28 Jun, 2004

Singstar Review

PS2 Review | Have Studio London done it again?
One of the biggest-selling titles of last year was Eyetoy: Play, a title developed by Studio London which placed gamers in the spotlight via a USB camera which plugged into the Playstation 2. A year on and Studio London have developed another title which places gamers right in the action, Singstar. Singstar comes with two microphones (which both plug into one USB port on the Playstation 2) and a game disk with 30 fully licensed songs and the entire accompanying video clips for the price of a normal game. But is Singstar worth picking up or does the novelty run thin?

The object of Singstar is to sing into the microphones provided whilst the game tallies up a score based on how well you sing. The score is based on pitch and accuracy of your lyrics. For single players, there is a mode which enables the player to jump straight into a song, or there is the Star Maker mode which is the main mode for single players. Multiplayer support is also included which is once again the biggest draw card of Singstar.

The Star Maker mode takes players from an unknown singer struggling to find work to a singer releasing a number one song. This involves players checking their phone for opportunities to sing and then fulfilling certain criteria at clubs and bars until they are picked up by the biggest record company in Harmony City, Singstar Records. Players are given challenges they must fulfil to move to come the next big thing.

There are six main ways to battle it out through multiplayer. The first is a one-on-one battle where the player with the highest score at the end of the round is the winner, players can also sing together in a duet to be awarded a joint score. Battle mode steps up the intensity by pitting players against each other at the same time. 'Keep it up' mode is the most entertaining multiplayer inclusion, with players having to keep their performance meter high or they will have to pass the mic on to another player.

As expected, Singstar features full Eyetoy support with players having the option of being in the spotlight and having themselves in a video clip. The game also allows you to record your performance and save it to the memory card. Sound effects can be added to make your voice sound different, these effects range from changing the pitch to muting the original vocals.

Singstar can become highly addictive and competitive in multiplayer. The single-player Star Maker mode is sufficient enough but multiplayer is the best asset of Singstar. Even people who are not normally outgoing enough to participate in games will find themselves singing along to the classics. Studio London have once again managed to appeal to the mainstream market and people who are normally turned off by games.

Most of the songs in Singstar are instantly recognizable, yet because the title was developed in the UK, some songs are unknown to Australians. This can be a drawback because some of the prompts on the screen are lacking and to get the best performance out of a song it is essential to know the song.

The single-player game can become repetitive if you prefer gaming alone, but the multiplayer modes ensure this game will always be dragged out at partys. Future expansion packs for Singstar are all but confirmed and if they retail for a reasonable price then Singstar will last even longer. The Star Maker mode will only last a few nights and if you’re planning on playing the game for the solo mode then Singstar would only be worth hiring, but, if you’re planning on using it for multiplayer fun then it is an obvious choice to check this title out now.

There is not much animation in Singstar, All character’s are 2 dimensional and the game does an overall job of keeping things simple. Menus are easy to navigate through and loading is close to non-existent after the initial boot-up. The video clips are compressed and are consequently a little blurry, but they're fully distinguishable.

Singstar’s biggest asset is the fully licensed soundtrack - thirty tracks feature which range from new (Jamelia’s Superstar) to old (A-ha’s Take On Me) The full track listing is listed below. As can be seen there is really a song for everyone. The music does become repetitive though and even more songs would have been appreciated, or even the inclusion of bonus songs would have been a great addition. In certain regions of the world, exclusive songs were added to the song list, Australia receives the UK disk with exclusive songs for the UK.

Singstar Full Track Listing:

  • Liberty X: Just a Little
  • Mis-Teeq: Scandalous
  • The Darkness: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
  • A-Ha: Take On Me
  • Pink: Get the Party Started
  • Jamelia: Superstar
  • Motorhead: Ace of Spades
  • George Michael: Careless Whisper
  • Avril Lavigne: Complicated
  • Petula Clark: Downtown
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor: Murder on the Dancefloor
  • Daniel Bedingfield:If You're Not the One
  • Carl Douglas: Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting
  • Rick Astley: Never Gonna Give You Up
  • Westlife: World of Our Own
  • Ricky Martin: Livin La Vida Loca
  • Lemar: 50:50
  • Madonna: Like a Virgin
  • Roy Orbison: Pretty Woman
  • S Club: Don't Stop Movin'
  • Deee-Lite: Groove is in the Heart
  • Sugababes: Round Round
  • Elvis: Suspicious Minds
  • Busted: Crashed the Wedding
  • Village People: YMCA
  • Good Charlotte: Girls and Boys
  • Blondie: Heart of Glass
  • Dido: Thank You
  • Atomic Kitten: Eternal Flame
  • Blue: One Love

Singstar is a quality title which is great value. Nobody can doubt the value of a game plus two microphones, Singstar could have retailed for a little more and still been worth the money. It will appeal to the masses and is well worth a purchase if you have friends who will participate. Studio London have once again taken a concept which is popular at the moment (Karaoke) and turned it into a fully-fledged game. The only main drawback is that the single player mode is a little lacklustre. We knew Singstar would be addictive, but we didn’t realize it would be this addictive.
The Score
After Eyetoy: Play we were dubious if Studio London could release another great title with such "pick up and play" appeal but they have done it again with Singstar. 8
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9 years ago
is there any other titles to buy which are compatiable with the microphones.the songs become a little boring after a while
9 years ago
There is going to be an expansion pack released in November titled Singstar: Party Tower.
9 years ago
too bad of the limited songs and some songs just sucks becuase are too old or just too unkown and also missing songs form like bon jovi kind stuff but for the I enyoj it too much with friends icon_razz.gif
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