Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral started off as a motion control device but developers have increasingly been making use of its voice recognition functionality to make gameplay more immersive. The latest developer to support this feature is Criterion Games, who recently detailed how Kinect will be utilised in its open-world racer Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
One of the ways Kinect will make gameplay more intuitive is by allowing players to mod their vehicles on the fly. Normally you would need to pull up the EasyDrive menu to change parts on your car but with Kinect you can simply say what mod you want fitted. Criterion gives examples of “Mods, Nitrous, Burn Nitrous” to instantly add an extra nitrous canister to your vehicle and “Mods, Tires, Slicks” to change to tyres that get more traction on the road’s surface. This feature is particularly useful when you’re being chased by cop cars or in the middle of a race because it gives you the added advantage of not having to pull over to mod your vehicle.
There may be more ways that Need for Speed: Most Wanted is “better with Kinect” but Criterion hasn’t disclosed any further details regarding the matter.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted will be released for Xbox 360, PS3, PC and PS Vita on October 30th in the US and November 2nd in European territories. Head over here for Peter’s gamescom preview of this high-octane racer.