A massive hit in the UK, the SingStar series really came to the U.S. way too late to be relevant. Sonys take on what makes a good karaoke game is too different - and really, not as good as - the longer-running, more popular Karaoke Revolution games from Konami. Namely, Sony relies on using the original artists and videos of each song rather than a beefier list of tunes, sound-alikes, and cheesy 3D graphics.
At 30 songs, the list of hits you get to croon to in SingStar Pop pales in comparison
There are four Singstar games coming to PS2 this fall: Pop Vol 2, Legends, Country, and ABBA (dammit Sony, where’s the Bollywood pack for the US? We’re not kidding. The UK got it and we want it too). We’re going to use the same review text for all three. Not because they aren’t good – they are. And not because we haven’t played all three of them – we have.
We've seen you. Sat like a wallflower at the back of the room every time your big sister gets the karaoke machine out, for fear of being picked on or made to sing a painful Gareth Gates number.It's not like you're against the principle but you want to sing the songs you want, with all your mates, and in a dead cool way, like. Well, I think we might have the answer, because not only does SingStar look dead cool, it's got some of the best fun karaoke classics you could ever wish for.Imagine the
The better SingStar games are those with an eclectic mix of music. Go too ‘diva’ or too ‘rawk’ and there’s a risk of alienating people, which isn’t good for a game that sells itself on how inclusive it is. So it’s for this reason that we recommend Summer Party as, despite the title, it’s not just composed the dumb pop tunes that always seem to top the charts between May and August.
Friday 4 August 2006
Oh Japan. We love your video games, we really do, but for every amazing idea that makes it through, there's often an inexplicable irritation not too far behind.
More specifically, Forbidden Siren 2 is very nearly the greatest survival horror game yet made, but every time we start to fall in love with it, the game trips over its own shoelaces and leaves us somewhat embarrassed to be seen with it.
Like the original, it centres on the idea of 'sightjacking' (seeing through
Because snowmobiles are about so much more than just destroying the pristine beauty of our remaining wilderness and killing rednecks, Ski-Doo Snow X Racing has come down the mountain to rock our proverbial world. But dont let that X in the title fool you - the game involves absolutely no algebra, nor does it imply an arcade-style assault on the slopes on par with something like SSX. (Theres that X again! You can see how we could get
Sly Cooper is a filthy rotten thief. Not a sunken-eyed lowlife nicking crisps from the corner shop or a witless delinquent pocketing CDs in HMV, but a floppy-capped, stripey jumper-wearing rogue with a swag sack slung over his shoulder and a wiley grin on his face. Then there's Bentley, his wily tortoise accomplice who serves as the brains of the operation. He's a lover, not a fighter, so he renders his foes unconscious with a well-placed tranquilliser dart. Finally, we have Murray. He's a
Few phrases create a more elegant image than "master thief," and few heroes are as elegant as Sly Cooper. Over the years, the raccoon cat burglar has used stealth, team strategy and ninja-like skills to pull off his capers, and in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, he's got more resources than ever to snatch treasures from canine mafiosi, dingo miners, and other cartoon lowlifes.
Ramping up the charm and the underhanded tricks, Sly 3 takes Sly and his accomplices on a globe-trotting, platform-hopping
Tennis is a game of great passion. Take infamous champion John McEnroe, for example. His temper tantrums were more legendary than his considerable playing skills. Barely a tournament went by without 'The Brat' - as he was known - wailing and whining and gnashing his teeth. Referees and linesmen were usually the target of his anger and had to endure being called half-blind drunken dumbasses. And when they ignored MacEnroe he'd smash his racquet and then sulk for the rest of the game. In other
Sniping - and were sure lots of you will agree with this - is one of the best activities in modern videogames. A supreme mix of satisfaction, skill and cowardice, youre made to feel like a ninja, but a ninja armed like a small tank. A fair few of you out there probably have PhDs in headshots too. So, what about an entire game dedicated to this most simultaneously tense, irritating and exhilarating of Deathmatch