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With Eye Toy support, should you want to see yourself singing, and two really solid microphones, this is a solid addition to any videogame party lineup. Just be sure to turn down the vocal track so you can hear the neighbors, mom, or grandma's warbling in all its glory!
If you're reading this at all, I assume that you're planning a rollicking karaoke night of your own. You may invite one other person; you might invite thirty. No matter the head count, if you can only spring for one library of songs, make it SingStar '80s. It's the closest thing to karaoke perfection I've seen yet. SingStar Amped is, in its execution, every bit as tight a karaoke experience -- except for the track list, it is the same game -- but it's an addendum to a broader karaoke game, not a stand-alone.
SingStar 80’s is a difficult game to score, as it really (for us, at least) holds very little appeal when by yourself. With a group of friends though, it’s easily the most fun you can have with a PS2. Even people who don’t like karaoke, or gaming in general for that matter, will be on their feet with a microphone in their hands within minutes of cracking out a copy. If you’ve got any friends at all, especially with Christmas coming up, it’s time you grabbed a copy of this, dusted off your EyeToy, and prepare for some unforgettable parties. If you’ve got a previous version and like the eighties, then grab the solus pack – it’s only about twenty quid. You and your friends will look like cocks, but life’s too short not to have this much fun.
SingStar '80s is an excellent example of how Sony's karaoke series can attract an audience of all ages. Its timeless hits are likely to be appreciated by casual gamers, as well as non-gaming passerby, and the original videos make the whole experience even more appealing. The only problem we noticed was a bad synchronization with the PS3: when we tried to play the game with it, our voice came out of the microphone a few seconds after the sound, resulting in an endless stream of "awful" scores. The game, though, works perfectly on PS2 and, with SingStar PS3 ready to be released, we don't feel like this is a big issue, since the new version will probably include many of the tracks from '80s as downloadable content. All told, it's a great package.
Are you ready for the 80’s revival? Madonna, Billy Joel and Vanilla Ice are, and they are all waiting to infiltrate your living room through SingStar 80’s, the forth edition to the SingStar series. A total throwback to the 80’s era, this selection features no new songs (not counting songs that have been redone) so is likely to only appeal to the 25 upward age group. This in mind, it does have a pretty darn good selection that won’t take 80’s noobies long to learn.
The 80s feel like they were barely touched here. There was a lot of important music that came out of the decade – after all, it marked the transition from the harder edge of rock to a stronger diversity in the music genre. Grunge hit during the mid-80s, and this collection really doesn’t even address that movement. While SingStar ‘80s is a good collection, it is hardly definitive of the time frame. However, the songs are catchy and fun to sing, and this is supposed to be about fun, not to serve as a preservation of music history.
SingStar is out to be a fun and engaging multiplayer karaoke game, and it succeeds at that. If you're in the mood to scream the lyrics of a Duran Duran classic or try to keep up with Nema, this is the title for you -- everything that's in this game is available for you and your friends as soon as you unwrap the plastic. However, if you're looking for something that will keep you playing when your friends head home, this iteration of SingStar might not have the shelf life you're looking for -- unless besting your own high scores is where it's at for you.
Along with Singstar Amped, this makes 4 titles in a short time for this series which is a big plus for fans. Top it off with a PS3 version coming soon complete with downloadable songs and Sony’s singing franchise just might have legs yet. If only they would hear my plea and allow me to turn down the master track.
Unlike the main competition in the console karaoke market, Karaoke Revolution, SingStar adopts a clean, hip austerity in its presentation. The simple menus, easy-to-read lyrics and pitch prompts, and actual music videos used in the background make it attractive to the generation brainwashed to believe that Apple is somehow hipper by being whiter.
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SingStar '80s can be fun if played on occasion with a fun group of friends. If you intend to play it more often and primarily alone, then take a good look at the track list. If you don't see yourself regularly singing all of the songs, you'll burn yourself out on the few songs that you really like.
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Singstar 80's isn't anything new, it isn't breaking any ground, and the novelty of using a microphone to play a game just isn't there anymore. However, if you're a fan of the series and a fan of the 80's then this game is definitely worth picking up. We're a little disappointed that Studio London seem reluctant to try anything new; the technology is becoming a little out of date now and the option to hum is always there, but as it stands this game offers one of the best tracklists. The only way to judge if you want to pick this game up is if the track list appeals to you, and thankfully it appealed to us.
The score at the bottom is almost irrelevant, because I expect almost anyone reading this will already know whether they will enjoy this game or not. Essentially a PS2 karaoke game, it's really not worth an investment unless you can and will play it with others (possibly in a situation involving alcohol consumption...), and you obviously enjoy some of the songs featured. Sony London Studio have crafted a competent title which should appeal to fans of the music, but is ultimately constrained by the limitations of the genre and the hardware.
Like previous versions, both '80s and Amped come in $50 retail packages that offer a quality pair of microphones and a USB adapter. But previous SingStar owners can also nab the games individually for $30 apiece. Each game has 30 songs on its list, and considering that the de facto music-industry pricing for song downloads is around $1 these days, that makes for a reasonable deal. These PS2 SingStar games will likely start to feel antiquated after the more feature-rich, online-enabled PlayStation 3 version hits later this year, but for now, they'll do a fine job for your typical Friday night sing-along.
Sony tape dans le mille en proposant une sélection de tubes des années 80 dont la moitié sont dans la langue de Molière. Du coup, ce quatrième opus devient le plus accessible de tous pour deux raisons évidentes : les titres en français et leur taux de reconnaissance immédiate pour les amis de passage. Si vous êtes âgé de 25 à 30 ans et que vous avez été bercé par Gold ou David et Jonathan, vous avez de grosses chances de tomber sous le charme. Et comme on suppose que maintenant chanter devant un auditoire n'est plus un frein, SingStar '80s est définitivement indispensable à toute soirée karaoké digne de ce nom.
Although SingStar 80's offers several hours of fun, Sony missed an opportunity to create the ultimate 80s karaoke experience. For now, we'll stick to singing in the shower.
Plus convaincante que la précédente fournée, plus accessible aussi avec une bonne dizaine de titres français, Singstar '80s doit beaucoup à ses morceaux, parfaits pour animer les soirées karaoké. Novices ou confirmés dans la chanson, voilà donc de quoi vous occuper jusqu'à la prochaine livraison de Sony, qui ne devrait d'ailleurs pas tarder.