The SingStar franchise is an ever-changing beastie.

The last year or so has seen a daring shift away from safe, chart-topping compilations towards some very specific themes, such as the kid friendly SingStar Sing Along With Disney, and SingStar Bollywood (which, if you don’t happen to speak Hindi, should not be attempted without a few drinks under your belt).

More recently the popular party game franchise has entered the realm of classic 70s ‘super groups’, with SingStar ABBA enjoying success in the wake of the recent ABBA revival. So it was welcome news that Queen was next in line for the SingStar treatment.

Most of us have probably sung snatches of their most famous anthems at one time or another, and Queen certainly meets all the criteria for a dedicated SingStar disc: iconic ‘super group’ status? Check. Instantly recognisable tracks - many of which have featured on film? Check. A new musical featuring the band’s best known hits? Check.

The SingStar game itself hardly needs an introduction; there have been no significant changes since it first hit the market, so gameplay and technical aspects don't really require an in-depth write up or analysis here. If you do happen to be a SingStar noob, you can check out our earlier reviews here.

The tracklist features the biggest hits from 11 of Queen’s studio albums, from Sheer Heart Attack (1974); to Innuendo (1991). The selection of accompanying video clips showcases the band’s ever-evolving style – in both their music and appearance. The latter is most dramatic in the poignant These Are the Days of Our Lives, where Freddie Mercury’s gaunt appearance makes it impossible to ignore the ravages of his worsening illness. Younger gamers will probably be well amused by the long hair and lycra unitards of earlier days, and the (mercifully brief) leather-clad biker look.

Videos from the band's MTV heyday, such as Radio Ga Ga and Who Wants to Live Forever, tend to be more theatrical and grandiose; while others, such Bicycle Race and I Want To Break Free (in which band members are dressed in drag), were deemed too risqué and controversial for their time. Bohemian Rhapsody, considered groundbreaking in its day, is still great to watch – and sing along to – after all these years.

Around half of the tracks found on SingStar Queen are available to download from SingStore, which may suit the casual gamer who may only want a handful of the better known tracks to add to their library; however true blue fans of Queen shouldn’t settle for anything less than the complete package. It’s all here… and it’s all good.

Tracklisting (PS3)

[list]
[*]A Kind of Magic[/*]

[*]Another One Bites The Dust[/*]
[*]Bicycle Race[/*]
[*]Bohemian Rhapsody[/*]
[*]Breakthru[/*]
[*]Crazy Little Thing Called Love[/*]
[*]Don’t Stop Me Now[/*]
[*]Fat Bottomed Girls[/*]
[*]Hammer to Fall[/*]
[*]I Want It All[/*]
[*]I Want To Break Free[/*]
[*]Innuendo[/*]
[*]Killer Queen[/*]
[*]One Vision[/*]
[*]Play The Game[/*]
[*]Radio Ga Ga[/*]
[*]Somebody to Love[/*]
[*]The Show Must Go On[/*]

[*]These Are The Days Of Our Lives[/*]
[*]Tie Your Mother Down[/*]
[*]Under Pressure[/*]
[*]We Are The Champions[/*]
[*]We Will Rock You[/*]
[*]Who Wants To Live Forever[/*]
[*]You’re My Best Friend[/*]
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Tracklisting (PS2)

[list]
[*]Another One Bites The Dust[/*]
[*]Bicycle Race[/*]
[*]Bohemian Rhapsody[/*]
[*]Breakthru[/*]
[*]Crazy Little Thing Called Love[/*]
[*]Don’t Stop Me Now[/*]
[*]Fat Bottomed Girls[/*]
[*]I Want It All[/*]
[*]I Want To Break Free[/*]
[*]Innuendo[/*]

[*]One Vision[/*]
[*]Play The Game[/*]
[*]Somebody to Love[/*]
[*]These Are The Days Of Our Lives[/*]
[*]Tie Your Mother Down[/*]
[*]Under Pressure[/*]
[*]We Are The Champions[/*]
[*]We Will Rock You[/*]
[*]Who Wants To Live Forever[/*]
[*]You’re My Best Friend[/*]
[/list]