7 Best Kinect Fighting Games
Boxing, Martial Arts, and More!
There aren't many Kinect fighting games available, but there are enough good ones to sate your gaming bloodlust. Whether you like boxing, martial arts, flinging power orbs, or swinging light sabers, you're likely to find something here that's just right for you.
The games here are ranked by visitors' votes - 653 to date and counting! But don't rely on us. Before you decide to purchase any game, make sure you read reviews, talk to friends, and possibly even take it for a test run.
Hulk Hogan's Main Event: As if reality TV wasn't enough, looks like Hulk Hogan has his hand in the Kinect cookie jar as well. This game lets you try out all sorts of special moves that you'd expect in any televised wrestling match worth its salt. It's a nice companion to Fighters Uncaged, as the games are quite different in style and gameplay.
Rise of Nightmares: Here's a Kinect fighting game that's perfect for people who love all things gory-B-horror-movie. The terrifying action on the screen will be that much more realistic when you have to actually control your character's movements with your body. Hopefully, you'll be up for hacking and slashing your way through the fear. Want a taste of the action? You can watch an extremely gruesome trailer below (obviously, not suitable for all audiences!)
Rise of Nightmares Trailer (Not Suitable for All Audiences)
#7: Dragon Ball Z
If you like Dragon Ball Z, you can now enjoy the franchise with full-body motion controls! Reviewers enjoyed the game, although some found it a bit repetitive. This game is definitely popular with fans of the cartoon, especially kids. It has a familiar storyline, and it isn't too violent or difficult, so it's a perfect game to get for a kid who's a bit younger but still wants a fighting game.
#6: PowerUP Heroes - Power Up Your Avatar
This game lets your Xbox avatar become a hero. Collect 20 super-powered suits to do battle alone, in versus mode with a friend, or online. The Kinect allows you to use your whole body to get into the fighting action.
PowerUp Heroes is made by UBI Soft, the same company that made Your Shape Fitness, Evolved (one of the best Kinect exercise games), so you know that they've got excellent body-scanning and motion controls.
The PowerUP Heroes Trailer - A Gameplay Tease
#5: Star Wars - Lightsabers, Ho!
Kinect Star Wars combines the great motion-controlling capabilities of the Kinect controller with the well-loved Star Wars franchise. As one of the newest additions to the Kinect library, this game is sure to inject new life into your Kinect playing experience.
#4: Kung Fu High Impact
Kung Fu High Impact gives you plenty of ways to fight for glory with limitless combinations of punches, kicks, jumps, and more. One thing that really makes this game stand out is the variety of opponents you'll have to deal with, from gangs to wizards to giants. There's also a feature that literally takes your picture and puts it into the storyline, which is a nice touch.
#3: UFC Personal Trainer - Learn the Moves
Part fighting game, part fitness game, UFC Personal Trainer is well-rounded and well done. The game includes a UFC personal trainer and several popular UFC fighters, who you can hit mitts with to perform a series of challenges. You'll get the chance to perfect a variety of MMA-inspired moves from diverse sports such as wrestling, Muay Thai, and kickboxing.
#2: Kinect Sports (Boxing) - Punch Your Friends' Lights Out!
The boxing game in Kinect Sports is likely one of the first fighting games you're going to come across. The action is pretty simple: just punch towards the Kinect controller, which will pick up your movements and record them as hits on your opponent. You can play in one-player mode, two players at the same time side-by-side, or even play against opponents online.
A Review of Kinect Sports Boxing
- Kinect Sports Boxing Review Impressions and Video | Booya Gadget
This review breaks down Kinect Sports Boxing with detailed information and screenshots.
And the #1 Best Kinect Fighting Game Is...
... Fighters Uncaged!
#1: Fighters Uncaged - Kick Some Animated Butt!
Note: Although Fighters Uncaged has more votes, the more recently released Kung Fu High Impact has better reviews on Amazon than Fighters Uncaged, especially for the motion tracking. Read the reviews and decide for yourself which you think is the better game!
This is currently the best example of a fighting game on the Kinect to date. It's a game that really showcases the capabilities of the Kinect well, allowing you to use your whole body to fight your way through multiple opponents and levels. Some players say that learning the moves is tricky, but once you do, there is plenty of fun to be had. There's also a tag-team mode that allows you to play with a friend.
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