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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that All Star Cheer Squad 2 is a sequel to the 2008 cheer game. It is one of the best cheerleading games currently available on the market. Not just a "girly" game, this squad can consist of both boys and girls. Players can participate in the competitive sport of Cheer either cooperatively or by going head to head against each other. They can also create their own routines and mix music to go with them. This fun game combines traditional cheerleading moves with dance moves that get kids moving. This sequel offers more ways to use the Wii remotes and nunchucks, supporting up to four players playing cooperatively or competitively, two to a team. The Wii balance board may also be used, but this is really optional.
What's it about?
In ALL STAR CHEER SQUAD 2, you are the new captain of the cheerleading squad and it's your job to lead your squad to the cheerleading finals. By showing your squad your moves and getting them to work as a team, you can compete in the championships. Starting off in the career mode allows you create and customize your avatar and name her or him. The fully voiced tutorial kicks off with the basic moves and talks you into the rhythm by counting the beats. After each tutorial level, which can be repeated as many times as you wish, you go into an event, eventually learning all the moves, combinations, and tricks, including those performed on the Wii balance board. You squad will move from arena to arena, travelling around the world. As you progress, you earn the respect of your team mates, and unlock achievements and better costumes for your squad.
Is it any good?
As with the original All Star Cheer Squad, the wireless remote & nunchuck combination will provide players the best experience as they will be able to attain full extenstion of their arms without accidently jerking on the cord while playing the game. The ability to try out the moves in an actual event after you learn them makes this game a little more fun than it's predecessor. For a bit of reality in training, you can add your missed moves to "Flash Card" training sessions to practice those moves.
In addition to all the different play modes, routine creation, and new remote combinations available, All Star Cheer Squad 2 also allows players to mix their own music for use with their custom routines and trade routines and avatars with their friends who also have the game. All Star Cheer Squad 2 is a fun game that not only gets kids up and moving, it gets them to exercise their creativity in creating music mixes and routines.
Online interaction: Children can take the game online and play with their friends on the Wii network.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about gender differences. What do boys do in cheerleading that's different from what the girls do? Who lifts whom? What was the effect of Title IX or the Equal Opportunity in Education Act on cheerleading?
What makes cheerleading a sport? Was it always viewed as a sport? What is a stereotype?
What is celebrity? Why do you think girls on the cheerleading squad or boys on the football team are popular? Are they all skinny and beautiful?
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