The 10 Best Xbox 360 Kinect Games to Buy in 2017

Get in shape and have fun with these awesome Kinect games

Playing video games doesn’t mean you have to sit around all day and be a couch potato. With the Xbox 360 Kinect, you’ll be able to get off your keister and put in some cardio. You’ll have the perfect mix of both immersive entertainment and exercise. Even best, you’ll be able to play some of the most fun and interesting games out there without the use of a physical controller (because you are the controller.)

Below, we’ve compiled the best Xbox 360 Kinect games. And we’ve made sure the list is diverse enough so you can find a game you’ll enjoy. Depending on the game, you’ll be able to wave around a light saber and fight with Jedi masters, drive a Ferrari or even punch a zombie in the face. Need some help finding out which one to buy? Read on to see which one fits your style.

Kinect Adventures is the game to buy if you’ve just bought a Kinect and aren’t sure where to start. It’s one of the highest rated Kinect games out on the market due to its responsiveness, user friendliness and fun gameplay.

Kinect Adventures features 20 mini-games, including river rafting, track and field and rally ball – all of which require full body motion. The game features jump-in, jump-out multiplayer, so if your friends or family want to join you, all they have to do is get beside you, in front of the Kinect camera, and start moving.

Amazon users who own the game say it’s fun and approachable for gamers of all ages. Virtually anyone can play the game and it provides a nice little workout.

Those who want to work up a sweat, stay active and lose the belly fat should consider Zumba Fitness Core. Zumba Fitness Core teaches you intense choreography designed to sculpt your abs and give you a full body workout. The game includes 40 dance songs with popular smash hits from artists such as Enrique Iglesias and Don Omar. The game allows you to practice 30+ different dance styles from Brazilian Funk to Celtic Bluegrass.

Many Amazon users who believe it’s the best Zumba game out of the three available for the Xbox 360 Kinect. More critical reviewers mention the song selection isn’t the best and the workouts are not easy.

Don't want to fork over an arm and a leg for a Disneyland vacation? Buy Kinect Disneyland Adventures, where you’ll experience your entire favorite Disneyland adventures in the comfort of your own living room.

Kinect Disneyland Adventures is a kind of immersive virtual tour video-game of Disneyland. You’ll be able to explore attractions and rides such as Splash Mountain, the Matterhorn and more. Much like the real Splash Mountain, you’ll get your picture taken on the drop. You’ll also be able to meet and interact with famous Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse and go on quests with them.

Amazon users love the brilliant graphics and fun concept – it’s perfect for kids who love Disney. Other people mention gameplay is repetitive and can be dull.

Looking for a therapeutic way to get out some unwanted aggression? Fighters Uncaged is a UFC/boxing-like video game where you spar with AI opponents in fighting tournaments.

Fighters Uncaged is by far the best fighting style game for the Kinect to date. It utilizes motion capturing techniques that allow you to pull off 70 different in-game programmed moves using your feet, legs, arms, elbows and fists. You can also battle with a friend in tag team mode and progress through different stages.

Amazon users rave about its two-player option, while other reviewers mention the game can be choppy and feels unfinished.

Forza Motorsport 4 offers stunning graphics and has an amazing immersive gaming experience. Some of the Kinect games on the list have choppy controls, but Forza Motorsport 4 definitely isn’t one of them.

Drive Lamborghinis and everything else in the comfort of your own living home. Forza Motorsport 4 allows you to explore and race some of the world’s greatest cars. You’ll step inside the driver’s seat and steady your hand on an invisible steering wheel as you go 100mph down tight turns and tracks, passing other cars.

Amazon users who own the game feel it’s one of the best Kinect games when it comes to controls. The graphics and gameplay are astounding, while the overall racing experience is immersive enough to be believable.

One of the most unique and visually stunning Xbox 360 Kinect games on the list is Child of Eden. The highly critically acclaimed game provides a visual entertainment experience that synchronizes graphics to your movements.

Child of Eden is a type of on-rails shooter game with an artistic twist: every sound has a movement and every movement has a sound. It features a beautifully composed ethereal score by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, designed to complement the way you play the game.

Amazon users who are well versed in Kinect games say that Child of Eden is one of the best reasons to buy a Kinect. More critical reviewers find it to be odd and feel it’s less of a game and more of an experience.

Wouldn’t it be fun to play and interact with your favorite Sesame Street characters such as Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Elmo? Now you can with Kinect Sesame Street TV, an interactive gaming experience that tells you how to get to Sesame Street and be a part of it.

Kinect Sesame Street TV allows players to be part of the Sesame Street experience through visual and physical interactions with characters. Kids will be able to help, learn from and play with their favorite characters in an engaging learning experience. The game uses actual footage of the puppets, making the game as realistic as possible.

Nothing feels better than miming a light saber and pretending that you’re Obi Wan Kenobi. Kinect Star Wars allows you to fulfill the fantasy of being a Jedi without the need of a controller.

Kinect Star Wars features multiple modes that allow you to relive Star Wars scenes from the movies. The most popular of these modes is light saber training, where you’ll train with training droids and duke it out with other characters. Other modes include piloting ships, speeder bikes, and race pods.

Amazon users who own the game love that it’s the closest thing to actually being a Jedi and it stays true to the Star Wars feel of things. Others mention the game can be kind of laggy sometimes.

Now you can have all the fun playing as your favorite super hero in Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth (no controller required). You’ll be able to play as one of 20 different characters, including Iron Man, Captain America and Thor.

Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth is a brawler fighting style game that has you facing off with Marvel super heroes and villains. Through motion capture gameplay, you’ll be able to use your whole body to deliver signature attack moves such as a Hulk smash or Wolverine slash. You can have your friends join in and battle it out with AI across a variety of game modes.

Amazon users believe it's a great fit for young kids since it’s easy to play and has some of the world’s most beloved super heroes. Others mention it could be more cinematic and can sometimes be boring.

The scariest and most brutal game for the Kinect has you punching zombies and escaping terrifying slaughter machines. Anyone wanting to live through a bloody horror movie and feel the excitement of staying alive should get Rise of Nightmares.

Rise of Nightmares utilizes your whole body to fight off a horde of zombies. You can do everything from socking them in the face with your first to chopping their heads off with hedge clippers (which might be a bit too gory). Your mission is to escape from a giant castle run by an evil madman. In that castle, you’ll utilize your fighting skills, use various melee and bladed weapons, sneak around and solve puzzles. The game offers a cinematic experience unlike any other Kinect game on the list.

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