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    Microsoft's exclusive line-up for 2012 has been pretty bare, but one of the 
    more publicized releases coming exclusively for the 360 using the Kinect is 
    Kinect Star Wars. The game has finally released, and this guide is here to help
    you get through the various game modes!
    Kinect Star Wars
    Written by Dalton "Horror Spooky" Cooper
    Copyright 2012
    Contact Information
    E-mail: horror_spooky@hotmail.com
    1. Introduction and Controls
    2. Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising
    A. Kashyyyk
    B. Providence
    C. Felucia
    3. Podracing
    A. Destiny
    B. Quickplay
    4. Galactic Dance Off
    A. How to Play
    B. Song Listing
    5. Rancor Rampage
    6. Duels of Fate
    7. Conclusion
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    1. Introduction and Controls
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    As a Jedi padawan, you play through events that occur during the prequel 
    trilogy that you didn't see. Choose your Padawan. Save the universe!
    The controls use the Kinect sensor. Since there is a large variety of 
    situations you experience throughout the game, I give details on what you need 
    to do for each section of the game throughout the guide.
    Also, if you want to play in co-op or multiplayer, simply have a buddy step in 
    front of the Kinect camera!
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    2. Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising
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    At the start of the game, you need to choose which Padawn to play as. You can 
    make your selection by using your hand or by using the Kinect voice commands.
    Before you are able to do anything, you have to complete a bit of a training 
    session on the way to Kashyyyk, the Wookie homeworld. The first actual gameplay
    you will experience will be the game telling you to pick up your lightsaber. 
    Hold out which hand is your dominate hand to pick up the lightsaber. When the 
    lightsaber is in your hand, the game will instruct you to basically swing your 
    arms back and forth in order to swing the lightsaber.
    Just replicate the motions of your Jedi Master. They will bring out the 
    training drones. The first couple of encounters with them simply requires you 
    to slash at them. Then they will start firing at you, and the game tells you to
    make a figure-8 motion with your lightsaber hand. Do this. Then swing at the 
    lasers as they fire at you in the next segment to send them back to the 
    training drones.
    With the drones, uh, defeated, the game will then teach you about dueling. You 
    need to block the attacks of your partner. Move your arm up, left, right, or 
    down to block the attacks. As you block attacks, your "attack timer" will fill 
    up. Once it's full, you will be given the opportunity to attack your training 
    partner and deplete their health (in a bit). The game will also teach you to 
    use the force when lightsabers lock up by thrusting forward with the hand that 
    you aren't holding the lightsaber in.
    Once you have the basics down, you will be thrust into an impromtu duel with 
    your training partner using training lightsabers. Apply the knowledge that you 
    just learned. Block their attacks, then go crazy on them with a flurry of 
    strikes once you are given the opportunity. You can also dodge their attacks by
    hopping a little bit to the left or right, just so you know.
    On Kashyyk, you will be introduced to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, and Mace Winduu. 
    You will then have to learn more basics of the game. To rush forward, you need 
    to step forward aggressively. This will rush your character forward. Then when 
    you see a dummy, kick it. Do this a few times, and then the game will teach you
    about jumping. To jump, just literally jump. Remember to keep stepping forward 
    to move this segment along.
    You will then be taught how to move out of the way of things. To do that you, 
    you guessed it, step to the right or left. Keep going, and you will have to 
    dodge obstacles that are swinging across the place. To rush past them, simply 
    step forward when they're both off screen, and you should be fine. Jump, rush, 
    and side-step your way through this. You will eventually be taught to duck, so 
    do that as well and continue.
    There is a somewhat tricky section where you have to time your jump to make it 
    over a fallen log. Step forward, and right when you're about to fall off the 
    ledge, jump! Then jump over the next log, and then rush forward to meet back up
    With Yoda. Yoda will then teach you to use the force on the subsequent dummy. 
    Use your non-lightsaber hand to blast the dummy.
    Your Force training continues. You must lift the ship out of the swamp water. 
    To do this, reach out both hands and kind of point towards the ship. Once it is
    glowing blue, lift it up, and then shift your hands to the left to drop it in 
    the position designated by the ship outline.
    Afterwards, you will be taught how to throw rocks with the force. Point at a 
    rock with your left hand, and once it glows blue, fling it towards the rock 
    pillar. You might have to do this, but once most of the other rocks are knocked
    down, your Force training will continue.
