6 / 10 Banzai!s
Put your kids to bed and close your curtains, because it’s time to review the most risque video game ever created: We Dare, for the PlayStation 3.
It must be outrageous, because Ubisoft cancelled its UK release, pulling games from stores hours before it was to go on sale, had no plans for a North American release, de-listed it from their online catalog, and blocked the commercial video from being shown on YouTube. Luckily, you can view to trailer on our Trophy Hunter YouTube Channel Here.
Is this game too sexy to be sold?
Honestly, no. The commercial is worse than the actual gameplay. If you think holding a PS Move between two people and having them try to push buttons with their faces is risque, then any “spin the bottle” party featuring kissing or five minutes in the closet should be outlawed. If you consider spanking to be inappropriate, baseball and football players should be fined after hitting a home run or scoring a touchdown and then congratulating each other with a manly slap on the rear.
In fact, with over 10 of the mini-games featuring dance numbers, numerous quiz games and a fair amount of sports mini-games, there is very little sexual about We Dare, except maybe the song lyrics. “Sex Bomb” by Tom Jones, “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred, and “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate are as bad as it gets.
There is one mini-game where you sneak out of a penthouse apartment (presumably after doing the dirty deed, but again that is merely implied) when the spouse comes home. One player shines the flashlight while the other puts the controller in their back pocket and squats repeatedly to reach the ground.
That pole-dancing strip tease you see in the commercial? That is not in the final version of the PS3 game. (I have not tested the Wii version to find out.)
At the end of the day, the official rating from PEGI (the Pan European Game Information) is a 12 and the ACB (Australian Classification Board) is PG
OK, we get it, it’s not nearly as improper as everyone is lead to believe. Is there an actual game to be played?
The answer is yes, and it is as fun as any Wii Sports or Rock Band game set up for a house party. In the dance numbers and a few other games, you use the controller to mimic the actions represented on the screen. There are other quirky games, such as “Blind as a Bat,” in which you are supposed to be blindfolded and another player watches the screen and tells you what you are supposed to be doing. And there is even the “Love Wheel,” a game in which – don’t tell the parents – you put the controller between two people while they HUG and lean to place the wheel in the appropriate position on screen.
Each standard game consists of three rounds and the number of games varies from 3-5 depending ont he number of people playing and/or game duration you select (from 20 to 60 minutes). After each mini-game you reply to a question or statement, for example “Loud Music” with the options “Turn it up, it’s a party!” or Keep it down, I’m trying to sleep.” The game uses this to pair up players at the end of the game to see who would make the best couple.
This is definitely NOT a single player game, though having four PS Moves will benefit trophy hunters. The game scores based on the number of players involved, so “the more the merrier” as they say. When you beat the target score for all mini-games, you get a gold trophy, which is probably the last one you need at that point.
Overall, We Dare is a fun little party game that is not meant to be played alone, and is nowhere near as sexual as it is made out to be. It is an uncommon find, so get it as soon as you can.
Note that it is a PAL game, but it will play on your PlayStation 3 provided you have an HD 1080 capable TV.
Replay Value: 7.5/10
Trophy Difficulty: 2/10 (with four Move controllers)
Collector’s Value: 8/10
written by Benjamin Adkins