OK, it’s in its 12th release and shows no sign of slowing down or changing. Yip, you guessed it, SingStar is back yet again releasing R’n’B to a series which is turning out to be a bit like groundhog day. SingStar has enjoyed much success with some of its releases, but R’nB we are sad to report, seems more about cashing in on the series, rather than delivering a quality track list.
I’ve reviewed a few of the SingStar titles now, so its difficult to talk about a game where only its cover, name and track-list have changed. The rest of the game remains the same as it predecessors, so the only thing worth talking about is the track-list.
However if you are new to the series then in a few simple words, SingStar is Karaoke on the PS2. Sing, Solo, Duet or Battle and all you need to do is hit the most right notes to win. Or you can just sing till your hearts content and forget about scoring big and just enjoy the experience with a few friends or on your own.
SingStar R’n’B track-list is a blend of old school artist and some of todays top artists such as the likes of Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye & Tammii Tarrelle to Chris Brown and Rihanna. There is certainly a variety for all age groups, but some of it doesn’t really suit, or more, is not ideal for SingStar/Karaoke.
Don’t get us wrong, the songs are great for listening too, but sometimes those songs are best left to listening than singing. Take Black Eyed Peas – Pump it, the song is great and hit the charts with much success, but try and sing it and you’ll find yourself singing one verse behind or standing in dumbfounded silence. Other songs such as Gwen Stefani - Hollerback Girl and OutKast - Idlewild also have the same effect. The only time you feel like your getting anywhere in these tracks is at the chorus.
It does have a handful of tracks providing a greater SingStar experience, but its few and far beyond. It’s these types of songs that have made SingStar what it is today. Its about the rhythm, the funk and how realistic it is to sing. You enjoy it a bit more when you are able to get through the song, even if you sound like a broken record.
Its this formula that has made the series so successful, which is why R’n’B surprises us. The selection of tracks are poor and its not really R’n’B, but more Hip-Hop. You could have easily put in tracks from Boyz II Men, Colour me Bad, Brian McKnight, the list goes on. Its these types of tracks are familiar with a wider generation and suit being sung along with.
So going back to what we said originally, “it seems more about cashing in on the series, rather than delivering a quality track list.” well this does seem to be the case. You may think we are being a bit harsh on this one, but if you look at the past releases the only thing changing is the tracklist. If they want to move along these lines and continue to provide no changes, then they need to provide us with a decent tracklist to keep us entertained and to liven up the party.
SingStar on PS3 is out shortly which will see a whole new SingStar world open up, so we are not sure if this is the last of SingStar on the PS2. But if it is, then the SingStar folk could have at least put out a decent release for many who have stayed loyal and loved the series for so long.
Amerie - 1 Thing
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
Anastacia - I'm Outta Love
Beverley Knight - Come As You Are
Black Eyed Peas - Pump It
Chris Brown - Yo (Excuse Me Miss)
Christina Milian - AM 2 PM
Corinne Bailey Rae - I'd Liked Too
Destiny's Child - Bootyliciou
Diana Ross & The Supremes - Baby Love
DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince - Summertime
Edwin Starr - WAR
En Vogue - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)
The Four Tops - Can't Help Myself
Gwen Stefani - Hollerback Girl
Inner City - Good Life
Jameila - Thank You
Jamiroquai - Allright
Luther Vandross - Never To Much
Mark Ronson feat. Daniel Merriweather - Stop Me
Martha Reeve & The Vandellas - Dancing In The Street
Marvin Gaye & Tammii Tarrelle - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
OutKast - Idlewild Blue (Don't Chu Worry 'Bout Me)
Pussy Cat Dolls - Button
Rihanna - We Ride
Salt N Pepa - Push It
Sugababes - Ugly
The 411 - Dumb
Whitney Houston - Your Love Is My Love
Womack & Womack - Teardrop