Sing star next generation game for the PS3.
This game was first released in December 2007 and was the first 'sing star' game for the ps3.
Apart from the game and a play station 3 console you also need a set of microphones in order to play the game. The old microphones have leads which plug into the UBS port on your console but they also now have wireless ones which although are more expensive are a good idea as you have no more tangled leads to worry about. You can also use an 'eye toy' with the game although this is optional. If you have one you can use it to take photos of yourself for your profiles and to record your performances etc which can be a lot of fun to watch back and have a good laugh.
The disk comes with 30 songs on the disk so you can play straight away but there is also an option of buying extra songs which I shall describe later. So, the 30 songs that are already on the disk are as follows;
All the small things - Blink 182.
Alright - Supergrass.
America - Razorlight.
Beautiful day - U2.
Beep - The Pussy Cat Dolls.
Buddy Holly - Weezer.
Chelsea dagger - The Fratellis.
Coffee and TV - Blur.
Cool - Gwen Stefani.
Feel good, inc - Gorillaz.
Fix you - Coldplay.
Hey ya! - Outkast.
I don't feel like dancing' - Scissor Sisters.
I try - Macy Gray.
Loosing my region - R.E.M
Love train - Wolfmother.
Love fool - The Cardigans.
Monster - The Automatic.
Move your feet - Junior Senior.
Movin on up - Primal Scream.
Mr. Brightside - The Killers.
No surprises - Radiohead.
No tomorrow - Orson.
Pass the dutchie - Musical Youth.
She bangs the drums - The Stone Roses.
So sick - Ne-yo.
Something stupid - Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman.
Toxic - Brittany Spears.
Valerie - The Zutons.
We're not gonna take it - Twisted Sister.
This game was originally made for the play station 2 so was upgraded to tie in with the new features offered on the play station 3 which is the fact that you can access the internet on your console. You can now purchase individual songs from an on-line catalogue which has a very large selection of songs from a variety of artists and is updated with new songs on a regular basis. It is very easy to do and gives the player a lot more choice. There are three difficulty levels; easy, medium and hard.
There are a number of ways that you can play sing star. The first being 'single player mode' where you can pick songs to sing by yourself and try to beat your own score as each new high score is recorded on a leader board for each individual song.
You can also play in two player mode where you can either 'battle' against your opponent which is basically where you pick a song to sing, sing the song together at the same time and try to get a higher score then your opponent, or you can play together in 'duet' mode where you sing together and your scores are added together, so in this mode you are working together instead of playing against each other.
There is also a party mode called 'pass the mic' where you can play in teams of up to four players per team and you complete in seven rounds. During one of these games the songs are randomly selected and each team has five skips that they can use if they do not like a song. However, these should be used wisely as once you have used all of your skips you do not get any more! The game also selects the players for each round. In this mode there are seven different types of game play. 'Battle' is the first round which is as I described earlier where you sing against your opponent and try to get the highest score. The second round is 'melody' where you sing a series of songs one after the other but only a few lines from the chorus of each song, highest score wins. The next round is 'first to five thousand' and this is exactly what it says, you sing against your opponent and the first one of you to reach 5,000 points wins. Next is 'duet' where two of your team sing a song together and their scores are added together and then two players from the opposing team sing together and which ever team has the highest score wins. The next round is called 'keep it up' and this is the only round that is not based on getting a high score. Instead there is a bar on the screen and you must make sure that your bar does not go below the line by singing well and therefore hitting all the lines in the song. If some one drops below the line on their bar the round ends and said player looses. If you both manage to keep your bars up then it is a tie and you are awarded a point each. The sixth round is called 'micro-melody' and this is the same as the normal melody except there are more songs and you only sing one or two lines from each song. Finally there is 'pass the mic', which is where all the members on each team take part. In the corner of the screen there is the name of the singer that must sing and the name changes during the song so that you have to pass the microphone to the next player and so on.
I would definitely recommend this game to anyone that likes a good sing song as I think that it is excellent. It suit's a large age range as once you are old enough to read, you can play and there is not an upper age limit as my mother-in-law is in her sixties and she loved having a go. My daughters were six and seven when I got my first sing star game and they had no problem picking up the game and reading the words, but I guess this varies child to child.
It is a very easy game to play as after all, all you need to do is sing! The game never gets boring as you can keep updating your song collection by buying new songs in the sing store and they currently cost £1.29 each. To buy songs from the sing store you must deposit money into your virtual wallet and the minimum you can deposit is £5.
