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 satiate your gaming bloodlust. Whether you like boxing, martial arts, flinging power orbs, or swinging lightsabers, you're likely to find something here that's just right for you.
The games here are ranked by visitor votes, but don't rely on us. Before you decide to purchase any game, make sure you read reviews, talk to friends, and if possible, test it out in the virtual ring.
7. Dragon Ball Z
If you like Dragon Ball Z, you can now enjoy the franchise with full-body motion controls! Most reviewers enjoyed the game, although some found it a bit repetitive. This game is definitely popular with fans of the anime, especially kids. It has a familiar storyline, and it isn't too violent or difficult, so it's the perfect game for a kid who's a bit younger but still wants a fighting game.
6. PowerUp Heroes
This game lets your Xbox avatar become a hero. Collect 20 super-powered suits to battle alone, in versus mode with a friend, or online. The Kinect allows you to use your whole body to jump into the action.
PowerUp Heroes is made by Ubisoft, the same company that made Your Shape: Fitness Evolved (one of the best Kinect exercise games), so you know it has excellent body-scanning and motion controls.
5. Star Wars
Kinect Star Wars combines the great motion-controlling capabilities of the Kinect controller with the well-loved Star Wars franchise. As one of the newer additions to the Kinect library, this game is sure to inject new life into your 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
As a part fighting game, part fitness game, UFC Personal Trainer is well-rounded and very 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)
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 single-player mode, with two players at the same time side-by-side, or even play against opponents online.
And the Best Kinect Fighting Game Is . . .
1. Fighters Uncaged
Note: Although Fighters Uncaged has more votes, the more recently released Kung-Fu High Impact has better reviews on Amazon than Fighters Uncaged, especially thanks to the motion tracking. Read the reviews and decide for yourself which you think is the better game!
What is the best Kinect fighting game?
Although these games didn't quite make the cut, I do believe they deserve an honorable mention on account of their originality and unique gameplay.
Hulk Hogan's Main Event
As if reality TV wasn't enough. It 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 it's salt. It's a nice companion to Fighters Uncaged, which is similar in premise, but different in regards to style and gameplay.
Rise of Nightmares
Here's a Kinect fighting game that's perfect for people who love all things gore and B horror movies. 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 the extremely gruesome trailer above (obviously, not suitable for all audiences!)
It's Time to Put up a Fight
If you like fighting games, you're bound to love each title on this list. They'll make you want to get up and move, regardless of ranking. So why not try them all?
What do you think of this list? Played them? Love them? Hate them? Let me know in the comments below!