When I first heard about the Kinect support coming to Skyrim, I admit I was skeptical. But upon watching the video illustrating the Kinect’s integration with Skyrim, I realized just how much sense it made.
Rather than having players flailing around (which is what most Kinect games seem to be to me), the Kinect integration seems to be more geared toward voice commands. In fact, there will be over 200 voice commands. You can see the voice command indication in the picture at the right.
The voice commands shown in the video are:
- Dragon shouts
- Ally commands (“Ally wait,” “Ally attack,” etc.)
- Switching weapons/spells (akin to hotkey equipping)
- Loot items – to take all of the items
- Menu commands such as sorting options
- Map navigation
- Quick save/load
It saves a lot of time a player would otherwise waste in going through menus. Plus, how cool is it to actually say the dragon shouts and have them happen? (Well, I think it’s cool.)
The best part of all of this is that the Kinect support will be a free update in the coming month (Update: the week of April 23, 2012). In fact, this is just the first of many in a “set of game add-ons that will be exclusive to the Xbox 360.”
To get a look at what the Kinect integration will be like, check out the video narrated by programmer Ricardo Gonzalez below: