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I love Singstar games but I do find that the SingStore is a little expensive at 99p a track (especially if you rebuy them for Guitar Hero, Rock Band etc etc), therefore these discs represent excellent value for money, especially if you wait a bit and pick them up in the sales.
Singstar Queen, like the title suggests is all Queen songs and like all of the other Singstar games each song has the video too (so you get to see Freddie prancing around!).
Now, Freddie was a fantastic singer and there's no way the average Joe at home will be able to keep up with him, this is definitely NOT the Singstar with which to get your trophies...
There's 25 tracks (listed below) featuring all of the best Queen songs available. As I've said it's very hard to reach some of the notes that Freddie sings but that doesn't mean it's not fun. I'm sure most people could do better than the X-factor lot did the other night!
A kind of magic
Another one bites the dust
Crazy little thing called love
Don't stop me now
Fat bottomed girls
Hammer to fall
I want it all
I want to break free
Play the game
Radio ga ga
Somebody to love
The show must go on
These are the days of our lives
Tie your mother down
We are the champions
We will rock you
Who wants to live forever
You're my best friend
We all love a bit of karaoke and the Singstar series allows you to bring this experience to your very own home. Available on the Playstation 3, get your friends around & sing away. You are also given points on your performance & can even upload videos of you singing for others to see if you have the compatible camera.
This title is an add on the singstar experience giving you a collection of Queen tracks to sing your heart to. It features 25 of their tracks from "Bohemian Rhapsody" & "A Kind of Magic" to "Don't Stop Me Now" & "Radio Ga Ga", in fact nearly every major hit Queen had is featured.
When you sing along, one of the options available is to display the actual song videos in the background. It's quite nice to see all those classic Queen videos, some of which I had never seen first time around.
If you love Queen then this is a must have & is really good value with it being available for under £15 on Amazon. However if you only want one or rwo of their songs, you're probably better off downloading them from the Singstore rather than buying this entire title.
Another addition to the Singstar family!
I can't compare this to other Singstar games, as this is the first I have owned..
I was really excited to find out that my favourite band would be 'honoured' with a game in their honour, so I thought I'd take a punt on this. I'm in no way a singer, nor that big on karaoke but I thought it would be a good laugh none the less.
The game features all the biggest hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Don't Stop Me Now, We Are The Champions, Radio Ga Ga etc etc... In total there are 25 tracks to choose from. Apparently there are more to download from the Singstar store directly to your PS3 but I haven't tried this as of yet.
The graphics of the game are OK. The music video's, for their age, come across really well. A couple of the video's show a 'virtual' crowd, clapping along with songs like Radio Ga Ga. It would have been nice to get the footage of the famous Wembley gig to substitute this. I wonder if the original video's were the same?
As for gameplay, you have several options. You can either sing solo as either Freddie or as a backing singer, Duet mode which is obviously for two players, battle mode where you challenge another player for points, pass the mic which two teams compete in a number of singing challenges and a practise mode where you can sing any of the songs but not score any points.
Obviously, it's very hard to sing like Freddie. Matching his pitch can be extremely difficult meaning your scores will suffer. You can change the game settings to make it easier or harder but it will still be a great challenge. I expected that it would be, but for a game like this, the enjoyment should override the scoring aspect in my opinion.
There's really only one goal to the game and that is to become a better singer. There isn't really much progression. You sing the same songs over and over again trying to beat your last score so I guess for some this will become a little tedious. I've only had it a few days so I'm loving it but I can imagine being a little bored later down the line.
Several medleys are also available so you can sing to parts of the best tracks in one 'single'. Also when selecting songs you can choose to have the song shortened.
The game can be enhanced by using an 'eye toy camera thingy' (pretty sure that's not what they are called!) where you can upload video's of you singing....if you're brave!
The game is rated 12+ because of the videos and a couple of the lyrics and up to 8 players can play at once. It is also compatible with PSP. I also believe that only official microphones will work with this game. I have heard that the PS2 ones are accepted...
It's on sale at an attractive price, which is good, because paying over £15 for this would be sad news. It's a fun game, but I am unsure whether that will last without any real progression.