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Next Level Gaming
Look, you're not going to turn off SOCOM II to play this game. This is one of those niche titles that appeals to a certain crowd. But I think if you like the show, you're going to like the game. It's built so close to the show and has such solid gameplay that it makes you feel like you're really auditioning for the next season. And add to that dance pad compatibility and some multiplayer and you've got something here. Is it the next DDR? No. Will a 13 year old girl love this game? Yeah, I think so.
A couple of years ago this title might have flown but there are just too many music games currently available for the PS2, and American Idol just seems like a quick and dirty knockoff to cash in on the fever of the show. Fans of the show and girls 8-12 who like playing “dress-up” might find something to like here, but anyone looking for a quality rhythm game should probably look somewhere else. Check your rhythm at the door. A fast thumb is the only requirement to becoming America’s next superstar.
Codemasters' new rhythm action game, based on American Idol, attempts to combine the timing-based, performance-emulating mechanics of games like Parappa the Rapper with the pageantry of entertainment mastermind Simon Cowell's feverishly popular reality TV series. Neither of these facets of American Idol is executed quite right, thus producing a game that's built on compromise.
Overall though, this is a nice diversion from the DDR games, especially if you are a fan of American Idol and the songs that are generally chosen for performance in the show. Bad singing can, and will, get old. But while it lasts, it's pretty enjoyable.
Cheat Code Central
Ultimately American Idol is a shallow game. It's a novelty that will disappoint many in the long run. Rent it if you must but if you're really interested in timing-based game and karaoke you are advised to check out Konami's Karaoke Revolution and Dance Dance Revolution for the PS2. Both games are miles above this stinker.
American Idol has a massive following here in the US, so it only makes since that a video game would eventually capture the Idol experience. The only problem is that the Idol experience isn't nearly as entertaining in video game form as it is on television. Fans of the show and gamers who like music and rhythm games will get some enjoyment out of the game, but Codemasters seems to have catered the game toward a female audience, so male viewers may want to look elsewhere for their Idol experience.
If you buy this, you've been duped. This game is a quick cash-in and isn't even worth a rental. Save the receipt and return it for Karaoke Revolution. If you want to relive the experience of the TV show, watch some reruns or just sing along with your favorite CDs. Check out Amplitude for some rhythm action or Dance Dance Revolution to see what's been ripped off.
G4 TV: X-Play
Strictly for Barbie collectors or fans of the show who have no understanding of what makes a good videogame, "American Idol" is a cheap rip-off of other, much better games, and an overall unimpressive attempt to cash in on a popular TV phenomenon. This game is more fun if you sit the controller down and allow the contestants to croon completely off key. At least then it's good for a few laughs.