Yoostar 2: In The Movies
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What It Is
I’m not sure if there is a game genre called “Movie Karaoke” but it is the perfect way to describe Yoostar 2: In The Movies. Yoostar 2 is a collection of movie scenes that inserts you into the scene and asks you to reenact the original dialogue or ad-lib with your own lines. The game uses the Kinect camera and scanner to place your real-time video image in the scene in place of one of the movie’s actors. For example, in a scene from 300, you choose whether you want to play as Leonidas or the messenger who brings him the Persian leaders warning in the beginning of the movie. Whichever character you choose, your image will replace that character and you have to follow the words on screen as they light up—karaoke style—to play out the scene.
Why It’s Fun
There is a scoring component that awards you after every scene and a Challenge Mode that requires you to reach specific goals but these elements are not what makes Yoostar 2 fun. It’s getting together with family or friends and watching each other act out famous movies scenes on your TV. Fortunately, in addition to Challenge Mode, there is also a Quick Play Mode that allows you to do just that. Pick a scene act it out and have fun regardless of what your score is.
The fun doesn’t end when you wrap a scene because Yoostar 2 also has an upload feature that allows you to share your video via Facebook, Twitter, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Yoostar.com.
Who’s Going To Love It
The movie scenes represent a wide range of genres from classic Universal Monster movies like Frankenstein to recent TV hits such as Mad Men. Most of the scenes, such as Kick Ass, The Hangover and The Blues Brothers will appeal to teens and adults but there are also a handful of family friendly movies including The Nutty Professor, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Men In Black and The Wizard of Oz to choose from. Even gamers too young to read can ad-lib their way through a scene and then watch themselves in the scene afterward.
What To Be Aware Of
Additional packs of scenes can be purchased over the Internet and downloaded to your game console.
The camera doesn’t adjust for height. When playing two-player with someone several inches shorter than me, I had to squat or sit so that we were both in the frame. You need a well lit room to achieve the highest quality picture. Even with perfect lighting and an ideal camera position, don’t expect a video that looks like it was created by George Lucas’s special effects team. Yoostar 2 is about having fun with family and friends not creating Oscar-worthy movies.
Unfortunately, one of the most fun aspects of Yoostar 2, uploading and sharing videos Online, does not work with the 4GB or Arcade versions of Xbox 360 because of technical limitations with these smaller hard drive consoles. You can’t even save your video and play it back unless you are using one of the larger hard drive Xbox models. The hard drive requirement is stated on the back of the game package but the problem is that many people purchased Kinect as part of the Xbox bundle, which came with the 4GB Xbox. Make sure you check which model Xbox you own before buying Yoostar 2.
The game comes loaded with 80 scenes plus the ability to download more scenes, which makes this a very replayable game.
2 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Yoostar 2: In The Movies
System: Xbox 360 Kinect
Genre: Movie Karaoke
Players: 1 - 2
Launch Date: March 8, 2011
Date of Review: March 30, 2011