Whoosing noises make you a better Jedi

Last night, I returned from a fabulous four days at Gamescom (Cologne) and thanks to a sneak look at Xbox’s new releases I can give you a headstart on what’s likely to be a must-have game.

For the princess in your life…

If you have a Disney loving little girl under the age of 12, then I have the BEST game ever! Disney Adventures for the Kinect sent Littlest into a tail spin of excitement. The Kinect game recreates the Disney experience allowing the player to walk around and interact with a replica of Disney World in the US. Let’s cut to the chase, this means you can fly with Peter Pan, interact with Disney princesses and even crank your way around Thunder Mountain. The long and short is that any Disney loving little girl will be enchanted with this offering. I LOVED playing this game with Littlest. We flew around London together (and I flew into Big Ben, but let’s skip over that).

For the difficult teenager…

Teenagers are fun, yeah? Talkative balls of unending fun, right? Well maybe not. However, one game that is sure to keep them out of your hair for an hour or two is Dance Central 2. The Smailes’ family are HUGE Dance Central fans. So the second installment of this title was much anticipated. Xbox have listened to customer feedback and made the interface easier to use, whilst improving the body recognition software and adding new songs. This game is set to remain a firm favorite. I particularly enjoyed watching Eldest and another teenage boy dancing on a stage at Gamescom and, later, Littlest got a big cheer off the dancers when she finished playing. As I’ve said, this game is a firm favourite of ours.

For the big kids…

I have saved the best until last. The one game that produced a gasp of excited geek anticipation at the launch of the Kinect in LA last year was Star Wars. Well it’s now just a few weeks till launch and after playing Kinect Star Wars, I can promise that this title will not disappoint. It comes will all you can want — Jedi, lightsabers and podracing. I was rather excellent at this game (the force is strong in me…). I also discovered, and this is a secret that I am willing to share with you, making the lightsaber woosh noise helps you kill the evil roger, roger robots.


Further information, for those who don’t know:

Why was I at Gamescom?

Well it’s all thanks to the lovely people at Microsoft (I like to think that Bill Gates personally requested that we attend) and Digital Outlook. Our family is part of the Xbox Family Ambassador scheme. This means that we get involved in lots of xboxy things and help to give parents the information and tools needed to ensure a fun and safe gaming experience for all the family. It’s a hard job but someone has to do it! Xbox are pretty impressed with the Family Settings they have developed that allow parents to control their family’s viewings and we get to try it all out. Perfect! If you want to find out more about Play Smart Safe you can find information here.

So, why Gamescom?

Gamescom is one of the world’s leading interactive games and entertainment events. Xbox arranged for their Xbox Family Ambassadors (they flew my entire family out to Cologne) to view the exciting, new and cutting edge games that are aimed at the family market.


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  • Posted August 19, 2011 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    It was lovely to spend time with you and your family on this Xbox Family Ambassador holiday! 2 days of gaming…so much fun was had by all! :)

  • Mark
    Posted August 19, 2011 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Microsoft should have an “Xbox Single Man Ambassador” scheme. Sounds like you had a great time!

  • Posted August 19, 2011 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    I can vouch for your excellence at Star Wars :-) We loved Disney Adventures too, and Dance Central remains our favourite.

  • Posted August 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    I was going to ask if you’d bumped into DJK – then I saw her comment :)

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