The SingStar phenomenon continues on the
PlayStation 3 with the latest addition of the franchise arriving on the
console that is aptly titled SingStar Volume 3 and allows gamers to sing
some of their favourite “pop” songs, either solo or with friends.
SingStar is an interactive karaoke gaming
experience that displays the words of the song on the screen as you
attempt to sing these words in harmony with the music. Timing and
harmony are the key aspects to SingStar and if you manage this, you are
well on your way to becoming a SingStar rock god.
Although Sony has had a grip on this market
for a considerable amount of time, other companies are now releasing
their own “versions” of interactive gaming karaoke such as Activision’s
Guitar Hero World Tour which comes with microphones and instruments or
Microsoft’s Lips for the 360 which is good to see as the competition
will soon start to begin... meaning better things for gamers.
SingStar Volume 3 continues from the PS2 franchise and really doesn’t
challenge the current genre, however it does give access to SingStore
which allows gamers and casual gamers the ability of downloading
SingStar Vol. 3 contains quite a varied
song list that will suit a variety of music lovers and is quite “poppy”
at times with hits by Queen, Michael Jackson and even Aerosmoth. Even
for more diverse lovers of music, songs by The Ting Tings and Vampire
Weekend also grace this disc, once again ensuring that just about all
tastes are catered for. The music also comes from a wide range of eras
plus the odd one-hit wonders to really ignite that party spirit.
Featuring all your standard SingStar modes are still contained in this
addition and Sony have kept this latest game quite simple that is
perfect for the casual gamer which this series seems to be targeted at.
You can still play solo, duet or the party
modes, however at the end of the day, Karaoke is just that and if it
becomes too complicated or convoluted, the game will begin to suffer.
This is seen with Microsoft’s Lips which tried a little to be too clever
for its own good.
For lovers of online, you have the ability
to join My SingStar which is almost like Facebook, however allows you to
upload and share content with your friends. Needless to say, some of the
videos available are quite hilarious but it does create a good sense of
community for SingStar. It will be interesting to see where Sony go with
the SingStar franchise in light of Rock Band, Guitar Hero World Tour or
At the end of the day, SingStar Vol. 3 is an entertaining sequel that
offers some great tracks and some interesting online content. Although
nothing has really changed with the franchise, that old proverb if it
ain’t broke, than don’t fix it still applies for SingStar and if you’re
a fan of the series, than you better ask Santa to put this under the