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What new ideas the game brings to the table and how well old ideas are presented.
How good a game looks, taking into account any flaws such as bad collision or pop-up.
Does the game’s music and sound effects get you involved or do they make you resolve to always play with the volume down?
Basically, the controller to human interface. The less you think about the hunk of plastic in your hands, the better the playability.
Flat out, just how fun the game is to play. The most important factor in rating a game.
Yoostar 2, like its PC predecessor, is a unique experience designed
for movie buffs, aspiring stars, and everyday gamers alike. Its
Kinect-enabled console debut uses the sensor bar's camera to place
players in classic scenes to deliver lines with a karaoke-style
interface. While the concept of turning everyday people into actors
makes for an amusing time, technical issues stand in the way of making
the latest Yoostar a blockbuster hit.
Yoostar 2 offers single-
and multiplayer options, but the game is most enjoyable in a group
setting. You can fly solo in the challenge mode and perform scenes like
hitting the road to Chicago in The Blues Brothers or reporting a problem to Houston as Tom Hanks in Apollo 13.
However, scenes where the default actor you replace only has a few
lines become tedious. You get credit for patiently waiting your turn to
speak, but the sensor occasionally picks up sounds other than your
voice and docks points from your score, hindering your progress across
the map to Hollywood. Sound recognition issues continue when a line is
delivered as prompted, but is unrecognized by the game. This becomes
less of a problem in the quick play mode, where you're playing more
for fun and less for high scores.
Quick play offers 50 movie
scenes for you to perform alone or with friends. The selection is
impressive, with a wide range of genres for film and TV fans of any
generation. Sing "In The Air Tonight" while throwing down air drums
and delivering a punch as Mike Tyson in The Hangover, shout "This is Sparta!" in 300, or "make him an offer he can't refuse" in The Godfather.
Watching yourself and a friend in these scenes and delivering lines is
hilarious, and the ability to save the clips and upload them to social
networking sites is a nice touch. However, even in the ideal Kinect
play space you have to awkwardly position yourself to fit perfectly in
the film frames, and the grainy picture quality mars your celluloid
Despite its technical imperfections, Yoostar 2 can
be enjoyable if you step out of your shell and be a total ham. Bring in
some friends for a full cast, and you'll get some laughs during your