SingStar Legends - PS2 Review
Regular as clockwork we have another title in Sony's long running SingStar franchise. There's little doubt that Sony's karaoke series has millions of fans around the globe and it's easy to see why. Great presentation, a decent selection of songs and some wonderful game modes have been a staple for the series over the last couple of years. It's fair to say that SingStar Legends doesn't bring anything new to the table in terms of game modes, but it does offer one of the most impressive list of tracks to date. Does it better SingStar 80's, the best game in the series to date? Read on to find out.
|There's also some rock tracks.|
For those of you unaware the SingStar series is basically karaoke, however rather then just singing to lyrics on screen the games also show 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 party styled events for up to 8 players at a time.
|Even Jimmy makes an appearance!|
SingStar Legends doesn't really follow a theme as such other then the simple fact that each of the songs is sung by someone legendary. The best news is that Sony have given us thirty songs rather then the paltry twenty found in the rather dire SingStar Anthems. I guess the most important aspect is the actual songs on offer. In total this pack includes:
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
David Bowie - Life on Mars?
Dusty Springfield - Son Of A Preacher Man
Elton John - Rocket Man
Elvis Presley - Blue Suede Shoes
Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet)
John Lennon - Imagine
Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Madonna - Papa Don't Preach
Marvin Gaye - I Heard it Through the Grapevine
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Sam Cooke - Wonderful World|
The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
The Monkees - Daydream Believer
The Police - Roxanne
The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It?
U2 - Vertigo
Whitney Houston - The Greatest Love Of All
Jimmy Barnes - No Second Prize
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man
John Farnham - You're The Voice
John Paul Young - Love Is In The Air
Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning
Silverchair - Tomorrow
The Angels - No Secrets
The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind
When I cycled through the list there was only one song I had never heard before (that being David Bowie's Life on Mars?) and I was very impressed with the selection of tracks. Not only are the songs fantastic, but Sony have ensured this Australian release includes plenty of Australian artists - without a Shannon Noll in sight thankfully! Australian artists include Jimmy Barnes (twice), Silverchair, The Angels, John Farnham and Midnight Oil.
|Remember this from Pulp Fiction?|
Some of the songs really are wonderful karaoke tracks including Sweet Home Alabama, Rocket Man, I Heard it Through the Grapevine, and Son of a Preacher Man. Some are quite a bit harder to sing then we initially expected including I Want You Back from the Jackson Five and Beds are Burning from Midnight Oil - but a bit of practice soon makes them quite a bit easier. Overall this compilation has the best track listing to date and just edges out SingStar 80's.
I won't go on too much about the game modes in this title as they are identical to previous releases in the series. Naturally you can sing songs by yourself in the Solo mode, but for increased fun you can get someone on the second mike for some battles, or if you're in the mood, some duets. Even better is the Party modes which sees you playing a round robin series of challenges. Naturally, the game keeps track of high scores saving them to the memory card as expected. Sadly the rap battles have fallen by the wayside in this release with no songs supporting the battles.
|Classic Tina Turner.|
There are some small disappointments with this title. The game still doesn't register actual lyrics so you can sing completely different words, but as long as your pitch is correct you'll score well. Another annoyance I have noticed in this package - and it may have been in the previous titles as well - is that too many of lyrics are broken up by hyphens when they really aren't required. For instance John Farnham's lyrics come up as "You're the voice, Try and un- der- stand it".
One area that did surprise me, and certainly disappoint, was the quality of the video clips playing in the background. They are certainly a lot grainier then previous iterations of SingStar and while we'd like to think it was the source material it seems to affect a large number of the clips. As with previous titles the interface is very clean and clear to read.
|Where's Eddie Murphy?|
As with all previous titles the audio in SingStar Legends is very good. The stereo sound is clear at all times and there is a volume control for the microphones. Sadly there still isn't an option to remove the original singers - perhaps Sony will keep that for the eventual PS3 version - here's hoping. As you can understand there's no Surround Sound.
SingStar Legends is very similar to the previous games in terms of game modes however the track list is the best to date. Ultimately SingStar Legends is better then SingStar 80's, the previous best pack in the series. We found the songs a bit more consistent in quality. As with previous releases SingStar Legends is available in two flavours, one for $99.95 for those needing the microphones, or $49.95 for the standalone software. If you've never played SingStar there is no better time to start. If you've already got the mics there is no reason not to pick this disc up.
|John Farnham, Australian legend.|
Review By: Dave Warner
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|GRAPHICS||Why are the clips so grainy in this version? Interface is just as good.||73%|
|SOUND||Stereo sound, but probably the best collection of songs to date.||88%|
|GAMEPLAY||Yet again, no new game modes but this disc has great karaoke tracks.||84%|
|VALUE||Back to 30 tracks thank goodness, and they're mostly fantastic ones.||82%|
|OVERALL||SingStar Legends is the best compilation in the series to date. The tracks are varied, almost all are very well known, and the quality good. No new game modes is the only disappointment in an otherwise brilliant package.||84%|