|System: PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: SCEE||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SCEA||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 18, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
So now that you've had your Singstar introduction (or refresher course) you may be asking yourself what is new in Singstar '90s. Well, the truth is that other than the songs, there's not much else new. Whether you think it's great news or terrible news, the fact is that Singstar games will always have the same type of gameplay, and I don't really expect any variations to come down the pipe anytime soon. That being said, let's talk about the music.
While the track list in Singstar '90s definitely includes some iconic songs from the 90s like "I Only Wanna Be With You" by Hootie and The Blowfish, "I Want You" by Savage Garden, and "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia, it also includes some clunkers that seem to be on every karaoke game. Songs like "Ice Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice, "You Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer and "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot may have been fun karaoke songs six or seven years ago, but nowadays it seems they are included on almost every karaoke game, and they're just too cliché at this point. I also feel that some of the iconic music was left out of this game. The late nineties saw the onslaught of the boy band craze, and yet I was dismayed that there was no N*Sync or Backstreet Boys. The mid-nineties saw the birth of alternative rock with groups like Everclear and Green Day, but the alternative scene seems to have been left out as well, in favor of grunge in the form of Nirvana's "Lithium" and pop rock with Spin Doctor's "Two Princes." But I suppose no track list will ever make everyone happy, and despite my few objections, it is fairly good.
Overall, Singstar '90s is yet another solid entry in a series that has been helping people embarrass themselves completely for quite some time now. It is great for Singstar veterans and newbies alike, and once you pick the mic up, who knows when you'll put it down!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer