Many had high hopes when Kinect Star Wars was first announced – finally, fans thought, here was a game that would allow you to play a Jedi’s part, swinging lightsabers and using the Force to fight the Sith.
The reality, however, was much different than expectations. While many game review sites didn’t call it the worst thing ever made, they couldn’t hide their disappointment. The consensus reached was that Kinect Star Wars was a game made for kids – complete with many forms of fun play like Rancor Rampage, Podracing, and Jedi Destiny – but it was hardly the epic adventure adults were hoping for.
The game was harmless fun, but one part of the game did anger many fans: The Galactic Dance Off mini-game. Here, you play the part of iconic Star Wars characters like Han Solo, Princess Leia, and Darth Vader – in a dance-off competition. Yes, a dance-off, like the ones parodied on the movie Zoolander.
Many have taken to the blogs to call this the worst thing George Lucas has ever done to the franchise. But, as IGN’s Tristan Ogilvie pointed out, “George Lucas was never really shy about pimping out the Star Wars franchise without any remorse.” Indeed, it doesn’t take much to discover bizarre Star Wars-endorsed products like cereals, underwear, sleeping bags, and even this rather obscene C3PO tape dispenser.
“So is watching a digital Han Solo bump and grind along his way into a second rate Weird Al parody any worse than Darth Vader being reduced to a plastic Mr Potato Head?” Ogilvie questioned.
Instead of hating it, let’s take a chill pill, and take Kinect Star Wars at face value – it’s a fun, wholesome, kid-friendly game that occasionally calls for an event where the fate of the galaxy rests on a dance off between Darth Vader and The Emperor to Deadmau5′s Ghosts n Stuff. The world doesn’t come to an end if you accept this.
To see what we mean, here is a compilation of our favourite Galactic Dance Off videos taken from YouTube. So turn up the earphones, watch and have a laugh!
Boba Fett and Stormtroopers dancing off to Empire Today (rewritten from YMCA)
Han Solo and Lando Calrissian dancing off to I’m Han Solo (rewritten from Jason Derulo’s Ridin’ Solo)
Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader dancing to Ghosts n Stuff by Deadmau5