Friday 4 August 2006
With a successful karaoke game formula nailed, it wasn't hard to predict that Sony would start churning out updates for the series as often as they could get away with. Now we're on the sixth instalment of new songs. We've had duets and pop and rock. Now it's the turn of anthems.
You'd expect the likes of the Manics' Design For Life and Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis. Unfortunately these appear to be anthems chosen by 12 year old girls and cheesy gay club-goers. How else can you explain the likes of Dead Or Alive's You Spin Me Round, The Weather Girls' It's Raining Men and the Pussycat Dolls' Don't Cha?
Above: Whoever decided this song is an anthem needs help
Then there are just poor choices that are about as anthemic as the local school's choir. Leanne Rimes' Can't Fight The Moonlight and Charlotte Church with Crazy Chick, for instance.
Basically, ladies do alright with Singstar Anthems. The boys have got about three of the 20 (down from the usual 30) tracks included to choose from and that's if they don't mind singing Queen, Take That and the Scissor Sisters.
Play modes are the usual ones - sing solo or with someone else while you're both being scored on your pitch. With nothing new, fewer songs than ever and distinctly not doing what it says on the tin (it's more divas than anthems), we'll be sticking to SingStar Rocks! until the PS3 version comes out.