08 Nov, 2006

Singstar Legends Review

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The popularity of Singstar never appears to wane. Whether you’re a gamer or not it is hard to deny the appeal of just sitting down, grabbing a microphone and belting out a tune. Whether it’s a thirteen year old’s birthday party or a drunken Saturday night in, Singstar rises to the occasion. For the last few years Sony have been releasing expansion packs, which essentially add new songs to the mixture without drastically changing the formula. If you’ve never bought a Singstar game then you can purchase the expansion as well as two USB microphones for the slim price of a new title.It’s good value. If you already own the microphones then for half the price you can just pick up the game, which isn’t always great value. So does Singstar Legends live up to it’s name or are you better off sticking to singing in the shower?

The last expansion pack that Sony released was Singstar Anthems. The songs in Singstar Anthems primarily appealed to women and it was hard to sing along without feeling like something was wrong. With the previous game no songs had been localised for local audiences and there were only twenty songs on the compilation. This unquestionably made Singstar Anthems the least appealing Singstar title released yet. With Singstar Legends, Studio London have upped the ante and the game features thirty songs, a diverse selection of songs and localised content. Here’s hoping this is a given from now on.

Classic Aussie rock.

Classic Aussie rock.
The tracklist is essentially what makes each Singstar title and whilst Anthems appealed primarily to women, Legends appeals generally to everybody. Quite a few songs have been localized for Australian audiences, so Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes and Silverchair all feature on the game. In exchange we’ve missed out on artists like Ben E King and The Beach Boys. If you just have to sing these songs then the UK release is probably more appealing, but given the choice we’d once again prefer the Australian tracklist, it’s very encouraging that Sony take the effort to get Australian tracks on our compilation.

The full tracklist for Singstar Legends is as follows:

  • Aretha Franklin – Respect
  • Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  • David Bowie – Life On Mars?
  • Dusty Springfield – Son Of A Preacher Man
  • Elton John – Rocket Man
  • Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shows
  • Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet)
  • Jimmy Barnes – No Second Prize
  • Jimmy Barnes – Working Class Man
  • John Farnham – You’re The Voice
  • John Lennon – Imagine
  • John Paul Young – Love Is In The Air
  • Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
  • Madonna – Papa Don’t Preach
  • Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
  • Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
  • Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind
  • Sam Cooke – Wonderful World
  • Silverchair – Tomorrow
  • The Angels – No Secrets
  • The Easybeats – Friday On My Mind
  • The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
  • The Monkees – Daydream Believer
  • The Police – Roxanne
  • The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
  • Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It?
  • U2 – Vertigo
  • Whitney Houston – The Greatest Love Of All
Since the release of the very first expansion we’ve been hoping that Studio London would make some improvements to the single player game. Unfortunately if you’re on your lonesome you’ve got no choice but to just choose a song and sing, it seems the appealing career mode from the original Singstar is long gone. The actual technology behind Singstar is becoming a little dated too, the voice recognition technology of the microphones isn’t as sophisticated as Sony would have you believe, which means you’ll quite easily get high scores by just humming your way through the songs. You’ll probably cop a beating from your friends though.

Not great quality videos but they'll do.

Not great quality videos but they'll do.
Singstar can lose it’s charm rather quickly too. If you purchase every edition released then you’re guaranteed to pull the game out every few months or for special occasions, but it’s not the type of game that you play consistently for a few weeks on end. Out of the thirty tracks on the compilation most of them are genuine hits, although you’ll certainly have a great deal of difficulty with What’s love got to do with it? and I Want You Back.

The videos on Singstar Legends do leave room for improvement. Some of the videos just look terrible and butchered together, videos from live performances or better editing would have been ideal. The videos are grainy as well, which is disappointing. The PlayStation 3 Singstar will allow you to download high definition videos, which couldn’t come soon enough.

Despite our complaints, Singstar Legends is a thoroughly enjoyable game. The tracklist is easily one of the best out of all the expansions and there are bound to be plenty of songs for everybody, no matter what your age or sex. Just like the previous Singstar titles, Singstar Legends is the ideal game to keep your party guests occupied. The first time you pick up Legends you’ll be overwhelmed by the choice, but the appeal of the game certainly does wane. Still, with one of the best Singstar track lists yet, if you’ve been holding back then it’s definitely the time to take the plunge.
The Score
Singstar Legends is a return to form for Studio London. The tracks have been localised for Australia, there are thirty songs and most of the songs on the compilation are fun to sing along to. The perfect christmas present. 7
Looking to buy this game right now? PALGN recommends www.Play-Asia.com.

Related Singstar Legends Content

SingStar Legends: Australian tracklist confirmed
08 Sep, 2006 Actually lives up to its name, first images included.
Singstar Legends tracklist revealed?
29 Aug, 2006 Back to thirty songs.
Singstar Legends announced
10 Aug, 2006 Redemption.
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