|System: Wii, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Zoe Mode||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: 505 Games /||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Paramount Digital Entertainment||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Release: Aug. 24, 2010||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|Players: 1-8||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
If you are thinking to yourself that the games multiplayer modes would mitigate the lackluster story mode, think again. Although the game has a standard multiplayer mode and a party mode, both of these are simply compilations of the mini-games unlocked in story mode that also include Karaoke options. While the Karaoke option may seem appealing, there is an interesting problem with the games soundtrack, censorship.
While I understand the need to filter out certain words, Grease: The Game takes this to an extreme. For instance, the first line of the iconic Look at Me, Im Sandra Dee ends with Lousy with V*******. The word Virginity is replaced by stars, and the music pauses while the bad word is passed over. Other words which dont fall anywhere close to Carlins seven dirty words like Crap, Lust, and Bed are awkwardly edited out as well, and the whole thing comes off sounding like the sixth-grade version of the Grease musical. This wouldnt be so bad if you could turn this amazingly sensitive censor off, but after combing through the menus, I could find no such option.
Visually, Grease: The Game actually has some good aspects, but fails to follow through. Rather than using lifelike models of the movies well-known stars, the game uses comic-like representations. I liked this idea, and it definitely gives the game a fresh look. However, character animations are stoic, and lip syncs are either poorly timed or not present at all. Singing along with a game where onscreen avatars have their lips shut is jarring and breaks any immersion you might have had with this game.
Although Grease: The Game has a few good moments, these are too few and far between for this title to be worth your time. The poor visuals, hit-or-miss mini-games, and short length make this a title that only the most diehard Grease fans need experience. Even if you feel you must have this game, I would still wait for the game to hit the bargain bin, as forty dollars is too high a cost for an experience that is dwarfed by a ten dollar Grease DVD, which will likely give you a longer and more rewarding few hours for your money.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor