This is one of the freebies that came out back in October and even though its free, I figured we could do a review on it especially since most people outside of the US may have no clue about it. If you are unaware of this one, the synopsis states:

Do you have what it takes to be a superstar? Get schooled by Chris Evans on the secrets of the action hero. Get styled and learn how to work the runway with Chanel Iman. Rock the party with Redfoo of LMFAO. Live video play puts you in the action: punch, jab, kick, jump — pose, smile — surf the crowd. Pass these celebrity tests and you’ll be slated for stardom. Share the custom movie poster of you and Evans, and your magazine cover shot, with your friends.

Overview

This is a full-motion video game, if you never played one, then you may like it or not like it. FMV games were the “big deal” back in the 90′s with the release of CDs so I was always playing them. I like the new ones but some people may not. This is quite short since it is free, but it’s basically showing that FMV games work better than the 90′s, there’s also one that was for Gunslinger when it was released that I liked as well although this one was more interactive. Anyhow, you can’t complain about free so take it or leave it. Unfortunately it is still only available in the US.

The Menu

The menu uses the normal hover and lock method, although the cursor is actually a mouse pointer, I’m assuming since this is backed by Intel. There’s only 4 options; Play, Leaderboards, Achievements and Help & Options. The leaderboards and achievements are self-explanatory so I’ll just break down the other two.

Play

This is the main play mode of the game. There’s basically 3 “stories” each with a different character. The first one is with Chris Evans, basically you are doing a movie shoot and have to fight and say some stuff using gestures at the correct time. If you do really well with the prompts, you get your picture taken with them and part of a magazine cover. When you begin, you do get to choose your gender I’m guessing as they refer to you as him or her. Anyhow, the controls work well and it is what it is. I did make a video of pretty much the whole thing minus the photo shoots so you can see how it works. Check it out below:

The second story is with Red Foo that used to be part of LMFAO or is or whatever they are doing. Anyhow, it’s more of a do your own thing party mode story. Basically as long as you match the rhythm of the song doing whatever, you score points. You are supposed to get this virtual crowd pumped up but I’m really not good at it Discovered kinect news kinect game reviews special Take a look below:

The third story is with Chanel Iman. She teaches you how to deal with the public and paparazzi, while walking the red carpet – not that any of us would probably ever be able to really do that, but it’s a nice thought. It’s pretty simple with just doing poses and voice responses. You can view the video below:

That’s basically it, at the end it does say To be continued… so I’m figuring we will see more of these, hopefully for free as well. Although, if it doesn’t get a lot of publicity (I haven’t seen much about it which is why I decided to review it as well), they may just scratch the whole idea.

Help & Options

This section allows you to switch profiles in-game, gives you an overall idea of How to play, adjust the game volume under the settings and view the credits.

Conclusion

For free, you can’t go wrong. It’s something different to do and it is nice to play FMV games in HD quality. The good thing about Kinect with FMV games is that it does let you be more interactive with them, whereas back in the 90′s, there was only a controller and you could only do so much. If you haven’t checked this one out, give it a whirl. I did like Gunslinger’s FMV game the best so far (I’d give the FMV portion a 9), but I think that’s all there is at the moment, so don’t compare the review score to regular Kinect games on here – FMV games are in their own category.


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