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October 8, 2007
SingStar R&B - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
25/10/2007SonySony Europe1-8$49.95 stand alone
$99.95 with mics

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You should know Destiny's Child
When a game series hits the eleventh release in a matter of a couple of years - with almost every release having the same features it can become a) pretty tiring to keep doing the previews and b) a little on the pointless side given that anyone who has looked at the SingStar franchise would know what it's about, and what features to expect. But here we are, another disc, another 30 tracks, nothing new to report really. If you know what to expect, just skip to the track list below. If you're one of the handful of people that have never experienced SingStar then keep reading...

I'm pretty fortunate in that many of my male friends don't mind some karaoke every now and then. I guess that a decade drinking and singing in Japanese karaoke bars (well, mainly drinking really) had us all used to the concept of grabbing a mic and more often then not making an ass of ourselves - it has always amazed us that so many karaoke bars use 'fake' versions of songs which are quite often slightly different to the originals in both tempo and worse, pitch. But then came SingStar - Sony's take on karaoke for the home using the power of the PS2 and, more importantly, original versions of the songs as well as original video clips (where available - which is almost always every song on the discs except for some older titles).

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Anyone for some drugs?
As with previous titles in the series SingStar R&B is split into two main game modes - Single Player and Party Play. Single player is pretty standard stuff. After selecting your song, and either a long or shortened version, it's your chance to do your best. If you want to practice without scoring you can enter the Freestyle Mode. The meat of this game, and the most fun, is found in the multi-player Party mode.

The Party mode includes several main modes. Pass the Mic is for up to 8-players and is a party styled game with a variety of challenges to be performed. This is tremendous fun and perfect for large groups. Next up is a battle mode for 2-players. In this mode both of you sing the same song and the person with the highest score is deemed the winner. A 2-player Duet Mode enables two players to each sing one vocal part of a duet, competing for the highest scores. Once again the game includes support for the Eye Toy so you can photograph yourself for your profile or, if the need arises, video yourself singing the song.

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Gwen Stefani is on the disc too.
Believe it or not but this will be the eleventh release in the SingStar franchise on the PS2 here in Australia. Some of those packs have been pretty brilliant including the recently released SingStar 90's while others have failed to live up to the standards we've come to expect. As with any release the most important thing is the track listing and SingStar R&B looks pretty solid with quite a few well known tracks.

So what have we got? Well the disc includes the following thirty tracks:

Amerie – 1 Thing
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Anastacia – I’m Outta Love
Beverley Knight – Come As You Are
Black Eyed Peas – Pump It
Chris Brown – Yo (Excuse Me Miss)
Christina Milian – AM 2 PM
Corinne Bailey Rae – I’d Liked To
Destiny's Child – Bootylicious
Diana Ross & The Supremes – Baby Love
DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Edwin Starr – WAR
En Vogue – My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)
The Four Tops – Can’t Help Myself
Gwen Stefani – Hollerback Girl
Inner City – Good Life
Jamelia – Thank You
Jamiroquai – Alright
Luther Vandross – Never To Much
Mark Ronson feat. Daniel Merriweather – Stop Me
Martha Reeve & The Vandellas – Dancing In The Street
Marvin Gaye & Tammii Tarrelle – Ain't No Mountain High Enough
OutKast – Idlewind Blue (Don’t Chu Worru ‘Bout Me)
Pussycat Dolls – Buttons
Rihanna – We Ride
Salt N Pepa – Push It
Sugababes – Ugly
The 411 – Dumb
Whitney Houston – Your Love Is My Love
Womack & Womack - Teardrops

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We're not familiar with Beverley Knight.
It's a solid looking track list overall and there are some songs we're very keen to stretch our vocal cords to including Black Eyed Peas 'Pump It', Marvin Gaye & Tammii Tarrelle 'Ain’t No Mountain High Enough', Pussycat Dolls 'Buttons', and Luther Vandross 'Never To Much'. It should be a good set although there are several tracks I'm not familiar without hearing them.

It seems that Sony are increasing the frequency of these SingStar releases, but it could just be that they are trying to pump them out before the PS3 game hits the shelves this November (hopefully). The track list on SingStar R&B looks pretty impressive and it will be one to check out in late October.