Details on a Natal game still in development were leaked by movie writer/director James Gunn.
Though we already know about some of the games coming to Sony’s PlayStation Move motion controller, those coming to Microsoft’s Natal are mostly still whispered about in dark rooms. Thanks to James Gunn, a movie director/writer that has worked on films such as the awesome Dawn of the Dead and the even more awesome Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, details on a Natal game called River Rush are now available.
Gunn was able to play River Rush at a Microsoft event, a game that appears to involve rivers, rushing, and rushing down those rivers to collect stars. On his blog, Gunn writes:
It’s a game where you stand side by side in a river raft, so it’s two people playing at once. To move right, you have to step right; to move left, you have to step left. As you rush down right rapids, you have to jump up and slap floating stars in the air – the whole raft jumps up every time you do.
Gunn also liked the spastic Pong-style ball blocking game always shown with Natal, but says that River Rush took even more energy to play. Gunn believes: “The ONLY drawback to the Natal some people may have is that you have to get up off your ass to play it,” and that he “wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years we see a decrease in childhood obesity simply because of the system.” Videogames creating healthy people? No way.
Hints to a couple of other Natal games were given to Gunn, as a Microsoft representative told him “there were boxing and football and other Natal games coming out.” A boxing game that uses a motion controller… how incredibly creative. We should see the entire launch lineup of Natal games at E3 according to Microsoft.
And, though it seems to have been deleted off his blog, CVG logged a paragraph of Gunn’s that read: “Dave’s (Gunn’s friend) avatar was a girl during River Rush, probably because Dave feels like a little princess inside, and I suddenly realized how awesome it would be for my avatar to molest Dave’s. As my avatar rubbed its crotch against Dave’s avatar’s ass the Microsoft folks started laughing and said that was the first time they had seen anyone do that.” Maybe Natal won’t be so bad after all!