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'Need For Speed: Most Wanted's' Kinect will make you a better, faster driver

The game will recognize about 50 words and commands with Kinect.


Kinect will make you a faster, better driver in Need For Speed: Most Wanted.

That's according to Most Wanted executive producer Matt Webster, but it won't do that by having you hold an invisible steering wheel or wave your hands at the screen to boost. No, all of the confirmed Kinect support in Most Wanted will be voice commands.

While the team is still hard at work building out exactly what gamers can shout at the screen while they play, Webster was able to walk me through the philosophy of its use.

The voice command system will be tied into Most Wanted's on-the-fly easy drive menus, which are typically pulled up during a race or while driving with a tap on the directional pad. Kinect users will be able to call out voice commands to do things like quickly switch the tires on the car their driving from street to off road, or start a race. All of this can be done without taking your eyes, or attention off the screen.

More interesting are the slew of quick access shortcut words the team is building for the Xbox 360 version of the game. For instance, a player hiding from cops can say "engine off" to turn off the lights and engine of the car, and better hide. "Engine on" starts the car back up again. Saying "look around" gives the player a quick 360 pan of their car as they drive and saying "rear view" gives the player a temporary peek at who is chasing or racing them through the rear view mirror.

All said, Need for Speed: Most Wanted will probably recognize about 50 voice commands and words when it ships, Webster told Polygon.

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