Happy to hear the good reviews about the Kinect. This is exactly why I understood Microsoft didnt give you an option to not have it. Seems like its losing the "gimmick" label and is gaining a reputation for making the Xbox a better experience. All these reviews have me wanting to buy this earlier than expected.
As soon as a kinect-only game that's of the same caliber as heavy rain is released, my opinion of the kinect will change pretty significantly.