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[December 06, 2013]

The Guide: games: Fighter Within Xbox One: Blocky Roads iOS

(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) With only a preview of Kinect Sports: Rivals available, the job of introducing players to the joys of Kinect 2.0, falls to Fighter Within. It's a beat 'em-up in which you perform actual punches, kicks and dodges to control your character on screen rather than slumping on the sofa and letting your thumbs do the fighting. The idea is that you get a crafty bit of exercise shoehorned in with the fun. Even after downloading a 3Gb patch and painstakingly retuning the new Kinect, it just doesn't work. A fighter will routinely ignore your aerobic attempts to coax him or her into action, mutely standing there while being battered into unconsciousness. This problem is lessened in two-player mode, but only because you're both equally hampered by Kinect's stubborn refusal to acknowledge more than random elements of your manic flailing. It's mystifyingly poor to the point of being unplayable. nick gillett Ubisoft, pounds 39.99-pounds 55 Block Roads' mountainous backdrops and cuboid clouds have the rugged charm of Minecraft, while its bouncy, physics-based driving recalls Trials Evolution, although nothing explodes when you drive past it. Winning races lets you progress and unlock outfits for your driver, along with the usual suite of performance enhancements that make your car faster, better at going up hills and less likely to flip over during one of your many airborne moments. You can also design your own vehicles if you feel like it, though the benefits of doing so are purely aesthetic and you'll soon discover just how hard it is to invent a car that doesn't look like the work of a pre-schooler. Progress through the game's levels and challenge stages is gently engaging and the quick fire upgrades take care of any tricky moments. ng Dogbyte Games, pounds 1.49 (c) 2013 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

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