EA Shows Off Dead Space 3 Kinect Commands


Electronic Arts says Dead Space 3 is “better with Kinect.”

We already know that potentially fun things will happen when you swear at your Kinect rig while playing Dead Space 3, but there will be more practical applications as well. Instead of just dropping f-bombs all day long, you can tell it to reload, or give your partner some ammo, or take care of any of a number of other mundane tasks that would normally require you to mash a button or thumb a stick.

“We’re the first game to ever have co-op Kinect commands,” Dead Space 3 Executive Producer Steve Papoutsis explains in the Kinect promo trailer. “You don’t have to fumble around with the controls. You just do what you normally do.”

I suspect that what I would “normally” do if confronted by a Necromorph infestation is scream, run blindly into a wall, vomit and die, but Papoutsis is presumably talking about what we would do if we were Isaac Clarke, Space Engineer Extraordinaire, or the other guy, Rockjaw Whatshisface. Either way, it leaves me wondering where we draw the line on this whole voice command thing, and how long it will be before someone makes game in which we just sit on the couch and say “Shoot that guy. Shoot that guy. Shoot that guy,” over and over again.

And why do we need a Kinect for this anyway? There are appears to be no use made of the motion control, so why can’t we issue these same commands through a conventional headset? I don’t get it.

Dead Space 3 comes out on February 5 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

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