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Kinect Star Wars review round-up: The Force is middling with this one

All the scores in one place...

Yesterday videos of a Dance Central-style mini-game in Kinect Star Wars showed Han Solo dancing to Jason Derulo's "Ridin' Solo".

Shortly after that horrifying incident, it emerged that senior product manager Glenn Gregor said Kinect Stars Wars 'isn't for core gamers'. Shocker!

We've been preparing for the worst in the lead up to release, but Kinect Star Wars reviews that have been poppping up online suggest it might not be as bad as we first thought.

We've gathered all the Kinect Star Wars reviews we could find and stuck them below, judge for yourself. [UPDATE: CVG's Kinect Star Wars review is live.]

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  • CVG: 8.5/10 - Cynicism leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads you to not enjoy the best Star Wars game in years. Suspend disbelief and cast aside aspersions - you'll have a riot.
  • Xbox 360 Achievements: 45/100 - Kinect Star Wars is another in a long list of Kinect titles that just doesn't cut it. Its unresponsive controls, lack of depth and short-lived gaming experiences do little to cater for any audience. Quite why Microsoft backed it so much is still a mystery; it's a title that they probably should have sent out to die alone a long time ago.
  • Eurogamer: 5/10 - Kids will find it far too fiddly and unresponsive, while adults will be put off by the repetition and generally slapdash "see what sticks" approach to gameplay. Waste your time with this, you should not.
  • Digital Spy: 4/5 - The development team has gone to great lengths to ensure that every game mode feels different to the next, and has overcome any issues with length by adding lots of replayability in terms of high scores, unlockables and alternative game modes. The force really is strong with this one.
  • ShopTo: Good - The Force may not be strong in this one, but there is definitely something there. The game won't appeal to everyone, but if you have kids and want to teach them the way of the Jedi, then what better way than to put a copy of Kinect Star Wars in the console, sit back and enjoy.
  • God is a Geek: 7/10 - The dancing mode is hilarious, and its player detection is so good it is one of the only Kinect dance games to come close to the Dance Central titles. Rancor Rampage is just pure unadulterated fun, and Pod Racing is one of the most intuitive and logical implementations of Kinect control that we have seen yet on the hardware, but Duels of Fate and Jedi Destiny fall down when you get to use the legendary glowing sword; it just isn't as satisfying or exhilarating as it should be.
  • GamesBeat: 70/100 - Kids may be happy with this game. And if you want to break it out for a party, the Dance Off game is funny. It's so rare to find a game with a sense of humor in it these days. The Rancor Rampage is quite entertaining. And so this Star Wars title has enough redeeming qualities to satisfy people who are in love with the George Lucas property.
  • IGN: 5.5/10 - If you're a longtime fan who's been waiting for a game that'll let you live out your Star Wars fantasies than the wait is far from over. Kinect Star Wars, with all its control and polish issues, has very limited appeal for an adult audience. Kids will likely find more enjoyment out of it, even the absurd dancing mode, but ultimately its more of a Star Wars-themed set of mediocre mini-games than the jedi epic fans are dying for.
  • Metro: 4/10 - This is not the Star Wars game you're looking for, and neither is it the game to prove that Kinect can do core games - in fact it's quite the opposite...
  • NowGamer: 7.0 - Traditional fans will question some of Kinect Star Wars' gameplay, and though it falls flat on its face when attempting to present lightsaber-on-lightsaber action, the other disciplines make up for it and will give those who like Jar Jar an experience they'll no doubt love.

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