Boogie Superstar Review
Boogie Superstar box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: EA Montreal 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: EA 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 14, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Boogie Superstar is the follow-up to last year’s dancing/karaoke mash-up for the Wii, DS, and PS2. However, I have to say, there is a lot that has changed this time around.

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Boogie Superstar has a decidedly more youth-oriented feel to it this time (no more golden oldies!) and has definitely streamlined much of its core gameplay experience. However, for all the advancement that this title makes in its core gameplay areas, a few things have been lost since last year’s iteration, which is quite disappointing.

When you first fire up the game, you will be able to create a character. Those who played last year’s Boogie will remember that this feature was notably absent last time around, so it was definitely nice to create your perfect Boogie character. The customization mode isn’t incredibly deep, and you’ll only have a set number of different outfits and hair to choose from when creating your character’s individual “look”. Still, the creation mode works well enough, and if you find yourself unhappy with your character’s style, you can always change it later.

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After you are finished creating you character, you will be able to play the game’s main mode: “Star” mode. This mode allows you to create a singing and dancing set list to perform in an American Idol-type setting, where you will be scored by three different judges on each segment of your routine. Once you finish all three parts, you will be able to earn Boogie points, which will allow you to purchase new outfits for your character and new songs for your routine. The star mode has support for up to four people to play locally either cooperatively or competitively.

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While the Star mode is a bunch of fun, the trouble with Boogie Superstar is that Star mode is the only real mode. Sure, there is a routine creator where you can create dance routines for your favorite songs, but there is no free-play or story mode. There is only the “Star” mode, which is exactly the same every time you play through it; the same cheesy one-liners from the judges and the same quips from the host. The whole thing just feels boring after two or three playthoughs. And even though unlocking new songs and outfits for your character is fun, it just doesn’t make up for the lack of variety in the different modes.

However, even though the modes were very lacking, I have to say, the singing and dancing mechanics in Boogie Superstar worked a lot better than they did in the original Boogie. One of the first things Boogie veterans will notice is that the dancing this time around is a lot simpler than it was last year, which is definitely a good thing. Essentially, you will have to perform one of several basic dance moves to the beat of a metronome while wielding the Wii-mote* in your hand. These basic moves include the roll, the crisscross, the point, and the U. In addition to the basic moves, you will be able to trigger special moves in order to boost your score with different poses. Performing these moves is pretty easy, at least until you get to some of the higher difficulty levels.

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