: June 14, 2011
rnKinect, most commonly, is known for its functionality as it lends itself to rhythm/music and dance/fitness titles; assuredly, those two types of games appear frequently in this list. But 2011's Child of Eden
was a music game of a different caliber (pun intended). Child of Eden
possessed the soul of a music game with the body of a rail shooter, and it worked magnificently.
rnThe idea of a music/shooter game had been presented to gamers before, most notably in the title to which Child of Eden
serves as a prequel to, Rez
, the critically-acclaimed 2002 title whose Dreamcast port earned a place in the Smithsonian's The Art of Video Games
exhibit. Whereas Rez
blurred the lines between music game and rail shooter, Child of Eden
blended them altogether via the use of the Kinect. Though the game was still set as a rail shooter, players now used their hands as weapons, with a rapid-fire gun and another gun with lock-on targeting at their disposal; a simple clap switches the weapons out.
rnChild of Eden
can be played with traditional Xbox 360 controllers, but supporters of the game insist that's not how it was meant to be played. The game was lauded by critics, almost more than the original Rez
, citing challenge as well as beauty, with some going so far as to call the title “one of the best reasons to own a Kinect.”
rnBetween the love for the title and the fact that Ubisoft holds the publishing rights to Child of Eden
, this unique, beautiful combination of music and shooter could very well find a variant of itself on the Xbox One in its lifetime. It will have a tough act to follow.