|System: PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: SCE Studios London||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sony Computer Entertainment||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: May 20, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The real draw to this brand-new SingStar for me has to be the SingStore. The SingStore features downloadable songs for about $2. The great thing about the SingStore is the organization and ease of use. You can search by artist, genre, song, and even browse for songs using different categories. The SingStore is also pretty expansive and, as of launch, has a list of over 200 songs (complete with video) which is only growing.
Another great new feature in SingStar for the PS3 is the opportunity to record and play back your own SingStar media. Whether its your best friends vocal track on Beck's "Loser" or your social nemesis' video of herself singing The Smashing Pumpkins' "Today", you'll definitely find some interesting things to do with this feature. If you're feeling especially confident (or vindictive depending on the situation), you can upload your media to the SingStar channel for the entire world to see. This is a pretty nifty feature. I know if I had more confidence in my own singing ability (and an eye toy) I would definitely be a video posting fool!
Visuals in this game are pretty standard as far as SingStar graphics are concerned. It is worth noting that the music videos playing in the background are all presented in HD, but I'm not sure how many people will be paying attention to this detail. But overall, the menu design, note bars, and even the different wallpapers all look great and give this title a very sharp feel.
In conclusion, SingStar for the PS3 is the most complete entry in the series thus far. The singing mechanics that you have always known and loved are still the same, but SingStar makes leaps and bounds in the areas of downloadable and user-generated content. What makes this title so great is that it really focuses on tailoring the experience to the user: you decide what songs you want, what media to save, and are even able to upload it. There are many ways to customize your experience and that is what makes SingStar for the PS3 so remarkable. So if you're into karaoke, or planning a party sometime soon, SingStar for the PS3 is a must!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer