Grease: The Official Video Game

4.0 Overall Score

Written by on December 9, 2010 in

Grease is one of the most iconic American films to have come out over the last 30 years so it makes perfect sense that there would be a video game based on it right? Well, wether you agree with that or not, Grease: The Official Video Game is here, but is it a game worth your time and money?

OVERVIEW
When you think about what a Grease game should be, you immediately think of a singing game such as Karaoke Revolution right?  Well that’s exactly what I thought, but I was wrong.  Instead, the game is actually a collection of mini-games that you play with either the Wiimote or balance board.  The game does support a USB microphone, but it really doesn’t add to the gameplay as you don’t earn any score for using it, it’s just there for fun.  That really is the point of the game, to have fun, but some things may get in the way of that.

GAMEPLAY
As I mentioned, the game is set up with you playing mini-games as you progress through the story.  Most of the mini-games will have you waving your Wiimote in different directions as well as pushing the A & B buttons in a timed fashion similar to games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band while other mini-games will have you playing baseball & basketball, fixing up the Greased Lightning as well as drag racing it.  Unlike some other mini-game or music based games out there, you can’t fail in Grease no matter how bad you are.  I guess that’s a good feature for a party game, but for those playing solo, this becomes quite boring as there is no challenge whatsoever.

AUDIO
Even though Grease is not a music game, the songs from the movie will be playing in the background for your enjoyment.  Included in the game are all the favorites such as Summer Nights, You’re The One That I Want, Greased Lightning, Beauty School Dropout and many more.  It’s nice to see that the Grease game actually has the music that made the movie so great, however there are a couple issues that should be addressed.  First, don’t expect to find the original recordings of the songs in the game as all the songs are redone with new singers.  These new recordings are not bad, but why couldn’t they get the rights for the original songs? After all, it is the “Official Game.”  Another thing that sort of bugged me is that some of the songs are actually edited due to content.  I do understand that some lyrics in some of the songs may be inappropriate for kids, but the problem is that they don’t even try to change the words in the song, they just cut it out entirely, leaving a few seconds of silence.  These songs are classics and should not be butchered in this way.  What bugs me the most is that this problem could have easily been fixed if the developer had put in the option to play the un-edited version of the songs, that would have at least been respectful of these classics, original recordings or not.

VISUALS
The graphics in Grease are just OK, nothing special here.  I am aware that this is a Wii game and it wouldn’t be able to have the same visuals as a PS3 or Xbox 360 game, but even for Wii standards, this game’s graphics are sub-par.  The visuals here are very cartoony and the characters really don’t resemble the actors in the movie at all, in fact, I don’t even think John Travolta is even shown in the cut scenes, maybe he was the wise one to have backed away from this game.

CLOSING THOUGHTS AND SCORE
All-in-all, Grease the Official Game for the Nintendo Wii can be pretty enjoyable and I can see this game actually being a hit at some parties.  The game is not without it’s faults though, sub-par cartoony graphics which don’t resemble the original actors and re-recordings and terrible editing of the songs all might turn people off on this game.  Although somewhat fun, the experience wares off in about 2-3 hours and you will be looking for a different game to play.  If you absolutely want to play Grease the official game, take my advise and go rent it, otherwise stay away from this title it’s not worth your hard earned money.

A copy of Grease: The Official Video Game was provided to The Married Gamers for review and evaluation.

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Author: Miles Messenger View all posts by
I'm a 28 year old guy who enjoys all things gaming. I am married to a wonderful woman who is working on a career as a published author and I'm so proud of her for all that she's accomplished. For my day job, I am a supervisor at a Home Warranty company. It's not the greatest job, but it brings in the bacon.

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