Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Gameplay Boogie

Gamers will be able to use the Wii's innovative controllers and some digital puppetry techniques to help an alien bust a move in Boogie.

EA regularly gets critiqued in the video game world for a lack of innovation. It's not hard to see why; the company seems to just churn out one relatively uninventive version of Madden Football after the other. That may finally be about to change though thanks to Boogie, one of their upcoming titles for the Wii.

On the surface Boogie sounds like another Dance Dance Revolution clone, but what makes it different is that instead of pushing buttons to make an onscreen character "dance", players have to make their character move in time with music using the Wii Remote and its Nunchuk attachment. The Nunchuk controls the character's body while the Wiimote controls its head. Players have to invent moves and dance routines with minimal guidance from the game and they succeed based on the variety of their moves and how "stylish" they are.

Sounds suspiciously like a digital puppetry game, doesn't it?

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