SingStar has been around for a long time now, and if you aren't familiar with the games yet, then... seriously, what have you been doing with your life? With the recently released SingStar: Amped available on the PlayStation 2, this is the thirteenth version of the game available on the PS2, along with two SingStar volumes available on the PlayStation 3 as well. Combine that with the overflowing SingStore and that's a whole lot of music to sing terribly to. So, with this new disc full of songs, you may perhaps be wondering just what is different about it to make it worth a purchase?
The answer, is of course, not a whole lot. It can still be purchased with or without the two microphones, still features the same gameplay which judges your pitch and scores your performance as you sing, and is still a riot to bring out at a party full of drunken people. The track list is entirely different apart from a couple of songs that you may have discovered lying around on the SingStore, but that's the only real difference here. So, without further ado:
- 4 Non Blondes - "What's Up"
- Blink-182 - "I Miss You"
- Blue Oyster Cult - "Don't Fear the Reaper"
- Cheap Trick - "I Want You to Want Me"
- Choirboys - "Run to Paradise"
- David Bowie - "Changes"
- Divynls - "Boys in Town"
- Faith No More - "Evidence"
- Faker - "This Heart Attack"
- Fall Out Boy - "This Ain't A Scene... It's An Arms Race"
- Free - "All Right Now"
- Grinspoon - "Chemical Heart"
- Iggy Pop - "Real Wild Child"
- Judas Priest - "Breaking the Law"
- Judas Priest - "You've Got Another Thing Comin'"
- Kasabian - "LSF"
- Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "The Impression That I Get"
- Quiet Riot - "Cum On Feel The Noise"
- Regurgitator - "Black Bugs"
- Robert Palmer - "Addicted to Love"
- Silverchair - "The Greatest View"
- Skunk Anansie - "Weak As I Am"
- Soul Asylum - "Runaway Train"
- Spiderbait - "Black Betty"
- The Cure - "Primary"
- The Saints - "I'm Stranded"
- The Subways - "Rock & Roll Queen"
- Tonic - "If You Could Only See"
- T-Rex - "20th Century Boy"
- Warrant - "Cherry Pie"
Obviously, with a disc subtitled 'Amped', the selection of songs is fairly rocktastic, featuring some recent tracks and some classics that can be belted out loud. As always, the appeal of the disc is going to rely heavily on the tracks that are featured, so if you're into a bit of rock music then you will certainly find something to like here. It's also pleasing to see more Australian artists featured, as some past SingStar titles have been fairly UK-centric, which was an issue for those of us who aren't knowledgeable on the British music scene.
The game modes remain the same. Party modes allow you to pass the microphone between several people during one song for some madness, or you can have a simple battle, duet, medley and more. There's a lot of different competitive party modes as always, and of course you can play songs without scoring if you'd prefer. There are still the same niggling issues as in past games, where you can hum your way through the song to get a good score, and some may still complain that you don't even have to get the pronunciation of words correct to succeed, but it's a party game at heart so these issues shouldn't prevent you from picking up the microphone and giving it a crack.
We've said it before, and we'll say it a thirteenth time now; when deciding whether or not to purchase the new SingStar disc on the PlayStation 2, the decision should come solely from the list of songs included. Some people may be giddy at the thought of screaming 'Black Betty' at the top of their lungs, but folks who are a bit more pop-focused with their karaoke may not necessarily see this as a worthy disc to add to the collection. However, it does feature a good mix of new and old tracks, and is still the same hilarious fun with a group of buddies around for a party. We're guessing that SingStar nuts will buy it anyway just to complete their collection, but that shouldn't detract from the fact that if you like rock music, this is probably the best SingStar disc available.