    In the next step of your Force training, you have to catch a rock that Yoda 
    throws, and then throw it back. To do this, wait for him to throw the rock. 
    Point your left hand at the rock, and then fling it like you did before. Do 
    this a second time to satisfy Yoda that you know what you're doing in regards 
    to the Force.
    A few droids will pop by to cause trouble. Basically just swing your lightsaber
    to defeat all of them. That's all there is to it. Next you will be piloting a 
    ship, so be prepared to learn some new Kinect maneuvers!
    You will have to lean to the left and to the right to steer the ship. Have 
    both of your arms outreached as though you are gripping handlebars or a 
    steering wheel. The ship will move forward by yourself, you mainly just need to
    worry about dodging incoming obstacles by moving to the left or to the right.
    There are a couple of other things you can do, though. If enemies are right 
    behind you, Yoda will instruct you to brake by pulling your arms back quickly. 
    This will put the enemies in front of you. To speed forward, thrust your arms 
    As you move through the woods, you will have to defeat enemies that are chasing
    you. To do that, move behind them. Then position yourself so you are directly 
    behind them, and a reticule will pop up. Just hold your position until they 
    blow up. Repeat the process for any other enemies encountered. Eventually a 
    different type of enemy will show up that will throw bombs at you. To avoid the
    bombs, just move to the blue area and not the red. Simple stuff.
    Eventually a few droids will fly over your head. This will prompt a swinging of
    your arms, which will trigger Yoda to destroy them. However, I discovered that 
    you can simply ignore them and complete this section without any other issues 
    at all.
    Well, after a brief loading screen, you will be back to zooming along with 
    Yoda, but this time over a body of water. Just do what you did before. When you
    come across this large spider-like thing in the water, you will have to swing 
    your arm to the left twice as you near its legs so Yoda can destroy it. 
    Otherwise, it's business as usual.
    Until you come across a few new enemies that fire a ton of laser blasts at 
    once. Move to the left or right to avoid them, and fire at them from behind. If
    you come up to a ramp and they're still giving you trouble, zoom forward to 
    pretty much lose them until you come across new ones. When you reach the beach,
    (I'm a poet...but hell, who am I kidding? I knew it), you will be done racing 
    around with Yoda.
    But you'll be fighting more droids! Slash. Step forward. Slash. Just keep 
    doing this. Droids will then fight you with poles that can block lightsaber 
    attacks. Jump. Slash. Use the Force if you want to make it even easier. Just 
    keep doing this until you reach the camp. Then you will have to lift a fallen 
    tree off of a Wookie using the Force. Do it.
    Then continue fighting droids. New droid types will emerge, but they are both 
    easily defeated by...you guessed it. JUMP. SLASH. That's seriously all it 
    takes. Fight your way to the beach, but along the way some lizardmen will pop 
    up. Kill them. Continue to the beach.
    On the beach, you will have to jump (literally) onto these machines that are 
    bombarding the Wookies with artillery fire. Once on the machines, slide your 
    lightsaber downward to slice through it. Jump to the next one, and do the same 
    thing. Then jump down and fight the droids on the beach. Then you will have to 
    toss some rockets out of the way. Use the force to catch the rockets, then 
    fling them away. Then jump on the ship that is procured.
    On the ship, fight any enemies. Then deflect the bullets of the oncoming 
    enemies, and jump to the next ship. Repeat the process until you land on a 
    floating enemy base. Your Master will run off to set explosives. Fight the 
    two lizardmen. A good strategy is to jump over them and then slash at them, 
    After a scene and a load, you will once again resume slicing dudes up. Jump 
    when prompted. Move forward when prompted. Keep slicing up enemies. There will 
    then be a platforming segment where you just have to keep jumping from platform
    and platform, then you will resume slicing people up. Then you will have to 
    move across a bridge, which will also require you to side-step a little bit 
    here and there, and jump over a fallen tree or two. After that, you will fight 
    even more enemies.
    Finally, you will be back on the landspeeder. But this time you won't be in 
    control of the vehicle. Instead, Chewbacca will be piloting the thing. Your 
    goal on the landspeeder is to protect it from the oncoming enemies by knocking 
    their laser projectiles back and by hitting them with Force push attacks. That 
    is all you do.
    Later, you will reach water. The big metal spider things from earlier are 
    there. Chewbacca will open a hatch, revealing bombs. Using the Force, fling the
    bombs at the legs of the metal spider enemies. This will blow up their legs. 
