Review: Yoostar 2: In The Movies (Microsoft Xbox 360)
27 August 2011
Summary: The idea is a great one, but the game is hampered by its execution. Things like more famous scenes and the option to navigate menus with a controller would boost this game’s score so much it’s not funny.
Acting game has movies with violence, sex, and profanity.
Common Sense Media
23 August 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that YooStar 2: In the Movies contains content that isn't appropriate for young children. The dialogue in some of the featured films contains profanity and references to violence, sex, smoking, and drinking. The game also has a few visual references to violence, such as a blood-stained door and a sword. Players can ad-lib their lines and share them online, so it's possible that viewers might see or hear inappropriate content from other gamers.
Conclusion: The career mode in Yoostar 2 consists of completing random and seemingly unrelated scenes to unlock another portion of the same town all without NPC interaction, plot, or purpose. Final Thoughts : 100% rental. Though Yoostar 2 can be a lot of fun it’s enjoyed best in a group and entertains about as long as Mark Hamill’s acting career. As always, please feel free to add any constructive criticism in the comments below or to follow @DavieBoyP on Twitter.
Excerpt: A triple threat is someone who can sing, dance, and act. For aspiring gamers, it’s possible to practice your timing and pitch with games like Singstar, and you can work on hitting the right moves for actual dances with the latest generation of dancing games. But what about that last skill? Is there any way to getting acting into your video game training regime? Yes. Yes there is. In fact, there’s at least two as if the number at the end of Yoostar 2 is to be believed.
Conclusion: — The game can be fun, but it’s strictly a multiplayer affair, and it needs more meat. As it stands, it feels a bit like the publishers’ way to lead owners into a world of endless microtransactions.
Conclusion: On paper (or celluloid) Yoostar 2 is a great idea, but it's hampered by a sloppy user interface, blocky outlines, Kinect tics and a weird mix of movie clips. It's guaranteed to provide a few hours of entertainment and some hearty belly laughs, but ultimately, Yoostar 2 is a bit of a box-office flop.
Conclusion: Yoostar 2’s developer Blitz Games got it right by calling their game a ‘movie karaoke’ experience – and in all senses of the word, it truly is best defined this way. Having your bodily image projected into film and TV scenes is as charming as it tedious in practice. But more so than many other party games, the on-disc limitations of choice on offer as well as the brevity of each film’s clips might spoil the experience for some.
Excerpt: Much as we’d love to be high-profile actors and live in fear of TMZ, the hard truth is that most folks simply lack the raw talent and drive to string together a movie career. Yoostar 2 offers a seemingly alluring alternative, letting you act out scenes from dozens of hit films (and a handful of TV shows) using just your Kinect camera, but while the illusion is satisfactory, the one-dimensional hook never evolves into a complete and engaging play experience.
Pros: + Includes current and classic clips from a variety of films and TV shows.
Cons: - Very much a one-trick pony: just read your lines, then watch the results., - Requires a lot of lighting; camera adjustment can be finicky., ? Could the uploaded clips launch someone’s acting career?
Summary: I loved it. I started out insanely aware that I was in my front room talking to a black strip, trying to perfect two words from Blues Brothers. Shortly afterwards I was bellowing "This Is Sparta", doing accents and really getting into the role. Let your hair down and it's a great game. If you're coiled up tighter than a duck's arse, however, give it a miss.