One of the things that I love most about this game is that the teams do not have to be even when playing in pass the mic mode which I think is very good as in my family it is mainly myself and my two older girls that like to play and if this was like most games where you have to have even teams to play, it would of made it a lot more difficult for us to play as we would have had to find someone else or leave someone out, so the fact that you can still play with an odd number of people is really very good.
Overall I think that this is a great game that will last for years and is a lot of fun for all ages.
I love this game! I had Singstar for the PS2 and had loads of fun playing it on my own, with a friend and at parties.
The Next Gen Solus game for PS3 works in the same way as the PS2 games - you can choose to play on your own, with a friend or in 'party mode', where the game sets specific tasks for each 'team' and you compete for points - great fun!
One of the main differences between this and the PS2 games is that you can download additional songs to add to this one, if you go online with your PS3 console. This means that you can have a lot of songs on one disk and do not have to spend time swapping games over to get the song you want, like you did with the PS2.
You do have to pay for new songs to be added, but the cost is very small, and you can choose individual ones rather than having to pay for things you do not want (which arguably, was the case with the PS2 version - where you might but a whole disk or game for just a few of the songs on it).
I would highly recommend this, either to play on your own or with others. It is suitable for any age.
This is the first of the singstar series to be produced for the PS3.
If you already have the microphones from you PS2 version then you can use them in ypur PS3. I think this must be one of the few things that is compatible between the PS2 and the PS3. Though I did read on the previous review that a patch has been released to allow you to play your PS2 singstar discs - which will be great -I'll try it out and update the review with my sucess (or failure). UPDATE: I have just taken the update by putting the PS3 disc in and then it is possible to swap in the PS2 Discs - well done Sony about time too!!
Ther is a good mix on this version (see full track listing below) between new, old and also a good mix of musical genre. This means you have everything from Pass the dutchie by musical youth to Twisted Sister and We're not gonna take it and from The killers Mr Brightside to Macy Gray and I try.
There are a couple of new bits on this from the Ps2 version, the most obvious being the link to the SingStore where you have the choice of hundreds of tracks for less than a pound. This is probably good if you find you only like half the tracks on the discs but if you like the mixture then it can be a bit expensive as you get 30 tracks for £18 if you buy the disc. It also has an enhanced duet mode so if two want to sing together it can stop some of the arguments.
As with previous versions you can hook up the eye toy and make it all a bit more personalised if you want and there are lots of options to personlise the layout - but to be honest I'd sooner just get on and sing some songs -badly- as I usually do. As with previous versions a great party game for all ages and all levels of soberiety!!!
Blink 182 - All The Small Things
Blur - Coffee & TV
Britney Spears - Toxic
Coldplay - Fix You
Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc.
Gwen Stefani - Cool
Junior Senior - Move Your Feet
Macy Gray - I Try
Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie
Ne-Yo - So Sick
Orson - No Tomorrow
OutKast - Hey Ya
Primal Scream - Movin' On Up
Pussycat Dolls - Beep
Radiohead - No Surprises
Razorlight - America
REM - Losing My Religion
Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman - Something Stupid
Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancing
Supergrass - Alright
The Automatic - Monster
The Cardigans - Lovefool
The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
The Killers - Mr Brightside
The Stone Roses - She Bangs The Drums
The Zutons - Valerie
Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It
U2 - Beautiful Day
Weezer - Buddy Holly
Wolfmother - Love Train
First off i think it would be a good idea to mention that for all of us who dont own a backwards compatible ps3 ,sony have recently made avalible a patch for download that allows you to swap out your PS3 singstar and play your back catolouge of PS2 favorites ( very handy if you've been buying every installment and dont wont both your ps2 and ps3 under the tv) on your PS3.
I've always really enjoyed the singstar series since it started back in 2004 on the PS2 and couldn't really see anyway they could improve on the original PS2 format and i have to say im actually pretty happy that nothing much has changed . I guess you could argue that there's improved sound and picture quality but i dont think that really matter's when your murdering your favorite songs for the entertainment of your friends . The only real advancement that has been made is the inclusion of the singstore where you can purchase your favorite tracks for as little as 99p each . This may not seem like a huge advancement but when you consider each installment is usually priced between £15 and £25 and probobly has only a handfull of tracks that you will ever sing , you start to see how this is a next gen(ish) game.
Never again will you have to purchase another singstar installment with some dreadfull mcfly track that everybody hates because now you can pick and choose any track ever to have had the singstar treatment. Last time i looked on the singstore there were just over 500 tracks to choose from and this will undoubtedly increase over time . SingStar STILL ROCKS!!!