This game is great fun and 80's songs were probably some of my favourites over time so this game is perfect. You can have one to eight players and since I got this for my playstation 2 have had a few times when we have had the family over and it's been really good to get everyone involved and singing along. I bought the bundle which contained two microphones as well.
No-one had played Singstar before so we were all new to it and there are few games of this type around this is definately worth considering if you like that era of music. The song selection chosen for this version is fantastic and there are many that you will know as we did. I have done a few karaoke sessions before in pubs when there's not many watching but this was far better as it's in the comfort of your own home.
Firstly when starting this game you have to enter a user name to play with and then you are taken to a music menu where you select the songs to sing. There are 27 songs to choose from.
Once you have made your song choice you can start the singing. On the bottom of the screen are two lines. The top line is what you currently need to sing and the bottom line is there to let you know the line that is coming up next so you can prepare for that. In order to aid the player singing at the time there is a bar that moves from left to right over the words in the top bar. This is so you know at what point to sing each word and keep up with the rhythm and beat of the song. If you hit a note correctly the pitch bar starts to fill up. At the end of the song the computer will inform you how you did and how much more practise is needed to become a superstar.
In addition when you make your song selection you get the option of whether you want to sing the short or normal full length version depending on how good you're feeling at the time.
Overall I would definately recommend this game, although perhaps there could be more songs to choose from. But it's great fun and fantastic to play with friends or family at a party for example.
Singstar 80's offers 30 classic kareoke worthy tracks from the 1980's. Great for nostalga for older players and the songs are so catchy that the kids will be singing along to!
Alice Cooper - "Poison"
Belinda Carlisle - "Heaven Is A Place On Earth"
Billy Joel - "Uptown Girl"
Blondie - "Atomic"
Culture Club - "Karma Chameleon"
The Cure - "Just Like Heaven"
Dexys Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"
Dolly Parton - "9 To 5"
Duran Duran - "Rio"
Erasure - "A Little Respect"
Europe - "The Final Countdown"
Fairground Attraction - "Perfect"
Foreigner - "I Want To Know What Love Is"
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "The Power Of Love"
Kate Bush - "Running Up That Hill"
Katrina And The Waves - "Walking On Sunshine"
Madness - "Our House"
Madonna - "Material Girl"
Marillion - "Kayleigh"
Nena - "99 Red Balloons"
Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"
Run-D.M.C. - "It's Tricky"
Simple Minds - "Don't You Forget About Me" -
Soft Cell - "Tainted Love"
Starship - "We Built This City"
Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger"
Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"
Tina Turner - "The Best"
Vanilla Ice - "Ice Ice Baby"
Wham! - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
MODES OF PLAY
If you haven't played a SingStar game before, all of the ones released so far for the PlayStation 2 offer an identical menu setup and system that lets you play individual songs for score, as well as engage in a number of competitive and multi player party games such as song medleys, duets and pass the mic, which I have described in previous reviews.
And again as always, there's the playback ability where you can playback your performance using voice filters to create amusing sound effects. If you've played Singstar before this set up is familar and wont cause any issues. For new players, you'll soon learn how it works without too much difficulty.
HOW YOUR SCORED
The same familiar scoring system exists as in previous game. It's not the best singer that's going to win. It's all about matching the pitch and hitting and holding the high notes for that particular song.
A slightly different system exists for songs like Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice baby" as this is a rap song. As you rap along to the song, your performance is measured on screen by a "rap metre". This isn't quite as easy to follow as the normal performance metre but the prinnciple is the same. Rap well and your metre will fill up, perform poorly and it wont.
Again this is a really strong tracklist. Singstar tracklists can be a bit hit and miss at times, they often leave out well known songs and chose less obvious choices which can be annoying. However this isn't the case with Singstar 80's. With this tracklist, you've not only got a soundtrack that is focused on 80s music, but one that covers everything from new wave to pop to adult contempoarary so there's plenty for everyone. I was born in 1989 so know very little about 80's music but the tracks chosen on here are well known enough to appeal to me anyway.
