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July 17, 2006
SingStar Anthems - PS2 Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
27/7/2006SonySony Europe1-8$49.95 stand alone
$99.95 with mics

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Hot damn, Pussycat Dolls.
So here we are again, only months after the previous release Sony are set to unlease a new SingStar pack called SingStar Anthems which, unsurprisingly, focuses on a series of songs which are regarded as 'anthems' - at lease that's what Sony will have you believe. To be honest we're not too sure on the (shortened) track listing. In fact this disc only contains 20 songs as opposed to the usual 30. Why? Who knows. Still, if you like SingStar then this is another disc that looks like being worth your time.

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Bonnie Tyler's classic song.
In case you are unaware Sony's SingStar series is a karaoke title. The title can be bought with two microphones for $99.95 or, if you already have a previous version with the microphones then you can buy this disc by itself for $49.95. Unlike normal karaoke where you only get the lyrics on screen this game also shows you via bars on the screen what pitch you should be singing at, and with a small marker, what pitch you are currently singing at. It works remarkably well and at the end of your song you receive a score so there is no debate with your friends who is the best singer! It's also possible to set up battles between two players, or tournament styled events for up to 4 players at a time.

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I'll dance Whitney.
The group of tracks in this pack is rather interesting. Rather then a decade, the developers have opted for 'anthems' or songs which got you on the dance floor. The package covers everything from old favourites such as Gloria Gaynor and Bonnie Tyler to modern-day divas like Pussycat Dolls and the Scissor Sisters. As always each of the tracks includes the original video clip to back the vocal pitches. As for game modes you can expect the same as previous packages - no mention of anything new in the press releases, so don't expect it.

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Singing the duet.
You donít have to perform solo Ė with team contests and head-to-head sing-offs, the competition to be number one is hotting up. Find out which of your friends could sell out stadiums and whose singing is best suited to the shower. With technology that recognises your pitch, tone and rhythm, SingStar scores you depending on how well you perform. The better you sing, the more points youíll be awarded.

As with each SingStar pack the most important aspect is the tracklist, and as I've mentioned this game focuses on anthems with songs from bands such as Queen, Ultra Nate, Cher and Bananarama to name a few. In fact here is the full list of tracks on this SingStar Anthems:
Queen - Radio Ga Ga
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
Take That feat. Lulu - Relight My Fire
Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
Steps - Deeper Shade of Blue
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Candi Station - Young Hearts Run Free
Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
Bananarama - I Heard A Rumour
Pussycat Dolls - Donít Cha
Leann Rimes - Canít Fight the Moonlight
Donner Summer - I Feel Love
Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up
The Weather Girls - Itís Raining Men
Ultra Nate - Free
Scissor - Sisters Laura
Kim Wilde - Kids in America
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Girls Aloud - Biology
Charlotte Church - Crazy Chick

Well Sony are going to keep pumping out the SingStar packs and we're fine with that. My only major concern is that the number of tracks has dropped from 30 down to 20 - perhaps the licensing is getting too costly, or perhaps they want to test the waters to see how the public will respond. Still there are plenty of great tracks on this disc, and it should be another to add to the collection in late July.