This game really addicts you - to learning a new language! As far as learning the basics go, this really beats a book and a cd; the game lets you record your pronounciation and compare it to a native's, so you know how you REALLY sound, instead of just trying to mimic a casette and THINKING you got it right. I also found the kanas really easy to learn using the game. A completely different experience compared to cramming them up with a book in on hand and a dictionary in another!
All in all, this game is all I expected, and even more. Four stars because I can understand if someone who just wants to learn to speak the langauge gets frustrated that kana lessons can't be skipped and of course, if you really want to speak fluently, you'll have to get a grammar book to help you along the way. However, this is very quickly becoming my favorite game, and I'm thinking about buying others in the same series. A great buy at a bargain price!