For the first time EVER a co-op game will feature voice commands, via Kinect. That’s right, you will be able to simply use your voice to trigger certain commands, making it easier for you to help out your co-op partner by giving them health or ammo, finding objectives and even reviving each other. But this isn’t all, it gets even better, or worse, depending on your view when it comes to vulgarity.
It was recently revealed by Steve Papoutsis, via an interview with CVG, that the Kinect voice commands will include our natural ability to curse out our reactions of fear, anger and rage to a game while we play it. Yes! Dead Space 3 is catering to our Potty mouths!
We have all been there. That moment of tension in a game, you know something is going to happen, you are anticipating it, then bang. You jump 10 feet off your chair/sofa, gasp, then yell any random string of cuss words your brain can put to mouth. It is a natural reaction when you get scared, or at least it is for me and practically every other gamer I know.
Here is what CVG asked Steve Papoutsis and what he had to say:
When we think of horror games we think of people screaming and swearing… will Kinect pick up on our feedback?
Yes! We actually have some commands that people will need to figure out. But there are commands where you might be in a certain situation and you might yell a specific expletive and it might behave in a way that you want it to. We definitely have done some things there…
For me, this is an awesome feature. They have simply added commands and features in-game that will respond to what I already do – swear at my TV. It’s not like we all don’t do it already. Maybe some not as much as others. Maybe some under their breath or in their head because they have children around. But everyone at some point in time swears at least once. Cuss words just have a way of slipping out especially during those high tension moments.
Now what about children, all my gamer friends with kids ask? Well first of all the game is rated M for Mature but we all know kids will be kids and are going to find away to play what they want even if it means sneaking over to a friends. But this doesn’t mean we need to encourage or reward vulgar language in our children. Because as we can see Dead Space 3, in a way, is rewarding our potty mouths. All I can really say is if you are worried about your child’s “language” and you are going to let them play Dead Space 3, don’t let them play via the kinect. Since the voice command feature will only work with the Kinect, you will be able to prevent some bad words from rolling off their tongues.
Here is what Steve Papoutsis, the Executive Producer on Dead Space 3, had to say about the voice command feature;
“The voice commands in Dead Space 3 give players a unique way to take down the terror, whether they choose to face the Necromorphs alone in single-player, or alongside a friend with drop-in / drop-out co-op. Dead Space 3 delivers the action-horror experience our fans have come to know and love. And with the ability to survive the adventure alone, with a friend, or with Kinect, we’re excited about extending the spine-tingling Dead Space experience to a whole new audience of players.”
So what do you think about Dead Space 3’s voice command feature? Does it cater to our already vulgar Potty Mouths or is it encouraging us to have even dirtier mouths?