I love fitness games, and I also love the Kinect and what it can do for fitness games, but this one's... different. Majesco has just announced that they're going to release NBA Baller Beats exclusively for the Kinect on Xbox 360 this fall.
Basically, you dribble the ball to music and the Kinect will track your motions and tell when you're doing it right. Like Dance Central... with a basketball. It sounds interesting, and it should be quite a good upper-body workout. There's a practice mode, single-player and multiplayer where up to eight players can compete for bragging rights of top score. The soundtrack will feature a mix of music across decades and genres including Kanye West, Run DMC, Gorillaz, Them Crooked Vultures, Common, Tiesto and more.
"NBA Baller Beats introduces an unprecedented way to experience basketball through a video game like never before," said Jesse Sutton, Chief Executive Officer of Majesco Entertainment. "Our innovative play mechanic combined with Kinect technology puts the ball in players' hands, tracking both full-body gameplay and ball movement, so players are going to have to get up and actually play basketball to get in the game. Ballers and fans alike will love this game."
The idea sounds great, but honestly, I barely have enough room in my living room to dance around. You want me to try dribbling a basketball? Firstly, my downstairs neighbors who have been super nice not to complain about my dancing/exercising would most certainly have something to say about it. And secondly, my lack of coordination would cause wanton destruction throughout my apartment!