With Singstar being one of the most popular gaming franchise ever
created, it's understandable that Microsoft would like to get in on the
action and give owners of the 360, a chance to experience karaoke like
they have never experienced it before.
Created in conjunction with iNiS,
one of Japan's most popular development companies, Lips not only gives
360 owners a chance to experience "Singstar" but they also add their own
unique twists and spins to the game.
With that said, Lips is not a karaoke game
but rather a virtual karaoke game that awards the player with their
pitch and timing as they sing, hum and generally have one of the best
interactive music experiences ever.
Best of all, Lips on the XBox 360 is
wireless and once you have installed the two AA batteries which come
with both mics, it's time to start belting out those lyrics and unleash
your inner Rock Star.
Unlike the Singstar microphones, Lips
features a white and a black microphone that also have coloured lights
to assist with the atmosphere and assist you with the correct words to
feature is the Star Stream that once you reach a certain level, you need
to use the motion sensors on the microphone to create a pose or use it
to play some percussion instruments. Although not vital to the gameplay,
it does make for some interesting twists.
As with Singstar, the gamer has a
wide wealth of gaming options, including the ability of short and long
songs plus the ability to purchase songs online. A really cool feature is the ability to shake the second
microphone in order for the other player to join in, another fun
As a party game, Lips
succeeds and has some great cooperative and competitive multiplayer
Other multiplayer modes
include "Kiss" where two people attempt to sing in harmony in order for
the silhouettes of a man and woman to meet in the middle of the screen
for a longing kiss. Time Bomb uses the microphones motion sensors and
the songs to
pour water on a burning fuse and finally there Vocal Fighters which is a
great versus mode involving some interesting point twists.
When it comes to songs, there are a total
of 40 songs available that include classics (Queen - Another One Bites
the Dust), modern hits (Coldplay - Yellow) and even a few Australian
hits such as John Farnham. It's great that Microsoft have targeted
different songs for different regions in the world, ensuring that gamers
of all countries are catered for.
A really great feature of Lips is the
ability to import your songs into the program, however you need to know
the words for the song as no words or video is displayed. It would have
been nice if there was some kind of editor that allowed you to add the
words to the screen. It's an
interesting feature that needs some tweaking, however for now, Microsoft
have tried and almost succeeded in breaking the Singstar franchise.
Interface wise, Lips does take some time getting use to, however
Microsoft have truly created a professionally looking product that have
allowed XBox 360 owners to have their dreams made true. Gameplay wise,
Lips has a few more bells and whistles than Singstar and is actually a
tad easier than Singstar, albeit the rap songs are still a tad
difficult, it's still a great time to be had be all.
Although not perfect, Lips is still a worthy investment for the XBox 360
and as add-ons and songs are released for the system, the franchise will
only continue to improve. Even though most of the mini-games in Lips are
just for novelty, the game is still a decent virtual karaoke experience
and the wireless mics are a huge bonus to this genre.
Definitely a must have game for the Holiday
US Track Listing
- a-ha -
"Take on Me"
- Nirvana -
- Alicia Keys
- "No One"
- Peter Bjorn
and John - "Young Folks"
- Aly & AJ -
"Potential Break Up Song"
- Queen -
"Another One Bites the Dust"
Lavigne - "Complicated"
- R.E.M. -
"The One I Love"
- Ben E. King
- "Stand by Me"
- Radiohead -
"Fake Plastic Trees"
- Beyonce -
- The Ramones
- "I Wanna Be Sedated"
- Blondie -
Flatts - "Stand"
- Chris Brown
- "With You"
- Rihanna -
- Coldplay -
- Roxette -
"Listen to Your Heart"
Mode - "Personal Jesus"
Bareilles - "Love Song"
Child - "Survivor"
- Sheryl Crow
- "Soak Up the Sun"
- Dido -
Swift - "I'm Only Me When I'm With You"
- Duffy -
- The Bangles
- "Walk Like an Egyptian"
- Duran Duran
- "Hungry Like the Wolf"
- The Fray -
"Over My Head (Cable Car)"
- John Denver
- "Take Me Home, Country Roads"
- The Jackson
5 - "ABC"
- Johnny Cash
- "Ring of Fire"
- The Police
- "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
- Leona Lewis
- "Bleeding Love"
Raveonettes - "Love in a Trashcan"
- Lil' Mama -
Adkins - "Ladies Love Country Boys"
- Lupe Fiasco
(featuring Matthew Santos) - "Superstar"
- Weezer -
"Island in the Sun"
- Maroon 5 -
"Makes Me Wonder"
- Young MC -
"Bust a Move"
- Cold Chisel
- "Khe Sahn"
Farnham - "You're The Voice"
Minogue - "Love At First Sight"
- Men At Work
- "Be Good Johnny"
Higgins - "Scar"
Newton-John - "Magic"
- "Straight Lines"