You may not have heard about the upcoming Xbox One Kinect game ‘Blue Estate,’ but when it does finally release it’s all you’ll hear about, and maybe for the wrong reasons.
The on-the-rails shooter was recently rated by the ESRB for the Xbox One, giving us a little more insight into what to expect when the Kinect game does eventually release.
This is a first-person shooter, based on the Blue Estate graphic novel, in which players assume the role of two characters involved in gangster/mob-related storylines in Los Angeles. Players use pistols, shotguns, and machine guns to shoot and kill enemy gang members in frenetic combat. Shootouts are accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, slow-motion and blood-splatter effects. Some areas depict streaks/pools of blood on the ground. During the course of the game, players can enter a night club setting in which women (topless with pasties on their breasts) are seen pole dancing; some posters display topless strippers with sexual names such as “T*ts McGee,” “Lady Gag Gag,” and “Fifi Le Vulva.” One menu screen displays a scantily clad stripper with exposed buttocks. The game’s dialogue/text sometimes contains irreverent commentary and/or jokes referencing racial/ethnic stereotypes (e.g., “We’re not even Vietnamese, you racist greaseball,” “Can’t see these mooks,” and “Goddamn oobatz Sicko pr*ck, wastin’ my time.”). A handful of sequences depict instances of bathroom humor: a character emitting flatulence; a man sitting on a toilet with flies buzzing around. The game includes depictions of marijuana plants and references to drugs in dialogue (e.g., “Cause I’s Jamaican means I got to be red-stoned alla the time?”).
I’ve personally never been a big fan of Kinect games, at least I wasn’t on the Xbox 360.
However, the ESRB’s business-like approach to describing Blue Estate has sold it to this particular author better than any marketing hype.
Blue Estate actually released last summer for the PS4 and was well received, though it’s had very little headline coverage so you’d be well forgiven for not being aware of its existence.
Blue Estate is an on-the-rails shooter that takes its inspiration from the comic boos of the same name. Unlike many adaptations, Blue Estate doesn’t shy away from what made the comic books a success amongst graphic-novel enthusiasts.
If you’re an Xbox One player looking for something to put your Kinect to good use, Blue Estate may just be that special thing, though there isn’t a release date set as of yet, we’ll keep you updated when we know more.
Will you be picking this one up? Or is your Kinect sat in the corner with a towel over its head? Skit-skit bang-bang in the comments, bitc- er, homies.
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