Star Wars Kinect demo may improve poor Metacritic score

By Posted 8 May 2012, 10:45

A lot of criticism has been aimed at the new Star Wars Kinect game on the Xbox 360. The title is currently getting trounced on Metacritic, but for all those that are yet to sample the new effort from LucasArts – here’s your chance.

We’re pleased to say that Microsoft has now put a surprise demo of the game up on the Xbox Live Marketplace and it’s available to download and add to your queue right now. It weighs in at a hefty 2GB, but it does contain a generous amount of gameplay, giving you the opportunity to try out various aspects of the game.

There will be no YMCA stormtrooper dancing in the demo we’re pleased to say as nobody really wants to see that, but you will get to experience ‘Jedi Destiny, Rancor Rampage and Podracing’ as stated on Major Nelson’s blog. Combining a Star Wars game and motion controls via Kinect was always going to be a challenge and it looks like the addition of Kinect may be responsible for the collection of mixed reviews that you now see on Metacritic.

At the moment, the game has an average of just 55 and if you follow their ratings closely before buying a game, you’ll know that a 55 isn’t exactly boast worthy. However, the demo now presents you with a great opportunity to try out the game before potentially regretting a purchase, so there’s no harm in giving this a go.

For those of you that already bought the game – do you regret it? Is the harsh Metacritic score justified or not? We’re still dreaming of seeing a remake of our favorite Star Wars game to date – Jedi Power Battles on the PS1, what a game that was.