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Games for Kinect

It’s going to be one of the hottest items on the holiday shopping list – the new Kinect motion sensor for the Xbox 360. But what about games for Kinect? Are there enough of them and are they the kind of games that everyone in the family can enjoy?

While it’s true that the supply of games for Kinect is currently limited – and anyone looking for the most popular M-rated titles is going to be sorely disappointed – there are some real gems among the early selections. And 2011 is just around the corner. Some of the Kinect games announced for next year are already shaping up to be major blockbusters.

Here’s a quick look at the best of what’s currently available and what’s in line for early next year.

Kinect Adventures
Kinect Adventures comes bundled with Kinect and is the perfect showcase for the motion sensor. Really five games in one, Adventures lets you navigate through roaring rapids, take on obstacle courses, or save a leaky underwater laboratory.
Genre: Action
Price: $0 (bundled with Kinect)
Rating: E (Everyone)

Dance Central
Sure to be the most popular game for Kinect this holiday season, Dance Central is the first controller-free, body-tracking dance video game. Every routine has easy, medium and hard options, so it’s perfect for beginners and experts alike. The phenomenal 32-song playlist includes pop, hip hop, and R&B tracks from some of the most popular dance music artists.
Genre: Music/Rhythm
Price: $49.99
Rating: T (Teen)

Your Shape Fitness Evolved
Your Shape Fitness Evolved will help you work up a sweat with the most advanced fitness technology available. You'll be able to personalize your workout, challenge your friends, and share your progress online. All the routines are designed by fitness experts to provide precise and effective real-time feedback.
Genre: Sports
Price: $49.99
Rating: E (Everyone)

Kinect Joy Ride
With Kinect Joy Ride, you control the car just by steering with your hands – no controller needed! You throw your hips to drift through the turns, and pull off tricks and stunts by moving your body while flying through the air. There's five different game modes: Race, Stunt, Dash, Trick, and Smash mode. You can play with a friend or race against up to eight people over Xbox Live. You can even custom paint your car by simply holding up any color in front of Kinect!
Genre: Racing
Price: $49.99
Rating: E (Everyone)

EA Sports Active 2
EA Sports Active 2 includes a new suite of fitness programs and the Total Body Tracking system, which utilizes a heart rate monitor to provide accurate and measurable results. As well as displaying the results on the screen, users can track and share their workout data on the new EA Sports Active web journal.
Genre: Sports
Price: $99.95
Rating: E (Everyone)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
Playing as Harry, you are fighting for survival on a desperate and dangerous quest to locate and destroy Voldemort’s soul. With only your wand as protection, you use magic to fend off relentless assaults from the Death Eaters, Snatchers, and other enemies.
Genre: Action
Price: $49.95
Rating: T (Teen)

Best of the Rest in 2010:

Use your voice and body to interact with adorable pets. (Genre: Family; Price: $49.99; Rating: Everyone)
Zumba Fitness
Dance fitness workout, set to high-energy Latin and international music. (Genre: Dance; Price: $49.99; Rating: Everyone)
Sonic Free Riders
Adopt your favorite character and compete in adrenaline-fueled races. (Genre: Action; Price: $49.99; Rating: Everyone)

Top Kinect games announced for 2011:

Michael Jackson: The Experience
Forza Motorsport 4
Star Wars Kinect
Body and Brain Connection

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