Published by: Microsoft Studios & Red Bull Media House
Reviewed by: Michael Cohen
I love the Kinect. I don’t play it nearly as much as I should, or as much as I’d like to, as it requires remodeling my living room every time I want to play something. But when I do play, I’m always happy with the experience. A lot of gamers don’t like motion controls because they’re not as precise as traditional controller inputs, but there are some experiences that are just tailor made for the Kinect motion controls. Red Bull Crashed Ice Kinect is one of those experiences.
Now, don’t get me wrong, this is not a deep game. It’s no contender for the Game of the Year title, and I wouldn’t be surprised if most people don’t even know what it is, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad game. For those that may not know, Red Bull Crashed Ice is a real event where skaters, geared up in full padding and helmets, barrel down long, winding stretches of downhill ice sheet. It’s pretty much the movie Airborne on ice. For those that missed the ‘90s, it’s a race to the finish, but checking and contact are totally permitted, and completely and utterly awesome.
This new sport is great for Kinect gameplay. It’s pretty simple: you swing your arms like you’re skating. The faster you do it, the faster you go. Lean in either direction to go that way, jump when you need to jump, and block when you need to burst through walls of ice blocks. Like I said, it’s not deep gameplay. The racing is fun and energizing, and you unlock new gear as you progress through the game, giving you clear goals to achieve. Oh, and you play using your Xbox Live Avatar.
When it comes right down to it, this isn’t a game you’re going to spend a ton of time with, but it is a fun novelty, and if you own a Kinect, it’s always nice to expand your library and try something new.