Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore review

Like a pop hit, Encore is superficial but fun while it lasts

Online play marks the most notable addition to the Xbox 360 version of American Idol Encore, and while the currently sparse servers made it tough to get a tournament going, we enjoyed the lag-free head-to-head matches we stumbled into (and promptly dominated). Encore doesn't make any significant visual leaps with the hardware upgrade, but the HD glaze results in some compelling backgrounds and noticeably improved character models.

Each of the prominent singing games on the market has a hook- SingStar has authenticity (via original songs/videos) and Rock Band has the multi-instrumental appeal- but the Idol license alone doesn't set this genre originator apart from the pack. Encore is a solid sequel and an enjoyable experience, but in 2008, Karaoke Revolution is starting to feel a bit outdated compared to the emerging competition.

Feb 11, 2008

More Info

GenreFamily
DescriptionWhile it saved some of its best tracks for the repeat performance, the overall experience hasn't changed much.
PlatformWii, Xbox 360, PS2
US censor ratingEveryone
Release date5 February 2008 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)

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