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Great concept...poorly executed.
on August 31, 2007
I confess; I love videogame karaoke. Even the most formerly shy of friends agree with these sentiments, instant addicts to my copy of 'Karaoke Revolution.'
Needless to say, I waited with baited breath for 'Boogie,' a title seemingly tailor made for the Wii. Great song roster, motion sensitive dancing, and a slew of clever unlockables. The terrific commercials only fed this excitement; I couldn't wait to bust a groove with Bubba and Co.
Something, however, went horribly awry on the way to hype fruition. Sadly, disco fever was no where to be found. Horrible load times greeted me on launch, the menus did nothing to assuage these fears. Want to change venue? Be prepared to go ALL the way back to the original menu screen. Insert endless load times once more. Finally, don't get me started on 'Story Mode.' Ugh.
Unfortunately, it only went from bad to gaming worse. The karaoke? Simply awful. Poor voice recognition, stale backgrounds, and a generic scoring system combine to create one terrible experience. Why can I not sing and dance at the same time? The crummy unlockable system certainly didn't help the cause. Boy, was I missing 'Karaoke Revolution.'
Sigh; the dancing end of things was an equal flop. Dance moves are relegated to random Wii mote waves, powered by terrible motion recognition. Related, 'special moves' are nothing more than a Simple Simon-esque series of stale, forced movements. I felt like I was directing traffic versus boogie-ing on down.
Yes, there are positives to be found in 'Boogie,' albeit limited. The graphics are gorgeous...arguably worth the wait in loading times. Ditto on the surprisingly robust video/song editor. (Take that, VH1.)
Still, it's hard to recommend a very expensive title with appeal limited to the youngest of gamers. After trading in 'Boogie,' I was left with regret over a title seemingly forced to launch. Until a strong sequel comes to pass, this gamer's getting his song/dance fix via the Gamecube version of 'Karaoke Revolution' and the upcoming Wii iteration of its dancing counterpart.