What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
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.
What's it about?
Ever dream of acting in a Hollywood movie alongside famous stars? Now you can, virtually speaking, in YOOSTAR 2: IN THE MOVIES, a new game that uses the Kinect for Xbox 360 or PlayStation Eye camera for PlayStation 3. The camera projects you into famous scenes from more than 80 movies and TV shows, including: Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, The Godfather, The Hangover, Forrest Gump, and American Pie. You can choose whether to follow the original dialogue (lines appear onscreen teleprompter-style) or simply ad-lib. After you act out the scene to the best of your ability you can play it back and even upload it to the Internet. In some cases you can pair up with a friend in the same scene. The game scores you on your acting abilities and provides feedback on your performance.
Is it any good?
It may not be a flawless experience but Yoostar 2 can be a blast -- especially when in a room with a bunch of movie-loving friends. The game offers a few ways to play, such as jumping into a quick scene, tackling a lengthier challenge mode, ad-libbing on virtual sets, and -- perhaps appealing to the YouTube generation -- the ability to share content online directly from within the game (Internet connection required). A Facebook-based Yoostar Playground community lets friends comment, rate, share, and edit their performances.
While the game is fun, it might not take too long to go through the 80 brief scenes. Downloadable packs with new scenes cost extra. Also, the lighting has to be very good or you'll see a funny silhouette around your body, which might hurt viewers' suspension of disbelief. Shortcomings notwithstanding, Yoostar 2: In the Movies might just be the next great party video game. Note: The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are the same.
Online interaction: You cannot talk with other online players, as you can while playing, say, a military shooter while wearing a headset. However, you can log onto Facebook to watch other performances, create "mash ups" with friends' videos, and vote on your favorites.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how it feels to see themselves superimposed in famous movies. Does it provide you with an idea of what it might be like to be a movie star?
Discuss ways to indulge the acting bug outside the game. Have you ever considered taking drama classes?