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KingME

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CRank: 5Score: 28800

User Review : SingStar

Ups
  • Great game modes{Instant video playback{Lots of Fun
Downs
  • No wireless Mics{SingStar online and PSN accounts not linked{Song selection JUST SUCKS!

SingStar PS3 Sony/BMG where is the Love!

I pre-ordered SingStar PS3 from Amazon and was eager to get. The package came with the game disk, and two wired microphones (why they are not wireless is beyond me.) After getting it, I noticed that there were some descent songs on the disk but with few exceptions there wasn't much to write home about.

But I didn't really care being that there was supposed to be 200+ songs in the singstar store on the PSN. The songs are 1.49 per song and come with Standard definition music videos. (The videos on the game disk are of higher quality.) After browsing the songs on the disk, I immediately went online to see what was up there. Being the Sony is a music entertainment mega house, I figure the selection should be top-notch. With labels like Arista Records, Epic, Jive, LaFace, Columbia. And Artist like Chris Brown, Sean Kingston, Michael Jackson, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, etc. I figured the selection was going to be hot! NOT! Almost every song in the Singstore was dated and some were very dated. The selection was utter crap. So, why would a music house as big as Sony BMG have such a lousy selection of songs for a Sony exclusive karaoke style title. (I know, there will probably be more songs to choose from in the future, but they should be embarrased by the launch selection.) It's really a virtual middle finger to those that bought the game. Could it be greed? I hope not.

Anyway, The game interface is organized well, although it would be nice if the game allows you to sort by artist when looking at the long list. I also notice on the Singstar online store that there are some inconsistencies, where in one country a song is considered Pop while it is considered rap in others. Overall the interface is highly usable although this small option would have made a huge difference.

I uploaded a video using my PS3 to singstar online, then when I got to work the next day I wanted to show my friends, only to find out that the internet online and PSN online accounts are NOT linked. If they are, I could not find a way to use it. TERRIBLE MISTAKE!

Okay as far a game play, the modes were single player, duet, past the mic (up to 8 players), battle, and practice. All game modes are excellent, I really like the duet mode because it allows you and a friend to sing a song as a duet that is not necessarily a duet by design. (Simple by switch out who sings what.) Overall I had a BLAST playing this and so did the rest of my family. We were at it for hours. If you have the Playstation eye, you have the pleasure of recording video clips and taking random photos which are a blast to watch back or put online.

Don't want to be here all day so I'll summarize.

Good Game

Score
9.0
Graphics
Great Game Modes
7.0
Sound
Graphics are not really an issue here, although it would be nice if all videos including the ones you download were in HD.
9.0
Gameplay
Outstanding Sound, good mic volume
10.0
Fun Factor
With the right personalities with sucker is fun, not alcohol required.
2.0
Online
PSN Singstar store and online (internet)Singstar Store accounts not integrated. And there is no way to do online play with a friend.
Overall
8.0
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uxo224766d ago

Hey, you can sort by artist, just click the L2 button on the controller. And when you are on the Singstar Store, clicking the L2 button will displace a pretty good options menu.

But overall I do agree with your review. The songs are okay, but the could have thrown in some alicia keys, chris brown, and beyonce..haha

Nice review

KingME4766d ago

UXO, thanks for pointing that out. I never noticed that. Good catch and I apologize for missing that.

paul_war4766d ago

Had the UK version since December & it was a slow start with the store having very few songs, but its picked up recently.

It is a shame that all the songs are in standard deff though, guess it's easier, I've just always wanted to see Blur in HD