As many of us wait in anticipation for what kind of DLC Bethesda Softworks will announce for their juggernaut video game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the company has made another very cool announcement.
Bethesda has revealed that coming later this month in a free update, Kinect support will become available for Skyrim. With it comes over 200 commands that you will be able to use your own voice for, including…you guessed it, FUS RO DAH! (YouTube it if you’ve never played; you shan’t be disappointed)
Continue on below to see a special video made for Skyrim‘s Kinect support.
With the Kinect, Xbox 360 users will be able to use their voices for not only the Dragon Shouts, but also hotkeying items and spells, controlling your followers, saving and loading games, and working various menu options such as Items, Magic, Map, Barter, Container, Favorites, and Skills. You’ll also have special new functions with your map, and the ability to sort your inventory by name, weight, and value.
Since Kinect first arrived, I’ve stubbornly said that this “controller-less gaming” was a waste of time, and that the best way to utilize the motion gaming boom would be to infuse it with existing gameplay. Thankfully developers like Bethesda with Skyrim and BioWare with Mass Effect 3 realized this too, and hopefully they’ll set the standard.
Flailing around your body in front of your TV like a jackass is just silly, but combining controller-based games—especially RPGs—with immersive options like voice commands or actual audible dialogue/conversations could really be an exciting evolution in gaming.