Start the Party.
First impressions of this game, I was blown away. That’s not saying it’s the best game ever, but it is no doubt unlike anything I have ever experienced. First thing you notice, is yourself.
All games I’ve ever played you have an avatar or a character, most of the time they are nothing like you. On occasion, there’s the rare game like The Elder Scrolls, or Fallout, where you can completely customize the face so that it ends up looking like you. This game uses the webcam type camera on the move sensor, and has you in the game. It records what you do, and puts it on the screen live. Basically the game is you, your gaming room, and furniture, whatever else is in the camera shot. The only thing different is the game (such as bee’s flying around, ghosts, targets, etc), and the motion controller itself. The motion controller has the ball on the end right? There’s mini games where you wave a flag and it’s the motion controller, but instead of the ball it’s a flag, you move it and it looks very realistic on the screen. Every movement, the way gravity would make it sway and hang, etc. If it’s some sort of swatting paddle, that’s what it shows. A net, that’s what it shows, etc. It’s so awesome looking that you will reach where the extension is on screen but in real life, wondering if it’s actually their. If you think it about it, it’s actually an amazingly simple design. Rather then making characters, wire frames, animations, programming them, texturing them, etc etc etc. It simply records you, shows you, the only thing they programmed differently is the end of the move controller.
Biggest thing to note is that this is a party game. What this means is, if your kid, or whoever is going to play it, will play it by themselves, then don’t get it for them. There is no story mode, missions, campaign or anything; it’s just a bunch of very short arcade style games. It’s focused on competitive co op.
One thing parents might appreciate is that even for 4 players, you only need one motion controller. One motion controller is… I think 50$. A lot of 4 player games require 4 motion controllers (one for each player right?) aka 200$. Some require the move set (move controller plus offhand controller) which I think is like 90$ new for a set, x4=360$. Pricey right? The way this game works, is it’s one controller, one person at a time, and it takes turns. It’s not a “take turns” game that makes kids fight “no it’s my turn!”. You take a Screen Shot of yourself at the beginning so you know your player, and when it’s your turn it shows your picture. So it’s unmistakable who’s turn it is. Also you record a saying or name, and it repeats that along with the picture when it’s your turn, to further prove the point. The way it is competitive is that you each get points during your turn (or lose them if you do bad). The scoreboard is set at the end, obviously there’s a first place, 2nd, third, and 4th (unless u are playing with fewer people), and on occasion ties. A session can last anywhere from 15 minutes and on between two people. Rotating between four people would obviously take twice as long. That was with a 5 round game, and there is up to I believe 10 round games. The game keeps score and so far I have found no major ways of glitching or cheating. So sibling rivals or kids that argue a lot, are less likely to argue. There’s no “You cheated!” unless it’s really just an ignorant persons way of saying “No one beats me, you must’ve cheated somehow!”
As far as the rating system goes, the graphics are cartoonish, but the real gem is how it mirrors the room using you as the character. For that, I give it a 10/10 on graphics. Not a complicated graphic scheme, but one I have never seen before.
The game itself is perfect for families. It’s fun, and very easy to pick up. A young mind will get it no problem, a hardcore gamer (such as myself) will also appreciate it for when friends or less hardcore players are over. Mostly what you do is swing it at stuff, or move it around (depending on the game). It’s very precise to the movements, the hardest thing to master is when it requires you to rotate the controller. Seriously, that’s the hardest thing, it’s like complaining that ice cream is cold. It’s so easy to pick up, hopefully my sarcasm is just as easy to pick up.
For 40$ it’s a good game, for 20$ it’s a great game. Please understand you will spend no more then maybe an hour or two on this alone. With a party however, you will spend dozens of hours playing it (hopefully not in a row).
Ultimately, I HIGHLY recommend this to any gamer, hardcore, casual, or the completely newbie type. It’s an amazing out of the box concept, even though it’s a very simple group of classic arcade concept games. I enjoy very complex games such as TES, FO, COD, BF, etc, yet I deeply enjoyed this game. My Gf and I have been dying to find a game we could play together, and that wasn’t too complex for her, and I feel like we finally struck gold after spending maybe 200$ on games that we were deeply disappointed with, or were only slightly satisfied. This game however, was worth every penny, and a bag of chips.
I look forward to playing this game again, but I have to wait for someone to play it with since it’s 1000x more fun in groups.
yes: I recommend this product