As always, the game is lots of fun, great for parties and girly nights in. Songs such as Ice Ice Baby and Come on Eileen are so hard to sing and require such specific accents and voices that they offer an amusing challenge and will have you and your friends in fits off laughter as you try to match them. The variety of songs offers a challenge for everyone so even on easy mode, your not going to be knocking up constant "Singstar" scores, which is good for those who enjoy a challenge!
The biggest disadavantage is the fact that the set up and modes of play are exactly the same as previous versions. This can be seen as an advantage because it means previous players are familar with the format and so can navigaste their way around easily. However, it would be nice to have some variety by now with some different party games, different features. Even just a couple of new features would keep the game fresh and interesting but Sony roll out the same game over and over just with a different track list. With new kareoke style games being released that support downloaded music, meaning its possible to customise a kareoke game full of the players favourites, Singstar is beginning to look outdated.
Sadly this Singstar featuring tunes from the 80's can actually make me cry when I am in the right mood and especially when the kids are singing with me.
This really for me is the highlight of my Singstar collection with a mix of songs that will appeal to everyone, a personal opinion obviously.
For anyone who does not know the basic premise of Singstar is karaoke for the Playstation 2 and is massively successful with over ten different title being released in the last few years.
# Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
# Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen
# Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
# Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
# Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
# Simple Minds - Don't You Forget (About Me)
# The Cure - Just Like Heaven
# Nena - 99 Red Balloons
# INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
# Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Power Of Love
# Blondie - Atomic
# Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill
# Foreigner - I Want To Know What Love Is
# Fairground Attraction - Perfect
# Europe - The Final Countdown
# Soft Cell - Tainted Love
# Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
# Pretenders - Brass In Pocket
# Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
# Erasure - A Little Respect
# Duran Duran - Rio
# Starship - We Built This City
# Katrina And The Waves - Walking On Sunshine
# Tina Turner - Simply The Best
# Madonna - Material Girl
# Alice Cooper - Poison
# Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger
# Run DMC - It's Tricky
# Dolly Parton - 9 To 5
# Madness - Our House
Check out his track list it really is a monster with something for everyone on it, the videos on it that you sing along to are hilarious especially Uptown Girl (What is Christie Brinkley wearing??) and 99 Red balloons by Nena, she looked hot in that leather get up.
My personal favourite's on here are 99 Red Balloons and A Little Respect by Erasure, and yes I do try and do the Andy Bell high top note and normally end up pretty hoarse after it but it is so much fun, get some mates round or the family whack this on and have a laugh even my young ones (8yr and 6yrs) have heard most of these songs.We don't really worry about scoring or trying to win but you can play games etc on this and try to beat each others scores, we prefer the duet mode where you can both sing at the same time as Singstar cleverly splits the lyrics in two and these scores are combined so we normally just play against ourselves.
Until you have sung the classic line "knee deep in the hoopla.." on Starship's We Built This City you have not lived!!!
Long live the 80's
This has got to be my favourite Sing star disc. Perhaps because it gives me the chance to put on those white stilletto's and ra-ra skirt again!!!
This was the first of the singstar set that just focused on a particular decade and as soon as it was due to be released I had to get hold of a copy.
I wasn't disappointed lots of my 80's favourites were on there - Duran Duran, Culture Club, Wham and Madonna to name just a few. All the original videos are used for the tracks and it sticks to the usual Sing star format. The words are displayed on the screen together with a bar which helps indicate how high or low the note is and how long it should be held for. This is a great game to play with lots of friends, though I would say that after a few drinks we all think we are the best singers in the world.
You have the option of how loud you want the volume to be when you sing so you can be shy and retiring if you want, or sing loud and use the playback to hear who great (awful) you were.
I love the fun element of these games and I think the 80's disc encapsulates this more than most - perhaps the style of music suits it - perhaps it was just my moment in time-not sure. But the songs are good to sing along to and even my teenage children enjoy laughing and singing along with George Michael in his day glo!!!
