|System: PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: SCEE||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SCEA (SONY)||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 28, 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|
by Amanda L. Kondolojy
Over the years the SingStar series has taken on several different genres. From Pop music to rock, and even Bollywood, the SingStar series has definitely created a varied music landscape for the world to sing along to. But surprisingly, the SingStar series has never ventured into the twang- -infused world of country music, until now. SingStar Country has been long overdue for fans of the genre, but now that it has arrived, it isnt as great as fans of the genre may have anticipated.
As any SingStar fanatic will tell you, the success of any iteration of the series depends upon its song catalog. And I have to say that SingStar Country does not do as well in this department as some of the other genre-focused titles. To its credit, there are some big songs in SingStar Country such as Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) by Big and Rich and Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson. There are even some classic country tunes like Johnny Cashs I Walk the Line and A Boy Named Sue as well as Willie Nelsons classic Pancho and Lefty.
However, this title misses a lot of huge artists like Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood in favor of American Idol runners-up like Bucky Covington and Kelli Pickler. This game also includes multiple songs by artists like Brooks and Dunn, Trace Atkins, and Montgomery Gentry, which really decreases the games song variety. The world of country music is quite expansive, so I am not exactly sure why they included so many repeat artists, especially when the tracklist is still composed of only thirty songs.
But other than the disappointing song selection, SingStar Country is a pretty standard SingStar title. In case you have never played a SingStar game before, the main gameplay mechanic consists of you singing into a mic and the game showing the notes youre sing onscreen. If you sing a note correctly, then a little clear bar will fill with a blue light. However, if you dont sing at all the bar will remain empty, and the notes that you actually do sing but miss will be shown outside the bar.