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whatshot Singstar 2 PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 8.0
Sound 9.5
Value 8.5
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
G
Review Date:
July 2008
Reviewer:
Tyrone Williams

8.5


Singstar 2

Singstar 2 gracefully arrives dances its way onto the PlayStation 3 with 30 new songs and some new gameplay modes that takes the franchise to the next evolutionary level with the ability to perform harmonies during duets.

The other most noticeable feature of Singstar 2 is the ability to use Remote Play to access SingStore and My SingStar Online through the PSP to remotely control your PlayStation 3.


 

Features:

  • Introducing the new harmony duet mode: Put your vocal skills to the test as you perform different lines to a song against your SingStar rival! This is your chance to perform duets in harmony and showcase your skills!

  • 30 strong track list: Sing along to critically acclaimed artists and bands from The Killers, Eminem, Kaiser Chiefs, Nirvana and Gorillaz and many many more!

  • PSP Remote Play functionality: With a PSP and a wireless internet connection, you will now be able to browse, select and start downloading new songs from the ‘SingStore’ on the go. Choosing your perfect tracklist is easier than ever before. You can also access to all areas of My SingStar Online and share the best SingStar performances with your friend and family!

  • Download in an instant: SingStore is directly accessible in-game. It’s easy to use and your song selections can be quickly granted. And with over 300 tracks available for you to download directly from the SingStore, there is plenty of choice to suit your party mood!

  • The SingStar experience: Competitive game-play with battle and one-player modes, credible artists and social, inclusive fun – everything you know and love about SingStar but more music and more choice than ever before.

In its essence, Singstar 2 is the ultimate karaoke game on the PlayStation 3 that allows players to sing some of the world greatest songs in attempt to become a real-world sing star as you are awarded points for how well you performed. Best of all, the title allows you to play against multiple players which makes this game one of the best party games available.

So how does SingStar work? The game itself attempts to match your pitch with that of the music so you can actually hum your way to a high score, however that would be cheating so it does require an element of skill.

Singstar 2 still contains all the popular gameplay modes that include solo, battle, duet and “pass the mic” which ranks how well you performed. For those who have an EyeToy available for their PS3, the game also makes full use of this device, allowing you to create short videos which even can be uploaded online to My SingStar online.  

The songs on Singstar 2 are quite diverse and range from the 1960’s to the present with hits such as California Dreamin, Summer in the City, Pictures of You (The Cure) to Aerosmith’s “Dude Looks Like a Lady”, making this one of the most varied SingStars to date.

 

Add in the Gorillaz and the Kaiser Chief's, bands of today which will appease those modern music lovers. My favourite song in Singstar 2 on the PS3 is "When you were young" by the Killers and even though some of the tracks may not be mainstream pop, it's great that Sony caters for those left out of field bands as well.  

It's very hard not to dislike the Singstar series and considering that this has made the gaming world more accessible to a plethora of people who would have never even considered a console, is great news for the gaming world. Although it does offer the gaming world much in terms of new content, karaoke is just that.. karaoke and the Singstar series continues to do what it does best.
 

Tracklisting

  • Aerosmith - Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • Blur - Country House
  • Bobby Brown - My Prerogative
  • Eminem - Without Me
  • George Michael - Freedom ‘90
  • Gorillaz - Dare
  • Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control
  • Hot Chocolate - You Sexy Thing
  • Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
  • Kool and the Gang - Celebration
  • The Lovin’ Spoonful - Summer in the City
  • Maximo Park - Our Velocity
  • Morrisey - Suedehead
  • Nirvana - Lithium
  • Panic! At The Disco - But It’s Better If You Do
  • Paul McCartney & the Frog Chorus - We All Stand Together
  • Pulp - Common People
  • Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)
  • Shakespears Sister - Stay
  • Spandau Ballet - TRUE
  • The Cure - Pictures of You
  • The Killers - When You Were Young
  • The Libertines - Can’t Stand Me Now
  • The Mamas and The Papas - California Dreamin’
  • The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)
  • The Police - Don’t Stand So Close To Me
  • The Proclaimers - I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
  • Tom Jones with Mousse T - Sexbomb
  • Tone Loc - Funky Cold Medina
  • Young MC - Bust A Move




 

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