    Then you are free to continue. Back in the woods, large machines will start to 
    follow you. Droids will fly in front of these machines and also attack. Use the
    Force to fling these droids at the first machine, which will cause it to catch 
    on fire and then promptly explode.
    With that taken care of, the second machine will get in close. Jump to board 
    it. Then slash away at its side. Then jump to get on top and slash away at the 
    things on top of it. The game will tell you to keep swinging, but you need to 
    jump again to return to Chewbacca and be safe. Continue defending the 
    Landspeeder until the next cut-scene frees you.
    You then have to duel a Sun Guard. The duel is the same as before, except when 
    your lightsaber hits the enemy's staff, you need to swing your arm wildly to 
    win the struggle. Then you are free to attack him and deplete his health meter.
    Repeat the process until he's defeated, and you can aboard what is essentially 
    the Millennium Falcon.
    You have to man the guns to fight off the enemy ships. Just aim the cursor and 
    keep it trained at the ships as they come. A short scene will occur, and then 
    you will have to fight larger ships. Aim at the ships and keep the cursor 
    trained there to deal damage. Smaller ships will come, so take them out as well
    and then you will start fighting TIE fighters. Take them out as well. The ships
    will also start firing missiles at you, so blast them out of the air before 
    they can hit your ship.
    This will go on for a while. If you find you are starting to take too much 
    damage, you can thrust your arms forward to fire mines. Eventually, you will 
    come to a point where you are flying towards a ship that has a forcefield 
    blocking the entrance inside. There are four objects you have to destroy in 
    order to get rid of the forcefield. The game will highlight them as targets, so
    aim the reticule at the targets to destroy all four of them and get inside the 
    larger ship.
    Inside, defeat the droids. Keep pushing forward and attacking the enemies as 
    they come. You will encounter two rolling droids that you have to defeat by 
    deflecting their blasts back at them. Eventually, you will start to get overrun
    by enemies. At this point, you have to jump over a couple of obstacles to reach
    an elevator.
    At the elevator, hold your ground and swing your arm wildly to block the 
    oncoming laser blasts until the elevator doors finally close. When they open 
    back up, kill the few droids. You'll be told to smash the next group of droids 
    encountered by using the force to smash the large crate on top of them.
    Then you will have to fight more enemies. And then more enemies. It's an unless
    parade of slicing and Force pushing, I tell ya. However, there is a platforming
    segment involving crates. This section is sort of difficult, so allow me to do 
    my job and tell you how to safely traverse the crates.
    Firstly, you need to wait for the crate to be scanned, with it pointing more 
    towards the right. Then jump. Then jump IMMEDIATELY onto the next crate. Wait 
    for the third crate to be in view, then jump on that. Then jump again to reach 
    the top. Then resume the slicing and what-not. This continues again until you 
    reach your peers that are trapped.
    You will then fight off a ton of enemies, including flying ones that will 
    require you to send their laser blasts flying right back at them. Just keep at 
    it until the next cut-scenes play and your Master is back to save the d-d-day!
    Unfortunately for you guys, a laser hallway (ala Resident Evil the movie?) will
    boot up as a defense mechanism for the core. Now, this next platforming stretch
    is actually somewhat challenging. The first set of lasers is simple to dodge, 
    though. Just wait for the farthest laser to start bouncing back. Then you have 
    the perfect opportunity to dash forward and avoid taking damage from the other 
    You then have to jump to fall into a larger hallway with obstacles as well as 
    other lasers. Wait for the rotating device to move out of the way to dash 
    forward. Move to the left or to the right whenever something is in your way, 
    and continue to dash. Avoid any other obstacles, and then jump across the gap 
    to another laser-infested area.
    These lasers are a bit trickier. They moving horizontally and vertically, but 
    just dash forward as soon as there's a clear opening. This will happen when the
    lasers that are horizontal are up and the lasers that are vertical are almost 
    all to the right. This window of opportunity is short, so right when you 
    complete the dash, be sure to jump across the gap to the next platform.
    Keep in mind that you can actually do this section one laser at a time if you 
    are able to stop your Jedi well enough. If this section is giving you trouble, 
    I recommend trying that out. Otherwise, keep pushing forward, slicing up 
    droids, until you reach the core.
    At the core, defeat the droid enemies. Then you will have to use the Force to 
    chuck those missile objects on the ground to your left at the core. Flying 
    droids will join the party, so throw them into the core as well, or use your 
    right hand to block their attacks while you continue to throw the missile packs
    into the core.
