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May 29, 2005
SingStar Pop - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
23/6/2005SonySony Europe1-8$49.95 stand alone
$99.95 with mics

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My wife is happy Delta is there...
C'mon Sony. Keep cranking out those Singstar discs. We need more, we want more. Actually we really want to see a Rock version with some classic songs from Guns N' Roses, AeroSmith, Jimmy Barnes, Alice Cooper and the like. OK, so that's not happening with this third disc either, but damn I've been hooked on the previous two titles and Singstar Pop is destined to become another big favourite in this office for quite some time (especially after a couple of hours at the pub first). The first game showed the potential of karaoke on a game console, the second game Singstar Party really added a lot more fun to the mix. What will Sony Europe bring to the table for the third game.

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Another Australian song...
I want to start with the title of this game Singstar Pop. When it was first announced with that title thoughts instantly head to Britney Spears, Spice Girls and Bardot - my god, were Sony really going insane and building a compilation for 8 year old girls?? Fortunately the answer is a big no. The name is inspired by the name Popworld - a UK TV show apparently. Fortunately this game includes some very non-pop tracks with artists such as INXS, Black Eyed Peas, Tom Jones, Blink 182 and Shannon Noll.

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That's one piece I'd...
In terms of game modes we can expect a fairly similar collection to that found on Singstar Party with 'Pass the Mic' and 'Duets' making a welcome return. One of the new features is the 'Medley Mode' where the game plays short segments of five different songs. You'll need to be quick to change your singing style as the tunes change. Also expanded are the playback of your efforts and effects.

One interesting move which Sony have made is to localise the game for differnet territories. No longer are we stuck with Eurotrash that we've never heard of - we now get stuck with home made trash instead! Oh the humanity... But seriously I would rather be singing to some more familiar songs then tracks which I'd never heard of from UK artists. A good move by Sony in my opinion. When you consider you can also use the 60 tracks from the previous titles this The tracks in SingStar Pop include:
Local (Australian) ArtistsInternational Artists
Spazzy’s - My Boyfriend’s Back
Shannon Noll - What About Me
Missy Higgins - Scar
INXS - New Sensation
Delta Goodrem - Born to Try
Evermore - It’s too Late
Natasha Bedingfield - These Words
Savage Garden - To the Moon & Back
Bic Runga - Sway
Kylie Minogue - In Your Eyes
Ashlee Simpson - Pieces Of Me
Avril Lavigne - Sk8er Boi
Beyonce - Crazy in Love
Black Eyed Peas - Shut Up
Good Charlotte - I Wanna Live
Hoobastank - The Reason
Jamelia - Stop
Manfred Man - Do Wah Diddy
Robbie Williams - Let Me Entertain You
Ronan Keating & Ysuf Islam - Father and Son
Sister Sledge - We Are Family
Steppenwolf - Born to be Wild
The Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Tom Jones - It’s Not Unusual
Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You
Fountains of Wayne - Stacy’s Mom
Erik B. and Rakim - Paid in Full
Blink 182 - What’s My Age Again
Outkast - Roses
Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue - Kids

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Was it fair he came second in Idol?
The track list is solid enough and the game is certain to be another winner with karaoke fans. I only wish that Sony would release a couple of discs full of one genre. We've already mentioned how we'd love to have a disc full of rock tracks, how about a disc full of R&B, or Classic songs from the 70's and so on. Yes, they'd probably restrict the market a bit, but then again I also believe that having such a wide range of styles may be restricting the market as people aren't be happy singing Kylie Minogue or Ashlee Simpson when they prefer rock.

You could argue the point for some time, but for SingStar fans there is little doubt that this game looks set to be the new benchmark for the series. Expect an Australian release in late June.