Product Type: Microsoft Xbox 360 games
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Lips (Xbox 360)
Member Name: sagat
Lips (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Great fun to play with friends
Disadvantages: Annoying interface, dodgy song selection
Lips is Microsoft's answer to Sony's Singstar series, where players warble along to songs and are graded according to performance. It can be played with up to four players playing in a variety of song modes. The question is, does it work?
The answer isn't clear-cut unfortunately. I bought this for my girlfriend for £49.99 from HMV and having looked around a bit more, it can be bought for as cheap as £39.99 so have a shop around! (and possibly don't leave all your Xmas shopping til the 24th!)
For your money, you get the game and two USB mics. According to the manual, the mics can also be used with Guitar Hero and Rockband, which may be of use to some. These mics do require AA batteries to operate as well. I found them easy to set up and activate with the Xbox.
Included with the game is also a download code to claim five free songs from the Lips store. On entering my code, my Xbox downloaded a file and then nothing happened and I couldn't find the file it had downloaded. Upon trying to re-enter the code, I was told it had already been claimed, which left me a little miffed.
The game comes with forty songs, ranging from the good (Roxette- The Look), the bad (Timbaland- apologize, that Akon song) and the ugly (Touch my body- Mariah Carey). To gain more songs, you can buy the other disc, although you can't apparently buy single songs from it off the Lips Store which is ridiculous, or shop in the Lips Store. Songs cost 160 odd points, so about £1.25, which is the song along with the original video, which is a nice touch.
The track listing includes:
* "California Love" by 2Pac feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman
* "Don't Matter" by Akon
* "Barbie Girl" by Aqua
* "The Tide is High (Get the Feeling)" by Atomic Kitten
* "Loser" by Beck
* "Don't Phunk With My Heart" by Black Eyed Peas
* "Heart of Glass" by Blondie
* "Love Generation" by Bob Sinclar
* "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
* "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat
* "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay
* "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club
* "(I Just) Died In Your Arms" by Cutting Crew
* "Hey Baby" by DJ Ötzi
* "More Than Words" by Extreme
* "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie
* "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals
* "Broken Strings" by James Morrison feat. Nelly Furtado
* "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz
* "Heartless" by Kanye West
* "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga
* "The Fear" by Lily Allen
* "Around the Way Girl" by LL Cool J
* "Touch My Body" by Mariah Carey
* "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
* "U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
* "How You Remind Me" by Nickelback
* "Always on My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys
* "Hey There Delilah" by Plain White T's
* "Disturbia" by Rihanna
* "Millennium" by Robbie Williams
* "The Look" by Roxette
* "Oh, Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison
* "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" by Scissor Sisters
* "Push the Button" by Sugababes
* "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears
* "I Get Around" by The Beach Boys
* "Lovefool" by The Cardigans
* "Apologize" by Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
* "Ready, Set, Go!" by Tokio Hotel
Now I am not as clued up on music as I used to be, but I find it hard to justify the inclusion of the likes of Colbie Caillat (she has an oodle of songs on the store too, so obviously some dodgy PR tricks going on somewhere) or Plain White T's. Why have 'Around the Way Girl' when you could have had something like 'Mama said knock you out', not only a better song, but more fun too.
As a result, unless you splash out at least a tenner extra, it is going to be hard to sing more than a couple of songs before getting bored. Perhaps they should have created theme discs in the Singstar mould instead of trying to create something for everyone, that falls flat.
The game is nice and easy to navigate, although the song selection screen is extremely irritating as whichever song you hover over, it will play a brief clip, but this plays over and over until you move it or decide. Once a song is selected you can play in versus or duet mode. Versus is simple enough with the highest point scorer winning, but duet appears half finished. For example, Roxette's The Look is nicely split into male and female parts, although the size of these parts is very different, for this song I thought it worked. However, with Paula Abdul's Opposites Attract, you share equal duties of Paula and the Cat. It would be nice to have an option of the type of duet you want.
Next you can choose to have the original video to sing over or some slightly different backgrounds and game modes. One has a bomb about to blow, and correct notes help to fill a bucket of water to extinguish it with.
Although I have been critical of the game design, the singing itself is great fun. The volume on the mics can be adjusted, so that the original song still comes through, which is great for those dodgy singers. By shaking or clapping your mic, you activate an instrumental effect, ranging from tambourines to finger clicking, depending on the song. I found that this sometimes takes a split second to register, meaning that you are acting out of step with the song (it is not my sense of rhythm I promise).
Points are awarded for hitting notes in key and on time and even rubbish vocalists like me can rack up a half decent score. At the end of a song, your points are totalled and you will see how you compare to the rest of the Live community, should you be logged in.
Make no mistake, this is a game for people with friends, and proved to be a great hit over Christmas. I can't see it being much fun as a solo player, although I am sure some aspiring superstars will find amusement from it.
If the song choice was better/cheaper then this would be a must buy party game. Unfortunately, I find it hard to recommend a game which costs an extra £20 or so in order to get decent use from it. Without extra content, this disc is found very wanting. The Live community has been assured that new songs will constantly be licensed, but the songs currently licensed are a very strange and curious selection.
If you have a good few friends, a load of booze and some points to spare, then I definitely recommend this for a giggle, but I have to question the longevity of it.
Summary: A flawed product
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