Fourth in the series, Singstar '80s for PS2 was released in the UK in November 2005 - making me 16 when it first came out. I've written about the first Singstar before, so as you're aware I was already a fan of the game and having Singstar Party and Singstar Popworld as well, it was only natural that I went on to buy this one!
Why choose the solus edition?
I chose the solus edition because having previous Singstar games I already had the microphones and necessary adaptors. Also it was a lot cheaper to buy alone.
The songs, as you have probably already guessed, are all from the 80's, which was good for me because I love 80's cheesey pop, and it also meant that this time round, my relatives were more interested in playing it because they knew the songs too.Here are the songs in the game:
* Alice Cooper - "Poison"
* Belinda Carlisle - "Heaven Is A Place On Earth"
* Billy Joel - "Uptown Girl"
* Blondie - "Atomic"
* Culture Club - "Karma Chameleon"
* The Cure - "Just Like Heaven"
* Dexys Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen"
* Dolly Parton - "9 To 5"
* Duran Duran - "Rio"
* Erasure - "A Little Respect"
* Europe - "The Final Countdown"
* Fairground Attraction - "Perfect"
* Foreigner - "I Want To Know What Love Is"
* Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "The Power Of Love"
* Kate Bush - "Running Up That Hill"
* Katrina And The Waves - "Walking On Sunshine"
* Madness - "Our House"
* Madonna - "Material Girl"
* Marillion - "Kayleigh"
* Nena - "99 Red Balloons"
* Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"
* Run-D.M.C. - "It's Tricky"
* Simple Minds - "Don't You Forget About Me"
* Soft Cell - "Tainted Love"
* Starship - "We Built This City"
* Survivor - "Eye Of The Tiger"
* Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"
* Tina Turner - "The Best"
* Vanilla Ice - "Ice Ice Baby"
* Wham! - "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
Singstar '80s stores up to 20 player names and photos on your memory card. This means that you can save nearly all of your friends and family on there, and each of you can have your scores written in your name, with your pictures by the side.These users can also be assigned to teams in multi-player mode.
Once you have reached the 20, any new player added will replace the player who has played the game least recently. If you prefer to manually delete players, you are also able to do that.
You have the songs on the disk laid out in the same manner that iTunes lay out your album artwork. To pick the song you want, you use the directional buttons and then press "X". You can then decide whether you want to do the normal length song, or a shorter version.
You can change the disk for another other Singstar game whilst in song select mode. This is a great new feature, as it means you have access to many more tracks, preventing you from getting bored of the ones on the disk.
Single Player Mode
As far as changes from the original Singstar game go, there is nothing really substantial that has changed about the format of the game other than rapping. For those of you who haven't played Singstar in any form before, I shall explain the game screen and the aim of the game.
Obviously the aim of the game is to hit as many of the notes correctly as you can, in order to get a high-score, which then translates to you being a Singstar.
The game screen has a "playhead" at the top - which tells you how much of the song you have played, and how much longer it has to run. You then have your score bar in the top left hand corner in blue. The points you have already earned are in light grey, and a green bar to the side shows how well you are performing in real-time.
You then have a performance bar on the centre of the screen, which is placed over either the music video that accompanies the song you are playing, or if you have your eye-toy plugged in to your Playstation 2, over the image being fed-back through there. The performance bar is grey, and fills with blue to indicate when you hit the correct pitches and tones of notes. When you finish a line, a green speech bubble comes up giving you your line ranking.
Golden notes are usually longer, meaning you get more points for the longer you can hold on to them. The lyrics themselves are placed on the bottom of the screen, and they turn blue as you are meant to sing them.
As for rapping, the same sort of thing applies, only the performance bar is replaced by a rap meter.
There are also medleys now, whereas it used to be just whole songs. A nice idea, but a bit annoying when you're just getting in to one of the songs!
In Singstar, this mode is called Party mode. Again this is fairly similar to the multi-player mode on the other Singstar games.
