Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore review

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

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The Wii version of American Idol Encore is the clear odd man out of the three released to date. Though based on the same core as the Xbox 360 version, it lacks the online play, promised DLC, and HD glaze of that game, and the extra modes from the similarly gimped PlayStation 2 version are nowhere to be found. Such deficiencies don't significantly detract from the central singing experience, but if you can choose between versions, consider this one last.

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 Encore is a solid sequel and an enjoyable experience, but in 2008, Karaoke Revolution is starting to feel a bit outdated compared to the emerging competition.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

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DescriptionWhile it saved some of its best tracks for the repeat performance, the overall experience hasn't changed much.
Platform"Wii","Xbox 360","PS2"
US censor rating"Everyone","Everyone","Everyone"
UK censor rating"","",""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
Andrew Hayward
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