Karaoke Revolution Reviews (Xbox 360)
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IGN (Dec 09, 2009)
When I first saw Karaoke Revolution at E3 2009, I thought this game really had a chance at returning the franchise to greatness. Sadly, the dated animations, blah presentation, and complete lack of DLC or online play keep this title from being anything amazing, but singers will have fun with it if they lower their expectations. The master tracks are a welcome addition, the creation modes have some depth, and it's cool that the party mode remembers the people who have played before. Still, there's no need to rush out and snatch this one up.
TeamXbox (Dec 08, 2009)
As I said at the start, Karaoke Revolution had the odds stacked against it given how far the genre has come since the first Karaoke Revolution titles were released. It’s both interesting and sad to see how the Karaoke Revolution franchise has paved the way for these other games to thrive, but now the Karaoke Revolution titles are being heavily overmatched by what its successors are doing. Harmonix just announced its downloadable song catalog for Rock Band has topped 1000 songs. Meanwhile, Karaoke Revolution players who want to build up their song library are currently faced with an empty screen. This is sadly indicative of Karaoke Revolution on the whole: It comes up short in most categories, but is empty in others. Konami has some major catching up to do, let alone being in a situation to push the envelope.
Official XBox Magazine (Nov 24, 2009)
Karaoke Revolution offers a bit more gameplay customization than Lips, and it also includes online play (which its competitor lacks), but the straightforward singing experience is largely unchanged from nearly every previous iteration, making it tough to drum up much enthusiasm for the game. And between the bland menus and creepily animated singers, Karaoke Revolution even looks the part of a last-gen holdover. But the game ultimately does its job, even if it’s without style or exuberance. Let’s just agree that it shouldn’t be called a revolution.
Worth Playing (Jan 12, 2010)
Konami could easily have saved its reboot of Karaoke Revolution. Redo the graphics to a less creepy style that brings back the energy, keeps the mechanics, and chooses a much stronger song list, and the sequel to this game could be immensely satisfying and bring this series back from the brink. For now, when I want to sing, I'm sticking with EA's Rock Band 2. At least Konami has done a better job at vocal games than Activision, but for someone who used to be a hardcore Konami fanboy, that's still a pretty bitter pill to swallow.