The game types are:
* Duet - two players sing together to get a combined score
* Pass the mic - the songs are chosen for you and the two teams battle to get the most points - rounds are battle, medley, first to the post, duet, keep it up, micro-medley and pass the mic
* Battle - when two players take on each other to get the best score
* Sing-song - a new '80s television tennis inspired video game add-on, where you and another play ping-pong using the tone and pitch of your voice to move your players.
If you just want to sing along to the songs without the pressure of points, this is the mode for you. This is much more like traditional karaoke, where you just read the lyrics from the screen.
You are able to change the screen positioning, playback, eye toy usb camera settings, and load and save settings. These are all fairly self-explanitory.
You can see where you are in terms of high-scores by looking at the charts menu.
This game is a great add-on to the original, and performs well as a stand-alone. I recommend it to young girls who enjoy singing, and to young adults of both genders for some alcohol fuelled merriment!
(As written for Ciao.co.uk)
Having previously been a big fan of singstar and a HUGE fan of music from the 80's this seamed like the ideal game for me so I bought it straight away and went home to test it out.
This is the first era specific game that singstar have released but I certainly hope they do it again and it really is fantastic.
My mother loved it more then most of us, just one song and she was dancing away recapturing her youth.
Some of my favourites on the game are Culture Club: Karma Chameleon and Europe: The Final Countdown.
The only disadvantage to this game is that as it is era specific it's not the best one for younger players. Previously when I have played singstar I have had mixed generations all singing together but my 11 year old niece cringed once this one went on.
Anyway singstar is a fantastic concept and this is a great game, would recomend it to anyone.
This is one of my favorite Singstar titles. All the tracks like simply the best, karma chamaeleon, come on eileen or eye of the tiger are songs I grew up with....it is so much fun to sing all this great hits with or against a couple of friends and have a wild singstarparty.
The thing about me is that I don't really get the 80s. I don't understand quite what happened to culture during the decade, so hence I might not be the best person to really comment on this selection of songs. My wife? She loves it and this is her favourite singstar product in the range. With songs from Blondie, Duran Duran, Europe, Wham and Vanilla Ice she is in her element. Not really my bag though.
This is singstar. You know what you are going to get. The reputation of the product says it all. This is a game to be enjoyed by you and your mates. In my case after quite a bit to drink on a Saturday night when you have boys and girls together after the pub, and everyone fancies themselves as the next X factor winner.
The thing I love with singstar is that you think you know a song, and then when it comes to time to perform you realise that knowing the words is only part of it! Still it is great fun! I could never imagine playing this on my own, but with the right people at the right time it is a good way to spend a couple of hours! Saying that though, there are other products in this range I would personally choose ahead of this.
Singstar continues it's legacy with Singstar 80s, which works in a similar fashion to all of the other games.
There are three difficulty levels, easy, medium and hard, and there's quite a big leap between them, but don't worry if you always stay on easy, it's still hard to get a full score.
You can play with anywhere between one and 8 players, using a maximum of 2 microphones. If you want to play alone you can choose any song that you want, and sing it as many times as you want with the hope of getting a full score of 10000/10000. It sounds like a lot, but you get around 100 points per line, so long as you hit the notes, and extra for any bonus notes which sparkle as you sing them.
You can play a duet, whith two people of course, whereby you each sing different parts of the song together, and then your individual scores are combined. If however, you're slightly more competitive you can play battle mode, in which you each sing the same song twice and then whoever gets the higher score wins, or you sing the same song at the same time, but instead your scores get doubled to get individual scores out of 10,000.
Then there's party mode in which you split into teams and play different rounds, including medleys, first to 5,000 points, highest score wins, and pass the mic, in which all team members sing a few lines for a cumulative score. You can't choose the songs you sing in these rounds, although if you really don't like what you've been given, you can have 5 swaps each throughout the 8 rounds. At the end, the team with the most points (1 point per round) wins.
