FANTASIA: MUSIC EVOLVED
Publisher Disney Interactive Developer Harmonix Format 360, Xbox One Release October 21
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.