    When enough damage has been done, you will then have to fight off lizardmen and
    more droids. Defeat them all, then help your Master rip the hooks out of the 
    core device to further damage the core. Use both hands to do this.
    With the ship about to explode, it's time to haul ass out of there. But the 
    gang is stopped by a group of droids that you have to duel with. Use the same 
    dueling strategies that you've used before. Simply block, win the clash with 
    them, and then swing the lightsaber wildly until its health bar is depleted. 
    You need to do this three times to win the duel.
    Welcome to Felucia! Defeat the lizardmen that show up immediately. When they're
    dead, you have to slice through vines and jump over barricades in order to 
    proceed. More Lizardmen will be your reward, and you will have to kill a whole 
    hell of a lot of them. There will be flying ones as well that you will have to 
    rip out of the sky with your Force ability. When they hit the ground, they will
    charge you Kamikaze-style, so be prepared to either boot them or send them 
    flying back with the Force if you can't handle the damage.
    Proceed, slashing vines, jumping when prompted. Whenever you are told to move 
    forward, use the Force dash ability as usual. You will go through a corridor of
    blue plants, and be ambushed by even more Lizardmen. Defeat all of them and 
    then continue through.
    You will now be on a speeder again. There are long stretches of nothing that 
    you can thrust both your arms forward to speed through. There will be enemy 
    vehicles that show up occasionally, but they aren't anything to worry about, 
    as their attacks are easy to dodge and it's easy to do damage to them.
    Eventually, you will come across a shield generator. This requires a brand new 
    motion in order to destroy. You need to bring your arms inward and ball your 
    hands up like a fist. Then you need to thrust them outward and hold your arms 
    to the side, like an airplane. The game will demonstrate how to do this if my 
    description is unsatisfactory. Which it probably is.
    At any rate, this new, somewhat complicated, body motion will launch a missile 
    that will destroy the generator. Then a bigger enemy vehicle that will toss 
    mines behind it will show up. Stay in the blue, all the while firing at the 
    back of it until it blows up. You will then come across a second generator. Do 
    the same motion as before. And then you will have to avoid blasts, etc., and 
    then have to blow up a third generator. This will bring down the shield.
    Fighting your way towards the base, you will first have to fight more of the 
    lizardmen enemies. Then you will have to contend with a series of droids. Keep 
    fighting your way through them all until you are able to enter the base.
    Inside the base, you will go room to room, fighting droids and lizardmen. There
    is no platforming or anything like that. Literally just go through the motions 
    until you wind up in a duel with a Sun Guard. Defeat the Sun Guard, then resume
    hacking and slashing your way through the base.
    In the next section, you won't have your lightsaber available. You will need to
    jump from platform to platform by literally jumping, as you could probably 
    guess. Whenever you are prompted to fight an enemy, use a combination of the 
    Force and kicks to defeat them. Keep jumping from platform to platform when 
    prompted until you have your lightsaber back, then keep jumping and fighting 
    enemies as they come.
    Eventually, you will be thrust into another duel, this time with a Sith named 
    Ror. This duel is the same as all the other ones, except it's pretty difficult 
    to win the clash with him. You actually can headbutt the dude when your 
    lightsabers are clashing to gain an advantage.
    You will now be in another ship. This is another on-rails shooting segment, 
    where you need to aim your cursor at the enemy ships. When you fly over larger 
    ships, they will have turrets on them that need blown up. That's all there is 
    to it. Keep in mind that you can fire missiles by thrusting both your arms 
    forward, as well.
    Eventually you will reach the capital ship, with special targets on it 
    highlighted in purple. Concentrate your efforts on these targets rather than 
    the enemies. When the purple targets are destroyed, take care of any enemies in
    the area until more purple targets pop up. That's your cue to start shooting 
    at those again.
    After a short scene, you will resume flying through space, blasting turrets and
    enemy ships. You will fly over ships that look similar to the capital ship that
    you just destroyed. The targets that you need to shoot are the same, but they 
    aren't highlighted in purple. Focus on these to make sure the weapons on these 
    ships won't destroy you from behind.
    Then you will fly into one of the larger ships. On the left and right, 
    explosives on rails move back and forth. Destroy these, and then maneuver your 
    way by all the obstacles as the ship zooms through the annals of the ship. Then
    you will come across a large blue core. Fire the ship missiles at the core to 
    blow it up.
