UK Xbox 360 gamers can freely download 7/10 Kinect game Wreckateer for the next 48 hours.
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This year's Summer of Arcade promotion for Xbox Live Arcade has posted overall uninspiring sales, with Kinect Angry Birds-style game Wreckateer the worst-selling Summer of Arcade title in the promotion since at least 2009.
Wreckateer notched up just 6629 players during its first week on sale, Gamsutra reported, the worst total for a Summer of Arcade game since at least 2009.
(The promotion began in 2008, but there are no records to chart that year's sales.)
We're not supposed to like Wreckateer. It's not for us, assaulting the sidelined Xbox 360 hardcore gamer from three directions. One: it's a Kinect game, the motion-control kryptonite that saps the will to live from any joypad-loving gamer. Two: it's unoriginal, a blatant Angry Birds rip-off. Three: it's casual, a knock-'em-down game surely designed to keep kids giggling rather than offer any real challenge.
That's the script according to the internet commentariat, anyway. In reality... well, let's take each accusation in turn.
Yes, it's a Kinect game. Thankfully, it's a good Kinect game. The controls are well thought out and, more to the point, responsive and accurate. Those are two words we don't often get to use where Kinect is concerned, so Chicago developer Iron Galaxy Studios is already ahead of the pack on technical merit.
This year's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade series gets underway on 18th July with Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD, Microsoft has announced.
There'll be one game a week for five weeks, with pretty side-scroller Dust: An Elysian Tail bringing things to a close on 15th August. In between, there's Angry Birds-esque Kinect thing Wreckateer, stylish apocalyptic platformer Deadlight and ambitious multiplayer FPS Hybrid.
Will any of this lot reach the same heights as last year's standouts Bastion and From Dust? Here's the full line-up with prices:
Microsoft exec Phil Spencer has just announced this year's Summer of Xbox Live Arcade line-up on G4TV.