Nov 26, 2007
Dammit! Just when we had come out and praised Boogie as unique, original, and a potential end to the exhaustive wave of Wii ports, EA has predictably shuffled the exact same game onto the Playstation 2. With the Wii version, we were mystified as to why you couldn't dance and sing at the same time. Now, the best we can guess is so it could make an easy transition onto a Remote-less console. Bah.
Oh well. At least the younger, PS2, sect can get a chance to check out this quirky little game of dance and song. It makes the transition quite well, so the solid rhythm experience is present and accounted for. Substituting shoulder buttons and a dual analog stick mode for the lack of motion controls, you'll use the Square, Circle and X buttons to change up your dance style, while nudging the sticks in different directions to execute specific moves.
Boogie is very forgiving. As long as what you're bustin' out is varied and in time with the onscreen cue, you'll lap up the combo points. Additionally, diagonal moves work far better here than on the Wii... so the PS2's got that going for it.
Karaoke is here, with EA's now standard microphone packed right in. Judging pitch and timing, it's just as simplistic and easy as it ever was, so serious aspiring crooners may want to stick to the SingStar series. We hated that you couldn't dance and sing on the Wii, but it does make a little more sense here, since most of us aren't gifted enough to hold mic and Dual Shock at the same time.
The snobby indie rocker in us wants to lambaste the 40 song track list of mainstream, Lite FM pap, but we'll be damned if it isn't totally suited to the occasion. Even if you've spent the last ten years listening to nothing but college radio and obscure Frank Zappa LP's - you know these songs. And so will anyone else willing to cut a rug with you. Whether you're a regular John Travolta, or just a mojo-less wallflower willing to throw dignity to the wind, Boogie is extremely infectious and can really get your feet moving if you're not careful.
If you're willing to commit to Boogie, mind, body and sooooul, it's a goddamned blast. But as much as we're ashamed to admit it, tapping buttons can't channel the exuberance of standing up and swinging around the Wii Remote like an idiot. It still stands out as a decent music game, but it's no less shallow on the PS2, and just as easy and short. And in case you couldn't tell, this is a game exclusively for kids and families, so don't throw out SingStar or that DDR mat just yet.