    Then resume dodging obstacles down the hallway. The doors will start closing, 
    so move up and down to avoid being smashed by the doors. This section is tough,
    but you can bypass all the obstacles easily enough with a little practice. Take
    hard rights and lefts when necessary to avoid blasting right into anything. And
    once you complete this section, you have beaten the game!
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    3. Podracing
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    Podracing is the NASCAR of the future! In Kinect Star Wars, you can partake in 
    Podracing events, just like in your favorite Star Wars movie, The Phantom 
    In Destiny mode, you get to choose which Podracer you would like to play as. 
    Then you can choose which difficulty to play as. The difficulties change the 
    strength of the AI racers, and how many laps you have to take around the 
    tracks. You can even choose how much the game assists you in terms of braking 
    and steering, depending on how well you can play Kinect.
    There is a tutorial you can play before starting Destiny mode.
    Once you start the races, you have to reach forward and grab the handles of the
    Podracer to get things going. The Podracer controls are similar to the ship 
    controls from the Jedi Destiny mode. You have to move to the left and right to 
    pilot the Podracer. You can thrust forward to zoom forward with a burst of 
    Quickplay is similar to Destiny Mode, but it jumps right into a race and loses 
    the story.
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    4. Galactic Dance Off
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    If you've ever played Dance Central or other similarly themed dance video games
    on the Kinect, you know how to play Kinect Star Wars' dance mode. You basically
    need to copy the movements of the on-screen avatars in tune with the music. The
    better you mimic the moves, the more points you earn, which will in turn 
    unlock new songs.
    Difficulty levels:
    Casual - For people who just want to dance.
    Advanced - For dancers who want a challenge.
    Extended - For those who want to truly test their skills!
    High scores are uploaded to Xbox Live through the Leaderboard functionality of 
    the game.
    Perhaps hoping to capitalize on the popularity of Dance Central, Kinect Star 
    Wars features a dance mode. Is it Star Wars blasphemy? I don't know, but here's
    the song listings and how to play this mode!
    And yes, the songs are obvious parodies of famous songs. Can you name all the 
    Hologram Girl
    Location: Tatooine
    Location: Tatooine
    Princess in a Battle
    Location: Tatooine
    Location: Tatooine
    We No Speak Huttese
    Location: Tatooine
    Location: Bespin
    Just the Way You Are
    Location: Bespin
    I'm Han Solo
    Location: Bespin
    Location: Coruscant
    Location: Coruscant
    Empire Today
    Location: Coruscant
    Location: Death Star
    Ghost 'n' Stuff
    Location: Death Star
    Little White doves
    Location: Death Star
    Location: Bespin
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    5. Rancor Rampage
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    In Rancor Rampage, the player takes control of one of many Rancors and go on, 
    as the title of the mode suggests, a rampage! The controls of the Rancor are a 
    bit more complicated than anything else you've experienced in the game.
    Walk - To do this, walk in place.
    Jump - Jump.
    Clap Attack - Clap your hands.
    Charge - Bend down, and then aim your fists at the ground. Swing your arms back
    and forth like you are running like a leopard or something to do this.
    Those are some of the basics of controlling the Rancor.
    Mos Eisley
    Mos Espa
    Challenge - Score points by completing non-stop challenges within the time 
    Fury - Destroy as many structures as you can before enemy forces bring you 
    Basically, in Challenge Mode, you are virtually invincible, but have to contend
    with a time limit. Your goal is to allocate a ton of points by completing the 
    constant stream of challenges while also destroying as many buildings, 
    vehicles, and enemies as possible. Fury Mode tasks you with seeing how much 
    destruction you can cause before you are killed.
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    6. Duels of Fate
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    Duels of Fate is the translation of the duels featured in Jedi Destiny into 
    their own mode.
    This is the key to duels:
    Block opponent's attacks by moving your lightsaber arm to the direction that 
    their attack is coming from.
    This will build a meter. Once it's full, you have to win a lightsaber clash. 
    Win the clash by throwing your arm forward. Then you are free to attack the 
    enemy repeatedly. You usually have to do this three times, and then you will be
    given an opportunity to freely attack the enemy until its health bar is gone 
    and it dies.
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    7. Conclusion
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    I hope this guide helped you beat Kinect Star Wars for the Xbox 360!
    E-mail me at horror_spooky@hotmail.com if you have any questions, comments, or 
    concerns about this guide.
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