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Yoostar 2 Gamescom 2010 Hands-On Preview

The original Yoostar was released in the US last year with a package containing an audio-video camera, a 6 x 6 foot green screen and 14 scenes. Yoostar 2 looks to significantly improve on the flaws of the original in just about every way, utilising new technology of their own and that of the Microsoft Kinect and PlayStation Move kits. Essentially Yoostar 2 allows anyone to appear in a range of Hollywood film scenes with photorealistic quality without the need of a giant green screen. It has taken over two years of strenuous work but now seven big studios and 1500 actors have given permission for Yoostar 2 to use their licenses.

Movies featured include well-known scenes from Rocky, Star Trek, Terminator, American Pie, 300 and even Casablanca, with the player represented in black and white in this particular film. Yoostar 2 will ship with 60 Hollywood scenes with hundreds more to become available as downloadable content after launch. These scenes can be acted out in a variety of different modes but the gameplay mechanic is fundamentally the same for each.

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Step up to the screen in-front of the camera and put on your smug face as you're about to appear in the movies. The first step is to position oneself into the shape of the actor you are to replace. Next you can rehearse the scene as many times as you need to pick up what's involved. The words of the different actors appear at the top of the screen with your lines lighting up in orange when it's time to say them. Scenes typically only last 15-30 seconds but even at that length it is difficult to perfectly match the dialogue. A 5* rating, a score out of 100,000 and some feedback then rate how well you performed. Different actors in a scene can be acted out at the same time and there is also the option to use the authentic script or alternatively you can act it out in your own creative way.

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Like many modern games the experience needn't end when you've completed acting-out a scene. Your video can be saved and then uploaded to Xbox Live or the PlayStation Network and social websites such as Facebook or Twitter. The video can also be uploaded to the Yoostar website which allows your authentic or creative scene to be viewed and then commented or rated by users, giving you a reputation amongst the community. This will also provide some valuable blackmail material should you wish to mock friends after a drunken night of messing about in-front of the camera. All uploaded content will be checked by a moderator which could provide some logistical challenges.

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I was given a demonstration of the Blues Brothers and then it was my turn to play out the Bubba Gump bus stop scene from Forest Gump. Playing Forest I couldn't help but act out the scene with his Alabama accent. I never enjoyed acting when forced to at school and I did a pretty terrible job of it here as well I must admit. I had that basic desire to improve though so I had another go. While I was still rusty on my second attempt it was quite an entertaining and eerie experience to see myself in such a high-profile film. While it was still short of being fun I was in a room with strangers. Given the chance to play again with mates and some beer I am confident this would go down a treat at a gathering or party.

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Our time with Yoostar 2 was over too quickly but the potential is clear from the offset. The huge amount of licenses that Yoostar 2 boasts and the technology involved is simply staggering. Acting out famous scenes from a diverse range of blockbuster films provides opportunities in many different ways for many different people. Probably the only people this isn't going to appeal to is someone who doesn't watch films nor have any friends. It is going to be an interesting to see if over the coming months Yoostar 2 can hit the box office charts or if it will be an embarrassing flop. Yoostar 2 is to be released simultaneously on Xbox 360 and PS3 but a release date more firm than ‘before the end of 2010' is not available at this time.

POBmaestro | 30th August, 2010
Angelfromabove's picture
Great preview POB, this looks seriously interesting and I can imagine it would be a really good laugh.

I see you've not put the video of you trying this in though :P I feel deprived, yet to see your acting skills :P
POBmaestro's picture
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Originally Posted by Angelfromabove View Post
Great preview POB, this looks seriously interesting and I can imagine it would be a really good laugh.

I see you've not put the video of you trying this in though :P I feel deprived, yet to see your acting skills :P
Well unfortunately that video recorded with no sound so my acting skills will have to remain secret for now

Congrats on 3,000 posts btw!
Angelfromabove's picture
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Originally Posted by POBmaestro View Post
Well unfortunately that video recorded with no sound so my acting skills will have to remain secret for now

Congrats on 3,000 posts btw!
Awww booooooo! This is definately something id be interested in having a go at myself though.

Also, why thank you. I didnt actually notice that haha!
Gunn (LA)'s picture
I did a review for this last year at E3 and it was impressive what they could do then, this looks like a giant leap forward in the tech they use and I for one would love to get this for this party days ...

(POB: I also did the Blues Brothers scene, tho my British accent wen't down better than the American sat next to me, just wish I could of kept the recording )

Who's up for doing the 300 scene "I AM SPARTAAA!!!!" ...??
POBmaestro's picture
As 13 people turned up to the meeting I suppose I'll have to cough up the goods. Not that the camera did me any favours though either
Angelfromabove's picture
Just lol at the accompanying sentence!

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