|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: Nov. 4, 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
SingStar has certainly been on a roll lately, with more than ten distinct titles coming out this year alone. It has definitely established itself as a powerhouse in the realm of karaoke gaming, even in the face of would-be competitors like Lips on the horizon. But the very genre-focused SingStar releases this year have done a terrific job of catering to specific music fans. SingStar Legends, however, loses the niche genres and goes all-out by providing a very inclusive track list featuring major and iconic vocal performances from the past fifty years. But be warned, it isnt so easy to be a Legend!
One of the biggest things that SingStar veterans will notice about Legends is the difficulty level of the game. Because the songs here are generally known for their amazing vocals, you might expect a little bit of a challenge from this title, but those who are used to playing this title on hard might be in for a little surprise when they attempt Whitney Houstons Im Your Baby Tonight. Of course, there is no way to fail a song in the SingStar series, but it is a lot easier to get the shameful Tone Deaf on these more challenging songs.
In addition to Im Your Baby Tonight SingStar Legends has plenty more songs that fall into legendary status that reach back over fifty years. Included in these songs are Patsy Clines country classic Crazy, Dusty Springfields Son of a Preacher Man, and David Bowies Life on Mars. There are also some contemporary pop classics here as well, including Papa dont Preach by Madonna and Just a Friend by Biz Markie. And if that still isnt enough, there are plenty of other legendary tracks from the likes of The Jackson 5, The Smiths, Ray Charles, and James Brown. The tracks in this title definitely live up to the Legends title of the game, and chances are good that youll probably know all the words to these songs before you even reach for the mic.
But aside from the more difficult songs, pretty much everything else is SingStar Legends remains the same as it has always been. There are 30 different tracks that are unlocked from the beginning, and you can hop right in and sing songs by yourself or with a group of up to eight friends. The core singing mechanic features on-screen note bars that are filled with a blue color when you sing the correct note. If you dont sing the right note, however, the bar will remain empty, and the game will show the actual notes that you hit on-screen.