Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor Makes Me Want Kinect

At the moment, I am still a Kinect holdout, but I am starting to see some games coming up that are tempting me to finally buy in.

I’m mildly interested in Fable: The Journey, The Gunstringer seems promising (and it’s developed by Twisted Pixel), and I’m curious to see if Rise of Nightmares is as much gory fun as it looks. But Capcom’s Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor may be THE game to push me over the edge.

For one thing, I haven’t played a From Software game that I haven’t liked. Second, the control scheme sounds conceptually brilliant. There won’t be a massive $200 controller like the original Xbox game. Instead, this mech sim threequel will utilize a blend of traditional stick-and-button controls and Kinect. Here’s a description from the current press materials:

Steel Battalion Heavy Armor delivers an unprecedented level of control and interaction. VT movement, aiming and firing of the main guns are undertaken using the Xbox 360 controller. A wide variety of other combat-crucial actions are done through Kinect for Xbox 360 with upper body gestures – from starting the engine to operating the scope or manning the turret-mounted machine gun. Kinect for Xbox 360 also provides a means of interacting with your fellow crew members, from ensuring a panicked crew member stays focused, to a high five for successfully completing a mission.

I could really get into a Kinect game that wasn’t entirely body and arm controlled, and it sounds like that’s just what Steel Battalion aims to deliver.

Lastly, the game just looks really damn impressive. Up top, is the latest trailer from Capcom’s Gamescom lineup, and the level of battlefield immersion blew me away when I watched it. If From Software pulls off gameplay to match what’s in that trailer, I’ll be playing.

The only bad news — Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor won’t be mission ready until next year.

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