Perfect woman. When you hear that saying, different mental images likely come to mind. For some it’s a great mother, a successful business professional, or maybe even the woman in college that always knew what to say. I can say with a certainty that before I reviewed this game, I never associated the term with a video game!
It’s a given these days that Microsoft has all but sent the Kinect off to an unceremonious end. When a Kinect game pops up, it obviously holds a bit of intrigue to me, as someone that still has a Kinect set up on my Xbox One S (yep, adapter and all). Perfect Woman relies solely on the Kinect, if you don’t have one plugged into your Xbox One, you can’t get past the title screen. There is no use for a controller at all in this game, unless you want to use the Xbox jewel to go home.
The premise of Perfect Woman is relatively simple, you begin as a baby in your mother’s womb, then are instructed to contort your body to try to match a pose on the screen. How well you are able to match the pose gives you a score that changes the possibilities for the rest of the game. This concept is repeated as you reach more life stages.
Each life stage offers you a choice of how you want your perfect woman to live her life, be it a gang leader, a foreign minister, an adoptive mother, or a matriarch of a tribe. After you make your selection, and move your body to hold the poses, it tells you how you did, and how future life stages will be easier or harder based on performance and selection. For instance, if you choose terrorist early on, it’s extremely unlikely that you would be able to become a foreign minister later. You continue this cycle of selection and contortion until your character finally dies, and you are given a final score and life summary.
The gameplay for me seemed a bit inaccurate with the Kinect. There were times when I knew I was hitting a pose, but it didn’t recognize it. This honestly felt like I was playing with an Xbox 360 Kinect rather than on an Xbox One with a second generation Kinect. In a game where that feature is literally the only mechanic by which you can be judged, it is disappointing when it doesn’t work as expected.
I do have to give commendation to the game’s creative team though. It takes a bit of boldness these days to release a game entitled Perfect Woman, with the social climate not being as acceptive of such things. Also, giving the player an option to be a terrorist, call girl, or a mother with a child dying of leukemia just seems to beg the spotlight to be shown on this game. Perhaps that’s the real goal here, because I can say that it drew me in to look closer at a game that otherwise I would have passed by.
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Perfect Woman is far from a perfect game, as it did not seem to track my body movements as well as it should. The creative team’s boldness with this game merits some consideration.