Xbox 360’s Kinect asks that your body become the controller. Majesco Entertainment wants to take that idea one small and round step further.
Today Majesco announced NBA Baller Beats, a new Xbox 360 Kinect exclusive video game coming to stores this fall. The game’s concept dispenses with previous basketball appearances in Kinect party games where you stand still and shoot at a hoop. Instead, NBA Baller Beats requires you put a real basketball in your hand and, preferably, don’t try to play on carpet.
Here’s how it works: the “Baller” portion of the game’s title refers to fancy dribbling, ball fakes, body fakes, etc. The “Beats” are the tunes playing while you try to execute any number of easy to difficult moves.
You aren’t actually playing the game of basketball. You’re showing off your skills handling the rock for real and being judged in the process. And if you’re not careful, breaking furniture and maybe even your television along the way. I’ll throw in a disclaimer: do not attempt in an apartment or condo.
Kinect tracks not only the ball but your body, and assigns a score at the end of each track. It’s like a glorified party game executed NBA-style.
In addition to a single-player mode, NBA Baller Beats supports up to 8-players in competitive multiplayer bouts for bragging rights. Wives around the globe picturing their husbands dribbling a basketball in the living room are already rolling their eyes.