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Yoostar 2 Review (Xbox 360 Kinect)

Game Review: Yoostar 2
Release: March 8, 2011
Genre: Video Karaoke
Developer: Blitz Games
Available Platforms: Xbox 360 Kinect and PS3
Players: 1-2
MSRP: $49.99
ESRB Rating: T for Teen
Website: http://ys2.yoostar.com/#/home

Yoostar 2 puts you in the movies! Stand in front of your Kinect, select your favorite movie, and Yoostar will insert you into the scene much like a green screen effect. Kick a Persian into the bottomless pit as King Leonidas, seduce Stifler’s Mom as Finch, take Tom Hanks’ place and tell “Houston, we have a problem!” or any other of the 80 scenes that come with the game.

The concept is what I would call “video karaoke.” After you select a scene, the game asks you to stand in a certain spot depending on the role you will take. The Kinect camera shows you as you move to stand in the right spot. After the camera has you locked in, the timer will count down and the script will appear above the shot. Your lines will appear in color and the other actors’ lines are grayed out.

After you perform the scene, it will replay and start scoring your efforts. Points are given for proper timing of lines; it doesn’t matter what you say as long as sound is being detected at the right time. Speaking too early or too late will earn you fewer points. The campaign mode simply has you act out certain scenes and earn awards based on your performance.

You have the ability to share your videos via Facebook, Twitter, or email. I posted a video on my Facebook wall and it worked seamlessly. To accomplish this, head over to http://playground.yoostar.com and link your 360/PS3 account. The Yoostar playground will also let you view other videos, as well as rate them and give awards. You will then have to link your Facebook account as well. This game is definitely going to be community driven and is banking on social media for replay value.

In certain scenes, you have the option to play different roles.

This game has the worst tracking of any Kinect game I’ve played. It is a chore to scroll through the movie list and select what you want.

The resolution of your image is largely dependent on the lighting in your space. When playing at night, every light in my playing space wasn’t enough to capture a quality image on the screen. A daytime scene didn’t fare much better.

Individual scenes are priced at 160 MSP with slight discounts for scene packs; for example, the “Heroes Scene Pack” with five scenes is priced at 560 MSP. I believe most of the scenes that come with the game are inferior to the ones that may be purchased. It is my personal opinion that this is ludicrously priced and I am offended they would insult my intelligence by giving me an inferior product to begin with. They even sell “extended versions” of scenes that already come with the game for 160 MSP.

I recognize Yoostar 2 as a novelty item that may be enjoyable in short bursts with friends. It is a neat trick and will undoubtedly be the source of hilarity at times, but I would never use it outside of a party distraction.

One more beef I have with this game; on the box, it claims to have a scene from The Matrix. It does have “Hollywood Sets,” a collection of scenes that have no scripts or actors, just sound effects. You can’t do fighting scenes, which is what everyone thinks about from that movie.

Breakdown:

  • Loads of overpriced DLC ($2 for a single scene)
  • 80 total Hollywood Sets, Video Backgrounds, and acting scenes
  • Able to sync with Facebook and Twitter to show off your movies

Final Score: 3 out of 10

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