E3 2011 announces that Mass Effect 3 would be on of the many upcoming games to feature support for Microsoft’s motion control device, Kinect. There was a unanimous groan from the audience with the mention of Kinect in the same sentence as Mass Effect 3. However, once the demo started, it actually appeared quite awesome.
Since then, there has been very little mention about Mass Effect 3 and Kinect. During last week’s Consumer Electronic Show, fans and journalists alike were given the privilege to demo the game using Kinect. To help illustrate just how the Kinect will be used in Mass Effect 3, BioWare has released a new video of those fans playing the game.
The voice control in Mass Effect 3 certainly seems like a very helpful tool that can be used to get the most out of a skirmish. Being able to not only switch between weapons, but also call up certain biotic powers can keep the player’s focus on the battle itself rather than menus.
The series thus far has received a certain amount of flak for streamlining combat, and taking the RPG-ness out of it, but this Kinect functionality is more of a bonus for anyone who cares to use it. See for yourself in the video below:
But, of course, nothing can sell just how well Mass Effect 3 works with Kinect better than actually getting ones hands on the game, and Electronic Arts plans to let gamers do just that.
It was only briefly mentioned in the video, but a demo for the game is being planned for February 14th that will give Kinect owners a better idea of how this all works. There’s no word on if this demo is solely for Kinect or if it’s actually the leaked demo from late 2011, but our guess is it is meant to sell a whole bunch of Kinect bundles.
Mass Effect 3 releases March 6, 2012 for the PS3, PC, and Xbox 360.