Lips review

  • Ace presentation
  • Official music videos
  • Will improve with DLC
  • Gameplay offers little new
  • Arbitrary differences from SingStar
  • Depressingly basic iPod support

Out of the box you’d be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t much to separate Lips from Sony’s SingStar series. But buying a karaoke game is a long-term investment, one that only comes to fruition once there’s a wealth of downloadable content available. For this reason it seems unfair to review Microsoft’s casual music game so soon, but there are at least two features that make it stand out. The microphones.

Bundled with the game they are vastly superior to those sold with SingStar. They’re wireless, they light up, are motion-sensitive and generally a lot more pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately the gameplay itself offers little new, and what there is just isn’t that inspiring. The various party modes are solid and enjoyable but far from revolutionary, and the slightly differing scoring system is an arbitrary tweak at best.

Worst of all, the much-touted ability to use songs from your iPod is depressingly basic. Simply put, the game will play tracks over a dynamic backdrop and you’ll stumble through without any lyrics. You could petition Microsoft with song requests, but it’s only likely to result in more mainstream content hitting the marketplace. Lips is an admirable attempt to dethrone SingStar, but by offering only a mildly different experience, it’s hard to recommend a mere 40 tracks over PSN’s hundreds.

Dec 3, 2008

More Info

Release date: Nov 18 2008 - Xbox 360 (US)
Nov 21 2008 - Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Other Games/Compilations
Published by: Microsoft
Developed by: INIS
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Lyrics, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Mild Cartoon Violence
PEGI Rating:


  • Kattleox - December 4, 2008 7:25 p.m.

    Yay for singstar? SECOND!!!
  • Mr Meaty - December 19, 2008 10:24 p.m.

    um...singstar is only available on PlayStation, and Lips is only available on Xbox...and yet they say it's hard to recommend it over singstar? Not if you don't have a playstation!

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