SingStar 90's - PS2 Review
I have to admit that I love karaoke. I've spent my fair share of time in karaoke bar's drinking Sake and singing bad Asian versions of many popular western songs. Sony realised this quite a few years ago when they launched the SingStar franchise. For those unaware the SingStar compilations include 30 original (that's right, these aren't some cheap imitations) songs and video clips, which can be sung with 2 people on two USB microphones. It's tremendous fun and this latest title, SingStar 90's, is, without a doubt, one of the best compilations we've seen to date. No, actually, it is the best with a wide range of music that will suit all types of music lovers.
|Australia's Natalie is in the game.|
So with this being the ninth title in the series there really isn't anything new to report on the gameplay front. The title packs all the same game modes, features and technology that we've seen for the last half dozen packs or so. For those familiar with recent titles you may want to skip to the most important part - the track listing. For those of you unaware of what this game entails, read on. SingStar 90's is split into two main game modes - Single Player and Party Play. Single player allows you to select the sing and sing either a long or short version to see how many points you can rack up. If you want to practice without scoring you can enter the Freestyle Mode.
Certainly the most fun though will be in the multi-player mode. This is split up into three sections; Pass the Mic, Battle and Duet. Pass the Mic is a party styled game for up to 8-players and sees gamers having to pass the mic from one player to another in a series of challenge - certainly fantastic entertainment if everyone is keen to play, but just watch that your mics don't start flying around the room! The battle mode allows two players to sing the same song at the same time, the person with the highest score is declared the victor. Finally we have the Duet for 2-players which sees each player singing a different part of the song. Less competitive, but just as entertaining.
Some areas we haven't really spoken about in the past in much detail include the ability to use the Eye Toy to photograph yourself for the profile or video the performances - if you have some people that like to dance while singing the results can be hilarious. After you have finished singing the song you can also play back the song with your performance, but with the added twist of being able to add extra effects such as reverb and robotic sounds to the singing. It's certainly worth a few more laughs. As with previous titles SingStar 90's also keeps track of all the high scores for each song, and leader boards can be accessed from the menu to look at who is performing best in the game.
|This is pretty funny as a duet.|
I guess the most important thing with this release is the track list - especially as the games main features are the same as previous iterations - so here's the full list:
All Saints - Never Ever
Aqua - Barbie Girl
B-52's - Love Shack
Barenaked Ladies - One Week
Billy Ray Cyrus - Achey Breaky Heart
Crash Test Dummies - MMM MMM MMM MMM
Divinyls - I Touch Myself
EMF - Unbelievable
Gin Blossoms - Hey Jealousy
Lisa Loeb - Stay
MC Hammer - U Canít Touch This
Meredith Brooks - Bitch
M People - Movin' On Up
Natalie Imbruglia - Torn
New Kids On The Block - Step By Step
Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue - Where the Wild Roses Grow|
Poison - Unskinny Bop
Radiohead - Creep
REM - Everybody Hurts
Roachford - Only to be with You
Savage Garden - I Want You
Seal - Kiss From A Rose
Sir Mix a Lot - Baby Got Back
Spice Girls - Wannabe
Spin Doctors - Two Princes
Technotronic Feat. Felly - Pump Up The Jam
The Cardigans - Lovefool
The Cranberries - Zombie
The Cure - Friday I'm In Love
Wet Wet Wet - Love Is All Around
Looking at those songs there are clearly quite a few 'popular' choices in the list. For the girls you have tracks like Never Ever from All Saints, Barbie Girl from Aqua and Wannabe from the Spice Girls. Those into rap will love the inclusion of U Can't Touch This from MC Hammer and Baby Got Back from Sir Mix a Lot while guys will probably enjoy tracks such as Everybody Hurts from REM, Creep from Radiohead and Two Princes from the Spin Doctors. By far the funniest song to sing though is I Touch Myself - certainly to have you rolling around in laughter if some people like to 'act' out the song as well! All-in-all this is a spectacular list of quality songs that captures the essence of the 1990's perfectly. Well done Sony.
Graphically this compilation is pretty good with solid, but not brilliant, transfers of the video clips while the interface and menus are the same as previous titles in the series. As with previous games in the series the audio is very good in quality. While only using Stereo sound the disc allows you to adjust the volume of the mics - unfortunately you can alter the volume independently - something we still want to see implemented one day so
|A song for the girls...|
While SingStar 90's does nothing new in terms of gameplay or features, the title is exciting due to the track list. The 90's were my late-teen years and I was familiar with every single track on this compilation. For me, that makes it a must-have pack and one of the best, if not the best, track listing in the series to date.
Review By: Dave Warner
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|GRAPHICS||Video clip quality is pretty good, and menus are clean as always.||80%|
|SOUND||Still only in stereo, but a great selection of songs overall.||88%|
|GAMEPLAY||Nothing new, but everything works - I want lyric recognition though.||84%|
|VALUE||30 tracks with not a dud among them. The best compilation yet.||88%|
|OVERALL||SingStar 90's includes a wide range of music styles, familiar game modes, and most importantly, some big tracks that almost everyone should know. In our books, the best release in the series to date!||85%|