New Boyz starts players out with the usual character creation, though not many options are available to begin with as most clothing options are bought using in-game currencies. Once inside the game, you'll immediately notice the beautiful, almost life-like artwork.
Gallery: New Boyz: The World
Once inside the game world, many of the other preview attendees began dancing (it's a weird thing we gamers do), while Funtactix marketing director Casey Dixon guided us in the direction of the New Boyz themselves. There they were, just standing on the street, waiting for us to say "hello." Of course, this isn't the real Legacy and Ben-J, but it easily could be. Dixon tells us that, at any point in time, the real Legacy and Ben-J have the ability to assume the role of their in-game counterparts and interact with their fans. The duo could do this whenever they please or, though specifics haven't been released yet, to promote certain major events.
Now, there isn't any combat in New Boyz: The World, nor is there a final goal. Frankly, it'll make you feel as if there is no purpose to the game. Thankfully, Funtactix included an interesting feature: the ability to watch New Boyz music videos and other content from within the game with your friends. Imagine why websites like Ustream are so popular, throw that into this game, and you'll understand the significance. On top of that, there are a few minigames to pass the time, which aren't much more than varieties and spin-offs of games like Bejeweled. Regardless, they net you XP, which you'll need to access new stuff in the shop and to take on more difficult quests.
For super fans, this your Facebook game. Funtactix will work with the New Boyz and their partners, Warner Music Group, to give players inside, first-look access to new tracks and music videos before anyone else. (Suck on that, MTV.)
However, the game seems to rely heavily on social interaction and a large pool of friends. While the New Boyz certainly have a massive following, is this enough to sustain a single game with enough players to keep things interesting? We'll see soon enough. But if the New Boyz are a hit on Facebook, games like YoVille are going to have to change their approach.
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