The upcoming Xbox 360 Kinect release of ‘NBA Baller Beats’ adds a real basketball experience to to an upcoming action game that is due this fall. It’s the first announced title to use the Kinect motion-sensing controller to follow an object beyond the player’s own body.
Majesco says, “you are pretend playing. You are moving your arms and doing different gestures,” says Majesco senior product manager Tony Chien. Here, “you are not pretending to dribble a basketball, you actually have to dribble a basketball.”
Players bounce the ball to the beat of the music; your visual cue is a line of basketballs that flows on a musical trail — think Guitar Hero or Rock Band. The icon player prepares you for an upcoming basketball move you need to perform, also in time with the music. That may be a crossover from one hand to the other, a dribble between the legs, a pass fake or shot fake. Players learn to use left and right hands and look up while dribbling, skills used on the real basketball court.
NBA Baller Beats is the latest advance for Kinect, which has sold 18 million units worldwide since November 2010.