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It is surprising that, given the huge success of the X factor Tv series and the lucrative appeal of the gaming industry that a game based on the show that grips the nation each winter has not emerged prior to 2010 on this generation of gaming consoles. However, the game seems to have received little hype, very few reviews in the media and fans will barely realise it has been released.
Nevertheless this title is available now on all major consoles and comes either with or without the microphone. Its compatible with USB mics that you may have with Boogie or Sing It on this console and with the Singstar mics on the PS3.
Does this game have the X Factor? Even Simon Cowell would surely have to say "Average"!!!!
Basically the game is the same as other karaoke titles whereby using the usb mic you sing, are scored depending on how "in tune you are" and get a rating. Only difference here is in the career mode you work your way through the tv show from auditions to judge houses to the live final.
The problem with this game is two fold. Firstly is that it fails to live up to the potential having such a huge licence behind it. The TV show regularly attracts nearly 20 million viewers, covers the national press and is the nations obsession for 3 months every year. Therefore with all this behind it you would think that the makers would utilise it to make a near-perfect x factor experience. However nothing is used, only the stage and them music. The judges are just standard computer game characters who repeat the same lines, no Cowell, Walsh or Cole or even Minogue!! The host isn't Dermont o Leary. Very disappointing and despite the stage and music etc being on par with TV the absence of real judges make it feel somewhat phoney.
Secondly, the actually gameplay lags way behind Singstar and Lips so not only does the game not use the licence but it falls way behind competitions. 28 songs, most of which are not by the original artist and most of which have been on these types of games before. Not a very wide selection, mainly recent pop hits from a narrow year base. The microphone feels cheap and weightless compared to other rivals and the modes lack fun.
The career mode starts you at auditions and works to the live shows but it all goes over quick. You get to change clothes, deal with fans and have to work from a chosen list of songs which may require rehearsal as some songs are compulsory. The live shows you are given a % of the vote after the usual "Lets see who got through this week....." and after about 45 minutes its all over. There is a single player freeplay but other than beating scores its rather dull and the multiplayer shows no imagination and is as basic as can be.
As a huge Singstar fan maybe I had too high hopes for this title but it will disappoint the majority of people who have played a karaoke game before. The novelty doesn't last and with lacking all the features of other rival titles it just doesn't wash.
Poor use of the licence!
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