to turn it into a special move.
The action, which follows the brutal world of illegal underground fighting, is closer to a street brawl than it is the high-flying crazy combat of series like Tekken. You'll be up against a bunch of serious bruisers who you might just stumble across on a really, really bad night out.
Fighters Uncaged is going to be high up the want list for any beat-'em-up loving Kinect owner.
Released to Buy:
10 November 2010
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“Fighters Uncaged is the first motion fighting game for Kinect, dedicated to a core audience,” said Caroline Stevens, EMEA director of marketing at Ubisoft. “Fighters Uncaged requires players to get out of their seat to engage in a controller-free full-body combat game and experience the authentic fighting style of Thai boxing.”
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