FAN­TA­SIA: MU­SIC EVOLVED

Pub­lisher Dis­ney In­ter­ac­tive De­vel­oper Har­monix For­mat 360, Xbox One Re­lease Oc­to­ber 21

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Kinect is dead, but was it ever re­ally alive on Xbox One? Har­monix, at least, is fly­ing the flag for Mi­crosoft’s all-see­ing eye with both Dance Cen­tral Spot­light, a down­load­able and ex­pand­able ver­sion of Kinect’s best-ever game, and Fan­ta­sia:

Mu­sic Evolved. The lat­ter is a friendly, Dis­ney-fied take on Dance Cen­tral’s for­mula, ar­guably prov­ing Kinect is only good for gam­ing when a de­vel­oper can com­pen­sate for the de­vice’s la­tency. By per­fect­ing dance moves and ges­tures, play­ers un­lock new vis­ual and au­dio themes for each of the game’s pop­u­lar tunes, but Fan­ta­sia of­fers no score and no way to lose. In­stead it’s a game about craft­ing your own mu­si­cal and vis­ual per­for­mance and shar­ing it with friends. It’s proof of Kinect’s lim­i­ta­tions, cer­tainly, but it also proves some­thing else: in the hands of the right de­vel­oper, its games re­ally can feel like magic.

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