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Babel Rising Review

Babel Rising Review

Smite and magic.

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light!

But there was no light, because Kinect hadn't heard Him, even when He spoke loudly and clearly. And God did try to smite those who defied him, but that didn't work either, for Kinect was having trouble reading the frantic flapping of God's left hand. And, ye, the camera did spin and slide despite the Lord's best efforts. And, lo, God was driven to fury by the heretic technology, for God had better things to do than stand in his living room, waving his arms like a demented penguin. And so it came to pass that God grabbed a joypad instead and did cast Kinect aside into the darkness of sulphur and fire.

The good news: Babel Rising is a Kinect game that doesn't insist you play with Kinect. The bad news: even with a joypad, it's a game that feels fiddly, frustrating and compromised. For a game in which you play as God, it seemingly goes out of its way to make you feel impotent and ineffectual.

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Babel Rising release date announced

Babel Rising release date announced

New Ubisoft god game on PC, PSN, XBLA, mobile next month.

New Ubisoft god game Babel Rising launches on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade on 13th June, the publisher has announced.

It then gets an iOS and Android release on 14th June, followed by PC on 27th June. A Windows Phone 7 version will follow some time thereafter. No price tag for any platform has been confirmed.

The PS3 and Xbox 360 releases are compatible with Move and Kinect as applicable.

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Babel Rising announced for PSN, XBLA

Babel Rising announced for PSN, XBLA

Motion-controlled god game launches next year.

Ubisoft has just taken the lid off Babel Rising, a strategy title due on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade some time in 2012.

It's a god game that sees you using either Kinect or PlayStation Move to wield divine powers to prevent the ancient Babylonians from building the Tower of Babel.

Apparently you'll be able to hurl bolts of lightning, summon massive earthquakes or unleash devastating floods on your hapless minions.

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