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I received this game when I bought my Kinect package, and really had no idea what it was about. While I wasn't all that excited to play it, I decided to throw it in my system since I had it and give it a try. I'm glad I did because the game is actually pretty fun.
This game is a perfect selection to be bundled with the kinect because it is very basic, but shows off the purpose of the kinect and gives a new user the practice to understand the movement aspect of the device.
In this game, your job is to control the string puppet know as The Gunstringer. The game is actually a play, and there are crowd members there watching you and cheering you on. From time to time, you'll actually see real people clapping and whistling. I like how they made this game feel like you were performing for an audience, very creative.
As for the gameplay, it's pretty simple. You move your character using one hand, and fire his gun with the other. It takes some time to get used to using two hands for different things, but you'll get the hang of it. The first chapter of the game gives you a short practice area to get familiar with the controls. The learning curve is pretty shallow, so you should be able to pick it up in a few minutes.
After the training area, you are sent through the town to fight. The screen moves you forward, and it's your job to shoot enemies and avoid obstacles. The more enemies you shoot, the more points you get, and if you hit an obstacle, points are dedcuted. The more points you receive the higher medal you will earn at the end of the round.
Throughout the game, there is a narrator that makes comments and provides the story line to the game. His voice is awesome, and really gets you interested in the game. Excellent voice acting on his part.
The graphics are good, and what you would expect from a 360 game. There isnt much complexity in the graphics, but they are crisp and clear, which makes everything easy to see.
This game also has achievements, which is of course my favorite thing. You need to earn the achievements in this game, as most of them are not so easy to come by, which provides an excellent challenge to the game.
I'm not sure if I would have bought this game seperate from the Kinect, but I'm sure glad it came with my unit and that I decided to give it a shot. It's a fun game, and I would suggest it to other Kinect players.