We Cheer 2

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
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Fun dance rhythm cheer game with cutesy but sexed-up avatars

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The game emphasizes that practice makes perfect. However, it also puts great emphasis on looking good.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The character you play leads the squad to the championship through dedication and hard work. Along the way, you'll unlock new outfits to make the squad look good. The trainer encourages you, but she giggles way too much.

Ease of Play

This is a rhythm and movement matching game, so basically, as long as you can stand and move to the rhythmn, you can play the game.  Mastering it is quite another thing as the game is fast paced.

Violence

None

Sex

The characters stand in sexy poses, and some movements are provocative - such as turning their backs, bending over, and grinding their hips. Although the characters are cartoonish in appearance, costumes can show a lot of midriff and underwear peeks out when they do certain movements such as bend over or the splits.

Language

Some song lyrics contain mild expletives such as "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some song lyrics include alcoholic references, such as "Popping Champagne" and "he drinks a whiskey drink"

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that We Cheer 2 expands on the original cheerleading sim by allowing players to play as male cheerleaders as well as female.  Whereas the original was rated E10+ for Mild Lyrics, this sequel ratchets up the descriptors to "Lyrics and mild suggestive themes" for the lyrics of some of the songs as well as some of the movements of the sexy avatars. The avatars lean over with their rears to the camera and they grind their hips in a somewhat provacative manner. Overlooking that, it is more of a dance rhythm matching game than a cheerleading simulation which may appeal to kids.  There is some voice-over that encourages you on in the routines or calls out the moves in the work-out mode, but the tutorial and Cheer Camp is entirely text based. The trainer encourages with the occasional "Okay!" and "Let's go!" although she giggles way too much.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byRissa_14 November 11, 2009

iffy for younger kids

I reccomend this game for ages 12 and up because (1) the lyrics have some bad words (2) a couple songs have provocative dance moves and (3) the controls are har... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 18, 2010
I really like this game! it has sonds that i love and its fun to do the dances.

What's it about?

WE CHEER 2 is a rhythm matching cheer game with challenging dance moves and routines set to hit music. There is little story apart from you are selected to be the Captain of a cheer squad. With a stress on customization and looking good, players are taken through the basic moves by following screen trails. You can watch a routine before tackling it. Players can use a single remote or two, but two is optimal as that allows players to execute moves with both hands and helps in keeping to the rhythmn.There is solo play, and both cooperative and competitive modes in multi-player play which also includes party games. Players have a large choice of songs and stages on which to learn routines and attain points and rewards which unlock new stages and songs. This is practice for the Squad Challenge, which the player has to complete to unlock new squad members, outfits, and the next challenge.

Is it any good?

Kids who enjoy rhythm matching games and games such as Dance Dance Revolution will enjoy playing We Cheer 2.  Namco Bandai has licensed a large number of hit songs for the game, and the graphics are fun and cutesy. A large number of characters (ten girls and six guys) and customization allows players to choose avatars representing different races and culture. The obese boy present in the Work Out mode in the first game returns in We Cheer 2, complete with his fat friend that's running on a treadmill and trips and falls regularly in the background while you are leading a dance work out.  A skinny girls also works out with you, but there isn't a companion fat girl.  Iffy song lyrics and somewhat risque posturing aside, We Cheer 2 is a fun and challenging dance game that will get kids off the couch and moving.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between dance and cheerleading.  Are they both sports? Does cheerleading also include dance moves?

  • What makes Cheerleading a sport? Was it always viewed as a sport? What is a Stereotype? Why can it be offensive?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Namco Bandai
  • Release date: November 3, 2009
  • Genre: Exergaming
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes

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