have watched, with fascination, the Fox hit show,
American Idol. More than anything I tune in to see
the losers. I love watching when reality creeps onto
the stage and confronts some of these no-talents live,
in front of an entire nation. Granted, the top 10
are good singers. They have to be. At that point I
don't really care much, I just love watching some
of these amateurs' dreams get crushed and not just
because I'm evil, far from it. It's because many of
these contestants are nothing more than dreamers themselves.
They can sing a little, but obviously are not of any
great talent, yet they believe they are. Some of them
don't even bother to take formal lessons as they think
they're the cat's ass already. It's those egotists
that I like to see stripped of their dignity. After
all, they put themselves into that position in the
first place. Ha ha.
Idol, the game is really what I like to call a cash
grab. It trades off the name of the series, and even
features the likeness and comments of the judges Randy,
Simon and Paula. In case you aren't familiar with
the show, Simon is known for being very direct, even
to the point of boorishness, which is fine with me.
Paula never says anything interesting and Randy just
basically takes up space as he peppers his critiques
with what ever catchphrases are popular at that time.
There are supposed to be 4000 recorded comments but
I found them repeating statements in the first half-hour.
If I were judging the judges on their acting abilities
they wouldn't even be qualified to ask you, "Do
want fries with that?" The voiceacting is terrible.
I hate to say it but it's that Seacrest fellow that
actually sounds the most natural.
game is played as most rhythm/timing games are. Symbols
onscreen that represent the face buttons on the controller,
(square, triangle, circle, etc.) move up and down
on lines that intersect in the middle to form a cross.
The closer the symbol is to the middle of the cross
when you hit the controller, the more accurate the
singer will be in his or her performance. In other
words, you do not do the performing. Failing to hit
the buttons at the right time will cause the character
that you're playing to sing off key and lose tempo.
There is a dance pad so that you can feel like you're
getting in on the action but it does little to offer
any depth to the game. While the game can get more
challenging later on, it's just a matter of increasing
the speed and frequency of the symbols.
your own singing sensation is about the only depth
this game offers and that's not saying much. Pick
out some freak, go to an audition and see how you
do. You can practice without being judged in the rehearsal
mode. If you make it to the finals on TV you'll have
to dress up because you'll be judged on your looks.
See, the public doesn't make things any less shallow
even in reality. Songs are varied. There's a decent
mixture of R&B and pop pap from the likes of Britney,
Sheryl Crow, Al Green and Ricky Martin. You can even
hear amateur version of these songs but why would
you want to?
the game belies the gameplay. Little attention was
paid to making it appear as anything more than a cartoonish
American Idol is a shallow game. It's a novelty that
will disappoint many in the long run. Rent it if you
must but if you're really interested in timing-based
game and karaoke you are advised to check out Konami's
Karaoke Revolution and Dance Dance Revolution for
the PS2. Both games are miles above this stinker.