Culture Club: Karma Chameleon
Dexy's Midnight Runners: Come On Eileen
Vanilla Ice: Ice Ice Baby
Belinda Carlisle: Heaven is a Place on Earth
Simple Minds: Don't You (Forget About Me)
The Cure: Just Like Heaven
Nena: 99 Red Balloons
Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Power of Love
Kate Bush: Running up that Hill
Foreigner: I want to know what love is
Europe: The Final Countdown
Soft Cell: Tainted Love
Wham!: Wake me up before you go, go!
Pretenders: Brass in pocket
Billy Joel: Uptown Girl
Erasure: A little respect
Starship: We built this city
Katrina and the Waves: Walking on Sunshine
As you can see from the above list there's something for everyone, if you can sing high try Blondie's Atomic, if you can sing low (and I mean really low) try Tainted Love. There are fast songs, rap songs, slow songs, anthems, rocky numbers and the majority are simply feel-good classics that you'll want to sing again and again.
This is the perfect party game, you can turn down the volume of your voice so that the tv only plays the real song, so that you don't embarrass yourself too much, or if you're willing to go for it, drown out the music with your own voice. Kids will love learning the new songs, the format is easy to understand and to follow, and you'll be amazed at how quickly you get addicted to playing.
I bought a few of the Singstar games and I think this one is my favourite.
I really enjoy the 80's music so being able to sing it with my friends is great too.
It's great for parties or just having fun by yourself.
You can sing on your own or battle it out with friends.
When you pick a song you and whoever else you're playing with will see a colour on the screen and your colour is whatever colour your microphone is.
It'l tell you a summary of how you did at the end of the song.
I would recommend this game.
I must admit Im becoming a bit addicted to singing games and even though it was not really my era I do love going retro every now and again and this game has a great number of hits from the eighties that pretty much everyone will have heard of.
For those new to this format of game the objective is to sing along and match the tone and length of the notes being sung, the closer the match the higher the score you achieve. Within the game there is a single player and also a party mode which is my preferred option as it involved getting a few friends over, opening the odd bottle or six of wine and having a fun time. Within party mode there are a few options such as Pass the Mic and also battle mode where two people go up against each other singing the same song, the only disappointing version in this is a sort of retro tennis game a bit like pong where you voice moves the paddle but I found this uninspiring and a bit boring.
It should be noted that as with all games in this series you can actually achieve a high score without getting the words right indeed all you have to do is hum along to the right length of note and pitch and you will rack up the points however this is not ideal preparation for Pop Idol and in my opinion defeats the whole point of the game.
There is a good range of songs with my personal favourites being Dolly Parton singing Nine to Five, Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners and A Little Respect by Erasure however there is a god range with songs from artists such as Alice Cooper, Duran Duran and Kate Bush to name but a few, in all there are 30 tracks to choose from however be warned the dire Vanilla Ice also makes an appearance so really there are 29 as far as Im concerned. However for those who cannot sing at al this and a couple of other rap songs actually use a rap meter to measure success and accuracy to music and it seems like what you say does have an impact on score here, it is just a shame that actual word recognition to measure accuracy could not be included in future versions of the game to stop the cheating.
Sound quality is excellent as the game as the licence to all the original tracks and the game came with two USB mikes so it is ready to play straight away for those who do not already have them and a of curse a stand alone version for those that do. The video clips that are used are pretty good as well even if the fashion sense may have you cringing at times.
Definitely a game I would recommend but then Im a bit biased with all of these. Currently you can get the version with microphone from Amazon for £29.99 and £16.99 without.
SingStar '80s features the first era-specific track listing to emerge from the music gurus at London Studio and comes packed with 30 original and totally classic tracks from the early '80s that are guaranteed to throw you back to your school disco days. Recreating the iconic style that defined the era, SingStar '80s brings the decade back to life with a new '80s-themed intro, retro colour scheme, fully licensed tracks from the original artists, and, of course, the videos that ushered in the dawn of music TV.Providing pop kids with a great excuse to dig out the neon T-shirts, the frilly shirts or lace fingerless gloves, SingStar '80s fills your home with the tunes that topped the charts in Europe and around the world, from leading artists including The Cure, Kate Bush, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Erasure and Simple Minds.