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Review: Singstar 90’s

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I can honestly say that I’ve never been to a karaoke bar in my life.  All of my singing has been done in the shower or the kitchen.  Then Singstar comes along and changes everything for me.  I now see why people go to karaoke bars and Singstar brings the whole experience home.

Singstar 90’s is the new throwback edition of the popular PS2 singing franchise.  This time around there are hits from Paula Abdul, MC Hammer, Envogue, Sir Mix A Lot and many others.  While singing can be fun and sometimes very easy, rapping is incredibly hard.  Now I rap myself on occasion.  I make my own tracks and lay down my own vocals.  I thought I would be able to do MC Hammer’s ‘Can’t Touch This’ with ease.  Little did I know that the vocal rating system for rap music is completely different than singing.  You have to literally yell just to get your voice registered and on top of that, keep up with the speedy flow.  It would have been nice to have some Tribe Called Quest or Common on there.

My favorite feature of Singstar is the ability to record the performance.  Some of the performances I created are instant classics.  There’s nothing like sitting back and laughing at yourself.  Singstar has battle modes, duet modes, pass the mic and a solo mode.  What’s even cooler is the fact that you can hot swap other versions of Singstar without having to restart your system.  Just pop out Singstar 90’s and put in Amped or 80’s if you like.  At the end of a session it rates your performance by your score.  The more accurate your tone and vocals are, the better you’ll score at the end of the game.

Singstar also has an option to hook up an Eye Toy camera to record the video of your performances with your music.  Sadly though, since I was on a PS3 with the PS3 version of the Eye Toy, it wouldn’t work with Singstar PS2.  No problem though because Singstar for the PS3 will be coming out soon and will feature downloadable songs and Playstation Eye usage.

If you were ever thinking about getting Singstar but put it off, I highly recommend that you purchase this game.  It’s fun, it’s addictive and the music selection is great.  If you don’t feel like singing you can always play like Beavis and Butthead and just comment over the video clips and save it to watch later.  I can only hope that in the future they come out with a Singstar Soul or Singstar R&B so I can sing to some of my favorites.

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