Yoostar 2: In the Movies

 
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Acting game has movies with violence, sex, and profanity.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game is meant to be a positive social gaming experience shared with friends and family. Even if people aren't with you while you play, it's possible to upload video performances to the Internet for viewing, voting, and editing. That said, some of the scenes shown aren't suitable for young kids.

Positive role models

You -- as opposed to an onscreen avatar -- are the star of Yoostar 2. That said, some of the characters who appear onscreen make for questionable role models, like those in Scarface, The Terminator, 300, and Up In Smoke.

 

Ease of play

Using the Kinect for Xbox 360 or PlayStation Eye camera for PlayStation 3, players employ gestures to move the cursor around the various menus and act out scenes to play the game.

Violence

This game lets players superimpose themselves in famous movies and TV shows. Some sequences depict or imply violence, such as one based on a scene from the film 300 that involves a sword, and another from Scarface, in which a bloody door can be seen. Some scenes involve punching and reference killing people or creatures, such as a Tribble in Star Trek.

Sex

Players sometimes find themselves in sexually suggestive scenes. In Beverly Hills Cop, for example, there is the line "I found out that I have, um, herpes simplex ten," while other films reference "sex," "sleeping with you," and "virginity." There is no nudity in the game.

Language

This "Teen"-rated game contains a few instances of profanity, including the word "a--hole" (in Meet the Fockers) and "s--t" (in Meet the Parents, Up in Smoke, and Tropic Thunder).

Consumerism

The game's focus is Hollywood movies, including classics like The Wizard of Oz as well as current hits like The Hangover. Many movie studios are represented here, including Universal, Warner Bros., MGM, Lionsgate, Paramount, and Sony (not Fox or Disney).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Smoking is referenced in a clip from The Blues Brothers when a character states: " It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses". One scene shows a woman smoking a cigarette. There are a couple of references to alcohol ("All right, I've got some scotch" and "I'm talking about alcohol, liquor, the good stuff."

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?

QUALITY
 

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? 

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$49.99
Available online?Available online
Release date:March 8, 2011
Genre:Party
ESRB rating:T for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Language, Mild Blood, Mild Violence, Sexual Themes (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old June 27, 2011
 

fun

this game is fun but when ever the scene has cussing it says this scene may contain languge
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byMakeVIew_2,5,9 June 13, 2011
 

horrible

sucks like the 360
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Too much consumerism

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