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American Idol (PlayStation 2)

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Are you a good singer? Now is your chance to step up to the mic and win on American Idol!

Choose to be male or female, then customize your character's looks by changing hair style and color as well as clothing and skin color. When you are ready with your character, you can choose to practice in Rehearsal, or try out on Endurance, or to try the Competition.

In Rehearsal, you can practice singing any unlocked songs.

Endurance will take you through the entire song list, one after another, as the difficulty level continues to rise. How far can you go before your performance is too low to continue?

In the Competition, you are competing against others as you work to win the competition. Once the list of competitors is narrowed down to the top 10, you will be able to see your opponents and watch replays of their performances. After each performance, the three judges will comment on your performance.

To play, you must try to press the given key(s) at the right time. There are five levels you can get at each place you need to press the key(s). If you hit it right on, you get the highest ranking and have a chance to get a style bonus if you can do that 5 times in a row. If you hit it and are off by a little, you will get one of the other rankings, or the lowest ranking if you miss or press the wrong key. Sometimes you will also have to hold a press for a length of time and let up at the right moment.

The game offers many songs, but only 2 voices for each song. If you are male, you get the male voice; if you are female, you get the female voice. The lyrics will appear as the song is sung, so if you want to learn the song as well as compete, you can.


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Alternate Titles

  • "美国偶像" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Pop Idol" -- Japanese title
  • "Deutschland sucht den Superstar" -- German title

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The Press Says

Next Level Gaming Dec 21, 2003 72 out of 100 72 Dec 23, 2003 66 out of 100 66
Game Chronicles Feb 26, 2004 5.7 out of 10 57
GameSpot Dec 12, 2003 5.1 out of 10 51
Lawrence Nov 24, 2003 C- 42
Cheat Code Central 2003 2 out of 5 40
GameDaily Dec 14, 2006 4 out of 10 40
IGN Nov 19, 2003 4 out of 10 40
G4 TV: X-Play Apr 10, 2006 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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Exodia85 (2167) added American Idol (PlayStation 2) on Sep 16, 2004
Other platforms contributed by rstevenson (815) and Riamus (8121)