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Como no karaokê convencional, "Karaoke Revolution" fica melhor quando você tem mais pessoas assistindo. Quem gosta de cantar dessa forma não tem razão para não adquirir essa continuação.
Nightlife in the U.S. is almost nonexistent, as it's rare to find places that are open around the clock. Contrast that with Asian countries, where nightlife is a given, and streets are aglow with the massive amount of lights and neon signs advertising "KTV" (karaoke bars). Most of us can't really take off on an international journey each time we want some late night partying, but we can always find viable alternatives. There are a few karaoke bars out here, but they are expensive and rather unimpressive. Thanks to Konami's Karaoke Revolution Volume 2, we don't have to leave the comfort of our homes in order to enjoy screeching good times.
Karaoke has to be one of the biggest secret sensations that sweeps the world today. I say secret because everyone does it, but no one admits to it. I mean come on, there are still karaoke bars open, karaoke CD's at the music stores, and karaoke nights at local clubs. So how can there be all this if no one does it? Exactly. And I can be included somewhat in this group. Those who don't know me personally, I am a piano player in a 23 piece Big Band called Mood Swings (http://www.moodswings.com). I am also one of three resident singers in the group who's specialty is Rock and Roll. So when I'm at home, I am on the piano cranking out tunes.
Last November, Karaoke Revolution came out of nowhere and provided a solid party experience by introducing the skill of singing into a game. By using a USB headset/microphone to sing into, Konami's game was able to measure pitch and tell the tone deaf fools from the karaoke superstars. It was a simple idea with a solid execution and it worked so well that fans were eagerly awaiting the expansion pack that was hinted at in the original. With that in mind, Karaoke Revolution Vol. 2 is a standalone version and it has some new features, but what it really provides is a new selection of music and that's what matters.
First, there was a drunken phenomenon that swept the world. Then came the plague to a parent’s phone bill, American Idol. It was only a matter of time before the vocal invasion came to video game consoles. Konami, the leaders of the gaming rhythm nation, introduced fledgling lounge lizards to Karaoke Revolution last year, and the success of the title couldn’t be denied. Success begs for sequels, so this year prompts Karaoke Revolution Volume 2, The Wrath of Khan (actually, it’s only called Karaoke Revolution Volume 2).
The original Karaoke Revolution was the surprise hit of 2003, finding fans among the hardcore and casual gaming crowd, thanks to an invigorating blend of competition and pure karaoke fun. We can't all be American Idols, but Karaoke Revolution made participants feel like it, for 15 minutes at a time. For the second incarnation, Konami has partnered up with developer Harmonix in hopes of doing it again, baby... one more time.
Konami?s fantastic vocal-performance simulator returns with new features and, most importantly, new songs! Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 provides everything you would expect, including new characters, more outfits, and additional venues, some of which need to be unlocked to access. The key feature is the 35 new tunes that cover most musical genres and mix old standards with more recent hits. If there are any complaints, it?s that the range is a bit too wide this time and some crooners will not find as many songs they know. Konami definitely needs to release more song discs to satisfy the fans. Hitting the right notes seems to be a bit more challenging at all difficulty levels, but that?s not a bad thing.
Konami took a huge step with its Bemani line of music/rhythm games with Karaoke Revolution. Featuring a broader appeal than any Bemani game to date, Karaoke Revolution was quite a success for the company. For its encore performance, the game returns in Volume 2. Although none of the niggling flaws of the original were addressed, this edition of the sing-song simulator features a couple of new modes and a more diverse song list than its predecessor. It's a great party game that appeals to players that like to sing, like to watch their friends sing, and like to make fun of their friends as they're sing.
Now I know what most of you are thinking, so I might as well come out and say it: the concept of this game is ridiculous. In fact, ALL Bemani games have ridiculous premises, and you WILL look weird when attempting them. Dancing simulation. DJ simulation. Guitar and drum simulation. And now, singing simulation. Before even ATTEMPTING the game, you probably feel embarrassed and very conscious of your performance. But the great thing about the Bemani franchise is that once you get over the initial fear that you’ll look ridiculous playing the games, they turn out to be the most fun you’ll ever have. The same goes for Karaoke Revolution. Even I, a DDR semi-fanatic, had my doubts of picking up this games. However, once I got over the fact that I couldn’t sing worth a dime, I had fun. And I got hooked. And you will, too. And yes, you WILL look ridiculous. There’s no getting around that. But come on. Since when are social reputations truly made or broken based on VIDEO GAMES?
Karaoke is Japanese word which translates, approximately, into "getting really drunk with a lot of friends and making a fool of yourself in public." It's a hobby for some, a passion for others, and a source of unending personal shame for those whose self-consciousness is rivaled only by their utter tone-deafness. Karaoke is a social ritual that builds camaraderie though mutual humiliation -- sort of like those male bonding camps, but with fewer naked guys hugging in the woods.
Next to extreme and ops, the most overused adjective in a game title has to be revolution. Revolution this, revolution that. Apparently, the industry is in a constant state of rebellion. Pssst...game publishers...find a new word already.
When Karaoke Revolution was first released on the PlayStation 2 last November, it was an easy game to like. The technology was impressive, and it was a big break from the norm as far as the music and rhythm genre was concerned. Now, Konami and Harmonix have reteamed to deliver Karaoke Revolution Volume 2. The game offers a couple of new modes and options, but it's basically just a new batch of songs for you to sing, and how much you'll get out of the game is tied directly to your interest in the songs on the disc.