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Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore review

AT A GLANCE
  • Many great classic tracks
  • Online/local multiplayer
  • Promised downloadable songs
  • Been there, sung that
  • Only sold as bundle w/mic
  • Paula Abdul's character model

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 Encore is a solid sequel and an enjoyable experience, but in 2008, Karaoke Revolution is starting to feel a bit outdated compared to the emerging competition.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

Release date: Feb 05 2008 - Wii, Xbox 360, PS2 (US)
Available Platforms: Wii, Xbox 360, PS2
Genre: Family
Published by: Konami
Developed by: Blitz Games
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Lyrics, Mild Suggestive Themes

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